Warning on Magazine Subscription from Magazine World


We believe that a majority of the woodworkers of this group are magazine subscribers. So we have decided to post our thread here to warn you of this fraudulent online company.
We are a group of 90+ victims around the world who were scammed by the fake online magazine suscription agency "Magazine World" which claimed themselves to be the biggest international magazine subscription agency
with websites in 26 countries together with other fake information.(www.magazineworld.co.uk)
Our members were scammed by Magazine World as early as September 2005 when their website and service as a magazine subscription agency first launched. Their stradegy was carefully planned and each of our members'
experience followed the same pattern-- we ordered for our issues, payment was processed and we all received our first issue on time and we never receive further copies. Their customer service can be contacted only by email and it was the same single person replying customer's mail from all of their "different" websites. They tell us all that the magazines were probably lost in the mail and they would look into the cases for us. We tried asking for phone contact and they would not give us with no reason given. We never received any further reply and we tried contacting them again by email, and they do not write back anymore.
Luckily, we victims found each other on the Internet and shared our experience and realized that we were victims of the same trap. We tried
gathering Magazine World's information on the internet in cached memories of different websites and sources from hosting service providers with much effort and realized, in shock, that this group of people appeared online as magazine subscription agencies using numerous
different names and phone numbers in turn over the past years and have eventually arrived at this set up as this "international worldwide magazine subscription agency".
We went on finding more proof and traces of Magazine World as a fraud than we can list out and we decided to officially file our complaints for legal assistance. We are currently in the process of getting our cases dealt with through the help from some of our members located in the local area of Magazine World in Australia. The local police and Internet Fraud Complaint Department in Australia are acknowledged of our situation and are trying to locate and contact Magazine World for us.
We would like to post our disappointing and unhappy online experience here as we want to put a stop to the everyday increasing number of victims of the scam created by Magazine World around the world. The total amount involved in the fraud exceeded US$10,000 and is increasing
everyday as new victims reach out to us for help. Please help by spreading this warning to your personal friends, family and online peers to prevent them from falling into this online magazine subscription trap.
We will keep this forum posted with any update of the latest development of the investigation.
Victims Association of the Magazine World Fraud
Note: We have included the following magazine titles in our posting for
a higher hit rate on search engines to maximize the exposure of our warning.
Wired, Vanity Fair, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Golf Magazine, Guitar Player, Robb Report, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, InStyle, Mens Health, Sports Illustrated, Maxim, Kite Boarding, Alternative Press, GQ, FHM, Penthouse, Foreign Policy, Popular Science
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I don't trust any of them any more. Several years ago I sent a subscription form and check to Woodworkers Journal. They started sending the mags and soon after statements which I ignored thinking their book keeping hadn't caught up but the dun's kept coming and getting nasty so I sent a letter telling them that I had sent payment with my order and if they hadn't got the check out of the envelope they would have to wait as it would cost me more than the subscription to stop payment on the check that they failed to find. I never got any response from my letter, just more threats for payment. Needless to say I never sent another check or bothered to contact them again. I also have some other wood related subscriptions that run in excess of one year and I find that more often than not they try to sucker you into additional payment after one year (even if you have 2 yrs remaining) thinking you will slip up and send more $$. I have a very well stocked magazine stand not too far from the house and I find it much more economical to go there once a month and purchase only the magazines that have something of interest to me because more often than not I don't find much of interest in most magazines, maybe purchase two magazines out of a publishers one years printings which is quite a savings for me.
Sorry for the rant, Rob Mills
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