People, FAXES and Computer Scams
I’ve always said that I will read
People Magazine until the day I no longer draw breath. That
having been said, I must tell you that the magazine suddenly
stopped coming in late September. Now wait a minute, I’m
thinking, I’m still drawing breath here and for some
reason the magazine stopped coming.
Now I know it’s a silly magazine.
Something to pass the time. And I love to keep up on the
gossip that’s happening in Hollywood since I used
to be in the business. So I call up People Magazine asking
what’s going on.
Evidently my subscription had been cancelled
“online” according to the guy on the phone.
When I replied that I hadn’t cancelled it, he simply
apologized and said that my refund check was in the mail.
In the mail to whom? Whoever cancelled the
subscription? Was this identity the theft I’ve heard
about? What will they think of next?
So I renewed my subscription over the phone
and I was told that I would miss several issues before they
could start me up again. Of course the issue that comes
in the mail always has a date three days later than I get
it. Can they see into the future as well?
I love to read and often when I’m
in the middle of a book the magazine comes. So I find myself
rushing through the magazine to get back to my novel. I’ve
recently been on a Nicholas Sparks kick. If you haven’t
read him, I highly recommend that you try him.
But back to the mystery of my online cancellation.
Add this to the other technical stuff we have to keep learning
about if we use computers. There are worms and virus’s
and scams to try to get our bank account numbers and now
canceling my People?! How low can they go?
Herman actually got a junk FAX in the machine
the other day. It was one of those bogus letters from a
supposed foreign dignitary who had to launder a bunch of
money in this country and just needed someone’s bank
account to help with an appropriate cut of the take. Yeah,
and the tooth fairy will be here tonight with $100.
The awful thing is, some people actually
fall for these scams and lose a bundle. And even worse,
People Magazine fell for my ever having the nerve to cancel
my subscription. Is nothing sacred?
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may
be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"