BBB Warns of Renewal Scam

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If you have recently renewed a magazine subscription, you might want to take a second look at your statement. Scammers are disguising themselves as magazine companies and sending subscribers fake renewal forms, requesting them to renew their subscription at odd prices. In some cases, renewals are offered at suspiciously low prices and in others, extremely inflated prices. As a result, consumers are receiving multiple renewal forms and paying scammers for magazines that they will never receive.

The BBB urges people to beware of illegitimate magazine subscriptions by following these tips:

· Check for a renewal notice. Many magazine companies will include a renewal notice in the final issue of your magazine. If you see this notice in your final issue, then you will know it is authentic.

· Compare addresses on your subscription forms. You can find the legitimate address in the first few pages of your magazine. Don’t pay a renewal form with an address that doesn’t match the one inside your magazine.

· Check the mailing label on your magazine. If you don’t know when your renewal date is for your magazine subscription, check the date on the mailing label of your magazine. If you receive a renewal form that is not near the renewal date on your magazine then be extremely cautious.

· Contact your magazine publisher. If you are uncertain about your renewal date or the validity of your renewal form, contact the magazine publisher directly with any questions or concerns. They will have accurate information on your magazine subscriptions.

As always, the Better Business Bureau is available to provide information as well as  answers to your consumer questions.  Call (256) 850-0719.

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