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Postby MemberSince99 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:59 pm

So, I get a letter in the mail from my bank. I should just throw them all away but being an idiot, I opened it. It proceeds to tell me how as a "valued cardmember" (snicker) I can earn "amazing rewards". All I have to do is go to this url and sign up and I get 20% extra rewards until the end of April.

So being the dumb bunny I am, I go and sign up. It's prompting me for my promotion code, sent in the letter, and my email address. It says "Email address is not required" and that by giving them that, they will feel free to bombard me with spam and probably sell it to the sort of scum who send you porn advertisements every day (in so many words). Naturally I wasn't interested in that, so I took them up on their word and didn't enter an email address and guess what? Yep, won't submit, email address IS required.

What a bunch of shysters these people are. I put in a bogus email address (it actually validates that it could be a valid email address before it allows you to submit) to get around it.

But what's with the games Elan?

Next time I'll just throw it in the trash. That's about what I'm starting to think of ALL these creditors....except maybe the toilet would be more appropriate.

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Postby Bksuper » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:58 am

This is why its good to have multiple email accounts, so that you have an email to receive these kind of things at but don't check otherwise and don't care if it is spammed up, and different accounts for personal use, academic use, shopping, and professional use. However, I agree it is ridiculous to state it is not required on the page and then require it, this is what happens when large companies divide up the marketing people who come up with the promotions, the IT people who implement them, and the legal people who write the fine print and terms to keep the bank covered separate and dysfunctional in inter and intra department communication.
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Postby s.jessica » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:01 am

Just use the email of somebody you don't like or if they have an email listed on their contact info, use theirs. Also, if you shred before flushing, each piece will grow into a mutant something that will take over the entire city. There are so many web based emails out there, yahoo, hotmail, gmail, gmx, I'm always making up new disposable accounts then forgetting about them.

You are correct, the trash is usually the best place for all the junk mail. For now, I'm just letting the pre-approved offers come just because I want to see what they are going to try to offer me and sometimes I use the enclosed envelope to mail their stuff back (with my name removed of course.)

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