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26, Report #268235
Aug 17 2007
11:00 AM
N.M.E. National Magazine Exchange They are a RIP OFF! Clearwater Florida
Quite simply they try to grab you with the FREE or cheap stuff. A no purchase necessary V SWEEPSTAKES 2,100,000.00 entry, odds are 1 in 26,000. Then you get to talk to sly lying sales people who say you get 4 free magazines. You tell them thats all you want. Then next you know your getting 10, for the low price of one time $89.00 U.S. Dollars, the magazines are free just pay the shipping, & this is for 4 years, the magazines come for 4 years, for 10 magazines.Then you find out only some of the magazines come for 4 years, most only 2 years. & then you get the actual bill. They tried to charge me 4 payments of $69.99 = $279.96 what part of 1 time 89$ was misinterpreted here? So they tried to rip me off, They lied. I called & bitched & told them if that was the way it is I don't want the magazines. They got the price down to under $200.00 but still! When they said $89.00 for 10 for 4 yrs I couldn't refuse them. Needless to say I was really pissed when I saw the overcharged bill. When I called to dispute the charges, they lowered the bill,they tried to save face & make it up to me & they said they had a 50$ dining coupon for us & some other gifts. Well the coupon expired 6 years ago in 2001 i found after receiving it! Go figure, worthless They promised beautiful watches, I got them, made in china & the hands are loose & they don't keep time! Could I expect any thing else? An electronic organizer, made in china, just like the watches it doesn't work. What they did was dump garbage on me, dome gifts. PERKS It is quite a savings if you add up all the subscriptions you would pay separately.They also allow you to swap out magazines for another if you don't like them. I've swapped like 7 Mags for others. I guess anyone with a waiting room loves these guys. Draw Backs 1 Magazine I really wanted that was on the list I couldn't get. I think they should at least do business more honestly & not tell you, or promise what can't be delivered! Explain to people they are buying in bulk & what the actual price is, instead of fast talking con artists promising more for less & lying about the price or quoting you a price for some thing else. At moment I am satisfied as I read a lot & wanted the Mags & got at a discount, Id still like my gifts that work though, It would really be nice to get what they promised me in the 1st place. Justin Nanticoke, PennsylvaniaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
27, Report #187296
Apr 18 2006
01:42 PM
National Magazine Exchange ripoffed Me Off! ripoff Clearwater Florida
I too was contacted by nmemags and I wouldn't give them my credit card #. Then I get a big bill in the mail and I am not paying! People need to wake up and quit giving out their cc#s. Please put a stop to these Bogus companys! They are a bunch of Rip Off artist. Thank you for rip off!! Judy Denton, MontanaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
28, Report #54160
Apr 23 2003
04:46 PM
National Magazine Exchange ripoff scam con artists Clearwater Florida
I recieved a letter in the mail claiming my account was delinquent. They claimed I had ordered magazines valueing at over $300.00 and not sent my payment. The funny thing is that I had never ordered any magazines let alone heard of this place, until now. Phillip conneaut, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
29, Report #29212
Sep 06 2002
10:45 AM
National Magazine Exchange NME (ENEMY) Bogus crock of crap magazine company! abused & mistreated Clearwater Florida
I have never had a problem w/ any CSR until yesterday, when I called to cancel my subscriptions and cancel my subscription. I can't believe the obnoxious bitch that I spoke w/ butting into my personal life and asking me questions as to why I stopped reading magazines and what I do on a daily basis. I had nothing but 2 words left to say to her after that!!! Stay away from this. This was an offer I received when I had my AMEX card and I got a call saying that I won up to 7 magazines to choose from, then they billed me on my credit card for about $700 and send me a crappy watch that you'd see in a grocery stores vending machine. Don't fall for their B.S.!!! Christine Boonton, New Jersey
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
30, Report #411990
Jan 14 2009
11:53 AM
National Magazine Exchange Ripped off our account Clearwater Florida
Back in August of 2008 my fiance was called by a company offering such wonderful things that she in a moment of weakness accepted. She is disabled and on a finite budget. When I found out that she did this while on her medication I called the company back and talked to a representative. I got the extras cancelled, but they said that she had to keep the Time and Glamour magazines at a total of $68. We accepted that as she did say yes. They sent a letter to her that stated that they canceled the rest of the order and that they would not take any more money from her account. In going over my fiance's bank account this past December, I found that they have been taking two withdrawals for $14.95 each every month since August. We have now called the bank and began fraud proceedings against the company. We don't have a lawyer lined up yet, but I will be talking to one soon if they do not satisfy our request for reinbursement of the monies thay have stolen from her. They cannot access the account now, and within a day of their usual withdrawal they were calling our house to find out how the magazines were coming to her. We called the customer service department and every person that we talked to tried to give us another number to call. We are fed up with this and are now waiting on the bank to guide us on the next step. Tigerjackh Lynn, MassachusettsU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
31, Report #47383
Feb 28 2003
01:49 PM
National Magazine Exchange rip-off Subscription to magazine not requested Clearwater Florida
I recently started to receive a magazine thru the mail that I didn't ask for. Then today I get this notice that this company has been trying to notify me about a sweepstake. Suppositively, I have won a Million dollars. I did not respond to the notice. But I thought of looking it up thrui the BBB and then report it to you. Sharon Bicknell, IndianaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
32, Report #48187
Mar 06 2003
12:38 PM
National Magazine Exchange rip-off Clearwater Florida
Today i got a Bill in my mail it was a $102.96 from (National Magazine Exchange). I'VE HAVE NEVER ORDER ANYTHING FROM THEM. I don't like to read books much more a magazine! Now the bill i got was the frist Bill i got and it was a Past Due Notice. well all i know is thay will not like two hear from me i am going to call,e-mailland send a letter letting them know i am not going to pay them and thay better take Bill and put it up there ASS. Christina san bernardino, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
33, Report #50467
Mar 25 2003
10:25 AM
National Magazine Exchange rip-off Clearwater Florida
Company tried to sell magazine subscriptions and said that I was entered into a sweepstake even if I did not want to order at the time. Told company I did not want to order and hung up on them. Received a bill statement claiming it was the third bill(only received this one)claiming delinquent account. No magazines received or sweepstake papers.Called and took name off mail list and told company to not send magazines and told them I refused to pay a bill if they did Kevin Benson, MinnesotaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
34, Report #429496
Feb 28 2009
04:52 PM
National Magazine Exchange - NME Magazine selections Clearwater Florida
This company has subscribed an 84 year old woman who was Swedish to magazines like Ebony, Jet, Ski and Maxim! What possible interest would an 84 year old woman have in a magazine about skiing? What interest would she have in Maxim? These are the magazines National Magazine Exchange thinks my mother would have been interested in. As a single male I would not subscribe to Maxim! Bryan Hopkins, MinnesotaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
35, Report #280036
Oct 20 2007
09:17 PM
National Magazine Exchange Refuses to cancel my subscriptions to the magazine companies. They have yet to get notification from National Magazine Exchange. Clearwater Florida
I entered a $2.1M sweepstakes in December 2006 and was eligible to receive a number of magazines of my choice with the right to cancel if I was not satisfied. On March 2, 2007, I decided I no longer wanted the magazines and called National Magazine Exchange (MNE) to cancel. They agreed to cancel my magazines and refund my $64.40 to my bank account. I called again on March 15, 2007 to insist they cancel my subscription and refund my money. The magazines kept coming! On March 30, 2007, I received a letter from National Magazine Exchange informing me that they cancelled my subscriptions and have processed my refund. By July, the magazines are still coming! So, on July 14, 2007, I called them again to cancel the magazines and let them know I do not want them coming to my mailbox and longer. The letter says that I may still receive additional magazines. Accept them with our compliments. I reiterated that I did not want them coming anymore. When I contacted the magazine companies directly, I was told that because the subscription was ordered through a third party, they needed to have the third party contact them to cancel the subscriptions. That led me back to NME once again. NME tells me that they contacted the magazine companies and requested the magazines be cancelled and there was nothing more they could do. I called NME again in September 2007 making the same request. This was after I then emailed the magazines directly to request cancellation. Still the magazines keep coming. So today, October 20, 2007, I called NME and spoke with Juan. He said he wanted to help me, but couldn't understand why I was so upset. When I explained my circumstances, he said he couldn't blame me for being so upset, but kept giving my excuses why the magazines would have kept coming. I explained again and again, before then yelling toward the end of my conversation, that I don't want the magazines coming ever again, not at any time. When he told me a couple of times that he suspended my subscription, I stated once again that I did not want is suspended, I wanted it dissolved and never want to hear from this company ever again. What's worse, they sent me the same sweepstakes garbage they sent last year and I didn't realize it until at the end of the phone conversation they wanted to send me magazines of my choice. I had to repeat at least ten time that I decline, but he kept going with the choices of magazines I could request. I eventually had to hang up on both conversations because they simply weren't listening and they refused to get my direct message. Today's conversation was left with me saying that I intend to seek legal counsel. So, if anyone seeing this posting wants to take on this case and perhaps develop a class action suit, I would be more than happy to share my information with you to bring final action against this company. It so is obviously apparent they are only out to make money, regardless of the effects it has on the customers. I truly hope that others post similar circumstances so show just how ruthless and uncaring this company is. Frankly, I want some money to cover at least 7+ months of utter emotional distress and frustration, even to the point of tears on at least two occasions. Anyone feel the same way? Drichard Concord, New HampshireU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
36, Report #45783
Feb 17 2003
07:24 PM
National Magazine Exchange ripoff tricked and lied to us Clearwater Florida
National Magazine Exchange offfer me a free mans diamond watch for ordering extra magazines and did not send the watch to me tricked and lied to us Clearwater Florida ..... I was told that i would recieve a mans diamond watch for ordering extra magazines and never recieved the watch. Richard Anderson, South CarolinaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
37, Report #45539
Feb 15 2003
12:35 PM
National Magazine Exchange rip-off Clearwater Florida
I recently recieved a bill from these people for over 400.00. i never ordered or recieved any magazines from them. they keep sending me letters to pay, threat letters and I have called several times to refuse. i think they should be shut down. Andrea newark valley, New YorkU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
38, Report #26009
Aug 03 2002
08:42 AM
National Magazine Exchange ripoff false promises Clearwater Florida
They told me I was going to be entered into a sweepstakes to win and that I would be receiving certain magazines which I have no idea what they are since I havent received any but I have received a bill for 2 months or better. They say that I owe them $over a hundred dollars and I have not received any magazines and dont know how I can have this bill taken off. I called and I received no confirmation of the magazines. They say that I have received the magazines but all that I have received is a delinquent bill. I would like to have this account cancelled and I do not want to receive any more bills and I do not want any of their stinking magazines. Thank you. Richard Fostoria, Ohio
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
39, Report #79269
Feb 05 2004
12:42 AM
National Magazine Exchange (NME) ripoff, con game, sweepstakes fraud Clearwater Florida
On Feb. 4th, 2004 I received an Important Delivery Letter notice claiming, We are trying to reach you regarding your $1,000,000.00 sweepstakes ID #722xxxxxx. Please call us at the above number. This is a free call. Sincerely Pat Haines, Sales Representative. Since I do Internet Security and very careful of my personal information, and not sure of the originator of this game or the source; I checked the web immediately for fraud. From what I have read this is classic data mining of credit info for use, or at least a mailing list meeting some criteria, which they could make useful. Considering that I get this type of garbage from AmEx I am not surprised. Though with further investigation it would appear that this is just another con game being played out. If there is a class action suit, I would be happy to join. M RC, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
40, Report #170274
Jan 03 2006
02:45 PM
NME - National Magazine Exchange Sales ripoff, scam, bogus, mailing, mail, postgram Clearwater Florida
Received a postgram from this company. I have no idea how they got my address or name. Just what I needed, more junk mail. I read other reports for this crap company and I better not be billed. Never had any contact with them what so ever and hope that can stay that way. Telescammers, marketers, should be illegal in the U.S. Thomas Tucson, ArizonaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
41, Report #173616
Jan 27 2006
07:12 PM
National Magazine Exchange - NME ripoff Clearwater Florida
This company is a rip off. Do not give them any fact, if you want to play head games with them..go to the point you almost give them your CC info..and then start asking hard ball questions..bring up the 2,100,00 winning money and watch them get defensive. This aweful company messed with the wrong person. I am in the media and plan on exposes them to millions. They never know who they end up sending cards too. Shame on you all for doing this to anyone out there! You'll get yours! Mary Windsor, ColoradoU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
42, Report #172558
Jan 20 2006
02:42 PM
N.M.E. - National Magazine Exchange ripoff Clearwater Florida
I received a green post card with the following message: We are trying to reach you regarding your $2,100,000 sweepstakes entry. Please call us at the number on the reverse of the card. This is a free call. Sincerely, Pat Haines Sales Representative I immediately thought this was fishy so I researched the name of the company and of course found this website where it appears that many others have also received a similar mailing. Always be sure to do your research and remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it MOST likely is! Megan Cleveland, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
43, Report #172099
Jan 17 2006
04:50 PM
National Magazine Exchange SDP Or Special Data Processing ex-employee terrible work environment Clearwater Florida
As an ex-employee, we answer the phones as National Magazine Exchange. The building has SDP on the outside and employees are paid by Special Data Processing. Pat Haynes is a fictitious person. We were not allowed to give out our last names due to the numerous threats that came in, thus a heavily guarded facility. We could also use fictitious names when answering the phones. We had to log off the phones to use the restroom and were not paid for using the restrooms. This list goes on and on. Bill Hood has a separate parking garage door that takes him up to the second floor with a private elevator. I was there a little over a year in retention,( my job was to keep your account by reducing the number of service years, changing your bill method from credit card to check, etc.)and to the best of my knowledge, Mr. Hood never spoke to anyone. Dave Macey is a very miserable individual and he is the general manager. There is a lady named Ginny who is quite influential (as I was told) but she was untouchable,too. This was by far, the worst job that I ever had. The working conditions and the threats hanging over your head if you don't do this or that is barbaric. This company is probably operating within Florida law but they really need to be shut down. Please be aware that any time you give your credit card number and expiration date over the telephone, that it is legal and binding for the merchant to exact payment. This goes for all 50 states. Please advise all elderly people especially, that it is legal to get payment. The only way that I know of through this shyster company to get your money back is to go to your bank, dispute the charge and have your bank representative do a 3-way call so you understand all the legal ramifications. NME will reverse charges and be sure to tell them to place you on their Do Not Call list which by law they are required to do. Hope this helps somebody out there! Withheld Clearwater, FloridaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
44, Report #202575
Jul 23 2006
10:41 PM
National Magazine Exchange unlawfully pulling my credit reports ripoff Clearwater Florida
I recently Pulled my credit reports and Naational Magazine Exchange has been pulling my credit reports (unauthorized)for a while and do not know why. I have no association with these people or his organization. I do not appreciate this and I will be contacting the credit agencies about this and pulling my reports again. They better not be pulling these reports again. Stephanie pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
45, Report #136177
Mar 23 2005
04:56 PM
National Magazine Exchange Illegal Credit Report Inquiries Ripoff! Largo Florida
On examining my Experian credit report today, I noticed an inquiry had been made by National Magazine Exchange. I have opted-out of promotional credit inquiries and did not give permission for them to access my credit report. This is a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and there are penalties under 616. Civil liability for willful noncompliance [15 U.S.C. 1681n]. I'm going after these slimeballs! In the meantime, watch your credit reports folks... DB Fort Valley, GeorgiaU.S.A.
Entity: Largo, Florida
46, Report #121532
Dec 06 2004
04:10 PM
NME National Magazine Exchange ripped off Lied about billing process Ripoff Clearwater Florida
I receaved a letter in the mail saying that i needed to call their 800 # if i wanted to qualify for the $1,000,000.00 sweep Stakes. The offer for the magazines sounded pretty good at first, and i told them that i didn't want half of what they offered to me. They said that was fine, but when they asked me what kind of billing i wanted to have, they told me that usually people get the every 3 to 4 months billing. They made it sound like my overall total was $67.80.... but now they have been billing me every 4 to 5 weeks in the amount of $67.80!!! I hope I can get my money back somehow. Thanks Christie Mira Loma, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
47, Report #119763
Nov 24 2004
10:12 PM
National Magazine Exchange ripoff $1,000,000.00 Strike it Rich IV Sweepstakes Clearwater Florida
Like others reported, i recieved an Important Delivery Letter Inside, CALL 1-800-***-**** ID # ****** Dear ****, We are trying to reach you regarding your $1,000,000.00 sweepstakes. Please call us at the above number. THis is a free call. Sincerely- Pat Haines, Sales Representative after reading the back (saying that the 'drawing' would not take place until the end of the year) i looked on here and realized that others had been ripped off with this already so i did not call the numbers. Jackie Burton, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
48, Report #165434
Nov 21 2005
04:32 PM
N.M.E. - National Magazine Exchange ripoff Clearwater Florida
the keep trying to contact me and sending me these little green flyer in the mail and i found other info on them searching from there phone number other people will also agree with me that they are a ripoff Maureen glen cove, New YorkU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
49, Report #140825
Apr 28 2005
03:30 PM
N.M.E., National Magazine Exchange ripoff Clearwater Florida
This company sent a winning sweepstakes letter saying my husband won $1,000,000.00 and to call their toll free number. This company so far has mailed us together about 8 per year. They are totally fraudeulent! They just want to sell something and we won nothing, a wast of time! Brenda Williamsport, IndianaU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida
50, Report #158727
Sep 28 2005
04:18 PM
N.M.E. - NATIONAL MAGAZINE EXCHANGE RIPOFF Misleading Mailings Clearwater Florida
If this company is not engaged in misleading, if not outright fraudulent, practices, then why do they use this type of mail advertising? I received a postcard colored very much like the confirmation cards used by the United State Post Office for registered mail. It has Official Business printed in drop-out type on a black box on the top. The letter includes a return address for N.M.E. but no other identifying information. It tells me to call an 800 number. On the back, the message states: We are trying to reach you. Please call us at the number shown on the reverse of this card. This is a free call. It is signed, Sincerely, Pat Haines Sales Representative. The back also has PostGram printed in drop-out type on a black box; a tracking number with a bar code at the bottom; and -- get this -- a box and spaces so you can record the date and time you returned the telephone call to retain for your records. I'm generally suspicious of this stuff, so I Googled the information and found that this card has nothing to do with any Official Business, but is just a come-on for a boiler-room operation to sell magazines. I ran across this site and had to laugh at the pathetic attempts by some to defend N.M.E.'s tactics. I wonder what the postal inspectors will think about N.M.E.'s advertising method. So, I end with the question I posed at the beginning: If this is an up-and-up operation, why do they use misleading mail to dupe people into calling them? Ken Bainbridge Island, WashingtonU.S.A.
Entity: Clearwater, Florida

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