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Unless your communication specifically requests otherwise, any letter or email sent to us may potentially be included in the mail page of Discover. Letters/emails may be edited for length or clarity before being run, but we will never make changes that affect the content or intent of your letter.


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Please understand that these companies operate without our permission, and we're as angry about it as you are. Customer service is a high priority to Discover, so we absolutely hate to have these people harassing current or former subscribers in our name! We are working with Periodical Watchguard, the attorney general's office and the post office to report these problems and shut these companies down, but it's a very slow process.

Your best option is to simply hang up if these scammers call, and always avoid giving out personal information; as a rule, be wary of third-party solicitations, or anyone who attempts to gather your personal data, credit card or bank account information. The safest way to subscribe or renew your subscription to Discover is through our online customer service center, or by using a postcard that comes inside an issue of the magazine. Legitimate subscription mailings will always be addressed for return to our fulfillment center in Big Sandy, TX.

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Our “Ask Discover” column invites readers to send in their questions for our science experts to answer. Send your questions to ask@discovermagazine.com, and keep an eye on the Hot Science section of future issues to see if your question has been answered.


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