I subscribe to a lot of magazines, and then I lose interest and let the subscriptions lapse. Forbes is one of those that I get tired of quite often. But I must have responded to one of their mail campaigns: Check here if you want to continue your subscription, for only $61 per year, etc.
I truly do not remember doing this, but I am pretty sure that is what happened, likely many months ago.
I am not getting Forbes magazine now, but I am getting occasional invoices that I owe them $61. Why am I not paying?
As I usually handle such pestering invoices, I ignore them, and they stop. Obviously, I am not getting the magazine, why would I be getting invoices?
Then, a few weeks ago, I got the letter posted below.
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Unbelievably, these guys are threatening with collection!
For a subscription for Forbes!!!
I didn’t want this to escalate, because if they are serious and are harassing their potential subscribers this way, they are going to continue, and the $61 will quickly start getting larger, and my credit will be affected, and there’ll be paperwork. So I whipped out my credit card and paid.
I haven’t received any confirmation from anyone.
I haven’t received any letters.
I haven’t received any magazines.
Have I fallen for a scam?
No matter what, Forbes, our relationship is done. If that’s what you need to resort to in order to hang on to your subscribers, it’s pretty sad.