I was worried that something had gone wrong with my NYTimes account. Before I called them, I did see "Renewal Offer - Not a Bill" in small red letters near the bottom, but I was still furious.
Unsurprisingly, Publishers Billing Center turns out to be a scam.
The customer support guy at the Times was intelligent and helpful. They occasionally get calls about subscription scams. I said I wouldn't take it amiss to get an email about such scams, and maybe they'd like to write an article about them.