How the Scam Works:You receive a renewal bill from your local newspaper in the mail. The notice tells you that your subscription is expiring, but you can renew it by paying immediately.You check the "bill" and the price seems higher than in the past. In this example, scammers are over-charging for the Cincinnati Enquirer and asking for a year's payment upfront, when the newspaper typically bills month to month. In Denver, scammers are charging four times more for the Denver Post than the real rate.Even if you do pay up, don't expect to see your subscription renewed. It's likely scammers will just pocket your money.This scam is hard to spot because it uses so many different names and addresses. The con has gone by a variety of names, including Publisher's Billing Exchange, Reader's Payment Service, Associated Publishers Network and Platinum Subscription Services. Watch out for more changes as it evolves.How to Spot a Subscription Scam:Look for these signs that your renewal notice is a fake:The price and billing period is different than normal. Watch for higher prices and longer commitment periods (for example, a year's subscription instead of monthly). Look for typos. As in many scams, con artists aren't as careful with the details. In the Cincinnati Enquirer version, the newspaper's name is misspelled "Cincinnatti Enquirer."The bill comes from a different business located in another state. Many of these scams have you sending money halfway across the country to a business you've never heard of. Confirm with the newspaper. If you aren't sure, call the newspaper's subscription department to double check. Just be sure to find the phone number on the website or previous bill -- not the notice you suspect is a scam. For More InformationRead the full alert on the websites of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver Post, Cincinnati Enquirer, Sacramento Bee and U-T San Diego. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.Note: The Star Tribune, Denver Post, Cincinnati Enquirer, Sacramento Bee and U-T San Diego are BBB Accredited Businesses.