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12 On Your Side: Woman claims magazine company bullied her into subscription

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Be careful when a company you've never heard of says you owe them money -- it could be a scam. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 13, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Angela Massey, a business major at Augusta State University, says she doesn't have time to read anything but textbooks.

That's why she was surprised to get a call from Treasure Coast Readers.

"I was like, 'What magazine subscription?'" she said.

Massey said a woman named "Melissa" told her she owed Treasure Coast Readers money for a magazine subscription. She says never heard of the company and never signed up for a subscription with them.

"They kept calling and threatening to send it to debt collection agency, which I didn't know they could do ... they threatened to do that and said it was going to hurt my credit."

Massey finally gave them her debit card information after worrying that somehow it would ruin her credit. She says the woman on the phone only recorded the part of a phone conversation where she agreed to pay the $39.95 a month.

Massey says she googled Treasure Coast Readers a few days later.

"The first thing that popped on Google was the fact that this company is a scam itself," she said.

News 12 checked into Treasure Coast Readers as well. The company has a revoked membership with the Better Business Bureau and an "F" rating.

Massey closed her bank account and sent five certified letters to the company, but she still worries they will continue to call her.

"They're going to harass you, they are going to keep calling," she said. "You just need to be straight forward; don't give them anything."

Here are a few things you need to know if you get a call from a company that you don't know claiming that you owe them money:
-Ask for a written statement explaining what you owe.
-Check out their rating with the Better Business Bureau.
-If they continue to call, contact the FTC or the attorney general and file a complaint.


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