A quick warning to anyone and everyone who has a magazine subscription. Beware of fraudulent magazine subscription notices.
I just received a fictitious mailing from “National Magazine Services, Inc.” asking me to renew my magazine subscription for 4 years. At first glance, I took it as a legitimate renewal invoice as my subscription is actually up for renewal and, as we all know, sometimes magazines will outsource their billing to a third party.
Luckily for me, I also received a renewal notice from the real company yesterday. Once I compared the two invoices, I also noticed that the magazine name was incorrect. You would think I would have caught that first but the magazine recently went through a name change. It was originally called MacAddict and is now called MacLife.
Another tell-tale sign was that the invoice requested checks or money orders should be made payable to “National Magazine Services, Inc.” instead of the magazine company.
Here’s the fraudulent company information.National Magazine Services, Inc.
PO Box 98
Elmsford, NY 10523
Received another notice in the mail to renew my subscription. Only this time the notice was from;
1350 E Flamingo Rd.,
Suite 138 #749
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Suite 138 #749 ?
I’m guessing that’s a rented mailbox.
Oh wait, look at this, a satellite photo of their location. And look, it’s a strip mall with a UPS Store. Hmmm?
So I ask you, would a large magazine distribution service really use a PO Box? I think not. Can you say SCAM?
My next question is, if I can figure this out AND pinpoint their location with just a few clicks, then why can’t the FBI or other law enforcement agency do the same thing and shut these low-lifes down?