‘Bogus’ newspaper, magazine subscription offers being sent to Piedmont residents

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Newspaper and magazine renewal subscriptions are being sent to customers across the Piedmont from what the Better Business Bureau says are “bogus” companies.

For the past three months, many have gone out to subscribers of the Triad Business Journal offering two-year subscriptions from a company named United Publishers Network.

“They’re not by our company,” said Doug Copeland, president and publisher of the Triad Business Journal. “They’re not authorized by our company.”

He’s been getting complaints from customers about the mailers for the past three months, Copeland said.

“We do our own billing,” he said. “If you get a bill from us, it will have the Business Journal logo on it.”

United Publishers Network says they’re a third-party independent subscription agent between magazines and clearinghouses.

The company has gotten 217 complaints in the past 12 months and has an ‘F” rating with the Better Business Bureau, according to Michael Henson a dispute resolution specialist with the BBB.

“If you were to pay that fake invoice, you think you’re paying to renew your magazine or your newspaper, but you’re not,” Henson said.

“This is not an authorized company,” Copeland said.

The Triad Business Journal is sending emails, making automated robo calls and placing an ad in their paper warning their customers about the subscription offers.

2 comments

  • ratfink

    yes, i can’t agree more with these bogus news papers. why just the other day a person claiming to be from the “high point enterpise” called and wanted me to “subscribe”. ha, i told that slag nice try but everyone knows high point has no newspaper and slammed the phone down. i may be dressed like minnie pearl but i’m no fool. i even called the police about a person throwing plastic bags filled with garbage in my driveway. they ignored me but its littering. we need a change in management. what kind of society do we live in where people claim to be news organizations and litter get away scot free. i blame Latvia.

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