- Report: #185383
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Active Periodicals And International Readers League
Active Periodicals And International Readers League450 SW 12th Ave Deerfield Beach, Florida U.S.A.
Active Periodicals Aka International Readers League AKA Wender Magazine Subscription Scam nightmare Deerfield Beach Florida
* : In The Nick of Time
*Consumer Comment: SAME THING HAPPEND TO ME
*Author of original report: they keep calling...
*Consumer Comment: Thank you
*Consumer Comment: Thank you
*Consumer Comment: Contact Me
I received the call about 5pm and was kind of happy to hear that I had a running in the Publishers Clearing House. At that time, my husband's job was on the verge of going over seas- so being of sound mind and body was in question. I usually hang up on telemarketers- but for some reason of bad judgment I stayed on the line and listened to what seemed to me the silver lining on our very dark rain cloud.
They told me that I had a choice of 3 free magazine subscriptions if we bought a weekly magazine and I would be put in a drawing for $100,000. Again, low point in life- this sounded good. Too good to be true that is.
I gave them a card number, and waited for my ?diamond watch? to come in the mail.
We began to get the weekly magazine, which I really didn't care for and never saw hair or hide of the free ones till I called and complained. They said they were on their way.
When they did arrive- three months later, they were all messed up. I called again to straighten out the subscription and finally had it right. Except the X-Box Magazine which says on the cover that there was a free promo disk- mine never had a disk.
It is now October and I have been up and down calling them to fix stuff and got really mad and tried to cancel. The lady said I couldn't cancel, I had an obligation to pay. Then I get a call from Wender. They began to call and call and call like 4 times a day at very odd hours. I told them to take me off their list, their response was: ?We will if you buy a subscription?. At that moment I was furious. They were naming info that Active Periodicals had in their database. After hanging up with them I was crying my eyes out and called Active Periodicals to cancel and have my subscriptions cut and I would pay for what I have received. Nope. They wouldn't let me.
My husband who was getting really upset called up our card and reported it stolen and to send us a new one. He told me to never pay them another dime and watch the caller ID on the phone. Wender sent me their so-called contract which on all 3 copies I told them to delete my info and cancel all contracts that they were all obtained illegally and with force. I never heard from them again.
But my fight with Active Periodicals still goes on. Ever since my husband called our card number as stolen- they have harassed me to send them a new card number or they would ruin my credit. I have for almost every week a letter that looks like a bill asking for a credit card number and not a check.
Yesterday, I received a letter that had the header Magazine Subscription Company asking for me to subscribe to a magazine that I did receive from Active Periodicals from the past with the same color and paper stock as the ?bills?. (note: I went to collage as a graphic designer- I notice weird stuff like that).
I showed my husband and mother and they laughed at the ?credit card number only please?. Oh how they try so hard.
Today at 8:40pm I picked up the phone to a Blocked Number. It was our dear friends at Active Periodical's legal department. And the threats began. The lady who was very friendly at first, I thought she was a friend I was waiting by the phone for. Then began the threats. She stated that if I didn't pay up, I would be sued and that they would cut my payments in half if I cooperated. I told her that I would contact my lawyer and wait for the word. Not backing down, she gave me a list of information she had on my case account and gave me a few minutes to growl and tell her all my problems with the company. One was about the X-Box Magazine not having the playing demo. Her response was that they have two different magazines that I was receiving the one without the demos. That was never stated to me, they claimed they would send me my demos last few months that I complained.
Then she told me about the paper I signed to receive my ?diamond watch? was a legal binding document that stated that I agreed to pay $58.28 for the set amount of time. Well, I didn't agree it was legal binding. She then told me I was taped agreeing to pay $58.28 for 4 years. That made me mad. I never made that statement ever and told her to hold on.
I am a very tender hearted person, so the thought of my husbands hard earned money going to the blood sucking vipers really hurt. So I handed the phone to the hardest hearted person I know- my mother. She yelled at the lady, who now I was feeling just a smidge sorry for; that her corrupt company has no legal standing and will have to deal with our blood sucking viper of a lawyer. Seconds after hanging up the phone- they called back. I shut off the answer machine in the middle of the message. They called back a third time just to hang up after the second ring. Yeah?that hurt.
So that is my story. I have yet to contact the BBB, FTC and the FCC about this problem, but after that last call, I think I am obligated to do so.
Newton, North Carolina
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/07/2006 12:04 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Active-Periodicals-And-International-Readers-League/Deerfield-Beach-Florida-33443/Active-Periodicals-Aka-International-Readers-League-AKA-Wender-Magazine-Subscription-Scam-185383. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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