If you sign up for new service with Comcast (or certain other phone and cable providers) you are almost inevitably going to begin receiving telemarketing calls, including calls from an outfit that typically identifies itself as IRL Sweepstakes of Atlanta, which sells magazine subscriptions.
The caller from IRL Sweepstakes will likely begin by alleging that you have been selected as a finalist to win a big prize sometime next year – and that you have already won a free diamond watch – and just need to confirm that you have a major credit card or checking account to remain eligible for the prizes. The caller will ask if you have one or both, and then proceed to tell you that you have been selected to receive subscriptions to a long list of magazines like Esquire, ESPN, Rolling Stone, etc. DO NOT purchase magazines or agree to receive magazines from this company (IRL stands for International Readers League, which is also known as MLM & Associates or the Periodical Publishers Service Bureau) and DO NOT give them your credit card information or checking account number.
If you have a complaint concerning IRL Sweepstakes/International Readers League of Georgia you’ll want to file it with the Better Business Bureau.
Here’s what I say when a telemarketer calls trying to sell me subscriptions to magazines or newsletters: “I can’t read.”