First, one should contact the magazine company and ask for a copy of the contract; if they are unable to provide proof that there was a contract for a subscription, the consumer may cancel.
It is a violation of the consumer protection act to do the following:
Fail to clearly and conspicuously disclose to consumers all material terms for automatic subscription renewals,
Not mail to consumers subscription solicitations that resemble bills, invoices or statements of accounts due.
Some companies even fail to honor cancellation requests, requiring the consumer to cancel the method of billing (ie canceling the credit card that was provided) - please see: http://www.ag.state.mn.us/consumer/Publications/MagazineSubscription.asp
A complaint can be filed with the government here:
If a third party ordered the magazines after getting one's personal banking information, it is very important to close out that bank account and to report identity theft and to put an alert on one's credit report:
information on that process here:
Here is the required affidavit:
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