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Prestige Sales USA / Fraudulent Magazine Subscription

Houston, TX, United States Review updated:
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OK - I got took! Katie, knocks on our door at early afternoon, I happened to be off work, and like the others who have complained about this pseudo company, she says that she is one of our neighbor's relatives and she is visiting from out of town for a couple of days. After being really sweet she says that she is trying to raise money to finance her trip to Africa for a Zoology degree where she is suppose to do an internship with some school. She starts telling her story about the magazines and how great it is and so on and it will help her with her expenses etc. I never clued into the fact that first she told me it was for a tuition scholarship and then when I asked again it was for books and expenses. She talks fast and I was decorating my house so I was in the Christmas "giving mood" I asked a few questions and had been thinking about getting a subscription to a particular magazine and thought - oh well why not. I 'm only slightly itnerested and then she changes the story to that well you can pay to donate books to a hospital. Well I'm not that generous so asked about the magazine. She also tells me that her mother told her to come wash out car, dog, house whatever to thank us for helping out (I decline). Then she throws in that we will get a $35 gift card as reimbursement for a portion of the purchase price of $51.00 (that should have been my clue - but it wasn't). I was to get with a website and sign up to get the gift card. This all happened on 11-26-08 and I just remembered to do so. Suprise! No place on the website to do that. Then I googled them and find all these complaints. I rushed to stop payment on the check - luckily they had not yet cashed it - it was well worth the $14 to keep them from getting more of my money and a cheap lesson not to ever answer the door again...
All the complaints I read were so similar to mine experience - I am so glad I did not let her in the door but mad at myself for falling for it.
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Ji
  5th of Feb, 2009
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David or whatever his name was just here in Gold River, CA (near Sacramento) selling magazines. Says his father, a doctor, lived right around the corner. A student a U.C Davis, he is raising funds for a scholarship to England to study sports broadcasting. Really chatted me up about his career and that I could donate the magazine subscription to troops in IRAQ. However, when I asked for ID, he said it was 'in the car.' Following my gut, I suggested he come back later after my wife came home with checkbook. He indicated that he would be 'sold-out' by then but would come back if he had a subscriptions left. He left without my $49 and after reading the comments above, I think I made the right decision.
Ro
  15th of Aug, 2009
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I too was fooled from Elgin Illinois Williamsburg Green, by this troop just home from Iraq, doctor father lives around the corner and even named a street? I am so stupid, I called the bank to stop payment also, I would rather pay the fee to cancel then let them get away with this nonsense, I will never again buy anything from a stranger at my door, or for that matter answer the darn thing. I am so grateful for this web site because like the others my gut told me that this wasn't right, I should have listened at the very least my suspicions were correct. I am only out small amount $25.00, of course this transaction took place late on Friday so the accounting department at the bank is closed until Monday. I hope my neighbors investigate this website and more importantly they can stop payment/donation?

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