Magazine and Sweepstakes Telemarketer Scam Alert “Readers Services”


For the past couple of months I have received calls every few days from some company calling themselves “Readers Services.” They claim they represent the magazines I subscribe. Nope. I subscribe to one wood working magazine. I call this publisher and they say this company is a scam to sign up people for magazine subscriptions. Indeed the callers try to say I must complete some sort of question and answers and provide billing details in order not to be charged $1200.00.

Every time I say not to call me anymore they say okay. Then they call again. On the call last night at 9:30 PM (that woke my 2 year old) I tried to obtain their real company name and address. When I demanded the address the caller hung up. Amazing as for every other call no matter what I said they would not hang up.

This morning I ran some searchers. They indeed seem to be some scam soliciting for magazines. They go under the name of Readers Services, National Magazine Exchange, Special Data Processing Corp, Agora Marketing Solutions and other names. They appear to be out of Clearwater Florida.

They seem to get your contact information from the wealth of online giveaways and sweepstakes. Darn – I never should have asked for that Eucerin coupon or something similar.

Seems like the next step is to write letters to a whole bunch of folks such as the FTC, MA and Fl state attorney generals and others.

And here is the site for the scammers – http://www.unitedreaders.com/ or http://www.nrscontest.com/. Seems from most references to be the first of these two sites. Yet, they seem to be interconnected when reading the various complaints.

Here are some links to various folks with the same issue:

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/magazine-readers-service-c131550.htmlhttp://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/215/RipOff0215710.htm
http://www.ripoffreport.com/searchresults.asp?submit22=Search+All+The+Latest+Rip-Off+Reports+Now%21&q1=ALL&q2=&q3=&q4=&q5=national+magazine+exchange&q6=&q7=&searchtype=0
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/magazine%20scams%20and%20rip%20offs.html
http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/national-magazine-exchange-c113621.html
http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/national-magazine-exchange-c8287.html
http://enemiesblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/magazine-slamming.html
http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=12788
http://ago.mo.gov/newsreleases/2007/020107.htm
http://jlassen.livejournal.com/203934.html
http://www.dmnews.com/Missouri-AG-files-27-more-legal-actions-from-Senior-Sting/article/94331/
http://thefishingguy.blogspot.com/2008/04/strike-it-rich-vi-sweepstakes.html
http://lifeisjfk.blogspot.com/2008/03/nme-prize-disbursement-21-m-dollars.html
http://subtleparticle.com/Word/?p=481

  1. #1 by Krysten Mejia on February 16, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    We seem to be getting the same calls in Texas only they ask for my seven year old daughter. I have told every caller multiple times that we do not want any magazines and to take us off their call log. We are on the do not call list as well. When we ask to call the company back they are unable to give us any contact information other than a fake address of 3859 NW County Line, Suite 300 Bellport, FL. Fortunately I have the option to block private calls from our phone so I won’t be dealing with them any longer.

  2. #2 by Dan Katz on February 17, 2009 - 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the note. This appears to be similar to what others find.

    Unfortunately, I cannot block private calls. Too man friends have caller ID turned off and show up as private calls.

  3. #3 by Heather Shannan on February 23, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    I have been plagued by these exact same calls. Each time I try to get information from them I get “disconnected.” Today, the caller said that if I did not follow through to get a verification number, they would turn my account over to a collections agency. When I asked about what they were trying to collect, I got disconnected. I’ve repeatedly asked them to stop calling and have filed complaints with the FTC and Texas AG, but nothing seems to stop them. All I can say is check your Caller ID. About half of them come through with a number that’s in the 303 area code.

  4. #4 by Dan Katz on February 23, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Thanks for the note. I hope if all of us complain enough that eventually some official some where will do something about them. At the least i hope all of these letters will [provide someone else support when they take legal action against them.

    I do continue to get calls and they come from a “private caller.” I have started to have fun trying to get details. They pulled this same collection statement. I asked the person to for the name of the company so I could write a check. They said I must provide a credit card for payment. I said I would prefer to send a check. They hung said that was not possible. I said please send me a letter and I would pay what is due. We went back and forth a few minutes. Eventually they hung up on me. Clearly a scam for them to do everything they can to get a credit card. So, who is desperate enough for a job to work for this company to scam people?

  5. #5 by kelly on April 8, 2009 - 2:59 am

    Wow – This is really helpful. It’s currently 4am in Central Indiana and I’ve been up worried to death about how this same company got my personal information. I am contacting the Indiana AG and the BBB this week about harassing phone calls. Your blog and replies are making me realize that I am not the only victim here. Thank you for posting, and thanks to everyone for responding.

  6. #6 by Craig on April 21, 2009 - 12:20 am

    I got dupped into this scam many months ago. Luckily, my credit cards were almost maxed out anyway, so NRS (National Readers Service) wasn’t able to charge my account too many times before I was over the limit. Anyway, when I signed up for this crap, they asked me for a credit card number, which I regrettably gave to them. Then, they said that the credit card was not being accepted, so they asked me if I had another credit card. I didn’t see the red flags in time, and I gave them a second card number. They started charging both accounts. I tried to cancel my subscription, but they said I was legally obligated to stay with them for 26 months or something ridiculous. Arrgh! What the hell kind of legitimate magazine company FORCES you to stay with them for that amount of time?? I never even signed anything, it’s total BS. When both of my cards got maxed out, and NRS wasn’t able to charge me anymore, they called me ALL THE TIME. Probably 4-5 times a day, including Saturdays. Then they stopped calling after a while, and “reported” me to a collection agency called Leube Baker & Associates. So I googled that agency, and it turns out they are also a huge scam operation!! Now I have to screen their phone calls a half dozen times a day as well. These guys will stop at nothing to rob you blind. DON’T BE FOOLED!!!!

  7. #7 by Dan Katz on April 21, 2009 - 7:24 am

    Craig, Thanks for the comment. Luckily I have never provided a credit card despite the threats. I have no idea how people, no matter how desperate their situation, can work for such a clear cut scam. I get calls nearly every day and can only image that these employees have no sense of self-respect let alone respect for others.

  8. #8 by Shawn on June 1, 2009 - 1:48 am

    SCAM…im helping my girlfriend dealing with these cheap bastards. they took some cash out of her account and we are closing her card and im going call these bastards and give them a piece of my mind.

  9. #9 by Melissa on July 7, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    I just got a call from them, saying how they represent my magazines ( which I get through another company and already paid off!), and that they’re going to charge me $2.99 a week. They wanted to verify a bunch of my information. Then a “supervisor” called and wanted to go over billing, I just said I was at work and couldn’t keep talking, I’m glad I didn’t give them anything! It was also from a 303 area code, I’ll not be answering any calls from them.

  10. #10 by ashley on July 23, 2009 - 10:00 pm

    So I have been getting calls from these same people. The funny thing is, I don’t subscribe to any magazines at all! When I explained this to a woman caller, she said that she would have their “credit dept” contact me. When I asked for my supposed account info she hung up on me. A few days later i recieved 2 phone calls, one from an angry guy who said that “he knows that I”m getting magazine because he can see the 5 that I get”. I told him that I don’t recieve any magazines and asked what was it showing that I recieve. HE told me that I should know since I get them. I asked to speak to a manager because I didn’t appreaciate his tone, he then went on to say that he could say whatever he wanted to me… I’ve been getting 2 or 3 calls a day from these people. I’ve been mean, nice, asked to be taken off their call list.. Its driving me crazy!

  11. #11 by Diana on August 14, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Dan,
    Thanks for your posting/ comments. I really enjoyed them. I hope they’ve moved your number over to their “too much trouble to keep messing with” list by now:)
    I found your blog after I’d already had to deal with the National Readers Service bunch for scamming my 19 year old and, hopefully, will get on the “too much trouble” list myself. I filed a complaint with FTC before I ever talked to them. Although they have verbally agreed to close her account and refund her money, I really have no reason to believe they will honor that agreement. However, I do intend to honor MY agreement and will be sending all of our documentation to the AGs in both Tennessee and Pennsylvania for their reference.
    My detailed gripe with NRS and suggestions for getting an account closed is on my blog (www.theNRSscam@blogspot.com). I hope it can be helpful to someone else.
    Thanks again, D/

  12. #12 by Diana on August 15, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Oops, I have a typo in the posting above. The correct address is theNRSscam.blogspot.com.

    Thanks, D/

  13. #13 by Bob on September 9, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    Reader Services is now using phone ID # 501-859-0344

  14. #14 by Travis James on September 18, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Hey,

    I got called from these people and after a long period of “no thank yous” I refused the offer. Now, I got a call this morning wondering if I have been receiving my magazines. Did I miss something??? What should I do to cancel a subscription I never got? I don’t want to be billed for this.

  15. #15 by Amanda on October 15, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Hello

    I’m ashamed to say I got scammed. They ended up with all of my information and when I realized what had happened I tried calling the number back that had called me. The number was not a working number. I don’t know how to reach them to cancel what ever I “signed up” for and on top of that they have everything recorded. Please help I don’t want to involve my parents I’m very ashamed!

  16. #16 by Sue on October 27, 2009 - 10:05 am

    I to got bit by a company referring to themselves as VIP Reader Services. National Reader Services has a “F” rating by the BBB so I would guess they are changing names to continue their scam. They actually recorded part of my conversation but I know they didn’t ask me questions that were on the tape so they must be able to alter the questions on the tape also. Also, several times during the conversation I insisted it was a one time fee, that was not on the tape either. This scam is nation wide and making millions off of us, why isn’t someone doing something?

  17. #17 by amw on October 30, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, the same things happen to me from the same company the other night. First of all thanks so much for posting this information, because I was frighten after the phone calls that I received from a private caller at 7 pm and then again at 8:30 pm the other night. They claimed that they needed my information to update their records and needed my credit card number or SSN information. However, after they couldn’t answer my questions such as…their name and contact info, exactly what I owe and why, etc. I refused to give them any information. They hung up and called back several times I didn’t answer – they threaten to send me directly to the credit bureau. How do we make sure that we are not in any physical or financial danger?
    Thanks for posting and sharing information,
    AW

  18. #18 by Connie on December 3, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    I just got mail from NME. Glad I saw this when I did a search of them.

  19. #19 by Wilkes on December 8, 2009 - 7:11 pm

    Yeah… I fell for this scam as well except they seem to be going by the name “Magazine Readers Services.” I learned of the scam almost immediately after I fell for it (literally about 6 hours after). I called back with the number they used to call me, but that didn’t work. The next day, I went to my local bank and they gave me their number (1-800-806-4680). I called them several times, asking to cancel, but they refused and simply assumed that I wanted to adjust my payment plan to a lower costly payment plan. So, instead of losing $68.28 a month, I’m losing $29.43. Needless to say, this did not satisfy my desire to cancel whatever the hell they were providing me. So, I canceled my debit card. Now, I’m getting calls from an 888-508-2459 that I’ve identified as one of theirs through searching the number online as well as one from a called with the word “Unavailable” emblazoned on the Caller ID. I’ve refused to answer these calls as I’ve never wanted to deal with these scam artists. I’m just a Freshman in college and really don’t have the time to deal with this, so if anyone has any ideas, I’m open to any suggestions. I’ve been getting 5-6 calls a day and to be honest, I’ve resorted to using my phone for a makeshift massage chair since it vibrates so much.

  20. #20 by Rick on December 15, 2009 - 4:04 am

    The company that called me last week goes under the name “Great American Readers.” It is supposedly located in Minnesota, though the transaction in my bank account said that GAR is located in Florida. Judging from the tons of articles I read regarding this scam, it is safe to say that this company is just another guise for National Readers Service. I cancelled my debit card the day after they called and I foolishly gave them my account number. DON’T pick up your phone if you see these numbers on your Caller ID: 952-852-6729, 954-782-6307 or 954-782-5563. 952 is a Minnesota zip code and 954 is a Florida zip code.

  21. #21 by Rick on December 15, 2009 - 4:05 am

    My bad, I meant area code. 🙂

  22. #22 by Tangiere Crawford-Green on January 4, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    I just got a phone call from this National Readers Service today, and they almost got me. I canceled my subscription at the very last minute but unfortunately I had already given them my debit card information. Currently my card is blocked until I can cancel it and order a new one. I new something was wrong when I kept asking the lady would i be able to cancel my subscription and she kept saying she didnt know because she just started working there. I really hope they don’t keep calling me everyday.

  23. #23 by BELLA on January 6, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    we rec an official looking document to to call and register for a huge prize amount of money
    got that twice, so thought i would check it out
    THAT WAS A BIG MISTAKE
    ALL THEY WANTED WAS TO SEND ME TWO FREE WATCHES AND SIGN ME UP FOR SEVERAL MAGAZINES
    AND WOULD NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER, EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO SAY THEY WOULD CALL THE MAGAZINES THAT I WAS GETTING AND EXTEND MY SUBSCRIPTION.
    I HAD TO HANG UP ON HER, JUST HOPE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT I GAVE WILL NOT END UP IN HARMS WAY
    SMART TOO LATE
    BEWARE

  24. #24 by Nick on January 18, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    I got 2 calls from them so far. the first was asking me if my magazines were showing up in good shape i told them i never ordered theese and to give me the billing information on the account and he told me he didnt have it his supervisor did. I tried to get transfered to his supervisor and he hung up. I didn’t think anything of it until i received another phone call today and the guy told me he was the manager and I owe them 1200 dollars and he needs to collect it. I told him i didn’t order them and he said he had me on a tape recorder ordering his magazines. I asked him to play that recording and he wouldnt but offered to send it to me in the mail. By that time i was furious and told him hes not going to get a dime out of me and i’m not going to pay for something i never ordered . This made the guy angry because he said i charged it to a visa but he didnt have the las four numbers on the card that it was supposed to be charged to. So i told him i dont have a visa account anymore and he asked for another account to charge it to and i told him no. so he ended the call with good luck with collections and court. I have no clue what to do. I never ordered theese magazines and some asshole is trying to charge me 1200 dollars for something i didnt order. What do I do???? Please help me thanks

  25. #25 by Dan Katz on January 19, 2010 - 7:32 am

    Nick – just ignore the calls. Simply hang up on them. It is a waste of energy to give them a single breath. After haning up on them 50 times or so they get the idea and hold off on calls for a month or so before another round. I have complained to the FTC, FCC and attorney generals of a few states. All say they have cases against these folks and that they are not supposed ot be making calls. Basically this is a whole scam that continues only becuase fiolks out there cave in on this company that parys on those who do not have the temperment to question agressive telemarketers. I have also called telemarketing assoications who are ashamed of these folks but do not take action as the scammers are not memebers.

  26. #26 by Nick on January 19, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    I thought this was all a scam. The only thing that is bugging me about this whole situation is they have my address and name. I have no clue how they got this info. I don’t want my credit to be destroyed because some idiot thinks i owe them money. I mean lets be realistic who in their right mind would order 1200 dollars in magazine subscriptions when the economy is the way it is. The whole thing has left a sick feeling in my stomach. I just can’t believe people can get away with this and there is really nothing we can do. But thanks for your help

  27. #27 by Dan Katz on January 19, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    Nick – I can get anyone’s name and adress – via any phone book. There are lots more adavnced ways to get this information. This is all a scam and let them try to collect. Pay it no mind and have fun hanging up on these folks. Then if they ever try anything contact your state representative and attorney general. That is what they are there to help solve such issues.

  28. #28 by Ernie Neal on January 30, 2010 - 7:35 pm

    I was contacted by these people and i never gave any information to them, yet i started receiving magazines.
    I contacted the Federal Do Not Call list and reported them to the Feds.
    I have received no further calls from any magazine organazation since reporting them to the feds. It worked for me you might give it a try.

  29. #29 by Shawna on February 2, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    Im not really sure what happened to me. i had never spoken to these people before and i got a call today saying it was ‘Debbie’ from the reader whatever and they had charge my bank account 40 dollars and would be doing so every month for 60 months for some stupid magazine subscription. and that i was getting sent a pink package for a $1000 walmart shopping spree. i dont do shopping sprees online! I checked with my bank 20 minutes later and sure enough they had tried to charge my checking account. luckily i caught it within hours of the charge and put a hold on my debit card (which is what they tried to use, i have shopped online for xmas) and they can no longer charge me. as soon as i got home they called me telling me i had to give them more information becuase they were involving the FBI. i guess they wernt to happy with me. if anyone has any advice or any idea how they could charge my bank card without being authorized please id like to hear it!

  30. #30 by Shawna on February 2, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    they are also using a new number here in South Caronlina 352-688-3694 as well as 954-782-6307 they have called me on those as well as on unknown numbers so beware!

  31. #31 by Dan Katz on February 2, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    Shawna – Amzon and others provide credit card information to a variety of advertisers that encourage you to sign up for freebies. Then hidden in the fine print says they will charge your card a high amount for years for something like a magainze subscription. This is well documented and I will post the URl to some of these articles.

  32. #32 by Mark Freeman on February 8, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    Dan,
    I was called by these people (Readers’ Service) while at work and told I had clicked on their offer on the internet. They offered 5 magazines for 5 years and a 1,000.00 shopping spree for the low price of 4.90 a month. I just received the paperwork saying the monthly is 49.90 a month. I called them and said I’m not interested at that price. They said a financial supervisor will call me in the next couple of days. They have already hit my bank card for 49.90. I am canceling that card first thing tomorrow and meeting with an attorney. I am also submitting a complaint to the Ohio Attorney General, and complaining to all magazines they claim to provide. How bad can they hurt my credit?

  33. #33 by Gayle Masarie on February 24, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    I received a call yesterday from’Reader’s services and Rep,Linda lee,saying my name had been drawn and I would be entered in the July drwing for $5000. They said I would receive two magazines free,for a year,Martha Stewart and GoodHousekeeping and that I could cahnge these out any time. I also would recive $1000 grocery money. Yhey asked which credit card i preferred and said I would only have to subscribe to TV guide for 60 months for $53.48 over five payments. Then they said a supervisor would be calling to verify. Also they said I had to stay enrolled with TV guide for the full term. I should have been suspiscious then., Anyway,I gave them my debit card number. Linda Lee gave me a phone number with a (404) area code. When i tried to call that to cancel it was bogus. I called my bank and they had already deducted $53.46. I filed a dispute and put a hold on that and will probably have to get a new card. I also had gotten numerous calls from an ‘Indian’ with the Florida number and tried to tell me I had won money,amounts that changed each time they called. They said in order for them to send me my winnings I had to pay $499 for processing.

  34. #34 by jo on February 27, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    they keep bothering me too!

  35. #35 by Hilda on March 17, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    I am so glad to hear that others are also on the scam list. I just got one of their threatening calls. I also get the bit about turning me over to a collection agency. I am notifying my credit cards about this and have filed a complaint to the FTC. I will also file one to the Texas Attorney General.

  36. #36 by Rick Steve on March 22, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    National readers’ service
    po box 3863
    Shawnee Mission, Kansas
    United States
    Phone: 1-800-304-8567

    Publishers Renewal Service
    10406 Shawnee Mission Parkway
    Shawnee Kansas 66216
    U.S.A.
    Phone: 800-304-8550

    I was fooled by these assholes twice. 1st when i was in college in 2003, I believe when they did the whole free Diamond watch thing. Well the 2nd time was when I had started my new job in January 2010. I told them that I did not want it but they insisted that i was on an automatic renewal, they had already paid the magazine company in advance, but then offered me 39.90 a month for 30 months instead of 59.90 a month for 60 months. I was in the middle of work at the time so i was a bit distracted. I stupidly/grudgingly agreed. I was so angry about this it made me sick and i lost sleep over this. I just bought a new house a month before, car payments, renovations that need to be done. I told them that, and they were stills dicks about it. Well, I submitted complaints to BBB they never responded to me. I submitted a complaint to FTC, they don’t do individual complaints. I contacted my Attorney General for NY Andrew Cuomo. I got a letter about 2, 3 weeks later that his office got my letter and that they are going to send a copy of my letter to the NRS. That was 2 weeks ago. I logged into my bank account thinking that I would have less than $50 in there. Boy I was surprised. I had 2 credits to my account. Andrew Cuomo and his office did the job i needed them to do. I gave him both addresses (listed above). I fought NRS and I won this time. Now, most people would say that i was stupid to even let them do this to me the 1st time. You are correct. I was not thinking. I want this company gone!! I feel bad for everyone that has fell victim to this. Send a letter to your state’s Attorney General. This world sucks, and we are struggling to survive. I hope that I have helped someone with this info. We need to look out for each other.

  37. #37 by James on April 7, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    I just got a call from Reader Services located in Colorado. My wife answered the phone and the young lady asked for me by name. My wife handed me the phone and I asked who was calling, the lady told me Waneta from Credit & Collections Services. Waneta informed me she was calling about my magazine subscriptions I have. I asked her which magazine she was calling about? She told me the one for $3.99 per week for 60 months. I told her, I don’t have that kind of subscription. I asked her again which magazine she was called about? She said she was verifying information, she asked if I had a credit card, checking or savings account. I said, yes I do. She then asked if I was employed and who I worked for, I told her I’m in the military, she then asked if I make over or under $25K per year. I told her over. She told me her supervisor would call me in a few minutes to verify my subscription. I asked her who she was with, she told me Reader Services, I asked where is she calling from, she said Colorado, I also asked who would be calling me, she told me her supervisor Ashley or someone else. Sure enough, less than five minutes later, Ashley called and asked if Waneta had spoken with me about my subscription. I told her yes, however Waneta wasn’t very knowledgeable about my magazine subscription at which time Ashley, hung up the phone.

  38. #38 by Kim on April 10, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    Can anyone please give me advice on what to do? I recently got dupped into this scam. The first call I recevied was from a new employee (I forgot his name) he had said that I was entered into the sweepstake to win countless prizes. I regretfully accepted to be entered and they said I will be receiving magazines for my service. He then said his supervisor will call me to confirm. The next day the supervisor named Brian called and how sickening, he was making jokes and being very polite while I gave him my information. I really wished I would’ve ended the call the first time they called. Only after we hung up, I did research on the internet and found out this whole thing is a scam. I tried calling the numbers that showed up on my phone (I really do not know how they got my name, address, and cell phone number), but it would just ring and ring. They tried to take money out of my savings account, but it was pending so I went to my bank and cancelled my card and I am so grateful it didn’t go through. When I was talking with the new employee the first time they called, he asked me my card number, and since I didn’t know which card he was talking about, I gave him the fiirst one and he said that was the wrong card, than I gave him the second one. After I cancelled my card, I got the other card cancelled. Today, I received a letter from them stating my magazines will be mailed to me. Can anyone tell me what to do if the magazines do come and I can not cancel the service? And will my credit turn bad, since they know my information? I am in need of help here, as probably many more people are in the same situation. I just don’t know what to do about all of this.

  39. #39 by Dan Katz on April 11, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    This is the classic case for these folks. In the future, never provide your credit card or bank information to anyone unless you initiate the call. Also, “new” employee claim is likely bogus. the would all say such a thing in their efforts to get access to your financial information. The best thing to do is call your state attorney general’s office. Explain what has occurred and then FOLLOW UP in WRITING. Keep copies of everything and keep a log of these calls from these folks – and simply hang up on them. No matter what do not provide them further information about you at all without consulting your attorney general’s office.

  40. #40 by Adrienne on April 17, 2010 - 3:00 am

    well I fail. I signed up thinking hell if i sign up they stop calling and maybe I’ll get a magazine or two then cancel. well f*** that. haven’t gotten one magazine. calling the bank tomorrow to see if they can block the payment that’s a hold right now. getting the number to the company (btw the fraud department of you bank should have the number) and asking them to cease and desist. have my card canceled and put an end to this crap. as soon as this is cleared I will be taking out one magazine subscription through the company for that particular magazine. no third party crap anymore. glad I learned early i’m only 19. got time and some money to spare. just not this much money x.x thanks for the all the suggestions for handling this mess.

  41. #41 by Dazzle on June 16, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    Two calls today in less than 6 hours, no message the first time, no one on the other end the second. (I don’t wait more than three seconds for someone to respond to a ‘hello’.) I’m registered with the Do Not Call list and I did file a complaint about this number with the government website. I’d urge everyone to do the same.

  42. #42 by Jen on June 17, 2010 - 10:47 pm

    I just got three calls from these guys today, I told them each time I did not enter a sweepstakes but they kept saying my credit card companies entered me, however they kept asking me what card (visa, MasterCard, amex) I use and if I could verify the number. Each time I told them I know this is a scam but the keep calling. They are calling from a blocked number and unfortunately I have to answer because some of my family and my work comes up blocked. I told them I was on the do not call list but they didn’t care, I don’t know how they got my number and how to make them stop calling me.

  43. #43 by Jessica G. on June 21, 2010 - 8:58 pm

    Jen, the same thing just happened to me. They called from “Reader Services” which first gave me pause, because I have a Sony Reader. Earlier this evening I had an unknown call with no message, so I picked up this time to see who it was out of curiosity. Goes on some spiel about how one of the major credit card companies gave my info to them to enter me in a sweepstakes, and wanted me to confirm whether I had one, and I’m sure would have verified my CC number if I continued the conversation. I stopped before giving him an answer if I had one of those cards asking for more info on who they were. Vague answers, so I say I am not interested.

    Then he has the nerve to say, “If you hang on for three more minutes I can make sure no one calls you again.” I still say, no, I am not interested, and he says, “Well, have it your way then” and hangs up. I was never rude, but I can still see this guy gleefully entering into the computer to call me twenty times a day. If they do, I will file complaints (with warning) and if all else fails, it’s whistle in their ear time (not the nice kind, we’re talking lifeguard whistle).

    No idea how they got my number as it is unlisted.

  44. #44 by AmaneEr on June 22, 2010 - 8:25 pm

    Well these ppl call me asking me to varify my information and then they ask me to subscribe to magazines and I said I’m not interested in reading any magazines and he was insisting on me picking one and I said no I am not interested so he was like that’s okay we will send u a 1000 gift card. Lol I didn’t give my credit card number or anything like that so I’m glad lol.

  45. #45 by scammed on June 25, 2010 - 11:56 am

    i guess im just the latest victim.i hope im not a victim of identity theft.

  46. #46 by gordon on July 6, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    “Letisha” from Readers Services just called me and explained that she works for “the company that publishes your magazines.” When I asked why all of my magazines would have the same publisher, she stumbled a bit, then tried to explain something about how my subscriptions are ending early and they’re trying to prevent that. That’s about the point where I had entered the company name in google and pulled up a bunch of sites like this, so I hung up.

  47. #47 by Lynn Hodur on July 6, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    I am also being plagued by these horrible people and have been sick over this and had many sleepless nights. I am documenting every publication telemarketing call (day-time-details), have gone to the national DO-NOT-CALL lists, and am going to report to the FTC and local authourities my findings and change account info at my bank etc. What a nightmare!!!!! These people are ruthless and I asked the one guy how does he sleep at night and he said “It’s a Job!!!!!”

  48. #48 by Jessica on July 12, 2010 - 7:29 pm

    Hi, I got a call from Capitol Rewards. Having a Capitol One card that has actual rewards I gave out my CC # and my address. Within a month I had exorbantant charges on my card from orgnizations that I do not recall being on the list of venders this Capitol Rewards mentioned. I called my card company and they cancelled the card. I ended up finding a couple of the companies that charged me and got back about 50% of what I paid. I called it a win from there.

    I continued to recieve magazines such as Latina, Glamour, and INC. Finding no use for them and not being a fan of clutter I continued to call and call to cancel my subscription. Turns out that it’s just this maze of companies.

    Like many of you I tell the callers to stop calling, my # is on the DNC list and they’re wasting their time with me as the CC assocaited with this so-called account is cancelled. They hang up on me frequently.

    Today I got another call, I get about 2 a day every couple of weeks then it goes down to one every few days. It has a frequency all of it’s own.

    My biggest concern is my credit. I never gave out my social security number so can anyone give me some piece of mind that they won’t be able to hit my credit? I’m worried about this most.

    If the states’ Attorney General has declared this a scam or is investigating then I am likely going to piggy back on these other complaints and hope that we have power in numbers.

  49. #49 by Terri on July 15, 2010 - 7:23 pm

    I have been receiving calls from a place called “Readers Services”. They claim that the magazines that I subscribe to are now under them. I have never heard of this place. They told me this evening that I owed them 24 payments of an amt of $49.95 a month and this amt would be deducted out of my checking acct each month.I proceeded to tell them that this was not going to happen and they told me that a “supervisor” would be contacting me. I think that I am going to call one of my magazines to see if they have ever heard of Readers Digest.

    • #50 by Dan Katz on July 21, 2010 - 7:35 pm

      Remember, you can always simply hang up and ignore a call. Fine – have someone call you and you can hang up on them as well. Meanwhile, call your bank and inform them that you are being scammed and need to close your account and open a new one. This may be a hassle but is a way to protect you from harm.

  50. #51 by tricia on July 15, 2010 - 9:47 pm

    My daughter called me tonight, asking what to do apparently she signed up with VIP reader services who had a “special deal” 5 pmts fo $40 and she would get magazines for 4 years. The catch was 5 of the 7 magazines were a bundle she couldnt change. She noticed recently they were still debiting her card ( eight mos later) and went to their website were she requested contact. (they never contacted her) so she called her bank and cancelled her card. Well that got someones attention!! Today they called and threatened her with collection if she did not resume the pmts. She told them it was supposed to be only 5 pmts, they said NO she had to pay for 2 years!!!. My daughter works full time, goes to college and is raising my grandson. She would NEVER have agreed to this commitment, they said they will call tomorrow and play her the recording, however after reading the previous postings here, it is likely that the tape will have been “doctored”. I told my daughter if they call back tomorrow under no circumstances to give any more information, and to contact the AG here in Wisconsin. Boy these jerks really get around don’t they??? Any other suggestions you can make will be appreciated!!!

    • #52 by Dan Katz on July 21, 2010 - 7:33 pm

      Have her clearly document the conversations and record any new conversations. Then have everything nicely packaged and sent to your state attorney general’s office and your credit card complaint services. Then if they call always ask for a supervisor to state that a complain has been filed with your state attorney general and ask for further contact information for their lawyers.

      • #53 by Sharon Cooper on July 23, 2010 - 3:03 pm

        Finding this site makes me feel not so alone for sure! I had a ridiculous phone conversation with a Readers Service just moments ago. It would have been hysterical if not so infuriating. I got a phone call from them a few days ago and the lady talked so fast that I couldn’t understand her. She sounded like she wanted me to renew a subscription. I asked which company she represented. Nothing. I said that she was nuts to think I would agree to anything without knowing that. She said that I would get something in the mail listing which subs “needed” to be renewed. The letter came today and listed were 4 mags I have never subscribed to. Something made me look on the Internet for Mazazine Subs Scams and whoola! What an education! I read the FTC guidelines that should corral these mag sub scammers. Then I called them back. I complained about the 4 mags not being what I would ever order. She said that those mags were not being sent from them. Lie #1. I pointed out that it was written here on their company invoice. Lie #1 repeated. She said that the records show that I had clearly ordered them on 7/19. #2. She said that they haven’t even billed me. #3 I told her that it’s right here on the invoice it had past due amount and current amount due. ( at least 2 months it would appear) #4. She said that my complaint fell within the 5 or 7 days allowed to cancel the sub. ( not if I owed from sometime in early June) #5 Finally I said “No wonder the FTC is following scams like yours and other reader mag subcribers. I’m reading it right now as we speak”. ( Okay, my first and only lie to her!) Must have offended her. She hung up. Boy do I feel empowered now!
        I plan on putting it on the agenda at a civic group I belong to and a Senior citizen weekly luncheon. Anybody that searches just “Magazine Scams” will find the FTD site I referred to and a few more sites down is one “How to Identify Magazine Subscription Scams”. Hope some of this helps someone or someone’s children or neighbors,etc..

  51. #54 by mayra on July 19, 2010 - 8:52 pm

    hi I feel so bad!!! I got scammed too and the worst part is that I found out about this too late I’m almost done with the payments! I’m so angry I want my money back but I don’t know what to do.. is there a way to get my money back? can please someone tell me what to do

    • #55 by Dan Katz on July 21, 2010 - 7:32 pm

      There is little chance you will be able to get your money back. getting money from a reputable company is hard enough. Getting money from a company that appears to routinely scams tens of thousands of people will be near impossible. the only chance you have is to contact your credit card company.

    • #56 by GOgetEM on July 29, 2011 - 9:18 pm

      United Readers’ Services Inc
      13400 Madison Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44107-4789 (216) 228-8833 () ?

      Take a bat down to their office and bash a few cars

    • #57 by Cindy on September 20, 2011 - 11:05 pm

      This is the main place that I have worked for and to send complaints about: There direct number for employee’s is 757-490-9860. I worked here for two weeks before I relized how we were scaming customers…the “free diamond watch” only cost the company $2 bucks each and as far as I know there are no real sweepsteaks drawings…I needed a job, and it was a quick job to get and I am sorry for anyone I have sold to. Do not work here!! The person the employee talks to too call in sick or whatever is JR, just ask for him and they will put you through. Not sure if this will help anyone but I noticed how NRS the fake company we say in the script has a D- on the BBB website and IMA (International Marketing Association, Inc.) rating is great, which is the actual company that we as employees are not allowed to say on the phone.
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  52. #58 by Maria on July 20, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Unfortunately, I too got tricked into buying all these magazine I don’t even read. Is there a way to cancel my subscription? Thanks a lot.

    • #59 by Dan Katz on July 21, 2010 - 7:30 pm

      Call your credit card company and in the future realize that any such cold calls are ridiculous. Apply common sense and the fact that anyone who calls your home for something is likely not a good deal. if you had wanted something in the first place you would have reached out to someone.

  53. #60 by Art on July 20, 2010 - 4:30 pm

    I’ve begun getting these calls also, just received one about 20 minutes ago. When I told the youg lady that I was recording the call, she hung up. I did manage to record a call on 7/19, and got a name, “Peter Small”. This may be an alias. I suggest that all purchase a recorder that will record your conversations leagally, and inform caller of such. Also, call your card servers and explain to them what is going on. You can close that account number and have a new one issued to the acct.. I realize that might be a temporary inconvience, but it one that will save you much stress and save your credit.

  54. #61 by Carol on July 21, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    I called my credit card company and told them not to accept any charges from Reader’s Services. I have had the exact same experience as above – they have called 5 times and won’t let me go. When I ask for a supervisor they hang up. So, so frustrating because they won’t stop calling. Next time they call, I’m immediately telling them that I’m reporting them to the Better Business Bureau!!!

    • #62 by Dan Katz on July 21, 2010 - 7:29 pm

      Glad top hear you took action. My efforts to the BBB have simply continued their poor rating. I am glad to hear you will reinforce it as well.

  55. #63 by Dan Katz on July 21, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    To everyone who reads this post. I am no lawyer. I provide nothing but things that I would do and things that I think are common sense. I cannot be held liable for anything that results from actions taken, or not taken from what you read hear or anywhere else. Hey, I am just sharing my own experience and encouraging others to do the same to get these folks and others off our backs.

  56. #64 by T-Rae on August 3, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    I just gave this company an updated mailing address, minus the apartment number, but would not agree to any kind of payment. When I asked for reader service’s phone number to get an copy of the original contract, they beat around the bush about forwarding my information to a supervisor. I am being called about an automatic renewal for magazines I don’t get and never would have wanted. They say my service started 2.5 years ago, or that it started 6.5 years ago, (but the old address they have is is about 5.5 years old).
    I got off the phone with them without giving any more information, and after reading these complaints here and elsewhere, I will not give any more information to them at all.
    I wonder who to contact to report the scam, the FCC, since it is done by telephone? I will look into that.

    • #65 by Dan Katz on August 4, 2010 - 6:06 am

      You should report this to your state attorney general and the FTC.

  57. #66 by Ed on August 8, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    Your Readers Service experiences closely parallel mine. After incessant calls to solicit with a promise to review contract, they got enough info to start debiting one of our accounts. They provided no written copy of contract, saying that verbal consent was recorded and stands, but it would take a few days to replay. The list goes on. We have filed with the state AG consumer fraud division, stopped payment on the auto-debit, and called Readers Service and told them what action we are taking to protect our identity from theft and finances from fraud. We have not heard back from them. Billing notices from them get “No Account Exists” and returned to them. If we receive magazines, I go to the mag’s website and explain that I do not authorize Readers Service to use my personal identity information and to please stop sending magazines. 100% success so far.
    Companies like this are persistent parasites: they try to browbeat and bully people into believing that the terms are theirs to dictate, that we have no recourse. They are wrong.

  58. #67 by Mai on August 21, 2010 - 12:23 am

    Hi,
    I was just on the phone with them today and they definitely have this down pretty good. He started off by saying that I was put into a contest to win some money by one of my credit card companies and listed visa, discover, etc and asked which was my favorite and I replied visa. he then asked how old i was and what my occupation was and i responded. he then goes on to tell me that as thanks, they’re sending me a watch with a diamond in it, etc and that they’re offering a magazine subscription. but of course, he talked so fast that i missed the payments for that. after a few seconds, i asked him if the magazines were free and he said no, it’s $$$ per week. i was like no thanks, i don’t want it and he said that it’s all part of a packaged deal and i’m like then i don’t want it, which then he promptly hung up on me. he verified my home address and tried to get my work phone which i didn’t give to him, but i’m afraid i gave him too much info including verifying my address (which he already had) and then telling him my age and occupation. i didnt’ give him any credit card or bank numbers…. do they already have this information?!?! should i expect some sort of paper bills?!?

  59. #68 by Cassie on August 30, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    The EXACT same thing happened to me just a few minutes ago that happend to “Mai.” I hope that i didn’t accidntally sign up for something by mistake. I did not give any extra info, but he already had my address and such. while on the phone with him i googled this place and saw it was a scam and said I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING SENT TO ME and I hope he got the memo and isn’t sending anything else. What should I do? How did they get this info in the first place?

  60. #69 by Ashley on September 12, 2010 - 2:38 pm

    I was so dumb…they have all my information…they just took money out of my account and…I’m in college…i very much need that money…im gonna call my credit card company and tell them not to accept any such billing from here on out. I received a call from the scammers several days ago and the next day, after realizing my mistake, and told them that I wanted to cancel my subscription…they still billed me a couple days later…will they ever stop? will my banking company comply when i tell them to no longer accept billing from them? what should I do?

  61. #70 by Amanda on September 28, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    I was on the phone seconds ago with a woman who was trying to tell me i was entered in a sweepstakes! She sounded very unprofessional so I asked her for her company name, and when I googled it, voila! Here is this post! I immediately asked her to please not call again. She replied, “Oh, you’re not interested?” And when I said no, she promptly hung up! Needless to say I was a little surprised at the rudeness! This is obviously not legit!

  62. #71 by Madelyn on October 2, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    My son got scammed a couple of nights ago. When we got home, he was on the telephone with them. They were telling him he was going to get a $1,000.00 shopping spree and that they needed his credit card number. Before we could stop him, he had already given his debit card number to them. We told him to tell them to cancel it then he called and cancel his card but they had already processed a charge for $49.99. The charge has dropped off for the time being but once it post, I’m going to have him dispute the charge with the bank.

  63. #72 by Andrea on October 9, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    they called me and and said they pulled my name out of a drawing or something like that. they said i won a $1000 gift certificate that i could spend over the internet and it would be awarded if i participated in theyre magazine company im only obligated to participate in the 30 dollar fee and they are sending me the certificate with my magazines.. i went to my bank and so far 30 dollars is all they have taken out i gave them my debit card # yesterday btw. im not sure if its a scam. they said i could call and cancell my account at any time?? what do you think???

    • #73 by DARLENE on October 11, 2010 - 4:41 pm

      ANDREA I WOULD CALL MY BANK AND BLOCK ANY MORE TRANSACTIONS UNTIL YOU ARE NOTIFIED. GOOD LUCK ….

    • #74 by Courtney on September 1, 2011 - 4:27 pm

      Andrea,
      i just called and tried to cancel my account and they said that they now had an obligation to the publishers and i kept asking if i could do anything or talk to the publishers and they kept saying that they couldn’t do anything and i can’t cancel my account. i would suggest talking to your bank.

  64. #75 by Darlene on October 11, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    Here is a new one….i got a call months ago from god knows what …i get them all the time., then im getting dozens of magazines in the mail ??? Not sure why or how ….im still getting them., they call constantly and refuse to give me any info other then reader services., the last call was 11pm on a sunday night …i couldnt beleive someone was calling this late. Now keep in mind i have been checking a month for a charge on any of my credit cards and there have been none, but im getting tons of magazines., they said i owed money and wanted my credit card number which of course i explained to the woman that i have cancelled this service not knowing how i received it and i would gladly send back all these magazines some of which I have never heard of….of course she requested a card number again and i will never give any of those numbers out. I cancelled with her also and she told me not to be rude lol….she informed me that someone from billing would call me and hung up….havent heard a word. Cannot send anything back …no return address….so in the meantime i have at least 3 stacks of magazines piled up ….ANYONE NEED FREE MAGAZINES ??? LOL….GOOD LUCK ALL….I AT LEAST AM NOT BEING BILLED OR CHARGED FROM WHAT I CAN TELL…..I WILL KEEP WATCHING THOUGH….

    • #76 by Anne on June 27, 2011 - 4:54 pm

      Just write REFUSED on the address sticker of your magazine. It will go back to the sender..whoever it is. These are some REALLY bad people and need to be reported to the BBB.

  65. #77 by Laura on October 22, 2010 - 7:38 pm

    I got a phone call from them like two weeks ago, around 8 or 9 in the morning ( i was sleeping >.<) so i dont really remember what the representative said, but seemed like he had already my adress and stuff. Well, the thing is that i provided all the information (including credit card). I received a mail with my first charge of $68, so i google the company and found some information about scams and fraud, so i called them the next day and tried to cancelate it, but ended up accepting the magazines with a 85% off… I still havent receive any magazine, but, do you think i screw me up? :S

  66. #78 by gladis on November 17, 2010 - 11:39 am

    I just got a call from this company claiming to be Readers Services advising me of being in some type of sweepstake to win 5000.00 or eligible for 100,000.00. I was asked for another contact tel and address as well as what credit cards that I have. I work for a credit card company fraud dept and was on alert from the moment i got call. First off it was an unknown call normally I don’t answer those. I immediately advised the caller that I am not going to provide him with any information per I do not know who he is. The caller got really angry and said that he thought that he ahd an optimistic person on phone and that he do not have time for this get away from him and he hung up. Please be careful out there in terms of who you provide information to. From the moment I asked this guy who he was I knew this had to be a scam been working fraud for too long I knew this was not legit and besides I have never heard of this company and even if I had known them I did not subscribe for any thing so I knew it was bogus.

  67. #79 by Sue on February 11, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    I just got a call from Dale of Reader’s Services telling me I was in a drawing for $5,000.00 and eligible for a $100,000.00 drawing. Claimed it was through Publishers. when I asked Publisher’s Clearing house, he said yes. He had all of my info, name, address, phone. Wanted to know which credit cards I had, told him that but never gave him any numbers and turned down the magazine subscriptions. He ended up hanging up abruptly when I told him didn’t want the magazines but can he access my credit card accounts without the numbers? Also promised to send me a new watch just for being in the drawing.

  68. #80 by Chris on March 6, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    “Shanna” from Readers Services called us this Sunday to tell us that in 9 days they will start billing my card 79.99 for the next 26 months for magazine subscriptions. After my wife repeated very loudly that she didn’t want the magazines and never signed up in the first place, I got on the phone and tried to get information. They are out of Florida, they have my address and they have the last four of my credit card. Could they per chance have only the last four of my card and be using that as leverage to scare us into thinking we actually signed up for a 80/month magazine subscription? After repeating her fraudulent claims, she tried to get me to agree to 59.99 for 20 months instead, that she was doing me a favor! Remember, you didn’t consent for any of there business so don’t let me talk you into paying for anything. The call-backs are sure to start soon

  69. #81 by candy on April 12, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    My situation is exactly as described by post #23 by Chris. Less than 5 minutes ago I had that same conversation with them. They said 79.90 for 24 months, and if I did not cancel by midnight tonight I would be automatically renewed for 10 years!!! Then he said he would do me a favor and cancel the renewal, and drop my payments to 59.99 for 20 months. Then he proceeded to tell me that he has worked there for three years and the only thing that the company did for him as an employee was 39.90 a month. Just does not seem right. Not to mention I had this call with a woman from this company a few months ago and I had to change all of my credit card and debit card numbers, and block their number from my phone, now instead of calling from an 800 number they call from ‘239’. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!!!!

  70. #82 by AJ on April 15, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    I received a call 8 months ago saying my bank had entered me into this as a preferred customer. Long story short I eventually figured it was a scam. When I cancelled my account they tried calling for new account info. I tried to cancel with the woman on the phone and she told me I couldn’t and that they pay for the mags in advance and that im bound by contract. She then hung up. I am no longer billed and my credit score does not reflect any accounts as late or in collection. Today I received a collection notice from a law firm in colorado stating I owed 1199.17. Im not sure if it s legit or not. Any advice?

    • #83 by max on August 18, 2011 - 3:44 pm

      I am in the same situation. They said they sent me to a law firm for collections. It says they are called Silverman law firm. I don’t really know what to do either besides ignore them. What have you done?

  71. #84 by Sharmaine on April 20, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    I had recieved a letter from magazine readers service last week & they had said the same thing y’all was talking about. I was wondering can you guys help me on what to??

  72. #85 by Hamikka on April 29, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Today I received a call on my cell phone with no caller ID coming in as “unknown number”. The girl said her name was Megan and that my name had come up as a ‘sweepstake winner’. She had my first name correctly. She asked if I had a MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover card. I answered I DID NOT have any of these cards. Then she asked if I had a ‘Debit’ card with any of these logos (MasterCard, Visa, etc). I answered no, I do not. Then I asked her the name of the company she represented? She said “Readers Services”. I then asked, where is you company located. She mumbled something and said she was located in Montana. I asked again WHERE is the company located. She mumbled again and said she was in Montana. I then asked her the URL to her company’s website. She answered ‘the company’ did not have a website. I asked for the FULL NAME of her company (I was at my computer to look it up) but then she hung-up the phone. I’ve checked my statements and there are no charges as of now. I will post again if something comes up.

  73. #86 by Cassandra on May 19, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    Readers Services is now upping their game. When they called my job they said how would I like to receive some free magazines to exchange with my friends or co-workers and that the magazines were free. I should have known better. Within two minutes it was the magazines costs $3.00 and I could pay it at any time. Then she wanted to put me in touch with her manager so he could verify my information. When the manager got on the phone it went up from $3.00 to $26.00. I wrote a check they took my money and I have seen no magazines. I won’t ever fall for this trick again.

  74. #87 by GAYLE on May 25, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    I JUST RECEIVED ONE OF THESES CALLS ! I AM SOOO MAD ! I DID NOT ORDER ANY MAGAZINES SO THEY TELL ME IT COULD HAVE BEEN A SUBSCRIPTION FROM A YEAR AGO. WELL~~NO WAY ! I DON’T ORDER MAGAZINES, PERIOD. THE GUY SAID MY CREDIT CARD WOULD BE BILLED. I HUNG UP AND CALLED MY CREDIT CARD COMPANY TO REPORT THIS AS A FRAUD. THERE WAS ALREADY A CHARGE FOR $119 WHICH I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. I WILL NOW BE ISSUED A NEW CARD AND AND THIS CHARGE WILL NOT BE DEDUCTED FROM MY ACCOUNT.

  75. #88 by Mr. Walker on June 6, 2011 - 1:21 am

    I work for readers service. The only information we are provided with is your Telephone Number, Name, Address, City, and State. The only information we ask is your Age, Occupation, and Credit Card type (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover)

    6 Magazines for 3.83 per week, A Diamond Quartz Watch (Free for participating) and an entry to the sweepstakes, 3 Drawings for $5000 in Cash, and a Grand Prize of $100,000.

    If we can’t reach the name, we often ask for a husband/wife and more often than not, they are more than happy to subscribe to our services with or without your knowledge.

    If you idiots had half a brain, all you have to do is just hang up the phone when you hear the sales pitch, you don’t have to buy any thing, we haven’t charged your cards unless you’ve given us permission.

  76. #89 by Jorge on June 8, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    That’s anyone have the phone number of card services

  77. #90 by Susan McDaniel on June 11, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    I tried to cancel my magazines when they called to offer me a one time payment. I don’t know why I said yes in the first place…but then I received every magazine I would not want. Since they would not cancel, my credit card company told me to cancel my card and they could not take anymore payments. A little inconvenience but a lesson well learned.

  78. #91 by Cynthia on June 14, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Hey everybody, I started getting calls Sunday night. They will not stop. Unfortuanately for me I verified info with them. Fortuanately for me however, they had the wrong expiration date on my debit card so nothing was taken out although they tried. So far I deactivated my debit card, blocked the numbers I identified from my cell phone (1-800-555-1212, 1-800-436-8130 abd 651-788-9375). When they called again today I hung up on them. I decided to change my cell number which I did with my provider and after telling my provider the circumstances they waived the fees for this service that they normally charge. I filed a report with my local police dept, I have a case number and can get a copy of the report in 72 hrs. I talked to a detective regarding the situation. I intend to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office.I also intend to contact each of the three credit bureaus and put a fraud alert out on my information. I have filed 2 complaints with the National Do Not Call Registry which is operated by the FTC. In addition to filing the complaints with the registry I asked them to also provide me with a printed copy of my complaint. I am documenting every step I make using a timeline. I am doing what I can to protect myself.

  79. #92 by Cynthia on June 15, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Does any one know if Magazine Services and National Readers Services are connected/affliated?

  80. #93 by Mr.smart on June 16, 2011 - 6:51 pm

    I just got a call from them telling me that I won a 1000 dollar shopping spree online… Yeah right just so happend I par took a gamestop thing to win a 500 card. Awkward how i do this and they call me, but the called from this number 800-845-2074 anyone seen this number b4?

  81. #94 by Danny on June 18, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    I just got called by them. They say they’re calling from long distance…? Now I’m nervous that I may get charged with my cell phone carrier those calls (Verizon). Nonetheless, I’ve been suckered in once into a scam (stole about err…. $150) and never again am I falling for this. I don’t even remember the guys name but they call every few days and honestly I’m thinking of just changing my phone number so all the soliciting will stop. Be wary guys: you don’t recognize their names, their “company,” then don’t deal with them. You have the power to say “no” and click! They may sound nice on the other side but their way of business is wicked. I hope they realize what they are doing is horrible… I know a job is a job.. but seriously…

  82. #95 by MyName on July 13, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    Same story, these guys are scammers. They hijacked a companies name of Reader Service and are calling saying they are them. I called reader service from googleing and they have gotten numerous complaints and are trying to track them down. The lady was very forcefull in the conversation in saying I needed to pay or my CC will be charged. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFO! If you have simply change your CC are have your bank send you new ones.

  83. #96 by Tabitha on July 27, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Yeah I just got a call from the “Reader Services.” I didn’t give out my card number so they don’t have that. But unfortunately I got caught up in the “congratulations, and your a lucky winner” that I didn’t see this as a scam until I got my second call. I told them I didn’t want the magazine and I want them to take me off there list. The man that talked to me was saying that it was impossible, blah blah, they are sending me the bill. I am just not going to pay the bill and not accept the magazine that comes in. They don’t have anything down on writing that I agreed to this, so what can they do about it. They don’t have my Debit/Credit card number so they can embezzle my money, what harm can they do to me?

  84. #97 by crystal on August 31, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    I recently just had 3 accounts that I had to close now they are calling back saying I have a fourth. How can I have them proof it. What should I do? They also say they have the last four digits of my credit card but they need me to give them the rest because it is proof that it is me blah blah?

  85. #98 by Olga on September 4, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    I just had the same problem,a call came from a 1-800-555-1212, some lady name Angie, giving me the same story with the magazines, saying my renewal wa about to expire and they could cancel the renewal but I still had to finish with my subscription, and that I had 20 more months and they could discounted from $69.99 to $49.99. I told him I didn’t sign for any subscriptions and she said yes I did over 3 years ago, I told her I wanted a copy of that contract and she told me that had to go through a supervisor, I asked for a supervisor, she said it was not one availabe, then she asked me if the last 4 numbers of my credit card were xxxx , I don’t know how they got this info, but they also had my complete name and address. Then I asked for a phone number and gave me a 239 number, which is no answer, I told her I did not want any magazines, but somehow they went ahead and charged my account immediately $49.99, I reported this to the fraud department at my bank, and they told me they are very familiar with this scam, they cancelled my card and will reverse me the charge. So do not fall for this scammers. If you get caught up on the phone call, don’t let them intimidate you, best don’t talk to them. The company Reader’s Service exists, but the phone calls do not come from them.

  86. #99 by Carol on September 21, 2011 - 7:27 am

    My comments are same as above. I want the Co. to cancel the rest of my bill and refund what I have paid. I have a letter that was sent to me about cancellation, but I can`t afford to pay anything. I am on limited budget and cannot afford to pay. Our expenses go for pills and radiation as both my husband and I are being treated for cancer.

  87. #100 by mal on September 24, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    I just received a call from this company, and i am so ashamed to say that i fell for this scam 🙁 i am so disappointed in myself. i cannot believe i did this.. they called me while i was taking a nap and i’m a college student so the offers sounded great. they were very convincing.. as soon as i hung up, i thought to myself wow, this could be a scam so i googled.. and found all of this. i immediately called my bank to cancel my card and receive a new one. they said that once the transaction is no longer pending i can dispute it and my bank will pay me back the money. should i still call the scammers and cancel? i am really scared and freaking out.

  88. #101 by D-Reg on September 29, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    I was scammed by this company also. I was told I was being entered in a “sweepstakes” to win $25,000 and receiving a “diamond” watch. When they called me I asked for a call back number and the guy said they didn’t have one… O.o … So I gave him my debit card info and nothing else. Not my bank account # or ssn or anything. I found out about this company info, via my bank statement. Then I googled the company and found out
    1. There is NO sweepstakes.
    2. They give the same “conformation” number to everyone (C-208)
    3. The so-called diamond watch is not a watch made of diamonds but it is a cheap watch from a company named “diamond”. (WTF!!??!??!)

    So I called the company to cancel my subscription on the day the charge shown up on my account and he said I couldn’t cancel, I was obligated to pay for all the magazines because he already charged it to my account. Then, he asked me if it was a financial situation and I said yes and he said he can lower my payment from $39.31 to to $29.41 for extended months (so they can lower my payments by $10 but can’t cancel my subscription?!?!) Then I called back to cancel my subscription and another guy told my I was obligated to pay for the magazines and asked me if it was a financial situation and the i repeated “I WANT TO CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION!!” Then I exposed them, telling them I know about them not having a real sweepstakes. Then he told me I had to call some number about it, then he gave me some bogus number. So I called nrs again and some lady picked up and said I called a while ago about their “sweepstakes” (Which I’m guessing the guy i confronted had put in my info) and I told her “NO. I CALLED TO CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION”. Then she transferred me to her “supervisor” and then I told her “supervisor” that I wanted to cancel my subscription and then the stupid cunt told me I had to pay around $640 to cancel. Right after I heard that, I hung up reported them to the FTC and now I’m going to call my bank and tell them to block them and all the other companies they own from taking money out of my account. PS. If they cold call you, don’t get hooked in with their “nice” personality”, if they ask you for anything (Credit card info, Banking info, social security #, if they even ask you if you own a visa or mastercard etc., HANG UP!!! and go online and put your number on the “National Do Not Call” list.

    • #102 by Dan Katz on November 29, 2011 - 3:35 pm

      never give anyone your debit or credit card information unless you are reaching out to a known and trusted company. This is the first point and the most basic item that needs to be adopted by everyone. The only way to put these companies out of business is for the consumer to use common sense and stop enabling their scams. Sure we can have laws, regulations and so on – but scammers never will care. Be a smart consumer!

  89. #103 by Carol on October 10, 2011 - 11:56 am

    I still have no remedy for this disservice. I am going to contact co. again and see what happens. A person gets soooo angry!!!

    • #104 by Dan Katz on November 29, 2011 - 3:32 pm

      Contact the company and then also contact your state’s attorney generals office with a complaint. Keep track of these and other communications.

  90. #105 by Mishel on October 11, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    I just had the same expierence as #45 about 1hour ago. I almost fell for the scam, thank goodness some of my common sense kicked in! Lol She said her name was Corinka or something like that and that she was calling from thier office in Florida and that’s why our connection was not good. I was told this was a complementary call cause I was on the automatic renewal for 69.90per mo. for the next 30 mo, and wanted to verify if I still wanted to be on automatic renewal and they could lower my payments to 49.90 a mo for 20 mo. Whoa!!! There is no way I’d ever sign up for magazines at that price. She said I started this service over a year ago and that I used my MC, then wanted to get my credit card info saying that I would not be billed today that the automatic withdrawl would happen in 7-10 business days because that is when my renewal starts again anyway. I told her that card is no longer in use then she wanted to know if I had a debit card and what logo it had on it (visa or mastercard). I told her I wanted my original contract and that I wanted to cancel if I actually did sign up a year ago, she kept beating around the bush, wouldn’t give me a customer service line, originally she mentioned she was in the sales dept and could not cancel anything for me, then in mentioning the customer service # she said she “was like the only one in customer service available in the office”….I’m still waiting for the suposed “superviser” to call me back. I’ve already called my creditors, so I hope this is over. This was my very 1st personal scam it’s completely unnerving!!

  91. #106 by Louise on October 13, 2011 - 9:46 am

    I am in the same situation, trying to cancel and being told that because they have a recording saying that I agreed to it, I can’t ca el and will be sent to collections. I tried to cancel immediately after and could not get into contact with them, called my bank, they said cancel my card so it can’t be charged, but like I said now I’m being told I am obligated to pay for the full subscription and if I don’t pay it will go to collections and ruin my credit. Can anyone offer advice? I took a long time to build up my credit, so I don’t want to ruin it. Unfortunately, I got sucked in, my fault, if I can’t get out of it fine, but hoping I can. Thnx

  92. #107 by tnt on October 13, 2011 - 10:46 am

    I just received a call! The girl mumbled the whole time and actually asked for someone else’s name at first, when I said they had the wrong name she said that it was ok because the number was correct and she read off my exact number. She said I won a sweepstakes and asked if I used a credit or debit of MC, Visa, etc. I said NO just to be safe. I then asked who was sponsoring the sweepstakes and she said “Readers Service” I ask for a call back number and she said they did not have one. I hung up the phone. lol.

    They can’t charge without info correct? Because I didn’t give them ANY info!

    • #108 by Dan Katz on November 29, 2011 - 3:31 pm

      They are not SUPPOSED to be able to charge the card. however, get it cancelled/changed anyway as you are open to fraud. call the CC company and explain the issue. They are well-prepared to help.

  93. #109 by bernice on November 1, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    I have been working for readers services for 2 years and we arent a scam y’all are Just dumb if u dont want the services hang up duh hell if the number is blocked dont answer it

  94. #111 by Kathleen King on November 8, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    Just got another call from a guy ,”Jeffery”, from Reader’s Service asking me about how i liked my magazines. i told him to hang on i wanted to get a pen to take down some information. When i got back on the phone, he had hung up. i have had encounters with these magazine scammers before -more than a year ago. It started with a promo offer from Discover Card.i keep getting magazines i do not want-i have told them so- they say they will cancel the order and i just keep getting the calls and the magazine. They have no credit/debit card card info on me-and these crooks never will!

  95. #112 by Kathleen on November 8, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    hey bernice- whether YOU know it or not- your outfit IS a SCAM- the gang snags people by pretending to represent legit companies like Discover Card. The innocent folks accept the promo offers because RS callers conceal their true identities-then Readers Service or what ever they call themselves at the moment springs the trap on these poor trusting souls! Then RS callers try to and sometimes unfortunately get their victims to cough up the credit/debit info. Sooner or later your state attorney will come down on Readers Service aka…whatever!

  96. #113 by cathy on November 9, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    how is it a scam? i think if people want to buy magazines then its a great deal its nearly 40 percent of the news stand price u get 6 magazines 3 are free and three u pay for at the small frozen rete of just 3.83 a week they set u up on a consolidated billing plan and thats it u can also switch and change ur selections at any time at no extra cost not a bad service and before i bought i researched and they r monitered by the ftc alreaady so i doubt it is scam

    • #114 by Dan Katz on November 29, 2011 - 3:22 pm

      My guess is that this comment was put in place by someone at one of these scam companies. I leave it here as an example. Sure, if the deliverable was what was really the item in the pitch and had no “extras” or hidden items it might be a good deal. Really though, folks need to use common sense. if a deal sounds too good to be true than it probably is. If someone is paying loads to call folks to spread the word about an offer than the deal is likely not very good. If it were good then we would be reaching out to them.

  97. #115 by Kathleen on November 14, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    The initial promo offer was through Discover Card ,or, so i thought, it is a scam when a racket identifies itself as a legit company to trap people! read #55 again how can any one not understand that?

  98. #116 by teresa on November 15, 2011 - 6:51 pm

    I received a call this morning about sweepstakes. The guy introduced himself as Ryan and made his usual spiels about the magazine offer. He established “right-fitting” questions like if I do homecrafts, music and stuff so he said I will receive Rolling Stones, Home Craft magazines. He discussed about the charges and he talked so fast. He asked me to stay on the line so the supervisor could validate the info he got from me. I was also connected to an automated verifier (he made me review the charges and just say yes to everything) then gave me confirmation CA-208 and phone numbers 877-406-3195 for United Benefit Advanced and another number for ID something at 866-328-3795. He provided a tracking number 9071263 via the automated system and repeated it twice. Just a few minutes after the call ended, I asked my hubby to have my card cancelled because It was just that time I checked the internet about these phony numbers. I called United Benefits to have my name removed from their system but they could not find me. I was advised to call them after 48 hours, which i’ll really do. For now, my card is cancelled and put my number in the Do Not Call list site. Too bad, I have to keep in touch with my friends, which numbers are not listed on my phone. I guess, if its a legitimate call, somebody will text me saying they are trying to call me.

    • #117 by Dan Katz on November 29, 2011 - 3:20 pm

      The best thing to do is indeed to cancel any card right away. Also, just skip any pitches to begin. Imagine, if the deal was so good they would not be calling you. You would naturally hear about it and reach out to them. Also, the Do not call list has many loop holes. Do not expect to to block scammers. They would just ignore anything anyone put in place.

  99. #118 by MG on November 29, 2011 - 9:58 am

    I have been monitoring my bank account. Can someone tell me what name shows up on your account if you’ve been charge?

    • #119 by Dan Katz on November 29, 2011 - 3:15 pm

      This name will be different all the time. This is because these companies change the name constantly to keep folks off guard and get around blocks from the banks. What you really should be checking for is the name or any other charges that you are unaware. then do some research on your own and call your credit card company regarding any questionable charges.

  100. #120 by Bonnie S on December 20, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    Fortunately for me, I ended up canceling my credit card after only 1 payment (because somebody in another state had somehow used it). So now they do not have a good credit card number, which is good. But can they wreck my credit score or send it to collections and I would get in trouble that way? And does it help to send the magazines back to sender? Which is better to contact, the credit card company and the state Attorney General or BBB?
    Thanks so much

  101. #121 by CJ on December 21, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    i just got the same call saying i subscribed, so i call Suntrust to cancel my card. Lucky for me, I didn’t even have money in my card yet and messed up on the expiration date lol. Problem solved

  102. #122 by Diane Bauer on December 27, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    Yeh, they got me. They call saying that there has been some problems with deliveries in my area. Because I do get some magazines, I unfortunately fell for it, to the point of even “verifying” my credit card information (i.e. giving it to them).

    Had to change my debit card number.

    I’m trying to find an address for them so that I can officially write to them and tell them to cancel and that I feel I was coerced, etc.

    • #123 by Juanita Anderson on March 22, 2012 - 3:02 pm

      I GOT SCAMED GOOD I PAID OVER $1400.00 FOR MAGAZINES AFTER I PAID OUT THE MONEY IT’S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR GUESS WHAT THEY ARE CALLING ME AGAIN TRYING TO TELL ME THE COMPANIES WENT UP ON THEIR PRICES SO THEY HAVE TO CHARGE ME TO ACCOMODATE FOR THE INCREASE. THEY CAN WAIT FOR THE COWS TO COME HOME I’M NOT SENDING THEM A DIME. BURN ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU BURN ME TWICE SHAME ON ME HA I DON’T THINK SO

  103. #124 by Roger Frossard on December 30, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    This people identiffying themselves as READERS SERVICE keeping calling me from different numbers everytime asking how they are doing with the magazine delivery services. I keep telling them that they are a fraud and they don’t care. Someone has to get this people. I have already reported them many times to DO NOT CALL LIST.
    i have wrtitten to many of the magazines subscribed and they claim they can not do anything because the subscription comes from another company. Can any one help me on letting me know how we can stop this people stopping from continue with fraud?
    Sincerely,
    R, Frossard

    • #125 by DRD on March 7, 2012 - 12:27 pm

      Try to find out where they are calling from, and then contact the BBB for that area. Or submit a general complaint to the BBB. I also had some success with the state’s attorney general office. FBI also has some helpful links for scams.

  104. #126 by Linda Sardilli on January 2, 2012 - 9:52 pm

    I have been receiving these magazines that I did NOT order for the last 6 months. There is no phone # or address on the magazines so that I can send them back or notify the company that this is happening. When they call me, I tell them I didn’t order them and they say they have my voice on tape. I say no you don’t because I never ordered them. I asked them for there name and address and all they sais was Readers Service but would not give me their address. They just hung up! This kind of fraud is very frustrating and infuriating. I don’t know who to turn to in this matter.

  105. #127 by amber on January 5, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    i have been getting calls from them for the past week. i have asked to be taken off the call list and they say that they will, and the same night i will recieve not one, but two more calls at least. and they call late!! just a few minutes ago, Matt, from ‘readers services’ called me. when i said, very poliet..that i have asked to be removed from your call list, he cursed at me and hung the phone up. wow. that is what caused me to look this info up. we really need to get this so called company to stop.

  106. #128 by cheryl kaucher on January 15, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    well it looks like ive been sucked into this scam for a while i call to have it deactivated or stop being sent to me and they still want me to pay an outrageous amount of money to cancel my membership… what to do!

    • #129 by DRD on March 7, 2012 - 12:28 pm

      Try to find out where they are calling from, and then contact the BBB for that area. Or submit a general complaint to the BBB. I also had some success with the state’s attorney general office. FBI has some helpful links for scams too.

  107. #130 by Acorn74 on January 23, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    I also had a bad experience with these people very recently (16 Jan 2012). I won’t post the full story here – it is similar to others posted above. If you want to know the particulars of my story, just Google my name and Readers Services. Anyway, I am not sure that my saga has yet ended but FYI, I filed complaints with FTC/Do Not Call, BBB, Attorney General for that state (FL in my case), and I think also the FBI. I got a call back from the a woman with this company indicating that they received a complaint and they wanted to speak with me to resolve it. The voicemail message she left went silent for the space of 2 digits when she left her phone number. So I couldn’t return their call and therefore don’t know what their story would have been. I did however find that the charge had been removed from my credit card.
    So, people, file complaints. Apparently sometimes it works.

  108. #131 by Acorn74 on January 23, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    For those of you asking “What To Do” –

    File a complaint with the FTC and/or Do Not Call.
    http://www.ftc.gov
    http://www.donotcall.gov

    File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau
    http://www.bbb.org

    If you know which state they’re calling you from, file a complaint with that state’s Attorney General.
    http://www.naag.org/current-attorneys-general.php

    Also check out the FBI’s page on frauds and scams. File a complaint there, if appropriate.
    http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

    Submitting complaints to all these places might take 30-60 minutes. Some of the websites are easier to use than others.

    Note your case number for each complaint so you can follow it up.

    • #132 by Acorn74 on January 23, 2012 - 5:02 pm

      I meant, 30-60 minutes total to submit a report to all of these sites … not 30-60 minutes per complaint filed.

  109. #134 by BoilingPoint on February 28, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    I have been receiving weird magazines that I did not sign up for that have been shipping to my moms address. I recently received a call from Readers Services saying they wanted to reduce my payments to 20 payments of $60 a month. When I advised I did not order, did not want and was not going to pay for this service, I was told that collections would call me. I asked to speak to a supervisor or boss or for a phone number I could call to their accounting dept and they told me to have a nice day and hung up. He also advised I had 7 days to cancel and did not so now they are going to start billing me.

  110. #135 by Hello! on March 8, 2012 - 12:09 am

    Hey everyone, just wanted to share my experience with this scam. I was woken up by a call in the morning one day, in which a very friendly lady on the phone was telling me about these great deals on magazines, so I thought why not sign up. Although I was half asleep, I did realize at the end of the phone call when the person wanted me to say “yes” to pre-recorded agreements, that there was something wrong. I looked it up online after the call ended and found a ton of information on this magazine scam. So from then on I started receiving bill notices in the mail, countless magazines, and phone calls at random times of day. This continued for around a month, and at first I was just ignoring their calls because I didn’t know how to deal with it. I picked up the phone a few times though, saying “I wanted to cancel but every time I’m on the phone with you people, you won’t listen to my requests”. Then they’d proceed to tell me about the discounts that they would be able to give me if I decide to pay for the subscriptions. I would say, “I don’t want your magazines, where can I send them back?” but they would never give me and address. I would usually hang up when they said they would transfer the call to someone else (which they needed to do all the time for some reason). But one day, I was surprised to find that for the first time, one of them actually left me a voice mail. They said that they were going to forward my account to the collections department. So I called them. I asked for my account to be cancelled once and for all, and that I didn’t want their magazines. Once again, the girl on the phone started to talk about discounts and whatnot, and after 5 minutes of me being defiant, she managed to give me around 5 different discounts, all of which were cheaper than the previous ones. At this point, I was already exhausted and flabbergasted at how ridiculous this was getting, so I simply said “Isn’t it a little strange that you can give me so many discounts? I wanted to cancel this subscription but your terms and conditions made it so that it would be impossible for me to accomplish this by the deadline you gave. I am definitely unhappy with your service, I have NO intention of paying ANY money to your company, and I demand that my account be cancelled. I will be reporting this company to the Better Bureau Agency, my attorney, and etc etc etc.” After a moment of silence, the girl just said “Thank you very much, your account will be cancelled. Have a good day.” and hung up! I have not received any calls, bills or notifications since then. Only free magazines 🙂

  111. #136 by Tina on March 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    I just go a call from “Readers Services.” They called on my unlisted cellphone & knew my first name. The person claimed I had won some lottery based on my association with – & then he named a bunch of credit card companies and asked me which one i had. He claimed that he was operating from a computer & that’s why he did not have a phone number. When I asked for an address he said he didn’t know it, but that they were in Montana.

  112. #137 by michelle on April 19, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    i just found out they got me to they say i owe like 1400 and if i dont pay it i go into collections i dont think so i never have agreed to something like that they say it 33 for 5 years somebody needs to ge3t them now i need to cancel my credit card

  113. #138 by Elizabeth on May 15, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    I am on round two with these people. I knew when the magazines I didn’t order started arriving they’d be calling again. They’ve gotten a little smarter, their calls are private caller and I can’t tell the state or phone number anymore. The first round stopped after the State Attorney’s office got involved. I will need to do that again, I guess. If you ask them for any info on their phone number they hang up. If you try to cancel the magazines on the home site of the publisher they can’t because it was ordered by subco. I don’t understand how these companies can do this, but understand many people are pressured into paying them something. Last time they would call 6-12 times a day and I was recovering from major surgery. They should be in jail for white collar crime.

  114. #139 by Samantha on May 18, 2012 - 11:26 am

    I was an idiot and signed up for magazines 2 years ago. I finally got someone to cancel my magazines and the calls stopped for a while. I told them I was pregnant with twins and couldnt pay anymore. It was 2 months later people started calling me harrassing me saying I owed money. I cursed them out and they hung up on me. They kept calling after that 4-5 times a night. Then I canceled my house phone number. A week ago I got called by Readers Services and they asked about my twins. It scared me! Then they proceded to tell me that I owed 1,798.00 and that they were going to send it to collections. I told them I wasnt going to pay a dime and told them I was going to call my local police department because then I knew it was a scam. They called again lastnight. I dont know how they got my cell phone number, how they know about my babies. Im afraid to even have a phone around because of the calls. Guess its time to change my phone number!

  115. #140 by Debra Romaneschi on May 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    I also received a call and these people are slick! I got a bad feeling about these people and called and cancelled my credit card right away. I called the customer service number they gave me and left a message that I was disputing my first payment and going to file a police report and a complaint with the BBB. If you get any magazines then send them back and say you are refusing them so that you don’t get any more magazines.

  116. #141 by Jeff Noland on June 13, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    First, I am sorry to read about all the trouble you folks have experienced. I am the general manager of Reader’s Service, we are not the company that all of you are having such trouble with. We are a magazine and book company, but we only sell to retailers (convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, etc.). We are based in Lenoir City, Tennessee, and have been in business for over 50 years. We have taken calls from folks like yourselves who have mistaken us with one of these scammers. We do not offer subscriptions and do not sell to individuals. These criminals have given our whole industry a bad name. Their complete business name differs slightly from ours so I have no legal ramification for disassociating us from them. I wish you all luck, and I hope someone is able to successfully get this business shut down.

    If you are looking for a reputable company for subscriptions, checkout http://www.magazines.com. I have personally purchased subscriptions for myself and gift subscriptions for friends from them, and all is well. Bookstore sites like Books-a-Million (bam.com) also offer discounted subs.
    Good luck!

  117. #142 by Barry on July 1, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Just got a call from “Brad” at readers service. he told me I had been entered into a sweepstake based on my association with a credit card company like Discover or Visa…. then asked “You do have one of those cards, don’t you?”. Itried to get more information about the company but he would not give any answers and just hung up when I told him I wanted to be taken off their call list. Rude and pushy.

  118. #143 by anhellica on July 28, 2012 - 10:53 am

    well these people really had me going this morning…a girl who sounds to be in her twenties called my husbands phone from an unavailable number “which i answered”, and asked for him by his first name, when i asked who she was she stumbled over herself for a moment before spewing out “readers services” I told her he was at work and she then quickly, , and i do mean quickly stated that she would call him later and then she hung up on me….Now I would like to state for the record that I have a wonderful relationship with my husband and trust him completely but it did make me stop to think about the immense degree of problems that these people could cause in someones life if their marriage may be just the opposite of mine….hummm what a bunch of crap…hope one of those magazines they are selling happens to contain some great marriage counseling tips..lol

    by the way does anyone have a phone number or address on these people that they can pass along to me so that i can nip this in the butt before i am in one of the situations i read about above..?

  119. #144 by Stephen Kahn on August 12, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    I have had irritating interactions with these people on and off for over a year. I get magazines I never requested. I think I am only out about $10 (though I think I had to put a hold on a credit card charge with my credit union).

    Today I got two phone calls. When the first one came I spoke strongly and ended the call. When the second call came, a man spoke with me politely and then transferred me to his “supervisor,” a woman who claimed I had agreed to magazines and probably had thrown away the paper work. She must not be on the “A-Team” as when I kept arguing she became rather unglued and told me to stop shouting at her. As the conversation deteriorated, the last thing she said was “A**hole and then she slammed down the phone. I am not a wimp, but I am not that tough or belligerent so I think she had better fine another line of scamming if I got to her. If she is married, I feel sorry for her husband tonight. I will watch my credit card charges very carefully for the next year.

  120. #145 by KateS on August 23, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    I have received 3 phone calls from this READERS SERVICES company. The first call was a woman asking me about my renewal ect and how they were doing. I explained to her that I have not subscribed to any magazines as I do not read them and that I have not even received any magazines. I told her that I never signed up for them and I do not want to be on any list of sorts. She was actually pretty decent and said ok I will remove your account from the list. I asked if I was going to be charged anything and she said no. I then received a phone call from a woman in the company a week later claiming that my renewal was up (renewal for what? I have not received any magazines) and I told her about the last caller and she had no idea what I was talking about claimed she was different from them ect. she told me that my card was going to be charged 79.95 renewal but she would take that renewal fee off and reduce my charges but that she could not stop them. I spoke with her for a long time and as i got agitated, so did she and I was trying to be calm and ask for their company name again, address, and her information, as well as what magazines I supposedly was getting and she started yelling, being extremely rude, talking over me, and eventually hung up on me! I went to the back that day because i was told my card was going to be charged that night and talked with my bank. they told me if it was going to be processed that night there was nothing they could do because it would already be pending so I would have to wait for it to process then fill out an affidavit. The next day my card still hadn’t been charged. A week later (today) i just received another call from another woman who claims my renewal is up ect. She had no knowledge of me already having received prior calls or anything. i tried talking to her and explaining to her about how rude the last woman was and explaining my situation. She told me pretty much that I was stupid for not remembering where i had subscribed to them through, told me that she could not even give me the last 4 numbers on the card, argued with me and told me they would decrease my payments but not completely cancel it. I told her if i was charged, i was going to the bank to dispute the charges and she started arguing with me saying it didn’t matter I’d still owe the money. I asked company name as well as asked what exactly her company did ect and she started becoming extremely rude as well stating that i do not listen, i’m dumb ect pretty much, and when i tried saying excuse me.. just let me ask my questions so I can figure this out she told me there was nothing to figure out, she was going to just leave me account as is and that i was going to be charged a renewal fee and if I didn’t pay it they would hand it to collections for a lot more money and screw up my credit, she then hung up!!!!!! i tried researching and calling the company but i get no where with any numbers and i also emailed a company website that may or may not even be them! has anyone had people tell them they were charging their account but then not had it charged? i have no idea where i would have even signed up for anything and it was magazines i do not even read. when I asked about the last 4 digits of my card she said she couldn’t give that just told me 1 number the card started with. i have 2 cards that start with that number. so frustrated and do not know what to do!

    • #146 by Dan Katz on August 24, 2012 - 7:34 am

      Stop – Do not Pass Go – Do Not Collect $200. Go directly to the phone and call your credit card company. Explain the situation and have your credit card numbers changed right away. Request this even if they say it is not necessary. Then monitor charges and dispute them if something comes through.

      Next time, just hang up the phone on these people or do not even pick it up if you see the name on caller ID.

  121. #147 by Matt on October 9, 2012 - 10:42 am

    National Reader Service called my cell and said i was entered in a sweepsteak for a 2012 Ford Mustang or 1000 of other prizes, Dimond Watch, a chance to win $100,000.00. They said all i need to pay 4.95 dollars a month for my Magazens. They gave me an address 3509 Vergena Beach va, 23452 I was talkin with Antonitte Johnson employe # 2936. So i told them i lost my wallet and to get back to me. What should i do how do we stop this shit?????

    • #148 by Dan Katz on October 9, 2012 - 2:18 pm

      Hang up the phone. Better yet, do not pick up if you see anything strange in the Caller ID. After about six months or o the calls should stop. It is really the only response I can offer.

  122. #149 by Sean Ackley on October 15, 2012 - 11:35 am

    Last wednesday night i got a very rude call from this william myers saying that he was calling from readers services and that he said that i had to pay him 49.95 for a partial payment on five subscriptions that i had supposely did. I told him i did not do no such thing. Now i did get a phone call the day before for a sweepstakes drawing. And this Chris lady tried to sell me five subscriptions but i declined everytime she tried. i told her if didn’t quit now i was going to hang up on her. she said “no,no, no, no.” She that she wanted for me to talk to her boss and thats when i hung up on her. Anyways back to the readers services person. me and this william had a very heated conversation. So after that phone call was done i saw what happened online and so i quickly canceled my check card. and i’m disputing the charge that they tried to take out of my bank account.

  123. #150 by Martin on November 11, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    This has to be a scam. They say you get a Walm art gift card and free magazines. Also, pay only shipping 1.99 a week. Then say pay for the first 2 months in advance over the phone now. I sais I’m not giving any bank info over the phone and how I know it is legit? Lady gives me a website as I put above. Company CMS Capital Magazine Service. I click payonline link and it wasn’t even secured. SCAM

  124. #151 by Martin on November 11, 2012 - 1:39 pm

  125. #152 by Natalie on November 14, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    I JUST received a call from this company saying I was eligible to win a ford, an australian vacation or money. She asked me a series of questions but before she could finish I told her, “Wait a minute – you’re not going to send me anything in the mail are you? Because I’m not interested” and she said “No, we’re just going to send you a confirmation letter of your sweepstakes entry.” I did not provide any credit card info nor did she ask for any but she does have my address. Now I’m scared. Are they going to send me magazines? The word magazine never once came up in our conversation.

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