I signed up for 4 magazines back in 2005. $49.50 a month for a year and I would receive the magazines for 3 years. I gave them my credit card info and I'm still paying to this day. I received calls every now and then asking me are you getting your magazines and are they in good condition. I had no idea they were still billing me for them. When I finally asked them am I still paying for magazines they stated yes because I subscribed for another year of payments. So as it turns out everytime they called and I answered yes to there question they took it as me signing up for another year of payments. I have thousands of magazines that I didn't ever ask for or want. I had to finally cancel my credit card. And believe it or not they are still calling asking my for another credit card. They have taken more than 1, 782 dollars from me. I have contacted the BBB and they are doing an investigation.
I received a call from Active Periodicals today wanting me to buy magazines and in return, I would recieve a $1000.00 online shopping spree. Everytime I would ask a question regarding "opting out" if it turned out to be something other than what the representative explained over the phone, she would reply that she was new and would have to ask her supervisor about it. I also told her that I would not give her any personal information over the phone and asked to be billed and she once again told me that she would have to check with her supervisor first. I told her that would be a great idea and she asked me to hold on. When she returned, she stated that she would have to "get back with me on this" and hung up. I'm so glad I listened to my gut instinct!! What a SCAM!!! I was tempted, like many others but it's so true what they say; If it sounds too good to be true, IT IS!
Active Periodicals is a horrible company that makes money off of people by intimidation and corporate technicalities.
I am a recent college graduate and have been suckered into their subscription service because of the $1000 shopping spree they promised me.
First of all, for those who are familiar with Active Periodicals, the shopping spree is fake.
Now to the real headache:
1. They charged me $58 and change every month for up to 4 months before the first magazines showed up. Now when they arrived, out of the 10 magazines I got, only 2 of them are what I requested. So I complained. The number they provided led to an answering machine which they called me back A MONTH later!
only to apologize for the misunderstanding but not for the wrong magazines. So without offering a refund, they simply apologized and promised that next month would be different. They lied.
Every month for a total of 6 months, I have received garbage magazines that have nothing to do with me and would never spark an interest in me to even open the cover. So every month I dispute the charges on my credit card company but ultimately I had to cancel that AND my bank card because after disputing the charge on my credit card, they would automatically deduct out of my checking.
So after not being able to recieve money from me, the phone calls started coming... and were they nasty. A lady calls and starts to raise her voice at me and said that if I don't pay the full amount ($600 something) then legal action would be taken.
They do that every month and I doubt they would do anything to me because I did nothing wrong.
They say that I signed a contract that deems it illegal for me to not pay. And I said that it is illegal for them to take my money and not give me the products I purchased. The lady actually cursed at me and said that I was wasting her time. She said that she wasn't calling to remedy the situation but to tell me that if I don't pay, they will ruin my credit.
Now if a company was legit, first they would give you the product you asked for, and second, they would try to make sure the customer is satisfied and try to remedy any complications, as opposed to threaten their customer and initmidate them with legal actions.
So after all these long words, I wish I have never picked up that phone call from them. Please anyone, if you want magazines, just order from the suppliers themselves. All major magazines offer a very cheap annual subscription. Yes the offer from Active is cheaper and sounds very tempting but its not worth it because they do not deliver on their end and you would be stuck with either $600 less in your account, or headaches and harrassment phone calls from them for the next year a half.
My mother has received two threatening calls from the company, the caller doesn't identify themselves. The caller, female, told my mother that she hates her and that she is 'dead'. I do not appreciate this harassment! She has had two such calls from this company from the same caller. She is older and is very worried and afraid because of these calls. The number if you call it back is a recording. I need a manager or someone to talk to. This behavior is very unprofessional and uncalled for! I am very upset! How did telemarketing come to this?
Just like some of the other people complaing about this compay, I got duped as well. I was told that it was a 4 yr. agreement, that's about 5 yrs. ago, now. I just need to know (if anyone else knows) how to cancel & get these guys to stop harrassing me... I get phone calls at like 2 or 3 am (when my babies and the rest of my family are all sleeping). They keep calling me and it's aggrivating and frustrating!!! I tried calling the company to cancel and they keep telling me that I CAN'T cancel. What kind of garbage is that??? And in the meantime, I keep getting charged. Anyone got any suggestions? Should I call the Better Business Bureau and let them know of what they're doing?
Just received a call from an elderly sounding woman, stating that if I answered four questions, I could receive a free gift certificate for some merchandise, with payment of a shipping fee. I should have been suspicious with that statement, but proceeded to answer her questions. Was I male or female, what year was I born. The third question was requesting my income information and I told her was currently unemployed, of which, she said she was sorry to hear that. I then asked her where I could locate information regarding her company, but she proceeded to hang up on me without further questioning. Based on your prior complaints, I guess I was very lucky I did not get the chance to provide any credit card information and will definitely go back to hanging up on any unknown phone numbers showing up on my caller id unit. The number for the company on my caller id is [protected], which I called and it is a voice message allowing you to leave your phone number to be removed from their system.
So i just got a call like 10 min ago from active periodicals and i know i have had calls like this before. They told me i had won a 1, 000 online shopping spree. So my first words were " whats the catch? ". This old lady told me nothing. So i went on to answer her qualifying questions. She asked me if i was still at my address, Yes. She asked me what year i was born. She asked me if i was married or single. i said in a relationship. I then got passed over to some other woman. During this time i heard her say " here take this one its a good one". I didn't quite understand what they meant. Then next old lady then asked me the same questions and then added on income requirements. I stated that i was a student. She then asked " then does your boyfriend support you. I said no. And she said sorry i cant qualify you then. That was when i got on here and read every thing. For the first time something i am glad i didn't qualify for.
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