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Great American Readers / fraud and deceptive practice magazine subscription

1 P.O. BOX 20051Bloomington, MN, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 866-704-5419

Problem, fraud and deceptive practice, and direct violation of the national do not call registry ; via magazine subscription telemarketing service of great american readers, bloomington minnesota... (Read this, any class action suit seekers out there?, i'm willing if you are...)

My husband agreed to a 4-magazine subscription for 1 year from a telemarketing call from great american readers service... And I know we never would have ordered an espn magazine!. They apparently are doing some kind of "joint scamming" with the national publisher's exchange... Let me explain. (Lots of info here, be patient, read it and use it it works!)


We ordered 4 magazines, from the telemarketer claiming that it would be 45.00 for all 4 for one year. Sounded like a great deal... Right? Well, we were told that after 7 days we could call an 800 # to cancell this order, and we did. It sounded too good to be true and by the time I researched it on the internet, we decided 4 days later to cancell. At that time, they told us it was too late, and that we would be stuck with a bill for $930.00. Then the collection calls started from them and empire collections co. Great american readers is guilty of deceptive marketing and fraud!!! They were calling after 9pm on a sunday evening, and 3-4 times every day,,, not only that, they kept "disgising their caller id" and telephone numbers., and there was always a different "telemarketer" who was "assigned to our file". While I kept telling them I am on the national do not call list, and to "not call me again", they continued... Normally this would be a fine of up to $16, 000.00 on first offense, and prison on second offense. One day I picked up the phone and told the rep that I have no intention of paying for any of the magazines,,, true,, saved every copy,,, true,,, went to my local post master general,,, true,,, and filed complaints with the agencies listed below. The representative said if you don't pay, it will get worse... Imagine that, threatening me for something I cancelled on day 4 of 7... They then sent magazines I didn't even order like: espn, parents, esquire, elle, bassmaster, and shape just to name a few. (I think they are working with the national pubishers exchange because I just received a post card from espn saying they received my inquiry regarding my subscription to espn, and that teh order was placed through an agency...

Follow this; the agency was national publishers exchange... We never placed an order through them, so therefore deduced that they are working with great american readers. Here are some sites and info for you to research,,, file complaints,,, and contact:

National publishers exchange: [protected].

Great american readers, pobox 20051, bloomington, mn [protected]

Minnesota attorney general's office for great ameriacan readers complaints:
Attn: consumer services division, 445 minnesota st., 1400 bremer tower, st. Paul, mn 55101

Empire collection agency, 114 south I st, suite 419 aberdeen, wa phone: [protected]

Solutions for action>

W r I t e l e t t e r s t o: your home state's attorney general office, and the attorney
General's office for the collection agency you are being called by. Get as much info
As you can to put into the letter, dates, names, etc.

C a l l y o u r l o c a l p o l I c e d e p t. And file a report, give them as many details with names and dates you can.

Put yourself on all of the national do not call list. You can find this on the ftc (Federal trade commission's) website

Contact in writing, the 3 credit bureau's tell them of the "fraud". (You must use this word), give them as much info as you can so they can note this on your report before your credit score begins to plunge. P r o t e c t y o u r c r e d I t (No one else is going to do it for you)

W e b s I t e s f o r h e l p:
WWW.FTC.GOV — lodge a complaint with the ftc.

Good luck!

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  • As
      15th of Feb, 2012
    0 Votes

    Please contact me at [email protected]
    I am having trouble with this scam and I need help doing all this.

  • Ja
      21st of Jan, 2016
    0 Votes

    I am having the same trouble as well. They won't play the whole recording of when I first spoke to them about the contract. They only play the last part of the guy reading the contract. Just wondering, how did it end up working out for you guys?

  • Am
      3rd of Jun, 2016
    0 Votes
    Great American Readers - American readers scam
    United States

    Here is a copy of the so called letter my daughter received from these ###…. . And i will be posting this information all over the internet. People need to know about these so called american piece of scam readers.

    Great american readers po box 20051 bloomington, mn 55420
    Phone: 866 - 704 - 5419
    Fax: 952 - 885 - 0555


    At the address indicated. Is indebted to our company as detaled above. The debt arises from a delinqency of payments on a subscribtion agreement. This customer has failed to respond to our reminders and statements. We are referring the account to you to effect collection in whatever manner you deem necessary.

    Please be adviced that the customer has been sent a copy of this notice, and if payment is not received in our office with 10 days, you are authorized to proceed with you maximum effort to collect this debt.

    Veru truly,

    Eric ball
    Directore of collections

  • Mo
      11th of Aug, 2016
    0 Votes

    I need help please I don't understand any of this I didn't even fill out for them idk why and how i owe over $900 please help

  • Ba
      29th of Sep, 2016
    0 Votes

    I have had the same experience with the company I really did not understand the terms and agreements and wanted to cancel 1 month after signing up for the magazine company they refused I cancelled payment and they said they would send it to collections I said I would work with them I could pay them once a quarter they refused and said that is not the terms for the magazine company. I spoke to Sam in collections he reused on numerous occasions and was very rude in speaking to me laughing and saying you owe the money just pay for what you signed up for you agreed. I canceled the check and I'm fight with them willing to go to small claims court if needed.

  • Ni
      27th of Dec, 2016
    0 Votes

    I was dealing with this company who would not cancel for me. So I sent a very detailed letter to the Attorney General for the state this company is in. Once Great American Readers was contacted by the AG office, not only did GAR return all of my money, they forwarded every single magazine that I originally ordered. It's been a few years since I filed my complaint and I am still receiving some magazines. MAKE SURE YOU TALK TO SOMEONE AT GAR AND ASK FOR YOUR MONEY BACK AND WHY BEFORE YOU CONTACT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE. YOU NEED TO PROVE YOUR EFFORTS TO WORK WITH GREAT AMERICAN READERS FIRST. Trust me it wasn't long before they were calling me multiple times to make sure I was telling the AG office that I was satisfied with how GAR returned my money.

  • Lu
      23rd of Jan, 2017
    0 Votes

    The company rep was very rude and did not listen or try to help resolve my problem. They have harassed my with calls from several numbers and times. They have been very unprofessional. They arbitrarly set payments for every month instead of for every three months which is paying in advance anyway. They did not even send the magazines I requested. A complete rip off. I want to fight this even if it means going to court.

  • Ja
      22nd of Sep, 2017
    0 Votes

    People need to united and sue this comoany and let them go down instead of hurting people . With no business honerbility. Wish no people get hurt from them. They dont kept their word. Nor do they wants to work out. They just want to take peoples money
    Contact me [email protected] if any of u guys are willing to file against them.

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