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Old 05-01-2007, 03:32 PM   #15
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The "official" response

Back when this was brought to our attention, I fired off an email to the Trailer Life folks. I got a response a few minutes ago (love that fast turnaround time).
Here it is, copied and pasted in its entirety:


Terry,
Thank you for your interest In Trailer Life Magazine. This is basically a rumor. Publishers across the nation have been dealing with the problem of "Rogue Agents" for a few years. No one knows exactly how they get a publishers list, but they do. I have attached a "Subscriber Alert", that has been printed in a few of our magazines. Rogue offers state on the back that they have no relationship with the publisher. All our offers come from Mt Morris IL.
Rogues are very hard to track, but some progress has been made. US Postal Inspectors in Utah are preparing charges on the main perpetrators. Publishers are doing all they can to bring Fraud charges against these individuals. I hope this note & the attached Subscriber Alert answer any other questions you have. If not, don't hesitate to contact me.
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SUBSCRIBER NOTICE
If you subscribe to MotorHome Magazine, first of all let us say, “thank you.” Whether you’re a new subscriber or one of our many veterans, to us you’re family as well as fellow RVers.

Lately we’ve noticed an increase in the number of subscribers who have been contacted by unauthorized subscription agents. These companies and individuals pretend to be us or partners of ours, and attempt to sell subscriptions or renewals via phone calls and through the mail.

You should know we will only call a subscriber after their subscription has expired, so that we can verify their intentions and ask for their suggestions for future coverage. In addition, all subscription-related mail from us will have a return address in Mount Morris, Illinois. We also contact subscribers by e-mail if they have asked us to do so.

We are doing everything in our power to stop these companies, but they are incredibly difficult to track down. If you are contacted by anyone who attempts to sell or renew your subscription to MotorHome and you are able to obtain a name, location or phone number that we can use, please forward it to us at info@motorhomemagazine.com.

We value you and your loyalty to MotorHome Magazine. Remember, the only time we will contact you to renew your subscription will be via mail or e-mail from our office in Mount Morris, Illinois; and the only time we will ever call subscribers is after their subscriptions have expired, and only then to verify their cancellation and to ask how to make our magazine better.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:25 PM   #16
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I guess the best thing to do if you plan to renew is to use the subscription card that comes in the magazine itself.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:08 PM   #17
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Thanks for starting this thread. Just over a week ago I got an e-mail offer to renew Motorhome early for the great rate of 2 years for $29.97. Almost did it.

Have forwarded the e-mail to info@motorhomemagazine.com for further information.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:55 PM   #18
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Thanks for starting this thread. Just over a week ago I got an e-mail offer to renew Motorhome early for the great rate of 2 years for $29.97. Almost did it.

Have forwarded the e-mail to info@motorhomemagazine.com for further information.
If you do this, they would like to have full headers from the email, they can trace the IP address the email was sent from, and do a whois to find out who owns the account.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:01 PM   #19
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It seems to me that one would have more recourse by using a credit card for payment.....they can refund your money if there is a problem.......with a check...not so sure you have as much protection....just a thought. pj
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It seems to me that one would have more recourse by using a credit card for payment.....they can refund your money if there is a problem.......with a check...not so sure you have as much protection....just a thought. pj
I would think that if you have paid with a check and it hasn't cleared the bank yet, you could put a stop payment on the check. You would incur a fee for the stop payment, but you would prevent the bad guys from getting your money. Your bank might even waive the fee since the Postal Inspector is involved with it being a fraud case. You could always ask. If it is your first stop payment, they might be willing to cooperate, especially if you take the notice from the magazine in as proof.
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They have my address, phone number, and my email address. Under the circcumstances that's too much.
Unless you have an unlisted phone number, your name address, phone number and, in some cases, email addresses are already readily found on the internet. Here are some sources:

1) White Pages Phone Directory with Free People Search
2) Google
3) Yahoo! People Search
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