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"this is not a bill"
There's a rumbling of some sort in the back of this empty head that they might have been forced to add that sometime in the not too distant past.
They do cause havoc. Over the years I've found it very, very difficult to pound into people's heads that they must pass anything that has any semblance of anything at all to do with domain registration on to me to take care of.
Of course, clients don't always follow instructions.
joined:Dec 10, 2005
When I get these I just put the empty envelope back in the post, here in the UK they will be charged for delivery of an empty envelope.
Silly I know but it makes me feel better.
I'd also write a short message on a Post-It note saying that as long as they kept sending me this junk, I would keep returning it to them at their expense. They finally got the message and have pretty much stopped sending them. :)
Unfortunately, the ones that still come don't have postage paid envelopes any more.
Similar scams have been run in the UK, with official looking letters giving the impression that they come from an agent of the Data Protection Registrar, often implying a threat of prosecution if money isn't sent immediately. It got bad enough that the opening message on phoning the Data Protection Registrar's office, warned people about the scam.
Of course, for these scams, I ask my customers who get them to keep the originals as evidence, for forwarding to the Data Protection Registrar. They have brought some successful prosecutions in the past.
Unfortunately, this particular scam has been going-on for years.