BirdWatching has discovered that a few of our clients have obtained bogus renewal notices from an organization referred to as PMB Pacific Journal Billing LLC.
At the least one among our readers obtained a card within the mail that mentioned the renewal fee was $69.95 for one yr (six points) of BirdWatching. This didn’t come from us, and in reality it’s rather more than we cost for a one-year subscription (in the US).
For those who obtain any mail from Pacific Journal Billing or renewal notices with costs that appear unusually excessive, DO NOT reply to these presents. They’re scams, plain and easy.
It’s unlucky, however this type of rip-off will not be unusual. The web site Rip-off Pulse has dozens of complaints from folks saying PMB despatched them faux renewal notices for magazines similar to Self-importance Truthful, The Economist, Yankee, Nationwide Geographic, and others. This author for the web site BoingBoing explains how mailings from PMB look official however embrace positive print that say: “THIS IS AN OFFER FROM AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY, NOT A BILL.”
The picture beneath exhibits what a legit renewal discover from BirdWatching appears to be like like:
The BoingBoing author has the proper recommendation: “My opinion: should you obtain an ‘supply’ from Pacific Journal Billing, rip it into little items and deposit it in a recycling bin. And notify aged family to do the identical.”
Please notice that if in case you have despatched cost to PMB for what you thought was a BirdWatching renewal, it is best to cease cost by your financial institution if potential.