- Report: #594770
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Unique Subscription Agency
Unique Subscription Agency26055 Columbine Trail Kittredge, Colorado United States of America
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
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I Retract My Previous Statements
*General Comment: What a loser...
*Consumer Comment: An Industry Rife With Fraud, Exploitation and Crime
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Unique subscription agency
*UPDATE Employee: ohnoudidnt Get A Clue
*UPDATE Employee: Don't get UNIQUE confued for UNIVERSAL OR UNITED!!
*Consumer Comment: Unique Subscription Agency
*UPDATE Employee: Rebuttal From The Daughter
*Author of original report: Unique Subscription Agency & Priority One Clearing Services - Same Scam as OK Marketing & American Cash Award
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?
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/20/2010 12:58 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Unique-Subscription-Agency/Kittredge-Colorado-80457/Unique-Subscription-Agency-Jennifer-Payne-Jennifer-Proffitt-Jennifer-Dukes-Cody-Payne-594770. 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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