National Readers ServiceFaulty sweepstakes/magazine subscriptions

F Review updated:

I get an anonymous phone call from a fairly convincing company that states I've won some sweepstakes called the Dream of Your Lifetime sweepstakes...they call themselves Best Publications Services, which is odd because in the letter that was sent to me it states that they're the NATIONAL READERS SERVICE. These guys are totally a scam and are trying to rip people off in the process. On the supposed letter they claim to give you a complimentary free watch and state that there are no contracts. These people seem to be professional scammers and for "God sake" I almost gave them my social security number...for whatever reason the man over the phone asked me for it - that's when I started to consider how phony these guys sound. My advice for any body who is to receive such phone calls is to quickly interrupt them talking and say no. And investigate yourself if you can...via the internet or the local library.


  • A
      Mar 19, 2009

    I recieved a phone call today telling me that I was entered in a sweepstakes because I was a preferred mastercard holder. They were offering me a free watch which the lady said was cpntained a "real" diamond at the 12 o'clock point along with 2 complimentry magazines. They only thing was that I had to but 2 other magazines at 60% off thier normal price. They already had my full name, address, and phone number. They funny thing is that I just got this phone number yesterday when I purchased a new phone wwith a different company(Metro PCS). They wanted my Mastercard number. Ihave a Mastercard debt pre-paid card. The kind where you put money into the card. Basiclly one of those cards you can use for direct deposit when you don't have a bank account. The lady on the phoe talk very qickl andtold me that someone woujld be calling me back asking me to rate her prefrmance.
    When I started asking questions about the company she said that he suprivisor had just tapped her on the sholder and wanted to speak with me to find out how Samantha had prefromed on the phone. After asking about her preformance he asked whic card I was planning on using to pay for the other two magazines. I told him that the card was a prepaid and that there was no money on the account, which was true, but that he needed the information just to varify that I was a card holder. So I ended up giving him the informain figurin, what could they do. There was no money in the cards affofunt and it can be overdrawn.
    well we'll see what happens.

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  • D
      Aug 15, 2009

    National Readers Service scammed my 19 year old in June 2009. Specific suggestions for dealing with this scam are on my blog
    Good luck! D/

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  • D
      May 20, 2010

    I got a similar call yesterday but I did not give them a credit card number or any additional personal information. They knew my name, address and obviously my cell number which they used to contact me. They are sending a "free" watch. I asked "So what is the hitch?" . The male caller replied nothing. So I am guessing I will be inundated with offers by mail. I am trying to get back in touch with them and as of yet am unable to find a phone number for this company. I had my credit card provider put me on fraud alert so that if any charges show up that are out of the ordinary I will receive an immediate text message on my cell. Any one have a contact name and number?

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  • F
      Sep 29, 2010

    Don't even get ME started! I, too, was duped. But they have started a new tactic...going by 2 names to get you to pay, and showing 2 different totals, hoping you'll be gullible to think, "Oh God, I signed up for 2 of these!" However, when pressed you get the same service date. Hmm.

    Lookout not only for National Readers Service but ALSO Midwest Publishers Inc.!

    Better yet. Just don't do it! If anyone does a cold call to you tell them to take your name off their list as that is the law. If you are already on the DO NOT CALL list tell them that and that they just broke the law. See who can hang up the fastest then!

    Wish I had been the wiser back in March. Still fighting my strategy using the BBB, FTC, State AG, Consumer Affairs, and the list goes on. The more complaints I can file (and print to send to these 2 companies in response to their bully tactics) the better off I hope we will all be in the end. If they took you for a ride, file away too! Thanks D for all your suggestions at your blog! Everybody should go there!

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  • M
      Nov 20, 2010

    Someone just called my phone as well. She said that I was entered in the sweepstake but she really couldn't give me that much informaton so i would have to speak with her supervior. Her supervisor came on the line and asked me how she treated me and the i told him okay and then when they asked me for my credit card information I got furious. I then asked the supervisor how do i know this is not a scam and asked him for the company information. when I pulled it up online, I didn't see any good comments what so ever and then the supervisor stated" the people are just mad and am i going to believe the internet and when he went on here before it was all good comments" I then told him if I could be removed off the list and he hung up in my face!!! I totally think its a scam!!!

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  • T
      Sep 21, 2011

    This is the main place that I have worked for and to send complaints about: There direct number for employee's is [protected]. I worked here for two weeks before I relized how we were scaming customers...the "free diamond watch" only cost the company $2 bucks each and as far as I know there are no real sweepsteaks drawings...I needed a job, and it was a quick job to get and I am sorry for anyone I have sold to. Do not work here!! The person the employee talks to too call in sick or whatever is JR, just ask for him and they will put you through. Not sure if this will help anyone but I noticed how NRS the fake company we say in the script has a D- on the BBB website and IMA (International Marketing Association, Inc.) rating is great, which is the actual company that we as employees are not allowed to say on the phone.
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  •   Aug 07, 2013

    phone number my scam telephone call came from: [protected] and [protected] They called me today August 7 2013 and told me I'm being entered into a Dream of a Lifetime sweepstakes for $25, 000 The caller ID said "Hearst, Inc." so I thought it was from Hearst magazines. She said they are sending me a free watch and 6 magazines for only $20.mon. for 4 years. I would have to give my credit card info right then on the phone or I would not be entered into the contest. I told her how do I know it's not a scam? I told her sorry, but I will need to pass on the offer! I looked it up right away on the internet to find out it was indeed a scam!

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