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Yolo County DA warns of fraudulent magazine subscription renewal notices

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has issued a fraud alert regarding phony magazine subscription renewal notices.

People throughout California have received notices that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for magazine subscriptions, according to a District Attorney’s office news release. They appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a magazine, but authorities say they could be a scam and should be thoroughly inspected before responding. Senior citizens are advised to be especially wary because they are frequently targeted by such scams.

The fraudulent renewal notices look official, with an account number printed on them, but they come from a third party with a company name that is different than the legitimate publisher of the magazine. Authorities said they often include a self-addressed envelope with a return address that is in a different state than the magazine publisher.

The DA’s office recommends that anyone with questions regarding a subscription renewal contact the publisher directly, using contact information that can be found inside the magazine or on its official website.

Anyone who has received one of these fraudulent notices can file a complaint online with the California Attorney General’s Office,, or the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, A copy of the deceptive notice should be included with the complaint.

Yolo County residents also can report suspected scams by calling the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office’s fraud reporting hotline at (855) 496-5632.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.