and I'm sending this out both as a general gripe AND as a warning for folks who either own businesses or might own businesses some day--to be alert for this sort of scam:
Some years ago, I listed my small counseling practice in the yellow pages.
It did me no good and cost an exhorbitant amount, so I quit after a year or two. But I got on mailing lists I never wanted.
I began receiving magazines. Lots and lots and lots of magazines.
Obviously, the companies thought I was some big counseling organization that had things like waiting rooms and such. Well, no. . . .
I read a couple of the magazines, like news mags, gardening, home decor, etc.
Most, though, I either found people who would appreciate them among my clients and friends or sent directly to the recycling bin.
Not having asked for them, I didn't see that I was under any obligation to cancel them--except for The Wall Street Journal which was coming daily and was an extravagant waste of paper.
So--shortly before I moved and at least a year after it quit coming, I received a
SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL/NEW ORDER FORM
which ESPN Magazine had the audacity to send along with a postage-due return envelope —just as if it was a bill.
Obviously, they're hoping it will arrive in some impersonal bill-paying office where the employees will not know or care that the magazine was never ordered and will simply pay the "bill".
Unfortunately for them, the bill-paying office in this agency is staffed by the owner/operator/service-provider/CEO who knows full well that the magazine WAS NEVER ORDERED!
I can't believe the audacity of big business, these days!
I can't believe this- - - -
**walking away shaking head and muttering to self incoherently**