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theNRSscam blog was created to provide general magazine subscription scam information, consumer protection resources, specific information about National Readers Service, and suggestions for dealing with magazine subscription scams.

If you have found any company's business practices to be deceptive or fraudulent, I strongly encourage you to contact your local consumer protection office and file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and Attorneys General. Feel free to link this site to any relevant discussion you encounter, help me keep my promise, and make the ability to keep doing this type of business more difficult!!

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Check out who else is checking out National Readers Service:

> December 24, 2009: Pennsylvania Attorney General opens file on National Readers Service, Pittsburgh, PA

>NRS, Pittsburgh responds to the Attorney General
> December 30, 2009: Kansas Attorney General demands trial by jury against Publisher’s Renewal Service d/b/a National Readers Service, and Treasure Coast Renewals, et al. Check out the court documents at courthousenews.com

Check out something interesting:

> Rip Off Report complaint about International Marketing Association (a.k.a., National Readers Service, et al) .


Guess there isn’t a “Don’t Bother to Keep Trying List”, after all ...

Well, after the last of the straggling-along magazines had finally stopped, two new ones with expirations in 2012 and 2013 have begun showing up. The customer service department for one of those magazines provided contact information for “the telemarketing company, Subco,” who had placed the subscriptions.

“Gloria”, Subco’s representative, explained the arrangement … evidently, Millennium Marketing decided in November 2010, nearly a year and a half after the initial National Readers Service (Pittsburgh) solicitation, to provide two complimentary subscriptions for my daughter through Subco. Upon expiration she would receive notification to pay for any continued subscriptions (if deciding to keep them).

The typical (and I’m assuming intentional) confusion of overlapping company names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. prompted me to make a subsequent call during which “Desiree” clarified that Millennium Marketing, Kansas had placed these subscriptions and provided their phone number. (Corresponding information from their BBB report includes alternate business names: AKA Publishers Renewal Service, DBA National Readers Service, et al.)

Both Subco and Millennium Marketing (and the assortment of aliases and DBA names) are impossible to miss throughout on-line consumer complaint threads, and the details of consumer experiences are consistent with typical magazine subscription scam nonsense. Needless to say, I’m more than skeptical of how “complimentary” those subscriptions would actually end up being, not to mention, how “optional” their renewals would be.

Thankfully, “Gloria” and “Desiree” were very polite, immediately agreeable to cancelling the subscriptions, and offered no hesitation in providing Millennium Marketing’s contact information. Our address has been placed on their “Do Not Mail” list, and WRITTEN cancellation confirmation was requested from them within the next 10 business days. I plan to request the same from Millennium Marketing, as well.

While the sheer persistence and (at least the efforts of) ingenuity by magazine subscription scheme organizers are noteworthy, I gotta say, the whole idea of magazine telemarketers who don’t even bother to call to market their subscriptions is pretty spiritless. Post links with my entire NRS (and now Millennium Marketing and Subco) experience are here.

Thanks for visiting theNRSscam blog. Hope something here is helpful.
Good luck to all of us!! D/

Contact information for Subco and Millennium Marketing are listed below:

Subco, Inc. (AKA Elbon Enterprises, Inc., Subdirect)
3585 West Beechwood Ave Suite 106
Fresno, California 93711

BBB report for Subco

Millennium Marketing (AKA Publishers Renewal Service, DBA National Readers Service, et al.)
10406 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66203-3504

BBB report for Millennium Marketing
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I'm no one special, my kid is just one of "the scammed", and I'm keeping the promise I made to National Readers Service. By the way, while I can attest to the truth of my own personal experience with National Readers Service as presented here, I cannot make the same guarantee for the other complaints and comments posted here or linked on this site. Also the suggestions offered here worked for me, the opinions I post are my own, but neither constitute legal advice. You'd have to consult a lawyer for that, of course. I hope you find something helpful here if you need it.