Subscription Scam in Alabama

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By: E&P Staff

Walter Miller was in his garage in Athens, Ala., last week when a van drove up and a passenger who identified himself as Miller’s newspaper carrier said his subscription to The News Courier had lapsed.

The man asked for $120, but when Miller – unaware that his unseen, early-to-work carrier was a woman – offered to write a check, the man said only cash would be accepted, and offered a 10% discount, according to a News Courier story by Jean Cole.

Miller said he did not have that much in cash, and the man left, saying the newspaper would bill him.

When Miller called the News Courier, he learned it was all a scam, because subscribers pay by mail or at the office. Its carriers “never collect money from customers, said Circulation Manager Tracy Fulks, who reported the incident to Athens Police.

Circulation Representative Monica Belue told Cole that expiring subscriptions trigger mail notifications.

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