Readers services / Credit Card Scam
Today I got 3 calls to tell me that I had won a $1, 000 gift certificate and I will have to use the selectyourgifts.com website to purchase gifts for myself or others for this amount. That will just cost me a small amount for each order. But the other part was that I had also to subscribe to 5 Magazines and that will cost me $3.80 per week. The first person Andrea said $15 and some changes per month. Then with the 2nd and 3rd person (Georgia and Lisa) the story had changed it was 39.99 per month for the first 20 months then I can enjoy the 5 magazines for free for the rest of the time (40 months)! I asked if these magazines were weekly to the 1st person which I half did the selection with. I could not get a firm yes, but I got her to tell me the name of the 5 magazines: America, American heritage, Popular Science, Shape and Prevention. The 2nd person got my debit card information. Then the 3rd person got me into repeating on the phone what I had to say and answer certain questions by yes, or no. When I check the list of Magazines after these 3 calls, because I was a little suspicious, I discover that these magazines were not weekly except one, and the total amount of the sub-s was $618.80 for 5 years at the price of today (March 5th, 2010) compare to the cost of 799.80 ($39.99 time 20...). I had also check the checking account associates with my card and saw that "Readers Services" had charge my debit card of $39.00 (the charge was in hold with something else I had purchased on internet after). My concern really started when I could not find an address with the toll free # that they gave me which I had just made confirm with the 3rd person. But I find it when I put "Publisher" and part of the phone # "269 4179". What I find was a ton of scam complainers about a "Blue Whale Publications" Company with this toll free number. My account will be charge on the 10 of every month of $39.99 but the magazine will only arrive within 3 or 4 months. And the toll free number was to be used to change any magazine I wish or the date of the charge for my debit card... The three call were shorts particularly the last one, where I was given a tract #, without knowing nothing for what it was for. So I may have to ask my bank tomorrow to send me another debit card before they use it for anything else! My impression is that I should not pay anything.
This is my testimony.
Ms. Laurence R.