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Scam Sightings

Scam Sightings

Part 1:Low Grade Scam By International-Destinations International-Destinations has a scam so glaringly obvious that it makes me admire professionals who are impressively creative when they are outrageously crooked. Brief: A FAX arrived as a Memo with the Continental Airlines Logo displayed. It came from the H. R. DEPT of an otherwise unnamed company. It offers […]

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A drugstore.com AND Google SCAM?

No Hurry To Alert Consumers BBM!! BUYER BEWARE MOMENT I stumbled into this today while ordering two items from drugstore.com. A screen box lured me to buy more, “You’re just $7.12 from free shipping.” I fell for it. I ordered a third item for $19, doubling my total to $38. As soon as it processed […]

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Why DO NOT CALL Doesn't Work

Why DO NOT CALL Doesn’t Work

Just like any other large organization that feels compelled to publish a mission statement, the Federal Trade Commission states a mission and dodges implementation. At least the FTC mentions consumers: The mission of the Federal Trade Commission is to prevent unfair competition and to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the […]

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“Reader’s Service” Poses As Publisher’s Helper

“Reader’s Service” Poses As Publisher’s Helper

Telemarketer: “Hello. I am calling to see if your issues of [A MAGAZINE YOU MAY SUBCRIBE TO] are coming.” If questioned, the operator will claim the call is for quality assurance on behalf of the publisher. It’s a lie. It’s a scam-start.  An attempt to recruit a client is buried in the chatter. The objective […]

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Magazine Solutions’ Slick New Hooks

Hook #1: A lead-off hitter calls to ask if my New Yorker is coming without interruption. When I say “yes,” he apologizes for a recent non-subscriber offer for $79.95 sent to me—which I never received. To make it up to me, he offers a two-year renewal at $59.95/year. Digression: He was fishing to see if […]

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Simple Escapes’ Complexity Defense—And Payoff

Simple Escapes’ Complexity Defense—And Payoff

Imagine my surprise when I discovered an annual fee for a service I never used or knew I had or realized I had been paying for. I study monthly credit card statements—or thought I did until I caught the Simple Escapes charge for $84.00. I called its toll-free number to ask who they were, what […]

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