November 2008-I was called at work from this man saying I was going to get a diamond watch for being a Visa credit card holder. Then started talking about magazines, and I was so lost because I just wanted to get off the phone, he had me on the phone for over 30 mins! I agreed to a charge of $39.93 which was the lowest he said he could go because I had told him I don't really have money for magazines. So I was mislead into thinking I could get this diamond watch within 2 days after talking to him for just $39.99 and a few magazines (that I thought I could easily cancel later...wrong)
December 2008-A month goes by and nothing in the mail except a confirmation letter. I look at my credit card statement and I had been charged $39.93 but I had gotten nothing for it.
January 2009-I call my credit card company to dispute the charge because I was scammed and charged when I had not received any product or service. I had contacted Nationwide Reader Service and tried canceling my subscriptions. They said I couldn't cancel it because they are tied down to their publisher? And have an agreement with them..? I was like no...I don't want anything to do with you anymore, I haven't gotten any magazines and don't want to receive them, I don't want any diamond watch, and I don't want you to charge my card!
They said the only way to get out of it is to pay my total balance of about $900! I said I had NOT agreed to that. They tried offering me a discount of $700. I said I don't have that kind of money and if you try charging this amount, they will be screwing me over. I was transferred to a supervisor who pretended to be my best friend over the phone saying she can knock down the price to about $200. I said I'd have to call them back. I also started receiving the magazines mid month but am not reading them.
February 2009- I had disputed another $39.93 from my credit card and my credit card company had blocked Nationwide Reader Service from ever charging my account again. They also said this company is under investigation and they would take care of it for me.
So the magazine company calls me back a few times over Jan and Feb asking what's up with my payments. I told them my credit card company had blocked them, but they persisted. It got to the point where they wanted $70.86 back from being disputed, couldn't charge my account, but they were like if you pay us this amount you will never hear from us again. At first I thought it was a good idea because I was fet up, but then I said I'll call you back later. They gave me a number to talk to the supervisor lady again, she said don't listen to those guys in collections who tried to get the $70.86 from you. ?? She said I am the only person that can knock down the price. She also tried getting sassy with me, saying I had JUST given permission to the collections guy to charge my credit card account after i had just said their company was blocked! They try to get any sort of confirmation to get you money! She tried giving me a temporary hold on my account for a month and said she'd call back in March, even made a note of it. Also the magazines are just FLOWING in, I cannot and won't read all these magazines!
Feb 13, 2009- I have been getting phone calls from Nationwide Reader Service for 2 days now but I have been ignoring the calls because I am at work. So this morning around 9am, I get another call and a voicemail. It sounds like a guy that didn't mean to leave a voicemail and is talking to a female in the background.
The voicemail said "OH okay..well she d**n should call back bit**"
I could not believe it! Please avoid any telemarketing scams, they will keep harassing you when you want to opt out of their so called services. I hope they don't come to my house because I live 45 mins from Virginia Beach...
Newport News, Virginia