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

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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.

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