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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Simpler Living Weekly Nudge

June 22, 2018

I Got Scammed! How embarrassing. I’ve spent most of my life in communications. I promote media literacy. And I got suckered!

Here’s how it works so you’ll be forewarned. When I visited one of my favorite web sites, a survey popped up clearly labeled from that site. “Sure,” I thought, “I’d like to help my friends by answering a few questions. And they’re offering a reward, something that I could use.” So I answered 3-4 generic questions and then, to get the reward, I entered my credit card number to pay the postage for my reward. “Sure I can trust my friends with my credit card number. I don’t mind paying the postage.”

The reward arrived as promised. Everything’s fine. Except now I’m getting a very similar survey for several of my favorite sites. AND two weeks late a $190 charge on my credit card labeled “Subscription.” After calling the 800 number on the reward and waiting on hold, I actually talked to customer service. Yes, I have subscribed to an open-ended supply of vitamin supplements at $190 per month! Using my best phone skills and a great deal of persistence, I was able to get the “subscription” cancelled and a partial refund.

It turns out, a cookie had been placed in my computer which generates the surveys. By answering that I am male, the marketers pitched a male-oriented reward to me.

I’m telling this story partly for penance and mostly as a cautionary tale. Purge your computer’s cookies and search history regularly. Even the savvy of us can fall prey to to the con artists!

P.S. Avoid double underscored words. They’re links to ads inserted by a third party. Regular links placed by the author have a single underscore.

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