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Is this a scam by Joe Francis?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by HejiraHenry, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I post this as a public service. Not my brightest moment.

    I will admit, somewhat sheeplishly, that I once was a Joe Francis customer. Yes, I got a new Girls Gone Wild video delivered to my home once a month. For a little while.

    Then, I had a billing dispute – I was being charged for "merchandise" that never arrived – and I canceled. That would have been in 2005 or so.

    All of a sudden, about two months ago, I started getting a raft of magazines ... all delivered to my old (pre-2005) address, none of which I had ordered. The usual forwarding period had expired, but the P.O. redirected the stuff to me at my new address.

    Not Hustler. National Geographic, Us Weekly, Motor Trend, Bow Hunter and ... wait for it ... Shape.

    And a charge (for $46 or so) showed up on my Amex. Twice.

    It took a little time to sort out, but I called the 800 number and canceled all the stuff I was getting in the mail that I didn't want in the first place.

    It looks like I may have gotten what appeared to be a piece of junk mail that was a letter informing me of the magazines I had ordered. If I didn't send that back to them within 10 days (and I didn't; I threw it away without opening, I guess), then they started shipping the magazines and billing my Amex account.

    Amex has forwarded all of the relevant info to their fraud department. I'm drafting a letter to send to the California attorney general's office, as it appears to me somebody must have mined my personal info out of the GGW files. Whether it was them, or they sold their lists to somebody else, I have no idea.

    That's my story.

    P.S. One magazine I didn't order but was penciled in to get was Wild Animal Baby. I kinda wish a copy of that had turned up. No, it's not porn – it's from the World Wildlife Federation.
  2. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I don't know about your scam (and it certainly seems like one to me), but we just got whacked on our credit card by a scammer. It's called Fun Works Design. They charge your card about 10 bucks, and when you call the number on the bill, you get nothing but a person who doesn't speak English well who tells you to go to their Web site. Happened twice before I could catch it.
  3. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    For the record, Wild Animal Baby rocks. My sister's boys love it.

    Guess I now need to open all my junk mail, eh?
  4. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    I hope Joe Francis gets attacked and fucked in the ass. Oh wait ...
  5. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Is there anything by Joe Francis that is not a scam?
  6. I thought the thread title was a rhetorical question
  7. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    I thought so, too, until I read the long post to start the thread.
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    That is exactly what I thought.

    and you know how you don't have to worry about your credit card getting scammed? Have such poor credit that you don't have a credit card! It rocks!
  9. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I'm working on that.
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    I would just like to say that I have never paid Joe Francis one thin dime. That is all.
  11. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I hear you.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    And I'm still waiting for somebody to ask the obvious question ... at least, I thought it was obvious.
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