How Can I Tell If I Am Being Scammed by Someone Posing as a Subscription Agent of Mother Earth News?

Example of a scam renewal mail piece below:

Renewal Mailing Scam

We have received many complaints about an unauthorized company targeting our subscribers with an invalid renewal offer. The company typically shows a return address with a P.O. Box in White City, Ore.

The company uses the following aliases and many others not listed:

  • Publishers Billing Exchange
  • Publishers Distribution Services
  • Circulation Billing Services
  • Liberty Publishers Services
  • Magazine Publishers Services
  • Magazine Payment Services
  • Periodical Billing Services
  • Magazine Billing & Collection Service
  • Magazine Billing Services

We are not affiliated with this company. We do not know how the scam artists obtain the mailing lists they use to victimize subscribers. If you receive one of these offers, please disregard the renewal and toss it out. You may contact our Customer Care staff directly if you have any questions or would like to renew your subscription directly at:

  • 1-800-234-3368
  • Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 1-785-274-4300

In addition, you can renew directly with Mother Earth News online by visiting:

This fraudulent company is based in White City, Ore. The individuals running this renewal scam pose as subscription sales agents for Mother Earth News and other magazine publishers. They illegally contact our readers, charging well more than a typical renewal, and then they pocket a large percentage as their "commission."

They operate strictly through the postal service and do not contact subscribers by telephone or email.

Please be wary of companies that collect magazine subscriptions and renew them as a third-party agency. Any mailed renewal notice from Mother Earth News will always display the magazine logo and ask that payments be sent to our customer service center in Topeka, Kan.

We are encouraging subscribers to write letters to the following places:

Your state's Attorney General. You can find a list of their addresses by visiting

If the return address on your fraudulent renewal is White City, Ore.:

Attorney General
Oregon Department of Justice
1162 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096


White City, Oregon 97503

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to discontinue these fraudulent renewal reminders.

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