Posted Wednesday, September 08, 2010 in
Know who’s knocking at your door. If it’s a magazine sales person, be careful. There are magazine subscription scams.
Many times the company will use kids to come to your door saying they trying to win a prize or earn money for school. The kids aren’t the scammers. They have been promised good money which usually doesn’t come to fruition.
According to TWiki.edumacation.com some of the techniques that are used in the scam are:
- “charging full publisher’s price for the subscription (sometimes more), when the publisher has multi-year or promotional discounts…
- quoting prices per week even though some of the magazines they offer you may only be published monthly
- failing to quote the total cost of the subscription order”
Generally the scam involves leveraging a sale through a child or a “needy person” or misrepresentation of savings and/or receiving a special gift. However, non-delivery of the magazine(s) is a common complaint. Unfortunately, the industry has 90 days after purchase as its standard before a complaint can be processed.
Lrumar Publications LLC, a company located in the Colorado Springs area, is a magazine subscription business that has an F rating with the BBB. They have a pattern of complaints alleging delays in delivery well beyond the 180 day time frame.
Consumers allege their magazine orders take weeks to receive. By the time they contact the company inquiring about their order or request a refund, the three-day right to rescind has expired.
Lrumar Publications LLC responds to the complaints by checking on the status of the order and in most cases informs the consumer they will be sending a delivery verification showing the order has been processed by the company.
Your BBB has processed a total of 111 complaints about this company in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Eighty-four of the 111 complaints were closed in the last year.
The best way to prevent the loss of money and/or frustration is to check out the company through the BBB before doing business.
What type of companies have been knocking on your door these days?