Archive for the ‘Scams’ Category

National Publishing Billing Services, LLC

May 30, 2013

Received another one of those “Notice Of Renewal/New Order” forms in the mail recently.

It looks like this:

PCWorldThis time, the address is in Carlsbad, California.  Checking with the San Diego Better Business Bureau, we find that National Publishing Billing Services has a D+ rating. 

In addition, checking with the California Secretary of State, there is no listing for National Publishing Billing Services as a limited liability corporation.  Of course, they could have filed for their corporate status in another state.

The address given for National Publishing Billing Service is 6965 El Camino Road, Suite 105-192, Carlsbad, CA 92009.

6965 El Camino Road, Suite 105 is a UPS store.     Number 192, is probably a box number.

The email address given is nationalpublicationsvc@yahoo.com.  Most legitimate businesses have their own internet domain name (nationalpublicationsvc.com shows as an expired domain name)  A company that can’t seem to afford to create their own website and chooses to use a free yahoo.com email address may indicate a problem.

And, finally, the telephone number given, (760) 561-1459 is somewhat suspicious as the 561 prefix is for Adelanto, CA which is over 100 miles away from Carlesbad, CA.

These billing/renewal scams all send out very similar mailings.  Your best bet is to just toss anything that looks like the above in the trash.

 

 

National Publication Billing Services, LLC

December 20, 2010

Here’s another deceptive billing service to add to your list.

 

 

This is quite a deal. A subscription to PC World is $19.97 a year plus two free issues and a bonus CD.

To give them credit – The $20.00 per year is 76% off of the $83.88 cover price.

Finally, an e-mail address @yahoo.com might be a tip off that something isn’t quite right.

Magazine Billing Services

August 9, 2010

Magazine Billing Services

Well, a new one came in the mail today. This time, it’s Magazine Billing Services, 216 Lemmon Drive #357, Reno, NV 89056 with a toll-free 888-586-7753.

This “Not A Bill” “Renewal Notice” states,

“You’re receiving one of the lowest available rates we can offer for your regular subscription.”

Really?  What a deal at $69.97 for 12 issues of PC World.

If you go to PC World’s website, you will find that you can subscribe to PC World for 24 issues for $29.97!

Don’t fall for this.

The back does have some disclaimers and a connection with a Poway, CA based non-profit, Orphans Waiting. Orphans Waiting appears to be good with the California Department of Corporations.

Still, don’t fall for over-priced magazine subscriptions from people who are not connected with the magazine publishers and who appear to be trying to soften you up with an offer to help African orphans.

Google and the Baptists

February 6, 2010

What’s the difference between the Baptists who kidnapped the “orphans” in Haiti and Google that unlawfully scanned millions of “orphan” books?

The Baptists said they were doing good for the orphans.

Google said it was doing good for the orphans.

It turned out that some of the “orphans” in Haiti weren’t really orphans.

It turned out that millions of the books that Google scanned weren’t really orphans.

The Baptists went to court in Haiti and their attorney apparently tried to bribe the court.

Google went to court in the United States and apparently tried to use the court system to bind their victims and people who they had not yet victimized into a court ordered business arrangement that totally benefits Google.  Not exactly a bribe, but still an abuse of the justice system.

That’s how Google and the kidnappers are alike.

Next Level Solutions

November 15, 2009

Been getting a lot of calls from (559) 457-0453 lately.  They never leave a message.  My call ID shows Next Level Solutions (559) 457-0453.

I figure I have the correct company because Next Level Solution’s main telephone number is (559) 457-0450.

Next Level Solutions is a telemarketing outfit in Fresno,  CA.  They have a website here. Even though in my case, they are violating the FTC No Call rule, they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Go Figure.

Insurance Weasels

March 16, 2009

I don’t understand this AIG thing.

They are saying that they are contractually obligated to pay these huge bonuses to their employees.

American International Group is an insurance company for Christ sake!

Insurance companies are the world’s leading experts in weaseling out  of paying insurance claims, so why can’t they figure out a way to not pay these bonuses?

AIG Weasel

Consumer Reports Describes Questionable Subscription Services

August 22, 2008

The September, 2008 issue of Consumer Reports did a piece on “Gotcha!” subscription offers.   You can find the article on page 9 of the current issue.

They list some new names to watch out for:

Publishers Billing Emporium,  Readers Payment Services, and Periodical Billing Services.

All of these services seem to use a similar “Notice of Renewal/New order.”  The Consumer Reports article is illustrated with one of the orders.  Take a look and make sure you don’t get scammed by these people.

The story mentions Publishers Periodical Service offering some residents in certain zip codes of suburban Chicago new and renewal subscriptions to North Shore magazine for $30.00 for three years.  But since 2006, North Shore subscriptions in those zip codes have been free.  The Illinois attorney general’s office is looking into the matter.

Who’s Searching For You?

May 9, 2008

Not totally sure who’s searching for me, but I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be looking anything like that woman in that picture.

Who Would Dumb Enough To Fall For These?

November 21, 2007

Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the name of the lord, Am Vivian.M.Watson, 25 years, female, from Ohio in USA and i am presently in Nigeria for our animal husbandry trip for 2 months before our final exams. I write to seek for a mutual assistance from you.Well to make you less curious, I saw your contact in an email directory, So i felt like contacting you if you could be a beneficiary to my late father, So that you could help me claim his assets and funds worth millions of dollars in a company in london,United Kingdom.

Being a share holder, he had many valuable assets.I would have claimed the properties my self,but due to my age and my condition being a deaf person,the board of directors told me, am too young to claim the properties. Except a family member of mine who is above 30 years could claim the property.Being an illegitimate child,I never knew any member of my family, So it has been hard for me to cope because am an half cast.

When the transaction is completed,I will compensate you with 20% of the funds. My brethren, am not compelling you,I want you to assist me voluntarily.The company will provide the paper work including the documents,all i require from you is your 100% trust and honesty. If you are willing to assist,I want to know as soon as possible so that i can direct you to my attorney cos i will be very busy in school for my forth-coming examinations. I also want you to have your mobile phone number sent to me for my attorneys further communication with you, which i will also have my pictures sent to you. My alternative email adress is vivianwatson@excite.com

Look forward in hearing from you.

Best Regards.


God Bless you.

Vivian.M.Watson.


Or This…………….

MY FRIEND,

URGENT/CONFIDENTIAL

THIS IS VERY URGENT.I HAVE SEEN WHY YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PAID.YOU MADE THE
MISTAKE BY GIVING THEM MONEY AT
FIRST AND THEY WILL KEEP DEMANDING MONEY FROM YOU ON THE PRETEXT OF ONE
DOCUMENTS OR THE OTHER.

YOU KNOW HOW THIS BUSINESS STARTED AND THAT IS THE WAY IT WILL END.PLEASE
DO NOT CALL ME ON THE BANK
TELEPHONE LINE EXCEPT THIS NUMBER I HAVE GIVEN TO YOU ABOVE.IF WE START,IT
WILL LAST FOR 5 BANK WORKING DAYS
BUT MAKE SURE YOU WILL PULL OUT THE FUNDS AS SOON AS IT HITS YOUR ACCOUNT.

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY OUT,SO LET US DO IT WITHOUT THEIR KNOWING AND I WILL
RESIGN AS SOON AS YOU CONFIRM THE
FUNDS AND RUN AWAY.

GET BACK TO ME LET US DISCUSS.

DR. MITCHELL IROEGBU.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
ASSISTANT MANAGER
FOREIGN PAYMENT SECTION

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Readers Payment Service

June 22, 2007

The mailman delivered another one of those bogus magazine subscription letters the other day.

This time it’s from Readers Payment Service, P.O. Box 61001, Reno, NV 89506-0020.

This is the same post office box address used by Magazine Billing Service (MBS) and ABDI.  In fact, the return address on the back of the mailing envelope has the ABDI return address.

One of the “Notice of Renewal/New Order”from Readers Payment Service is for Games for Windows magazine.  The form claims “80% off Cover Price.”

Readers Payment Service is charging $60.00 a year for Games for Windows magazine. 

If you take a look at Games for Windows website, you’ll find that the yearly fee for the magazine is $19.97 for 12 issues. 

You will also see that they state an annual newsstand price of $59.88. In addition, they have a deal that includes two free issues.

So, while the mailing does state that it is not a bill, the offer misrepresents the savings from the cover price of the magazine. 

If you respond to this offer, you will pay $60.00 for a subscription that is offered by the magazine for $19.97.

Not a bad deal – for Readers Payment Service.

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