This is for sure a scam but this dirt bag has my personal info.. Matt white he said was his name, Im really pissed as to how he got this info...
California Aug 24th, 2012
It's unclear if we're still talking about NR & Associates. This thread and its counterpart on 800Notes have been dormant for over a year. In October 2011 the Colorado AG filed a suit which ''names nine individual and twenty-one corporate or organizational defendants'', one of them being NR & Associates. Two others bear suspiciously close names, Neighborhood Readers & Associates, and National Readers & Associates, suggesting common ownership and possible diffusion of scam complaints among similar companies.
Anyway, the companies were alleged to violate state consumer laws while engaged in magazine sales and their assets were briefly frozen while the court worked out where to take the dispute. It sounds like there wasn't enough to get them shuttered, but they are since under an injunction against a whole laundry list of deceptive practices.
There is no mention of debt collection, and since it's not part of the court order, that would be a natural new path to cut for the lava flow of fraudulent behavior this NR&A seems to thrive on. There have been other sham debt collection schemes linked to bogus magazine sales. The most spectacular takedown was but a few months ago, when Luebke Baker & Associates scored the highest civil penalty ever imposed by the Federal Trade Commission upon a collection agency.
Debt Collectors Settle with FTC, Agree to Stop Deceiving and Abusing Consumers
Consumers Were Subjected to Collection Efforts for Magazine Subscription Debts They Did Not Owe, FTC Alleges
It's not clear yet if JM's comment speaks of a new business direction, being the first of its kind I can see anywhere. It's also not clear how to choke them off if it's true that NR&A reps are calling themselves collectors. Unlike the Luebke scheme, they would ostensibly be collecting their own debts, thus not subject to the FDCPA. A precious few states aim their own collection laws at original creditors, but the rest would have to struggle to apply their bad business practice laws.
I guess we have to ''watch this space'' to see where the story leads and assess the options of call recipients.
Massachusetts Aug 13th, 2012
Beware, will lie you out of money. Goes by the name Matt White and says he is a debt collector. Will treaten you. If he calls you, file a report with the BBB and seek legal advice.
California Aug 11th, 2012
They called twice today, and the first time my wife picked up, someone was cussing in the background about being in jail, and complaining about having to do a second mouth swab. The second time, someone wanted to renew our TV Guide subscription. We said no and hung up.
They called me saying I needed to renew my TV Guide membership when I knew that it was already renewed. They proceeded to ask me for my credit card information and when I denied them they began sending me bills with completely different invoice numbers then TV Guide. THIS IS A SCAM. Don't give out any information to them unless you want to get cheated out on your money.
Rhode Island Feb 27th, 2009
They called my cell phone and didn't leave a message. I called back and listened to a prerecorded message that told me to leave my name and number to be removed from their call list. I did this, so we'll see what happens.
Calls repeatedly, doesn't leave message. Blocked them with call reject.
California Feb 03rd, 2009
They called and I didn't answer since I didn't know who it was. They just hung up on the answering machine. Scary. From other posts, it kinda sounds like inmates are calling to renew magazine subscriptions. I wouldn't give them any info if I were you.
I did call the number listed here by someone to phone to get removed and I was told to call the number on my caller id to get removed and he was not nice about it.
Yesterday, I got 4 calls from these people. My mother is literally deathly ill and trying to rest. This morning a person was actually there. "Steve" from Magazine Services trying to sell us a subscription to "Cruise" Of course, I asked him to take us off the list and tried to explain the situation. I can only hope.
"This is from NR & Associates in Wheaton, Colorado. Call 1-800-831-8388
back (not the number on your caller ID) and tell them that you are getting annoying phone calls from them and that you want your phone number permanently removed from their call list. The calls stop."
I called 1-800-831-8388
and spoke with the nicest gentleman, please stop phoning them. He was kind enough to give me instructions which I followed. Call 303-238-5967 and it tells you to leave your name and telephone number you wish to be removed.
# listed to Sally Skyver 10403 W. Colfax Ave Lakewood, CO ( "Plant Manager, CO. Dept. of Corrections"). Google Map this address and you will find a large building in Denver. It lists the businesses located in the building....none match name or phone # of "Sally".
They are seeking credit card #'s primarily, but also confirmation of name, address and phone#'s of the people they are harassing. They say they will stop calling if you provide this info. to them. Caller ID is the only way to deal with them....do not answer the phone. (" magazine subscription renewal" is the gimmick)
I am receiving approx. 35 calls a week, irritating if I let it. Caller ID is the only answer,I simply delete the calls. This is a scam...they want something from you....don't give it to them. File a complaint with the "Do Not Call" Registry.
Massachusetts Oct 09th, 2008
A google of this number turns comes up with the following reference:
Colorado State Judicial Branch - Self Help - Victim Restitution
Division of Adult Parole Supervision, 10403 West Colfax, Lakewood, CO 80215, 303-238-5967, Fax: 303-238-0170
This # is registered to:
10403 W. Colfax Ave
She is listed as: "Plant Manager, Colorado Department of Corrections
(as I am writing this I just got another call.... 8-10 a day, 7 days a week for several weeks )
Massachusetts Oct 08th, 2008
I talked to a rep when they called. I told her to remove me from their phone list. I told her I don't want any magazines but I do want them to stop calling. I told them that they call three times a day and that is entirely too much. The rep then hung up on me.
Called to renew golfing magazine.
This is from NR & Associates in Wheaton, Colorado. Call 1-800-831-8388
back (not the number on your caller ID) and tell them that you are getting annoying phone calls from them and that you want your phone number permanently removed from their call list. The calls stop.
this is some kind of magazine subscription scam.
Connecticut Aug 22nd, 2008
These idiots called me 3 times so far today. Once around lunch and I picked up and didn't say anything. Once in the evening around 5pm and this time I picked up and didn't say anything and a man said "hello" but I didn't answer him (I like to mess with telemarketers).
Then 9pm they called AGAIN! What the hell?!
I called back and I get a million rings and then a busy signal.
I am getting a call from this number 3 times a day and it's been going on for 10 days now, today is 8/21/08 I called our phone company and oh yes, for a fee I can block this number. Same with Rick, I answer and no one on the other end. So today I decided to hang on the line and then the operator came on and said you must hang up and dial again. Heck, I'm not the one calling. When I did a search it says it comes from Colorado, some kind of district court but the comment from MMR says it's a subscription company. If I could get them to talk to me, I'd tell them where to go.
These people seem to be running a MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION PHISHING SCHEME. They called trying to sell us a renewal of our Car and Driver subscription but couldn't tell us when our subscription expires (it's 2010), which was a tip-off that they didn't have full records in front of them. They wanted $39.60 for 3 years; Car and Driver itself sells a three-year subscription for $22. I said I'd think about it and asked for a callback number, and they hung up.
At least 3 times a day, never answer. No messge left.
At least two calls a day. No one on the other end, when I answer.
When I call back, a recording that the number is no longer in service.
The call ends before my voice mail picks up.
How do I stop these annoying calls?