Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
(WTOL) - You may have heard that the Publishers Clearing House prize patrol is heading out again in the coming weeks, to award some lucky homeowners a big check.
But at least one man has already had a call from the sweepstakes giant, only it wasn't for good news.
Hey, that's not the Prize Patrol!
This is what most of us think of when someone says Publishers Clearing House: The Prize Patrol knocking on your door with big winnings.
But Matthew Roberson recently got a surprise from PCH and it didn't come with balloons. In fact, it came in the form of an official collections letter.
Matthew told me "I got a letter that asked for $64, saying I owed that. I thought it strange cause I never ordered magazines from the company."
But the letter -- from Penn Credit Corporation-- claimed he had ordered two magazines from PCH, totaling 61 dollars and 92 cents. So Matthew called, and learned it may have been a renewal for a Readers Digest subscription he was given as a gift. "Reader's Digest was a gift from my mother in law," he says.
He called, and says Publishers Clearing House agreed to close his account, and drop all attempts at collections.
But collection letters from magazines are becoming more common.
Hearst magazines-- publisher of Cosmo, Good Housekeeping and others -- recently sent me a letter from their "collection manager" about my "delinquent account"... after I let my subscription lapse to "SmartMoney" magazine. It makes you think your credit score is about a take a huge hit.
What to do if it Happens to You
If this happens to you, and you get a collections letter regarding magazines, you should not ignore it. They can refer you to a major collections agency like Penn Credit, or others. Instead:
Call and tell the company you never ordered their magazine, and that it may have been a mistake or an order someone else placed with your name.
If its a renewal notice, tell them you have decided not to renew.
In most cases they will drop the charges, as PCH did for Matthew.
But Matthew worries that many people -- especially seniors -- would send the money, and renew a subscription they did not want.
Do they really Send you to Collections?
A Publishers Clearing House spokesman told me the company does contract with the Penn Credit Collections agency. But he says they send an account there only after a year or more of non-payment, and several ignored bills. He doesn't know why Matthew never received any earlier bills, but says had he called to cancel at any point he would not have been referred to collections.
Could these collections agencies put a black mark on your credit? Possibly, though since they do not have your Social Security number it would be difficult. But you don't want to find out.
The bottom line: Try not to ignore magazine invoices. If you are not interested in a subscription, just call them so you don't end up in collections and waste your money.
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Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:03 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:34:40 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:33:22 GMT
A Sumter County man died in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning. The Sumter County Fire Department says crews were called to the home in the Runnymede subdivision, off Highway 15 north of SumterMore >>
A Sumter County man died in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>