Kimberly Dalessandro (a.k.a. Crystal Ray) began her online writing career in 2005 with PageWise Incorporated and went on to become a top writer for both Associated Content and Yahoo Voices under the pen name Crystal Ray. In early 2017 she launched Blue Crystal Sky ~ Everything Under the Sun. She is continually coming up with new ideas to share with the world.

44 thoughts on “How to Tell Who Sent Magazines You Didn’t Order

  • December 3, 2020 at 12:14 AM

    Kim hate to break it to you, I send them out as pranks all the time and when I do I use the victims phone number and email so there’s no trace lolololol makes it easier for them to cancel tho

    • December 3, 2020 at 4:14 AM

      I said in my post that it’s still a common prank, but I believe in karma. What goes around comes around.

  • October 28, 2020 at 5:47 PM

    This is extremely annoying. And scary. I’ve been through three phone numbers already for my Allure magazine and am awaiting a call back from U.S. Periodicals, Inc.

    • October 30, 2020 at 9:12 PM

      Hi, Sandy. I hope you get that taken care of soon. We have enough to worry about. They should never send magazines we didn’t request! Good luck to you.

  • July 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    About a year ago I started receiving Runner’s magazine, Golf Digest and was getting the big sports magazine that has the body issue, I think ESPN, that one has since stopped coming. They are all addressed to a baseball skills practice business that I shut down about 13 years ago. I don’t run, or golf but the sports one was good.
    Today I received a card in the mail that says as of August Runners world will be the last copy served. But they value my business and would like to give me a magazine of my choice in its place. The sent me to and had me enter a code to see my options. When I do that they ask for my name, address, full birth date and gender. There are only 3 options for magazines, the remaining options are for ebooks.
    I have no intention of filling out the form but thought you might have heard of the web address. I never use any points for magazines. I think you are correct that they are trying to reach a quota and sending out to old contacts they have on file.

  • June 10, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Have been receiving Marie Claire, and Elle and been charged for both. I went through this last spring, cancelled, got refund but now don’t remember how I got my refund. The magazines stated showing up again in April. How do I stop this?! MC says it was sold through an “agency” but I don’t know how to find out or get in touch with this unknown agency. Help!

    • June 10, 2020 at 6:12 PM

      Hi, Betsy. Sorry you have to deal with that. MC should be able to give you the name and phone number of the agency. It sounds like they must have your credit card number on file. If that is the case, contact the credit card company and dispute the charge. The bank may be able to give you more info on the source of the bill. I hope this helps.

  • November 26, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Thank you Kim for all your very useful information. I just started to receive People magazine and was totally clueless as to how this had happened. I followed your instructions and connected immediately to People Magazine and was referred to Subco. I contacted them and a very nice lady went into the account that had been set up for me and gave me some interesting details. The subscription came from another magazine marketing firm and was completely paid for a whole year. I queried the woman as to how this could happen and why. She explained that I probably did not realize that when I had ordered something on line recently that I had received a bonus and this was the bonus. She said it happens often. I wracked my brain and I did order something on line but did not see anything that indicated I would receive a bonus. It was a website I had ordered from in the distant past and I did notice some changes to the site but did not pay that much attention to the frills as much as to the product I was ordering. I got several pop ups of asking me to add on more thing to my order at a discount but I declined every one and only stayed with the original products I wanted.
    I have canceled the subscription although it did appear to be free. My credit cards are all intact and have nothing charged against them.
    I want to let everyone reading comments know that my experience in cancelling was handled quickly and professionally without any hassles or sales pitches. The customer service reps were courteous and respectful. I did not approach them with anger and was equally polite and respectful to them. As the saying goes, you do get more bees with honey than vinegar.

    • November 26, 2019 at 6:09 PM

      Hi, Cheryl. I’m glad that my article was helpful and that you were able to cancel the subscription.

      I think that magazine publishers aren’t selling nearly as many subscriptions as they did in years past. They look for other distribution methods for their advertisers.

      Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. It will be helpful to others.


      • November 4, 2020 at 7:59 PM

        Lol i’d start by not offering up info like a personal email address that contains your full first and last name to an entire internet messageboard of strangers…

        • November 5, 2020 at 6:29 PM

          Full names, addresses, IP addresses, email addresses, court cases, net worth, and lots of personal info is already available to everyone online.

  • August 30, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Hi Kim!
    Like many others here I found your site because I had googled “why am I getting people magazine,” I didn’t order it! Interestingly enough the code between the two hashtags on my label is the same as the code in the photo you put above! Do you happen to have the number still for Blue Dolphin Group or whatever it is called? Thank you so much!

    • August 30, 2019 at 8:40 AM

      Hi, Megan. You’re very welcome. I’m glad the info is helping others to figure out the source of their mystery subscriptions.

      I don’t have the number to Blue Dolphin Group, but they never answered anyway. They did respond to my email message. Their email address is If you look at the very first comment here at the bottom of the page, I posted the response I received. I hope that helps. 🙂

      Have a great day!

  • August 12, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    i receive Mens Magazine monthly , i don’t subscribe and it clutters up my mailbox., years ago a woman gave me a years subscription but hopeful they are not charging her again.

  • August 11, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    I received a Parents magazine yesterday. It was sent to my address, but the name was different. I have lived here for 40 years, and I know all my neighbors. I checked my credit card accounts, and no false charges have been made. I tried to get more information on the Parents magazine website, but I need to log on with an email and password. I cannot imagine how this would happen. Any ideas?

  • June 22, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    For the last few months 4 different magazines have been sent to my address under 3 different names. I googled the names & the matches I found are in other cities or states. I’ve lived in my house for 20 years and it was new construction, so these aren’t past residents. Any idea of how to handle this?

    • June 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM

      Hi, Kyla. I would take the magazines to your local post office and let them know that no one by that names lives at (or has ever lived at} your address. The companies can’t charge you for the magazines, especially since they’re addressed to other parties.

      • October 27, 2019 at 11:51 PM

        Hi, I just received Essence magazine which I didn’t request, so I called the number in the magazine and had it stopped. I was told that a “third party” called Priority One Clearing Service in Clearwater FL placed the order! Never heard of them, nor authorized any subscription for Essence on any website. This is fraud so I reported them to the FTC. I hope they see all of the complaints posted against this shell company and shut them down soon. Even as a “prank” it is stupid because I am Caucasian and an ignorant stunt.

        • December 12, 2019 at 9:03 AM

          Same thing happened to me this week. Got an Essence magazine that I didn’t order. When I called the magazine company, I was told it was placed through Priority One Clearing Service. I called Priority One, and they told me it came from yet ANOTHER place called Capital Magazine Services. I’ve tried to contact this last vendor, but with no luck.

          • September 29, 2020 at 12:39 PM

            I have one for you.

            I’ve been receiving People’s magazine in Spanish, sent in my previous married name, by the current Latina wife of my first ex-husband as a way to passively harass me and my current husband.

            Been receiving it for over a year now.

            • September 30, 2020 at 8:51 AM

              It sounds like she needs to grow up and stop that nonsense. I hope that you weren’t billed for it.

  • May 9, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    I received the 2019 Sports Illustrated swim suit magazine today 🤦🏻‍♀️ Addressed to my name.
    I called to find out who had sent it….Supco. A third party. All they would do was suspend delivery. I have to call the third party to have the subscription cancelled.
    Ridiculous. I have young boys here, no one needs this smut sent to their homes 🙄.

    • May 9, 2019 at 3:17 PM

      They shouldn’t be allowed to send magazines you didn’t order. I think it’s adding to the trash problem in more ways than one. I’m glad you were able to stop it. I wouldn’t want it either.

    • May 13, 2019 at 1:29 PM

      I got the same issue! How do I cancel this and find out who the 3rd party person is???

  • April 18, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Hey Kim. Thank you for the very relevant help regarding: cancelling unordered magazines.
    I googled my problem and got your site. I received Sports Illustrated and Hot Rod Magazine. By following your solution, I found out that Subco orders the magazines but they are fed leads by various marketing agencies. In my case it was Millennium Marketing, out of Chicago. They weren’t charging us
    but they were hoping we’d like the “rag” and want to continue it once it expires.
    Bless her heart, my wife likes to shop online. My guess is she didn’t notice the opt-out check box on one or two of her orders.

    • April 18, 2019 at 6:46 PM

      Hi, Roger. I’m glad that my instructions helped you find the source of the magazines. I think they count on people missing those opt-out boxes. I think the boxes should have to be checked rather than unchecked. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • March 26, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Every three months, my mom gets a magazine from ELLE which is some garbage “how to be hip like the celebrities” magazine. My mom has never ordered these magazines but we keep getting them under her name and address. Weirdly enough we have never gotten a single bill for these magazines. Tried contacting Elle customer service but no response. Got one yesterday and tried to have it sent back but the mailman put it right back in our mailbox today.

  • March 5, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    I have just received Magnolia Journal, which I did not order. It was followed immediately by two bills requiring payment. I started investigating who sent the bills and thought I’d made a real discovery! The website address on the bill is not the same as the real website address for Magnolia Journal. Then I tried the addresses that sent the bill and requested payment. They seem to be legitimate! I think it’s CDS Fulfillment which is associated with Meredith Publishing. I sent them an email using the customer service number on the Magnolia Journal website. I told them it was a scam, but upon further investigation found out it might be legitimate. My director is blaming me angrily for ordering a magazine without her authority. I’m going to give CDS a day to respond before calling. I included pictures of the bills and envelopes.

    • March 5, 2019 at 8:08 PM

      Hi. If that doesn’t work, call Magnolia Journal and give them all of the info on the label. They should be able to tell you who sent it. Good luck to you.

  • February 1, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Subco is randomly sending me Glamour and now Allure magazines and online magazines. I have NO idea where they got my information and I’m pretty pissed off about it. I did not order and have no desire to receive them.

    Then today, random – Architectural Digest now showing up in my email. WTH? How do I get this madness to stop?

    • February 19, 2019 at 9:06 PM

      That’s weird. I get my sister’s mail at my address and she started getting the same 3 magazines in that order.

    • March 29, 2019 at 6:37 AM

      I just received Shape and Veranda & a digital subscription to Vogue from Subco. I never asked for them & wouldn’t ever. How do they have my email? Hope I don’t get billed. I’m going to contact them today after seeing this. Thanks for posting your information!

      • October 16, 2019 at 9:12 PM

        I received Shape Magazine today that I never subscribed to. I checked banks and credit card, nothing suspicious I can see as if yet. I called Shape and they told me THEY are the ones who mailed it. The subscription originated from Subco, tell #1 800 258 3350. I missed the 4pm PST cut off call time today, but will further investigate and call them tomorrow. Thank you for your information regarding this issue.

        It’s an annoying hassle, honestly, sending magazines you never order and really think they are going to get paid! Maybe they use scare tactics and a lot of people just pay it!
        I would never pay $22 a year for such garbage uuggghhhhh ( no offense to those who do!)
        Many thanks for your helpful info!

    • February 25, 2019 at 8:02 AM

      I am too! Just people magazine & they’re coming in like crazy! Did you find out why or where they are coming from?

  • December 20, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    I’m receiving an unsolicited subscription to People. This 3rd party name goes by Subco. Their number is 800.258.3350. After a bit of patient holding time, a very nice lady said a marketing company called Millennium Marketing was sending it out as an attempt to enjoy their free services and would not renew after a period of time. I was not being billed for it. I could keep receiving or terminate and I was able to cancel. She said I should probably expect a couple more. They were very, very nice. Thank you for sharing how to cancel!

    • December 20, 2018 at 4:21 PM

      You’re welcome, Lala. Thank you for sharing the information you have since it may also help others. I’m glad you were able to find the source. It would be nice if these companies included a note with complimentary issues.

  • September 8, 2018 at 12:01 AM

    this as bad as robo callers. Please get my name, address and number off of here. I am so sick of this kid of intrusion it is harassment and I am sick of it.

    • September 8, 2018 at 9:08 AM

      Hi, Kerry. I know what you mean. It’s ridiculous. It’s bad enough when the mailbox is filled with junk sales ads, and then you have to worry about being charged for something you didn’t order.

    • February 23, 2019 at 4:40 PM

      There ought to be fines for these wasters of printing, costs, paper manufacturing costs, waste of transport and mailing fuels, and more. Such greeed.

  • March 14, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    I am receiving People magazine and never ordered it. I called their customer service number and a recorded voice said that it was ordered through the 3rd party company, Blue Dolphin. I was given the number and called it but they do not accept phone calls. I used the email address they provided but this is beyond frustrating. How do I stop this?

    • March 14, 2018 at 1:11 PM

      Hi, Kathleen. It really is beyond frustrating, and I’m sorry it happened to you too. I sent the email to and it was 8 days before they responded. I will paste their response here so you can read what they told me. It includes other email addresses and info that may also help you.

      They said….

      “In response to your note below, you are receiving Sports Illustrated magazine as a result of redeeming your Rewards Gold points (or possibly a friend or relative redeemed their Rewards Gold points to send you a gift).

      There are no hidden costs, further obligations or automatic renewals associated with your subscription. There was no credit card information passed to us.

      Your cancellation request will be forwarded to the publisher for processing. Please note, based on the timing of your cancellation request, you could still receive one or two more issues.

      You can visit Reward Gold at If you have further questions in regard to Rewards Gold, you can email or

      We did not locate an order for People magazine.

      Please let us know if you need further assistance.


      Blue Dolphin Customer Support A-010

      If you feel that further assistance by email is required, please be sure to include your original correspondence including your complete name and address or please manage your subscription on our web site: . You may log in using your email and press the forgot password link to retrieve a new password.”

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