Same thing here I told them I did not want to renew my subscription and at the end states that and today I have a $49.90 withdrawal from my bank account
I keep getting , call`s from ,READERS CLUB 1-651-756-7823, also ,FORBES Magazine 1-800-295-0893, also Unknown Numbers, Telling me that I ordered Magazine`s .I called Forbes Magazine CO up and they said that yes I did have an Account with them . I told them that I did not order their Magazine I was told that A Company called Subco`s A third party ? placed the ordered. I am A Cancer Patient ,First of all we are struggling just to pay for my our medication`s .When I tell them that I will not pay them they get very rude with me, !!!!!!. I also told them that I was going to call the NEWS ,and file a scam report, they then just hang up on me ,but I keep getting calls from phone numbers that when you call them it says this number does not except incoming calls .This is not helping my health or my husbands as he is A heart patient.
National Reader's Service
10406 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66203
Tell them the next time they call you will be taking THEM to court if they attempt to sue you for an unvalidated debt. Send them a letter VIA certified mail with return receipt requested demanding validation of the debt they are threatening you over. Under the FDCPA they have five days to respond, or there is NO debt.
I get calls from rude people telling me if I don't pay there taking me to court,I asks for the company name no answer,I ask to speak to the boss he says he's the boss,last night they call tell me I owe 1298.00 for magazines , I told him hes nuts and to lose my number ,the number comes up unknown
It's really getting annoying anyone else get the rude callers with the number coming up unknown?
this company scammed me about 3 and a half yrs ago. I never signed up for it, never got anything from them, and they kept on taking and taking and taking chunks of money from my old acct several times in a month and i had to close my acct because i was driven into debt by these frauds
to anyone scammed into this "service", from national readers service or any of their other DBA's.
Go to this link on BBB call the company direct to cancel. If that gets you know where contact your state AG off and the Kansas AG... I'm sure the Kansas AG will not be impressed with the continuation of their practices.
To avoid these scammers got your credit info, try not to shop online. That's how they got your personal info including credit card details. I never gave to National Reader's Service or Subco Inc my credit card but they told my bank that they have a document showing the transaction was legit. Luckily, I was able to convince my bank this is a scam and showed my bank that I am not the only victims. ( I googled all the websites with stories regarding Subco Inc scam and mentioned them in my letter to my bank.) plus let my bank know that I filed report to FTC, local police, State Attorney general and the credit agencies.
P.S: For those magazine companies that refused to cancel my account, I also filed compliants to the above along with Subco Inc and National Reader's Service.
Same things happened to me, these are the steps to deal with Subco Inc & National reader's service. It took me few months to figure these tips out..
Make sure document and keep records of all evidence including correspondence, e-mails, time of the callers etc.
Step 1. Get caller display service from your phone company and register your phone or cellphone and fax number on National Do No Call Registry online.
Step 2. Don't answer calls from National Reader's Service or accept any free magazine offer. (It's not free.) tell the caller not to call and don't ever confirm your full name, telephone number, address and birthday etc. Hang off their phone right away if you get calls from these callers.(Don't confirm your name, ask" who's calling?" and "which organization are you from?" and tell them not to call again which they will.)
Step 3. If you get any unwanted magazine, send a written request to magazine to cancel your account. (They will ask you to call Subco Inc.)
Step 4. Call Subco Inc to cancel your account, they may ask you call another selling agent which you can never get hold of anyone there.
Step 5. If the magazine company won't cancel your account, tell them that you've already contact Subco Inc which your request is denied and tell them that you will file a compliant to FTC(Federal Trade Commission.) if your written request is ignored.
Step 6. If your request is still ignore. File the compliant to FTC and also National Do Not Call Registry.
Step 7.For any unauthorized charge in your bank account. Dispute the charge with the bank and if the bank won't reverse the charge, cancel your card right away and ask 3 credit agencies to put a fraud alert on your file.
Step 8. Also file a fraud report to your local police crime prevention specialist regarding the fraud.
Step 9. File a consumer complaint to the state attorney general regarding your case.
I did all the above and eventually they back off and my bank reversed the charge and gave me a new card. All magazine companies cancelled my accounts and Subco Inc too.
I foolishly gave my cc number to these people not realizing what I had done (I thought I was taking a survey). I received a call asking me if I was happy with the magazines. I said I was receiving them but I didn't want them and wanted to cancel. The girl on the other end said that she couldn't refund my money that I had already paid but she would cancel the order. That her manager wasn't in at the moment but she would walk over to her desk and put a note to cancel.
A R3H7month later I got another call almost word for word as the first call. I told her to cancel the order she told me the same thing "her manager was away from her desk but she would eave her a note. I said I had heard that before. she said she would follow through. I checked my bank statement the next month and they had deducted the payment again. I called my bank they said I could change my card number so I did that. I never got another hit on my account again. but last week I got a call from them telling me that just by changing my account number won't work if I want out I'll have declare bankruptcy.
I contacted my attorney
this is just a piece of my story,
if someone that calls and say you won a gift card
and they are from your credit card company it is not
true,i would hang up,
and call the credit card company to find out
if that is a promotion they are running
AND COMPARE phone #s.
0n 7/22/2011 11:09am i talked to livy
i explained to her that i had recieved a phone call
from mastercard and my bank on july 1st
and that a week later i recieved a bill from us weekly,
that my credit card was run for 24.95 for us weekly,
and that this was a frudulant charge and they cancelled payment for us weekly
and there is a frud alert on this credit card.
i told her that i never signed up for anything."
she said that the people that call are a telemarketing company
i asked her what is the name of the telemarketing company?
she sais that she didnt know the name.
but i think she was not allowed to tell me.
she said tha the people tha call
say that you won a gift card
and that they have all of your informaition
,i told her that they read me my credit card # to me
and said they were from mastercard credit card
,i was very erri a bout this.
she said that the us weekly subscription was cancelled
That same company may still be at it. I just got off the phone and stupidly did the same thing. I even said I wasnt comfortable giving my numbers bc of scams. I looked them up immediately and see all the scam stories. I was told by a Stephanie, who was new, that I was being put in for a sweepstakes for $25,000 or a car and would be signed up for 4 magazines at $4.99 a week and that payment was only to help on the Rolling Stones one. Further in the converstaion with the supervisor I get that it will be $39.31 a month for 33 months and told that I could change the magazines I wanted at any time. At first I thought cool because I could get law magazines for school but then second thought about the time period. No way do i want that type of financial commitment. I'm going to call each day from now to the number i was given to cancel this before i get into the trouble I've read that others have experienced. The number given to me was 1-888-234-6647 customer service and located at 3509 VA Beach Blvd VA Beach, Virginia 23452. I was also told about rebate cards being sent and a free diamond watch that I had to send back the voucher to claim. It seems its the same but they keep switching up the deals and promotions to seem different.
Just got off phone with subco company super nice and helpful. Was advised a lot of thier customers are getting phone calls saying they owe money for magazines. DO NOT give them any information ignore the calls.
Got a call from them.
Did you atleast recieve the magazines??
I have the same story as the other 20 or so people on this page. I received a call asking if my magazines were arriving Ok, that there had been problems with other magazine arriving damaged. and for any inconvenience they would even drop my subscription fee by $10, I just needed to confirm my card number. I now received a $49.90 per month charge for magazines I don't need or even like.
WARNING to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!If you receive a CALL FROM this No. 877-262-1117 form American Publisher....
877-511-0911 from Discount Benefit .....423-586-7839 the super visor of this scams Name Stephani ....and
423-317-5057 name Robby NEVER EVER ANSWER IT THEY WERE SCAM.....DON'T BE A VICTIM JUST LIKE ME FOR BEING IDIOT THAT DAY BECAUSE I WAS DRUNK AND STUPID WHEN THEY CALLED ME SO I STUPIDLY FALL FROM THEY....THEY TOOK MONEY FROM MY CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT 49.99 FOR MAGAZINE....39.99 FOR DISCOUNT BENEFIT....EVEN THOUGH I DID'NT RECEIVE ANY MAGAZINE FROM THEM.....SO WHAT I DID I CALLED THE COMPANY TO CANCEL THE SUBSCRIPTIONS THAT THEY TALKING ABOUT....THEY SAID STEPHANI THAT " YOU CAN'T CANCEL OR REFUND YOUR MONEY, AND YOU HAVE TO PAY AS 999 DOLLARS TO CANCEL THAT....AND I SAID I WON'T BE PAYING ANYTHING THEY SAID YOU CAN'T DO THAT......I CALLED MY BANK TO FIX THE PROBLEM BUT THEY SAID THEY CANNOT BLOCK THEM BUT THEY CAN DISPUTE THEM BUT I DON'T BELIEVE THE BANK BECAUSE I HAVE A FEELING THAT THE SCAM WILL TAKE MORE MONEY FROM MY ACCOUNT SO I CLOSE MY ACCOUNT AND EVEN CHANGE MY PHONE NO, SO I CAN HAVE A PEACE OF MIND FROM THIS BUSTARD EVILS.....IT CAUSED ME LOTS OF TROUBLE....I'M JUST A STUDENT...... I DID NOT GET MY MONEY BACK BUT AT LEAST IT STOP,....AND IF THEY EVER SEND ME ANY LETTER FROM MY ADDRSS I WILL JUST RETURNED IT BACK DON'T EVEN OPEN IT.....AND IF THEY DON'T STOP I WILL CALL MY ATTORNEY TO FIX IT AND I WILL MAKE MORE MONEY IF I WON BECAUSE ITS A COMPANY OF STUPID SCAMS.......TO ALL OF YOU THAT READ THIS....SPREAD THIS NUMBERS TO WARNED OTHER INNOCENT PEOPLE AND TO STOP THIS " SCAM GANG" FROM TN...................I WISH THAT THOSE PEOPLE WILL BE PUNISHED BY GOD ABOVE...FOR THEY SOULS ARE ALREADY BURNING IN HELL..........SO PEOPLE HELP STOP THIS SCAM BEFORE THEY VICTIMIZE YOUR LOVE ONCE IN THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!
I at first got a call from from some company that had Reader in it. I stupidly agreed to 5 magazines for a low subscription because they called early in the morning and I wasn't quite thinking clearly. When the conversation was done I figured it was a scam because they continuously said my name with almost every sentence. A week later my account got charged for an amount 3 times greater than what they promised. And in the mail I received a letter from them I used that letter to get their number and call up and cancel. The lady offered me a cheaper rate but i refused and she cancelled and thanked me for calling at the end of the day then hung up. That was october. In the middle of January I got a Brides magazine. Something I would NEVER sign up for. At first I thought maybe it was a joke from a friend so I looked it up online and it said I've been subscribed since December 17 and that I was also subscribed to golf magazine and Women's magazine. This I know I never did. when I tried to cancel through the magazines site they said I couldn't because an agency placed it for me. I asked what agency and they told me subco and gave me a number. I have never heard of this company before and if I were to make a subscription through them those magazines I'd never pick. So I called and cancelling was easy. Now its two weeks since then and I received Women's Health and Woman's Day magazine. Two magazine's I've never heard of before. I went online to cancel them and was told I had to call up this agency to cancel it through them. Surprise surprise its Subco again. unfortunately because I got them late friday I can't call till monday. while I call I'm going to check to see if they have anything else I'm subscribed to and cancel it as well.
I am receiving several magazines - Parenting Early Years for one that I had never ordered and have no need for. I called Parenting Early Years and she told me that my subscription was ordered by a company called SUBCO. I called SUBCO and they said that it was after business hours and to email them. FAT CHANCE I will email them and give them my email address. I am afraid we are all being scammed.
This company is scamming people into magazine subscriptions under the use of a company name called the National Reader's Service. Don't accept calls from them.
Here is the scumbag spammers info!
Publishers Renewal Service Co
10406 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, KS 66203
You are the victim of a scam http://listofscams.blogspot.com/2010/01/door-to-door-magazine-sales-scams-tips.html
Contact your card issuer and tell them you're the victim of a crime and see if they will seamlessly convert your existing card into a new card without affect your credit score (new card has the history of the old card). The scammers will never cancel your subscriptions, they will keep charging your card or even sell it to other scammers, you must kill your card, there are no other options. What if they charge $500 tomorrow? Your card is no longer an asset, it is now a threat, you must kill your card.
I recently began receiving Parents magazine. I do not subscribe to any magazines so I called the company to see why I was receiving their magazine. I was told it came from a third party company called Subco and I was given Subco's telephone number to cancel the subscription since Parents claimed they could't cancel it.
I called Subco and was told it was a complimentary subscription but that it would be cancelled. I haven't yet been charged for it but I'm assuming I will be since I have never heard of a 3 year complimentary subscription.
Since I didn't give them my credit card number the only way they could have gotten it, I'm guessing, is that when I ordered a toy online for my grandchildren (through a company unrelated to them) then that company sold my credit card number to scammers like them since I've recently had a problem with other unauthorized charges on that credit card.
took my info and signed me up for magazines and a free watch .. i was told one price and then was told there was a weekly price,... when i said no thats too much i dont want this they hung up on me
I never signed up for this! I just called that number at the top and asked to cancel my subscription. The lady said it was cancelled and I would get a refund in 3-5 business days. We will see if this works.
Ditto on all of the above. I first started receiving US Weekly. I called the magazine itself and cancelled. But, they still charged my bank debit card for $5.96. Then, I started getting another magazine, "Maxim." I called that one directly and cancelled. I didn't receive any more of these after the cancellations. So, I'm thinking it's over. However, today, suddenly I'm getting "Golf Digest." I called them to cancel. They tell me the subscription was set up by a "third party." I explain that I never subscribed to their magazine and I want to cancel. They said I can't do it through them. I have to call the third party, who is "SUBCO." She gave me their number. I told the Golf Digest Customer Service that I'm being scammed with magazine subscriptions and that they should re-think their relationship with Subco. She said she had received numerous complaints and they (Golf Digest) are looking into it. So, I call Subco and, of course, they are closed for the day. Can't wait to call them tomorrow. In the meantime, I've alerted my bank in an effort to ward off false magazine subscription charges to my account. I have not received any phone calls from collection agencies, but I don't have a land line.
Annoyed by Magazine SCAM
MAGAZINE SCAM: READERS SERVICES / READERS CLUB SERVICES and various other names. IF YOU RECEIVE MAGAZINES YOU HAVE NOT ORDERED and AFTERWARD YOU GET LOTS OF CALLS SAYING YOU OWE MONEY . . . DO NOT PAY FOR THEM OR GIVE THEM ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION EVEN IF A "SO CALLED COLLECTIONS" OFFICE PHONES. CALL THE MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS DIRECTLY AND CANCEL OUT THOSE SUBSCRIPTIONS. ALSO CALL THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY 888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov
The calls are certainly annoying but just don't give them your credit card info or any other personal data!
Below is my long story if you have the time to read it but the really important data is above.
Beginning in May 2010 I started receiving a magazine called "US Weekly". It is a hollywood gossip magazine that I would NEVER order, could care less about and I had no recollection of signing up for.
"US Weekly" sent me four weekly magazines in May. Then I started receiving a magazine from "Lucky" each month beginning in May which was a woman's fashion magazine again one that I would NEVER order. These magazines were monthly issues received from May into August with the magazine months of June, July, August and September 2010.
Some time late June I got my first phone call from a man who wanted to know if I was receiving my magazines. I told him I was but had never ordered them and to cancel this subscription since it must have been a mistake. He said he could not and that I would have to pay for them because he had info that I had ordered the subscription. We got in quite an argument with me telling him that I would not pay for anything that I knew I did not order, he was unprofessionally rude and when I asked to speak with a supervisor he hung up.
Thinking that was the end of this some time after the July 4th holiday I received three more phone calls in July and first part of August. Probably there were more calls but we were not always home to take them and they never left any messages. Most calls were from Florida and a couple from Minnesota and Colorado. All would say their company name so quickly I didn't always catch it and if I made them mad before I ask them the name of the company again . . . just forget getting it!
One woman who called also wanted to know if I was receiving the magazines and when I told her I was but didn't order them and wanted to speak with a manager or supervisor to clear it up she said she would have to "update" her files first . . . asking me my birthdate, which I stupidly answered then she wanted to know if I owned my own home and was married or not. I didn't answer those last two questions asking her what did that have to do with wanting to speak with a manager and canceling this mistake. She said unless I answered all questions just to "update their files" she would not allow me to speak with any supervisor. I told her I was going to call the BBB reporting them and she said not to bother because her company was already in a good standing with the BBB. (LIE) I told her I would check this out myself and would not give her any more information so she hung up.
One young girl called and was actually nice I told her about the two rude previous callers she said that she didn't have a supervisor there to talk to but that she would have their customer service department call me the day after tomorrow in the afternoon.
All previous calls were during the day but the very next evening I got another one. Not wanting to deal with this in the evening hours and thinking this was the customer service the previous caller had connected me with I told this woman that she had been requested to call me tomorrow afternoon. She said firmly why not take care of it now? So somewhat angry because she was a bit pushy I told her my story. She was then nice enough and said that she would give me a customer service number that I could call to take care of my problem. When I wrote down the number I repeated it to her to make sure I had the correct number since I could never reach any of these people by the phone number they originally called on as it was always busy or just wouldn't connect . . . probably these phone numbers are only a "call out" number. (Cell numbers can also be purchased out of state so you really never know where they are actually calling from.) She said the number I had was correct. I asked if there was any customer number that was listed with my subscriptions and we suddenly were disconnected . . . she also probably hung up. I thought at least I had a phone number to call but when I called that number it was a sex call line! THEN I WAS REALLY MAD!
I looked up info on the Internet and found all kinds of scams with similar but different company names. It usually had the word READER in it somewhere. In my investigations I was told to call the two magazine companies. "US Weekly" said my subscription had already been canceled and they had no info on the circulation company who gave them the order. "Lucky" said that I was signed up for a year's subscription. I found out through them the circulation company was called "Subco", see info below.
Next I got a call from a so-called collection agency. I was boiling by then and told her that I canceled my subscription directly with the magazines that I had never ordered in the first place and that this entire thing was really . . . . . . ME OFF! She said that I was being very,very rude! I told her that she would be rude too if she had been treated like I had by unprofessional people continuously calling (with the exception of the one younger nice girl), but none of them connecting me with any proper help to resolved this and then the one caller who gave me a sex line as help? . . . a professional company wouldn't do this . . . it was certainly a scam with some real low life working for them. I was now on the DO NOT CALL NAT'L REGISTRY and I told her DON'T CALL HERE AGAIN! Of course, she hung up.
Today it is August 10th, 2010 and I got a call this afternoon from, as usual, an out of area number 303-232-6444 - the Metropolitan Denver, Colorado area. This young girl was nice. I told her quickly and politely the same info I had told all the others before. I suggested that she get another job because she was working for a very bad kind of company and most of her co-workers were rude and very unprofessional . . . she too then hung up!
I DO WONDER IF THIS WILL THIS EVER END! But I am hopeful that eventually the info from the magazines direct cancelation will filter down to these morons and they will quit calling. They will get nothing from me so now I will just have some FUN if they do call. Tomorrow I will call the SUBCO company as well as the BBB to file a complaint.
I have never had anything like this happen before and I'm close to 60 years old. In this spiraling economy these types of things will only get worse . . . no thanks to Obama and this current administration!
Hope this info helps someone else . . .
Below are phone numbers I have collected since all this began:
US WEEKLY Magazine: 1800 283-3956
LUCKY Magazine: 1800 777-4058
SUBCO Clearing House: 800 258-3350
Nat'l Do Not Call: 888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov
Magazine Publishing Service 800-300-3604
Its a total scam. They will offer to reduce your payments if you verify your credit card no. If you did not give it to them the do not have it. Call you Credit card company if you find charges on it.
they claim i never cancelled and my account was put on hold. i was pulled in by the free gas card...i cancelled the next day, and here it is almost a year later, and they are calling to collect their money. they said they would drop the payment from 49.95 a month to 19.9. whatever. its a scam...they wont get anything from me except a s****y review.
i keep recieving calls from national reader service they claim that i have a subscription already i never authorized a charge or requested any magazines from this company they say that im past my cancellation period and am not able to cancell and will be billed 59.90 a month they already had my credit card info and auth a 1.00 charge with my credit card company i do not want to recieve any further calls from these companys because this is nothing that i would sign up or request ever
I did not recieve a phone call but I am overseas. I think this is the magazine company my husband ordered magazines from a few years ago. Some kid came to our door selling them for a trip to italy or something. we have since then moved and some how they got our new address. my husband use to get the magazines he wanted but now we are getting a bunch of other ones we dont even read. They charge me about 12 bucks a month it could be worse. does anyone know what number to call and try to cancel?