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IJBM: companies that send official-looking letters to trick you into paying money for their services

edited 2020-10-02 00:47:22 in Meatspace
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The most common such scheme I've seen seems to involve car warranties, but others include requests for government documents, which are particularly good for scaring people, because (1) they can make it look like official government business, and (2) they are very skilled at making their mailers look like bills.

Thankfully I think there are laws that force them to disclose that they're not actually government entities and these are not bills, because I've seen them write disclaimers saying that they're not actually affiliate with the whatever they look like they're representing. But these letters are clearly predatory.

If they actually wanted to do business honorably, they'd make their business name far more prominent, but instead they bury it in the middle of the letter or otherwise make it very hard to find. The not-actually-government letters are at least somewhat clearer, but the car warranty letters really try hard to obscure the fact that they're not actually affiliated with the car manufacturer.

Frackin' jerks.


  • "you duck spawn, refined creature, you try to be cynical, yokel, but all that comes out of it is that you're a dunce!!!!! you duck plug!"
    That feel when people no longer want to help random Nigerian princes
  • There is love everywhere, I already know
    and people say there's no systemic royal racism
    If they actually wanted to do business honorably

    Ah, young, honorable GMH...
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