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California’s attorney general issues alert on newspaper scam

California’s attorney general issued a statewide consumer alert Friday over a subscription-renewal scam that’s targeted subscribers to The Sacramento Bee and other newspapers around the country.

“Individuals throughout California have recently received deceptive mailings that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for newspaper subscriptions,” said Attorney General Kamala Harris in a prepared statement. “The mailings may appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a local newspaper, but they are most likely a scam and should be ignored and reported. Seniors should be especially wary, as they are frequently targeted by scams of this nature.”

She urged subscribers to contact their newspapers if they have questions. They could also file a complaint with U.S. Postal Inspection Service at http://ehome.uspis.gov/fcsexternal/default.aspx, the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1 or Harris’ office at https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company.

Bee subscribers have reported getting fake renewal letters urging them to send checks to a company called RPS at a post office box in White City, Ore. Similar scams have surfaced around the country. Bee subscribers should call (800) 284-3233 with any questions.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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