Heads Up Everybody…
Today I received what looked like a subscription renewal for WoodShop News (one of my favorite magazines.)
I would classify it as a scam. I have a subscription with WoodShop News, they evidently know it and it is intended to trick me into sending them a check for a subscription renewal. If you try to pin them down you will notice that it is worded so that they are technically “a magazine clearinghouse agent.” The bill is a total poser that I am sure some are going to fall for.
The blue/red color scheme and layout is very much gives the impression of the bill that WoodShop News sends out.
They make the statement, “You’re receiving one of the lowest available rates we can offer for your regular subscription.” They charge $6 more than WoodShop News does for a year and right now WoodShop News charges $21.95 per year plus you get a WoodShop News baseball cap. This is all assuming that you will get anything from them at all.
Not the First Time…
WoodShop News has been the target of fraudulent billing in the past and even has posted it in their magazine to warn their subscribers. Scam artists send out a bill that looks like it is from the magazine but actually goes to an entirely different address.
If this is not an outright scam you are definitely not getting the best deal.
Here are a couple of photos showing the front and back of the bill.
Plug for WoodShop News
This is not some form of guerilla marketing so that I may bring attention to the WoodShop News magazine. But I will admit that this publication is one of my favorite. It is geared towards business and it is not a how-to magazine like “FineWoodworking” so it may not be for everybody.
This blog is ultimately to be taken as a warning to this scam.
Before I posted this blog I did call WoodShop News and inform them. I also sent the scanned images to the REAL magazine. This is not the first time that this has happened to them.
Peace, Love, and Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com