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We're regularly getting phone calls soliciting magazine subscriptions from a firm that identifies itself as Media Publications.

When I ask for details as to who they really are, they identify themselves as being from Fort Lauderdale. When I ask more questions (or ask to be placed on their "do not call" list, they just hang up on me.

I had some difficulty locating any business by this name, but finally found them through a report from the Southeast Florida BBB. The BBB says they're in Pompano Beach, Florida (about 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale) and they're also known as Heartland Readers Service. The BBB gives them an unsatisfactory rating since they don't do a good job responding to complaints.

Here's the BBB report:

The contact info from that report is shown below:

Media Publications
Heartland Readers Service (dba)
1350 South Powerline Rd Suite 108, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
6499 Powerline Rd Suite 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
P. O. Box 101360, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
phone: 800-606-8414
fax: 954-971-8142
phone: 888-660-1828
phone: 954-971-1145
phone: 954-971-2203 shows these entries:

Heartland Readers Svc Inc
6499 Powerline Rd Ste 101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Heartland Readers
900 SE 8th Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

[ shows this phone number as owned by John Swords at a different address in Deerfield Beach... apparently no relation, but shows it as owned by both "Heartland Readers" as listed above and by V & G Marketing & Consultants at Suite 207 at the same address... the BBB shows this number as owned by Atlantic Magazine Services in suites 101 and 103 at the same address ] -- EliMantel web search for EliMantel - 26 Apr 2001

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