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Publishers Billing Association
Over prices magazine subscriptions
2nd of Feb, 2012 by rsoderberg
Costumer service #1-775-345-3664 Paid for two 2 yr renewals, one in May and one in October. Both for about $50. I did think this was a little high priced and should have looked into it more. I am mad at myself for renewing through this company, mad at this company for making me think it was the magazine renewal service and this was the lowest prices, mad at the magazine (Peterson Bow hunting) for accepting renewal notices from this company knowing what the customer is actually paid. Is there anything that can be done. Not even sure how Publishers Billing Association (PBA) even got our address to start sending us these notices. I called them, asked for a refund. They said they would look into it but will only be able to if the order hasn't been processed. I think it already has been because I called bowhunging and they are refunding me the 3 years ($30) and cancelling my subscription at the end of 2012. What a joke. I wish this scam/company would go viral to let every one in the world know what they are doing.
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3100 days ago by [email protected]
Yeah, I've received tons of these, paid one to then have the magazine refund my money since they didn't take renewals that far in the future - I too am beginning to think this is one big scam so have started throwing out these notices. Will let the magazine contact me directly.
2990 days ago by Thehappywanderer74
Yup! BIG SCAM!! I paid $125 for the Wall Street Journal. Then later, I got another bill FROM the Wall Street Journal and they then told me that this PBA Company were scammers. Has nothing to do with WSJ. I call them and cannot get through. Wish we could warn more people abou t them. They are collecting money for themselves!
2987 days ago by Professor59
I just got 2 more of these in the mail for 2 magazines I don't get. Each is for at least 10 times the real subscription price. At least I recognized the scam, but they are targeting people who automatically write checks whenever they get a bill, especially seniors.

There is no point in blaming the real magazine companies for this - they are victims, too.

I believe they are scraping "Likes" data from Facebook, or some other sites that know your preferences or history. Maybe even credit reporting. They send you bills for magazines you are likely to have a subscription to, then you pay them, except you will never get anything from them.

According to the Better Business Bureau, PBA operates similar frauds under at least 30 aliases.
2985 days ago by Ppilgrim
I have received a lot of these. I have the two most recent in front of me, both with the same return address:
PO BOX 2489, White City, OR 97503
What bothers me most is that the first is from March 2012 and the second from July: some scammer has been picking up mail at that box for at least 5 months and it seems to go undetected since they didn't even bother to change the box number.

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