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1, Report #1244633
Jul 27 2015
02:27 PM
Area Publications Magazine scam Balsam Lake Wisconsin
I ordered 4 magazines from Area Publiactions.  Instead of sending me 4 magazines they are sending me over 2 dozen magazines that I do not want nor read.  Now they are tryting to charge me $1288.80 for all the magazines they continue to send me.  I have contacted their office but, no one answers.  I can only leave a message but, they never return my call.  I will not pay them any money until this matter is corrected.  now they are threating me to take me to collections.  
Entity: Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
2, Report #215439
Oct 12 2006
01:21 PM
Area Circulation Premiere Publications ripoff scam using major credit cards companies names Virginia Beach Virginia
This is a SCAM! Just received a phone call from this number, guy named CHAD, saying this was my lucky day, and as a VISA/AMEX/ MASTERCARD user I was eligible for the big prise... After I confirmed that I had one amex, he said that I had won USD 1.000,00 for a shopping 4 magazines subscription... Nice magazines such as cosmopolitan, better homes and gardens, oprah, or any of his 250+ list... All that I had to do is pay for the TV guide for 2.99 per week. It sounded very good, for the $1.000,00 gift certificate plus 5 magazines delivered to my door... but then the guy told me I had to stick to the plan for 60 (60!!!!) months, and pay according to their payment plans... I asked how would that work, he told me to be able to see the payment options that my credit card carrier had given me, he needed my credit card number,expiration date and verification number... Before telling me exactly how much and how many times I would have to pay. I don't know how they got my cell number and my address, I am really new here, and my english is not the most perfect one, what I believe made the guy very happy, because he started saying a lot of things pretty fast and in the end asking am i being clear?... Of course he wasn't, and that was his goal. Anyway, I thought everything very, very weird and told him I did not have my amex here with me. He then told me I could use any other credit card... I didn't understand as he said all the time that AMEX was going to pay for the shopping certificate and the magazines subscription... So I asked if I could talk to my husband and call back, he started being even nicer and call me honey, sweetheart, I think to make me believe he was my big, big friend... Then I asked his company name, just to tell my husband when it appeared on the credit card statement, while I told him I was getting my visa... With he still on the line I searched on the inetrnet and found that many pepople had payed over $ 700.00 for them, that that's impossible to cancel the plan, that the website that you receive to redeem your coupon just has creepy cheap stuff... Avoid at any cost talking to these people, they're very good at what they do, trying to convince you... In the end, when I told him I wasn't interested anymore (cause I read on the web, and I think he realized, because he didn't stop talking and I was answering yes/no/aham), he was rude and told me You are giving away a very nice oportunity, my business is serious, that how I support my family for 15 years and hang up on me. I was relieved that I didn't have to hang up on him! Maria New York, New YorkU.S.A.
Entity: Virginia Beach, Virginia
3, Report #1141488
Apr 24 2014
06:16 PM
Area Publications Inc. claimed violation of agreement. Order no. 10098802. Threatened fees. I sent check for $199.00 Arden Hills Minnesota
 I was contacted by the company to renew magazine subscriptons.  I was told my subscriptions were running out.  I may hve renewed a couple.   I used a credit card to have monthly payments.  Soon I began to receive unwanted magazines that I had never ordered and did not want. I contacted my credit card and cancelled the payments.  Then I received a bill from Area Publicatons regarding Violation of Agreement.  The amount was for a past due amount of $98.80.  My son wrote a letter to the company demanding cancellation of the magazines and a refund.  I then had a phone call from the company and wa told that if I didn't send a check covering the current charges of $199, I would be contacted by a collection agency and this would affect my credit rating.  I then sent a check for the $199.  I have tried calling the listed number and the call doesn't go through.
Entity: Arden Hills, Minnesota
4, Report #1260670
Oct 11 2015
07:03 PM
Area Publications Taking Money out of my account without my permission and selling magazines I do not want Arden Hills Minnesota
I have been having unwanted magazine subscriptions sent to me from different Magazine publications and than the Area Publications company would take money out of my account for $ 49.90 each month. Area Publications has called me once before a few months ago and told me that they recognize that these Magazine Publication companies were sending magazines to me, and that they would have them stop sending me these magazines and close my account. Area Publications has reopened my account since the last time they called me with out my knowledge and taken money out of my account again and the different Magazine Publication companies continue to send me their magazines that I do not want. It is a waste of paper and my money and I would like to have my account with Area Publications closed permanently and the Magazine Publication companies stop sending me thier magazines immediatly. I would like to have a Lawyer look into this matter and contact me as soon as he or she sees this problem. Thank you for your time in this matter and I hope this gets resovled soon.  
Entity: Arden Hills, Minnesota
5, Report #1403291
Sep 30 2017
09:35 AM
Area Publications Just rec’d a call from collection agency. Said I owe over 1K when I paid off the balance a few months ago. Arden Hills Minnesota
 About 2 years ago I started receiving multiple magazine subscriptions that I did not recall ordering. I finally figured out that I had somehow been scammed into paying a monthly fee for all of these magazines that went right into the recycling bin. This past Spring, we were getting ready to PCS (we are a military family), when I got a call to extend. I wanted to cancel. The person I spoke to gave me an amount owed, and I paid it with a credit/debit card. This morning, I received a phone call from a collection agency and was told that I owed over $1,000 To this company. First I had any inclination at all that there was an issue. The only thing I can think of, is that this is just a scam to get more money out of me.
Entity: Arden Hills, Minnesota
6, Report #35453
Nov 17 2002
10:30 PM
Lakeside Publications ripoff Troy Michigan
On 7/16/02, I enrolled in group 5 of this letter I received from Lakeside Publications, I sent a check for $159.00 in hopes of receiving what I paid for. I called and left messages at this business with no reply. I asked for my supplies or my money back. No one ever called me. Sincerely Paula Ingram Paula Catawba, South Carolina
Entity: Troy, Michigan
7, Report #99545
Jul 19 2004
09:26 AM
KCPT Publications rip-off! Vista California
I am also a victim of this vicious person(s). I hope the law catches them and they suffer. I hope enough people read this and no one gets ripped off any more. Terra Oneill, NebraskaU.S.A.
Entity: Vista, California
8, Report #965880
Nov 07 2012
10:00 AM
worldwide publications scammers-rip offs Internet
I also sent money to hazelpeppergood for the company reports and i recieved them but when i sent a money order to worldwide publications they took it and gave me nothing in return.
Entity: , Internet
9, Report #274114
Sep 11 2007
10:01 PM
Progressive Business Publications - Business 21 Publications Sends invoices for goods not ordered then threatens collections. Malvern Pennsylvania
Progressive Business Publications has tried the same scam on my company several times. A sales person calls an unwitting office employee and under the guise of a survey (part of that survey includes obtaining their date of birth) gets them to agree to a free newsletter. Once the worthless and unwanted newsletters are sent an invoice for $399 follows. If you try to contest the invoice they will offer the employees DOB as proof the newsletters were ordered. They will also say you missed the 30 day cancellation window and offer to settle for half or the prorated portion of newsletters mailed. If you refuse to pay they will threaten to send you to collections. This company is a joke and has tried this same thing several times. Field employees who feel threatened and are afraid of being sent to a collections agency will often approve the invoice to get them to stop calling. The last time they called a collector tried to personally threaten the credit of one employee if she didnt pay from her own pocket, because her name was on the bill. My best suggestion is to contact them IN WRITING. They will try and respond on the phone, but insist on everything in writing. They will immediately drop it once you start talking about US Postmaster, PA State Attorney General and Better Business Bureau. Also, beware several former employees of Progressive Business Publication has started a new company called Business 21 Publications. The new company, while seemingly more legitimate, tried the same old tired routine to extort money from one of our employees. Livermorebrian Naperville, IllinoisU.S.A.
Entity: Malvern, Pennsylvania
10, Report #156715
Sep 11 2005
04:25 PM
Coastal Publications RIPOFF SCAMERS! Ormond Beach Florida
I signed up for this work at home making as much money as you want to ad. which had a fee of $35.00 to sign up. When I recieved the sign up form, I made sure I read all the info. given to me. I mean I read and read and made sure I understood it very carefully. After sending in a money order and my sign up form I recieved more info. about this work at home job. After reading these papers, it FAILED to mention in the sign up form that I would have to purchase ads in order to recieve money. In my efforts to send them a letter in which I asked them why I had to purchase ads, when all I did and made SURE i signed up for was just to stuff there ads. In which I knew I had to send them envelopes, but thats after i placed my ads (in which it was NEVER stated in the sign up form!!!} and people replied back to them.... I believe this was a SCAM!!!! Please help me get my sign up fee of $35 back, in which i know i CAN get back people have told me they have got there's back for the Better Buro!!! ( but not sure of how to do it tho'} Kerrie Alba, TexasU.S.A.
Entity: Ormond Beach, Florida
11, Report #120646
Dec 01 2004
12:18 PM
I was foolish enough to send a money order to this company so i just lost. Really feel stupid now. It cost me $29.00 but was a lesson well learned. Now i try to check all such offers out on the internet. If they have no phone # or if i don't find info on internet i don't bother. Mary glendale, ArizonaU.S.A.
Entity: LAS VEGAS, Nevada
12, Report #161835
Oct 24 2005
05:20 AM
HBG Publications ripoff Diamond Bar California
I wish i ahd read this before sending in my $40. As like the others I sent in the money and it has been 3 weeks now and still nothing. Don't fall for it. Can't find a phone number for them or e-mail. I sent a letter requesting my money back and nothing. Please research the company before sending any money. Sabrina Dayton, TexasU.S.A.
Entity: Diamond Bar, California
13, Report #163913
Nov 09 2005
10:53 AM
HBG Publications ripoff Diamond Bar California
I wish I would have checked this website BEFORE I sent my money. I thought I did all of the right things in order to not get ripped off. I even called their number and left a message. I sent in my $40 and hoped to make enough money to help pay some bills. I can't believe I fell for such a stupid scam. I will NEVER do anything like this again. One tip - NEVER send a money order or cash, there is no way to recoop your money!!! HopelesslyTrustingNOMORE Lyndhurst, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Diamond Bar, California
14, Report #80009
Feb 11 2004
06:09 AM
Pro Business Publications Scamartist inertia selling con Edinburgh Other
We got this amateur-hour safety cd in the post, no prior phone call or letter with the package; the sort of thing AOL sends you in the post all the time. When the bill arrives we finally knew where this rubbish had come from and we send it back. Surprise, surprise (no, NOT Cilla Black) some Jock tells you you have to pay for it...or else. The Health & Safety Executive has received dozens of complaints about the company: it turns out the information you are supposed to pay 195 for is available free of charge from them; they are currently investigating for copyirght theft. We then wrote to their bankers, asking them whehter they know they were providing banking facilities for this fraudulent company and to Tony Hetherington of the Daily Mail, who told us he was aware of this company and their modus operandi. He said he would run a story in the near future. We also spoke to Edinburgh Trading Standards who are equally familiar with this company and have already over 30 complaints on their files alone. THe VAt number on their invoices is also non-existant so they collecting vat but not paying it to customs because they are not even registered: 7 years in jail for that one, according to the VAt person I spoke with. If they have a tape of any calls they make (if this is not another lie) then you tell the police: if a call takes place it cannot warrant the pusuance of an invoice to legal action on the basis that an offer was accepted: we spoke to Lothian Police who told us this was called fraudulent misrepresentation, and upon conviction punisheble with 7 years in jail. Alyson DerbyUnited Kingdom
15, Report #106922
Sep 03 2004
07:26 PM
KCPT Publications ripoff scam users Vista California
I have recieved the at home business letter today to stuff envelopes. Unfortunately, I have mailed my $20 today.(Trying to find my money order receipt to call and cancel) I have 5 kids and cannot afford to just hand out money! Please to anyone else who receives this letter throw it in the trash!!!!!!! I was also curious to the previous complaints as to where their return address sticker says on the envelope? Mine is as follows:Kele Ding Idah State University Reed Gym 105 Bx 8109 Pocatello, ID Is this an individual who was scammed as well or somebody in on the joke? Leaetta 64735, MissouriU.S.A.
Entity: Vista, California
16, Report #106607
Sep 01 2004
08:35 PM
CNR Publications RIPOFF Las Vegas Nevada
We followed the instructions provided from the start up letter although we have only been waiting a week looking at this website has been a real eye-opener. Live and Learn I guess. I do wish there was something that could be done to get the money back that was wasted on a low life hell bound person who would prey on students and homebound people. Ashlee Peoria, ArizonaU.S.A.
Entity: Las Vegas, Nevada
17, Report #104319
Aug 18 2004
04:27 PM
KCPT PUBLICATIONS home stuffers ripoff VISTA California
Entity: VISTA, California
18, Report #104491
Aug 19 2004
03:30 PM
CNR PUBLICATIONS ripoff Las Vegas Nevada
I just wanted to let you know it seems the address for CNR Publications hs changed slightly. I read an advertisement in the Arizona Republic newspaper for Home Based Employment. The telephone number listed has a recorded message telling you to leave your name and address and the information on how to get started will be sent to you, at no cost. My How to Get Started letter is signed by Ronald Hicks, President. The Business Reply Envelope is not included, however an envelope is included addressed to C. G. Stuart, 6130 W Flamingo Rd, #146, Las Vegas, NV 89103-2280. Just figured this sounded like a rip-off and am glad I checked with this web site before I sent $25. Shelly Glendale, ArizonaU.S.A.
Entity: Las Vegas, Nevada
19, Report #103481
Aug 13 2004
10:10 AM
KCPT Publications rip-off! Vista California
Greetings Fellow Concerned Citizens, I received a letter from KCPT Pubications who claim you can earn $800.00 weekly Guaranteed or triple your registration fee back. This was accompanied by a letter from a Nancy Tascalli claiming she works for the Company,and shows copies of checks received as a result of her work. I search all over the net to find out if there really was such a Company, could not locate on any Business Directory Anywhere. I figured it was 2-good-2-b-true. I want to thank you to the others who were actually taken by this rip-off that you warned the rest of us.I was ready to send my money order, but read this website first because I had been ripped off so many times before,that I am SICK OF IT ALL!!! Where are all the honest people? Thank You Again. Sincerely, Thomas Concord, New HampshireU.S.A.
Entity: Vista, California
20, Report #107988
Sep 11 2004
11:45 PM
I've have just been made aware that I have become a victom of a KCPT PUBLICATIONS sent by a MARIA DOUGLAS. I have leared this today 9/11/04 on ripoffreport and much to my displeasure I sent my $20.00 cash to this scam that im now reading about. I cant believe I fail for it now I believe the saying if it sounds to good to be true. Adrian Kansas City, MissouriU.S.A.
Entity: VISTA, California
21, Report #110381
Sep 27 2004
01:58 PM
Ameri-Source Publications ripoff Champlain New York
I have been hassled by this company for the last several years. I did pay the first invoice a few years ago. Then when they called me I go into the habit of telling them, since they say they are recording this, that I am not agreeing to buying anything, and I continue to repeat this over and over during out conversation. They still send me invoices and call me. I am reporting them. I wonder how, after all these years, they can continue to stay in business. All I can say is that we all have to stick together. Good Luck to you all. Julie Effingham, IllinoisU.S.A.
Entity: Champlain, New York
22, Report #105491
Aug 26 2004
05:59 AM
Mnc Publications dishonest Champlain New York
we own a small business in maine and i take care of the affairs of the office. one morning before i arrived at work, mnc publications phoned our office and my husband answered. the guy on the other end told my husband i had ordered the list of nationwide businesses the year before, which i hadn't, so my husband agreed to have the new one sent. when i saw the disk on my desk and an invoice for over $400.00, i took the unopened disc to the post office and sent it back all insured, but the package was refused on the other end. Michelle hampden, MaineU.S.A.
Entity: Champlain, New York
23, Report #92700
May 24 2004
08:41 AM
Pro Business Publications fraudster Edinburgh Other
The quality of this CD-ROM is beyond the pale: you get more information for 1.99 if you buy a Health & Safety book at WH Smith. Actually, you get better quality info. free of charge from the HSE. I promptly returned this worthless CD after I received an invoice; this does not prevent this firm from chasing you. In the end you realise that they are a firm of debt collectors, with no interest in providing a good service. Belinda CarlisleUnited Kingdom
Entity: Edinburgh, Other
24, Report #81832
Feb 25 2004
02:40 PM
Infomatika Publications ripoff directory scam Champlain New York
Someone from Infomatika contacted a clerk in our organization requesting updated information on our company. She told them to send any request for information in writing. Lo and behold, an invoice for $349.95 shows up with a directory. The directory was returned, and the invoice given to me, the authority on scams in the building. I sent Infomatika a fax, told them the invoice would not be paid because: 1. she was not authorized 2. even if she was, she did not agree to purchase anything 3. the listing in the directory was TOTALLY wrong. no one could find us if they wanted to buy looking in the Infomatika directory! I also informed them that if they continued to pursue this invoice, i would be happy to add one more complaint to the already existing 335 on file with the NY BBB. Well, that didnt stop them! Today, their collections manager called and played the recording for myself and the clerk that was involved, and it was funny that the only response from her throughout the recording was uh-huh, and the uh-huh's all sounded eerily the same. When I told the guy that I have seen many a cut-and-paste complaint about his company, he WARNED me about slandering his company. Then reminded me that we are advertising for you!! When I replied yes, but you are advertising incorrect information he hung up on me. Needless to say, off go complaints to the Missouri Attorney General, the New York Attorney General, the Canadian BBB, the New York BBB, the FTC, and the FCC. Dont fall for this one, and don't pay the invoice.... Mary pevely, MissouriU.S.A.
Entity: Champlain, New York
25, Report #94218
Jun 09 2004
07:13 AM
Infomatika Publications Directory Scam Champlain New York
My company has had the same experience as other consumers whose reports I have read on this website. For almost two years, Infomatika has been attempting to get us to pay $349.95 for a Complimentary directory that we never ordered. We have had numerous communications with them stating that we would not pay for an unsolicited order; they sent us the directory anyway and we returned it to them. They continue to harrass us with phone calls and faxes of phone call transcripts that are very suspect and obviously edited. I have had to waste so much time dealing with this company whose business practices are so underhanded that the only way they can survive is by extortion and wearing down their customers. Frankly, I'm surprised they have been allowed to continue doing business. As far as I can tell, they have been operating under this name for at least two years. Lori Arlington, TexasU.S.A.
Entity: Champlain, New York

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