Business & Real Estate

Scam hits subscribers of Bee, other newspapers

Some subscribers to The Sacramento Bee have been targeted by a subscription-renewal scam, operated by a company with addresses in Oregon and New York.

At least three Bee subscribers have received letters urging them to send renewal checks to a company called RPS at a post office box in White City, Ore., or pay by credit card at a website operated by a company in Thornwood, N.Y.

Similar scams have surfaced recently at several other publications, including three of The Bee’s sister papers, the Charlotte Observer, the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, said Dan Schaub, director of audience development for parent company The McClatchy Co. Among those also targeted are subscribers to The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Besides RPS, the deceptive notices also carry names such as Associated Publishers Network and United Publishers Exchange, Schaub said.

The Bee is “not aware of anybody falling for it,” said Maria Ravera, vice president for audience development at The Bee, The Modesto Bee and the Merced Sun-Star. “This is out there, and people should just be aware.”

Ravera said legitimate renewal notices from The Bee would direct subscribers to send their payments to P.O. Box 24027 in Fresno, CA 93779-4027.

Subscribers with questions should call The Bee at (800) 284-3233.