My problem began in July 2005.
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