Watch Out For Fake Newspaper-Subscription Renewal Notices



Staten Island Commercial Banks Warns

 of Fake Newspaper-Subscription Renewal Notices


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Have you received a renewal notice from your favorite newspaper? Make sure it’s from the actual publication before you pay it.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based business bank, wants its neighbors to know about a newspaper-notice scam that was recently highlighted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

According to the FTC, the scam works like this: You get a renewal notice in the mail for your newspaper. The notice tells you that your subscription is about to expire, but you can renew it by paying immediately.

The problem is, the companies behind the invoices have no relationship with your newspaper publisher or billing department. These scammers are simply out to rip you off.

Here are some tips from the FTC to help you avoid newspaper renewal scams:

  • Pay online at the newspaper’s website, or contact the paper’s subscription department by phone. Use the number on your paper, online, or on a previous bill that you know is real.
  • Sign up for auto-renewal and payment, so that you don’t have to rely on renewal notices sent by postal mail.
  • Be aware of changes to your bill. If the price or billing period changes, get in touch with the paper using a phone number or address you know is real. In some cases, the price on fake invoices has been four times higher than usual, and the subscription period has been a year, instead of monthly or quarterly.
  • If you suspect an invoice might not be real, check it out with your newspaper’s subscription department. If the invoice comes from a company you haven’t heard of, or if it has errors and misspellings, those could be tip-offs to a rip-off.

If you think you’ve spotted a newspaper renewal scam, the FTC advises that you report it to your paper’s subscription or customer service department, your state Attorney General’s Office, local consumer protection agency, and the Federal Trade Commission.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at

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