Ripoff Report Verified™ REVIEW:
EDitor’s UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Priority One Clearing Services
for its commitment to excellence in customer service.
Ripoff Report’s discussions with Priority One Clearing Service have uncovered an ongoing commitment by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any complaints or concerns. Priority Once Clearing Service listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.
Priority One’s Founder, Dawn Daugherty, explained to us, “Having 23 years in the industry I understand how frustrating it can be as a subscriber and not get the answers they deserve.” She has taken this experience and parlayed it into what she considers to be a state of the art customer service center. She also stated “She personally takes incoming subscriber calls weekly so she can better understand the challenges of her customer service professionals and the subscriber.” As a successful businesswoman, Dawn Daugherty knows it is critical to listen to the subscribers first hand order to better prepare her staff for resolutions.Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business.. The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Justin Rosen during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Priority One Clearing Services, Inc.
Priority One Clearing Services, Inc. is a company specializing in providing brokerage services, working as a middleman between companies who sell magazines and the companies that actually produce the magazines. They process the data as the companies work to sell magazines and obtain subscribers. “We make sure the publishers are being represented properly, the magazine gets processed, and the consumer gets their magazine,” states Justin Rosen, a representative of Priority One Clearing Services.
Because of Priority One Clearing Services’ business model, they do not reach out to potential customers to acquire leads. “We don’t acquire leads, because we don’t sell magazines. The agencies list brokers like BBB and DMA that scrub their leads to make sure there are not people on the Do Not Call list… The guys who are acquiring the leads for the consumers that call us are agencies who are out selling magazines. The way we get that [information] is because the agents or magazine sellers give it to us,” explains Mr. Rosen. Their interaction with the end consumer is limited, but Mr. Rosen explains that since they are the last people to touch the magazine before it gets mailed to the consumer, then the consumer can often contact Priority One Clearing Services regarding issues such as the method of delivery of the magazine, canceling delivery, etc. Priority One Clearing Services Customer Support & Complaint Resolution
Cancelling the subscription, Mr. Rosen explains, is often the cause of complaints received from the consumers. Many times, if the consumer wants to cancel, they generally contact the publisher of the magazine first. Because Priority One works as a middleman between the publisher and the company who sold the subscription, all the publisher can do is refer the consumer to call Priority One. At this point, because Priority One is not the company who actually sold the consumer the subscription and collected payment, they generally have to refer to consumer to a third party, which is the company who actually sold them the magazine subscription. “Sometimes we can cancel it for them and that’s the end of the phone call, and other times we can’t because we have to refer them to yet one more person who took all of their credit card information. We don’t keep any [information] but the name, address, zip code, and magazine,” explains Mr. Rosen.
When dealing with customers who have this particular complain, the team at Priority One works to be able to just cancel the subscription for them, but even if they can’t, “We never tell them we don’t know. We always have an answer for them,” states Mr. Rosen. He says he’s confident in the companies that they do business with and their ability to take care of their customers. “We don’t just say, ‘Here call them and let them take care of you,’ and pass the buck. We know that when we give them a phone number to call someone, they might get a voicemail or they might get an automated attendant because it’s after hours, but they will get their situation resolved,” states Mr. Rosen. He explains that customers’ reactions to this type of situation could go either way. “On any given day, somebody might be really happy that they got a live person to answer the phone, so they’re happy that we told them where it came from… and sometimes they are disappointed or disgruntled because they have to make yet another phone call or they’re not sure how they got the magazine to begin with,” he explains, but says that unfortunately, he generally can’t answer their questions and has to refer them to the company who sold the subscription in the first place. Priority One does have follow-up procedures in place once complaints are resolved, but Mr. Rosen explains that they typically only follow up on bigger issues, such as situations that may involve the BBB.
In response to a complaint posted on Ripoff Report, Mr. Rosen states that, “We don’t sell magazine subscriptions. We process the data. We’re a data processing center, not a sales center.” He explains that the complaints generally revolve around the magazine subscription, which is not something Priority One is responsible for. However, since receiving complaints on Ripoff Report, Priority One has worked to expand their hours so they’re available to assist customers who may call in with questions or concerns. “We have always prided ourselves in the way we serve our customers here, so for me it wasn’t how we handle those calls differently, it was extending our hours,” explains Mr. Rosen.
Mr. Rosen and his team at Priority One Clearing Services recognize the value of working with Ripoff Report and the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program, and the platform it provides for businesses and clients to interact and resolve issues. “I think that Ripoff Report is an interesting platform for people to use to voice and alert people of businesses that need to be reported negatively. I think for us, it’s most important to get our company out there so that people understand really who we are versus being a sales center. The biggest misconception about us is that we’re a sales center and that we charge people’s credit cards. So for us, what is so important to me is to get it out there in a mass way that we are not a sales center. We don’t charge credit cards. And if they just give us an opportunity to help them resolve their customer service issues, we will,” states Mr. Rosen. Priority One Clearing Services / Statements from the staff "
Dawn Daugherty’s personal and business ethics align completely and their experiences working with Priority One and Dawn Daugherty have been nothing but stellar and never any unmet promises. Her commitment to the community, the staff, which she proudly calls 'The Team', the publishers and to customer service is nothing less than outstanding.”
Priority One’s staff says there are amazed that Dawn Daugherty actually helps out on the customer service phones when they are busy. “To have her take calls so that she better understands our challenges and the frustrations that a subscriber may have is truly a sign of her commitment to this company”.
One newer employee stated “I have never worked for a company that cared so much about their staff and their customers. When Dawn says she is committed, she is serious about all areas of the business, she is all in!”
When subscribers use the “live chat” capability they are able to rate the representative they just worked with to resolve their problem. Those are reviewed and representatives are acknowledged for their accolades. Nothing goes unnoticed by Dawn Daugherty when it comes to a subscriber’s satisfaction. STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM PRIORITY ONE CLEARING:
Priority One Clearing recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report’s Investigation Priority One Clearing has made adjustments to the hours of receiving subscriber complaints. It has enable subscribers to contact Priority One outside of normal business hours.
In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Dawn Daugherty and many of her past and current associates, Ripoff Report is convinced that Priority One Clearing is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total subscriber satisfaction. Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Rip-off Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike. Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program,.. A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. this program works.
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Unique Subscription Agency Jennifer Payne, Jennifer Proffitt, Jennifer Dukes, Cody Payne, Ashton Dukes, Edmund G. Lambert, Larry Lee McClellan, James Faulkerson, Priority One Clearing Services, American Cash Award, Performance Mag Crew Recruiting, Magazine Subscriptions, Kittredge, Colorado
Fraud, embezzlement and exploitation of young adults is standard practice by those at the top of organizations who enlist Mag Crews as independent contractors to solicit magazine subscriptions for them. The story below centers on the Colorado operations of a Mag Crew that is currently soliciting and recruiting in the SF Bay Area on behalf of Unique Subscription Agency, Inc owned by Larry Lee McClellan of Pearland, Texas with Jennifer Payne listed as the Registered Agent.
For the past 4 weeks, there has been a Mag Crew of about 50 young adults staying at the Day's Inn in Alameda, CA. Jennifer Proffitt (Payne's maiden name) is/was on the Board of Directors for Priority One Clearing Services in Florida, a clearinghouse used by Unique Subscription Agency. Priority One recently changed their address from Florida to Colorado.
As receipts are turned-in by the Mag Crews, a lot of the money is skimmed off the top by the folks in Colorado, thus, many subscriptions are not turned in to the clearinghouse. The Mag Crews are generally blamed for this, when in fact, it is those at the higher levels stealing the money. When a customer calls the clearinghouse to inquire about their subscription, the clearinghouse employee can honestly claim there is no record of the order; therefore, no refund is issued if you paid in cash. If payment was made by check, the subscription start dates are often deliberately delayed. When you call and try to cancel, they threaten to send your account to collection. In the meantime, they have had full use of your money.
Jennifer Payne also owns a clearing house named American Cash Awards which has a BBB Rating of F. This is probably why she is bringing Priority One Clearing Services onboard. American Cash Awards is or was the clearinghouse for the following companies: Carpathian Sales, D2DE, DowdCo, Dynasty Technologies, Editorials International, Face Off, Face to Face Technologies, Future Business Executives, Gemini Subscriptions, Global Marketing, Gold Coast Circulation, Love Technologies, Miami Dream Team, New Image Sales, No Limit Sales, Performance Clearing Services, Preferred Consulting Company, Rainbow Sales. Reviste, Second to None, TBA Developments, Titan Sales, TNT Promotions, Urban Success.
I have compiled a list of dozens of front companies used by Jennifer Payne, her husband Cody D. Payne, her son Aston E. Dukes and associates Mark Shumate and Edmund G. Lambert (an attorney). Jennifer Payne registers these companies under her married name, prior married name and/or maiden name. When the companies get too hot, they simply let the company go delinquent or dissolve them. They then just open or reactivate another company (similar to how ACORN operated). In Colorado, to reactivate a company (even after several years), all you need to do is submit a "fill-in-the-blanks" form called Statement Curing Delinquency for $100.
Edmund Lambert is doing the same thing with his companies. When you look up the addresses for these magazine subscription companies, youll find that Jennifer and Edmund are sharing the same addresses between their companies. There are or have been collection agencies/companies included in the mix of companies they own and/or represent. In addition to the companies owned by Jennifer (and crew) and Edmund, they are Registered Agents for several other magazine subscription companies and for each others' companies. A few are listed below. The addresses listed are those that were used by the company when registering/reporting their business to the Colorado SOS. Therefore, these addresses may differ from those listed by the Better Business Bureau. Larry Lee McClellan - Unique Subscription Agency, Inc 3707 Lamppost St.; Pearland, TX 77584 Travis Mason - Global Marketing, Inc. (BBB Rating = D) P.O. Box 159; Idledale, CO 80453 per Colorado SOS Mark Shumate - Face to Face Technologies, Inc (BBB Rating = F) 17301 W Colfax Ave; Golden, CO 80401 Dba Face Off, Inc., No Limit Sales, Dynasty Technologies, Northeast Promotions and East Coast Marketing James Anthony Fulkerson - Ok Marketing, Inc (dissolved Jan 2010) 712 20th Street; Gothenburg, NE 69138
My daughter was recently recruited by a Mag Crew representing the Unique Subscription Agency. She is a college student, had been depressed over the recent breakup with her boyfriend and was not happy with her job. When a Mag Crew member began flirting and offering her a job with travel, nice hotels, people and money, she took off with them. The police won't do anything since the kids are over 18. These young adults, some with children in tow, are being taken state to state soliciting for what are oftentimes fraudulent or non-existent companies. Local police wont touch it, authorities at the state level ignore it, and federal authorities wont even acknowledge the problem other than to warn consumers to beware of magazine subscription scams. This is far more than just scamming consumers. Each year, many of these young adults disappear, are abused, drugged, murdered or dumped in the middle of nowhere. Read some of the true stories at Magcrew.com.
I called the sheriff earlier this week. I don't understand why they wont do anything. I have been researching these operations non-stop for more than a week now. There is obvious fraud, fake corporation, falsification of documents, possible child neglect/abuse, consumer rip-offs, drugs, unlicensed drivers, no permits, forgery, theft, etc There is something seriously wrong with this picture. Since attorneys are also involved in these scam operations, are the authorities just looking the other way?