Suggestion for you:
Call customer service at (800) 235-3623. Demand that they void the bill or you will report them to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. Also you can file a report with the Department of Justice, the US Postal Service for mail fraud, the Better Business Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission. You can file all of these complaints online at the respective websites.
Suggestion to ALL others:
Throw the mail piece away! DO NOT CALL! When you call you are grilled and grilled about 4 times to purchase magazines that you can most likely get free on the Internet. The typical bill is $67.08 a month for 4 months billed to a credit card, debit card or checking account. Employees are exploited just as bad as customers are. The company hires and fires employees and it is like a revolving door. It is a horrendous company that I have had dealings with as an ex-employee in 1993. I have current knowledge of how they are conducting business at this time, as a family member works for them.
Employees are required to rebuttal 4 times if they refuse to rebuttal the customer they face termination. Employees make generally $600.00 a week, so when you get in a bad situation it is a way to make a quick paycheck. Most employees feel guilty for working at this rip-off company, but cannot afford to live off of minimum wage. Check out the website below.
This will give you an idea of how big this company is. In 2001 they were fined $25,000 by the US Department of Justice and required to cease and desist operations in the State of Oregon. In all States they do business they offer a $1 million "Strike It Rich Sweepstakes". You do not actually get a million dollars you get an annuity of $33,333.34 per year for 30 years which is equal to a night manager job at Burger King or one lump sum payment of $400,000 minus taxes.
In Texas ONLY it is the "Dreams Come True Sweepstakes with a prize of $25,000. They tell you how they will provide you with transportation to the Company Headquarters in Clearwater, Florida to present you a check in a "special awards ceremony." The current sweepstakes ends on December 31, 2005 and that is when the winner will receive their winnings. Neither my family member nor I have been employed at the time the award ceremony is held, so I do not know whether or not this award ceremony takes place. I do not know why Texas and the rest of the country are different.
They are forbidden to do business in several states. The sales agents stress that there is never a purchase required to enter the sweepstakes, which is true. However, I cannot stress enough how much you will be grilled to buy 4 magazines for $1.29 a week for 48 months. You are billed in 4 monthly payments of $67.08. They also sell telephone numbers, so if you give them yours you can expect a barrage of telemarketing calls in the future. Tell them to remove you from the list because you do not want any more mail from them. If you are adamant about entering the sweepstakes you can call in and enter as many times as you wish. Ask for a manual entry. Prepare to be grilled!
Name of Company:
Special Data Processing
aka National Magazine Exchange
16120 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33764
Saint Petersburg, Florida