Example of a scam renewal mail piece below:
We have received many complaints about an unauthorized company targeting our subscribers with an invalid renewal offer. The company typically shows a return address with a P.O. Box in White City, Ore., or 610 E. Bell Rd. #494, Phoenix, AZ.
The company uses the following aliases and many others not listed:
We are not affiliated with this company. We do not know how the scam artists obtain the mailing lists they use to victimize subscribers. If you receive one of these offers, please disregard the renewal and toss it out. You may contact our Customer Care staff directly if you have any questions or would like to renew your subscription directly at:
This fraudulent company is based in White City, Ore., or Phoenix, Ariz. The individuals running this renewal scam pose as subscription sales agents for Utne Reader and other magazine publishers. They illegally contact our readers, charging well more than a typical renewal, and then they pocket a large percentage as their "commission."
They operate strictly through the postal service and do not contact subscribers by telephone or email.
Please be wary of companies that collect magazine subscriptions and renew them as a third-party agency. Any mailed renewal notice from Utne Reader will always display the magazine logo and ask that payments be sent to our customer service center at:
You may renew directly with Utne Reader online by visiting: