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HINTS FROM HELOISE

DEAR HELOISE: What do I do about magazines that started coming to my house that I didn’t order? I’ve tried calling the phone number in the magazines, and they tell me they didn’t send the magazine. They informed me that companies are sending magazines and then send a bill. I don’t know who to get in touch with. Can you give me any information on this new rip-off?

Jan In Iowa

DEAR JAN: Welcome to a new scam! Here’s the information to take care of this pronto! Sometimes when ordering something online, you may get a magazine you didn’t order. They might say it is a “thank you” gift for two to three months, then if you don’t cancel, it’s a subscription, which you are supposed to pay for! Not fair, folks.

You may have to wait to receive a “bill” (which is not a legitimate bill, since you did not order a product) from that company. This may be a different business from the magazine, which really adds to the confusion. There should be a phone number or website listed on the bogus bill. Use that to contact the company and inform it that you did not order the subscription, and tell them to cancel the subscription ASAP.

Check your credit-card bills carefully, as some of these sneaky scammers will automatically charge your credit card if you don’t cancel the subscription.

Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: Being homebound, I save labels from the products that I like to buy: food, over-the-counter medications, detergents and cleaners. If the label is printed on the container, I look up the manufacturer on the Internet and then print a picture of the item.

When anyone goes shopping for me, I make my list and, when needed, I give the person a label, along with any coupons. It makes the shopping trip easier. The labels go back in a bag when the shopping is done.

Robbie C., Meadows Place, Texas

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