View Full Version : Reader Services????
February 25th, 2003, 5:22pm
I received a call today from someone at reader services telling me I had won a sweepstakes and asked me if I was still carrying a major credit card...to which my reply was no. Than I was asked if I carry a bank debit card with a major credit card logo, again I answered no. I figure if I really won a prize they wouldn't need to know if I have a credit card or not. Anyway, I wondering if it is normal for people to ask you this if you've won something? If so, oh well, I may have forfieted a prize, but it seems kind of questionable.
February 25th, 2003, 5:24pm
Sounds like a scam to me! I've had that happen before. I usually just say "I'm not interested" and hang up.
February 25th, 2003, 5:40pm
I have had a lot of calls from these people too. However, it was not I won but I had been entered. My husband recently got one about being entered in a 50K sweepstakes and they were going to send him a watch and they asked the same ?? about CC. No watch yet. These callers are really vague about the whole thing, too. I know there is another thread about that here, but can't think of it right now, National something or other. Maybe someone else with more neurons firing today knows the one I am thinking about.
I cannot say it is the same organization, but I know when you get books from Harlequin, the bills/cancel notices go to Readers Service. Could be since we are all busily entering the Harlequin 100K every 24 hours, that is why we are getting these calls. I had one from one little B-- and she was nasty about wanting to know if I had any CC and when I did not give her the right answer and asked who is this again, the little cow hung up on me, so Reader Services can kiss my ever-expanding-from-sitting-in-front-of-the-computer-all-day behind. They will get the info when I get the check, haha. Though, I must add it is a point of personal pride for me to make the telemarketer hang up on me.
Think it is just telemarketing, though. Probably the only thing you forfeited were more aggravating phone calls.
February 26th, 2003, 12:42am
This scam has been going on for a long time. What you win is a "free subscription for a year" for up to four magazines of your choice. What they don't tell you is that they will bill you FULL COVER PRICE for 4 years on your credit card and the 5th year is free. Since most magazines offer subscriptions at half of the cover price or less, you can see how much this marketing company is making on this scam.
You usually get a potcard first asking you to contact them, stating that they have important information about your $50K sweepstakes entry. When you call, they say; "Congratulations, your entry into the $50K sweep is confirmed." Then they ask about credit cards and tell you about your wonderful subscription win.
February 26th, 2003, 12:49am
That is really scary! Haven't had any of those calls, but then again I have Privacy Manager through SBC that won't even let those type of calls through and am registered on Missouri's No Call List. It is a really great program. Not sure how many other states have the No Call Program,(Program that keeps telemarketers from calling and if they violate they are fined). Something to look into if anyone's interested. Guess call your congress men on women for more info.
March 6th, 2003, 2:23pm
Ah ha This was the same call I got! So i am all ok ok ok. Then he says you will be getting these magazines blah blah. And really quickly at the end I said I do not want any magazines and he says Oh and hung up. OK i work in a call center. those calls are recorded if I get a bunch of magazines and they charge my card I will put a hold on the card and ask for the call to be reviewed. As long as you say I do not want ..... Whatever They cannot charge you. If they say the call was not recorded, well it is my word against theirs and my credit card co. Wants my business. :)