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    On 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?

    "Kathryn 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"