About three months ago I was working 3rd shift and sleeping during the day. A telemarketer called. Her opening statement was "Hello is this Barbara _________?" I reply, "yes." She then asked, "Do you live at _________, in _________, AR -----?" I replied, "yes."She then proceeded to tell me that I had won some magazines. I told her right off I was not interested. I even got a little hot with her and hung up before she finished.
I don't like telemarketers high pressure sale pitches and have never order from people who call us over the phone. We pay extra on our phone to have it unlisted. I only give it out when I have to. So how these people keep getting it I don't know. How or from where they got our phone number and credit/debit number I don't know but I am positive I did not give it to her.
About 3 weeks later I began recieving People, Time, and Good Housekeeping magazines with no return address on them. I told my husband about the call and the magazines. He told me to pile them in a corner and when the bill comes in return them to that address after writing cancel on the bill. No bill ever came nor did a notice of a debit that would be charged to our account.
So we were totally taken by surprised when we recieved bounced check papers charging our account for $50.00 on on one occasion then $25.00 ISF on another. We checked our records and could not find the problem. When our bank statement came in we saw why our checks bounced. Our account was charged $50.00 for Time magazine, then again a charge of $109.00 for Peoples magazines. My account so far was debited for $234.00 of charges due to this scam.
There was no return address on the magazines, a closer look at my bank statement did reveal two 800 numbers (800-205-9198 & 800-973-2664) that I called. They were both an automated system. I went though their process and canceled all the magazines. There was not a representive to talk with.
I went to my bank and they filed fraudant reports on the two charges and cancel my credit/debit card. I also went to the postoffice and was told to write refuse on all the magazines and return them to the postoffice. So then my husband suggested tring to find these people on the internet.
The automated system claimed to be NSS Magazine Sevice Center. I could not find the company, not a web site, not a address, nothing as far as this being a real business.
I did find however fraud reports from other people that were scamed the same way I was. One of the reports stated to say "human" to the automated system. I finally got a warm body. A Lawanna Martin assisted me. I told her I had caneceled the magazines and that I never ordered them to start with. I ask for a refund and about bounced check charges as well as an address. She gave me a fax number to send copies of my bank statement and bounced check fees.
I don't yet Know if I will get my money back but aleast this is a start. I am also sending a copy/report to the Arkansas Attorney General's office. So if you are reading this you too will know in which direction to turn.