The companies that want to cheat you out of your hard earned cash have come up with one i'd never heard of before, and neither had the representative of my phone carrier when i talked to someone there about it.
Sometimes i get spam texts. My method to deal with them has always been just to delete the conversation and move on.
Well, i got one, and it was the typical "reply to sign up for this service for $10 a month" and i deleted it and was about to go on my way when i almost immediately got another text from that company thanking me for signing up. This when i had not responded at all.
So i called my carrier and they had already charged my account, that fast. Apparently they are now signing you up automatically if you do not respond within about 2 minutes telling you not to.
This steams me, because i will not respond to these things. Even sending the word "stop" to them doesn't stop them; instead it tells them they have a live number and they then sell it to tons of other companies. They've turned most people's refusal to even respond into a tool to make them money. You don't respond, they assume you want the service.
Unconscionable, and no way to stop them, except by dealing with each one individually as they do this, getting your carrier to remove the charge as soon as they try to put it on there.
Really, i don't want to know what they are going to try to come up with next.
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Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor, 1931
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, 1958
The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage, 1964
The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. 1970
Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins, 1975
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