Richmond News warns of subscription scam

Another scam has hit Ray County, this one targeting potential Richmond News subscribers.

A longtime Orrick subscriber notified the News Wednesday she received multiple calls recently asking for her credit card information to order to purchase a Richmond News online subscription. The call originated from a Connecticut area code, 203-651-6554.

The Richmond News does not solicit subscription payments by the phone, according to Publisher JoEllen Black. Subscribers are mailed renewal notices to their home address. Also, print subscribers receive the newspaper’s online edition for free, she said.

Missouri Attorney General’s office said this scam is very common.

“They change the story, but it’s the same scam,” a representative of the Attorney General’s office said.  Richmond News has filed a complaint with its consumer protection agency.

The Attorney General’s office said consumers should not give out any personal information – credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth or social security numbers over the phone.

Those who have been targeted by this scam or others are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s consumer protection hotline at 1-800-392-8222.


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