Take Preventive Measures To Avoid Zombie Billing

How can you prevent a zombie billing invasion after your satellite TV contract is up? Simple, explains reader catastrophegirl: give the company a credit card to put on file that expires before your contract is up. If they try to put the zombie charges on the card–well, they can’t.

directv - defeating zombie bill pays in advance

She uploaded this to the Consumerist Flickr pool, noting:

Not that I ever let DirecTV auto pay from my account, but they do require a card on file. So I gave them one. One that expires right before my contract ends. I fully intend to pay all the bills through when I cancel and return their equipment, but I don’t want them coming back and trying to add any crap on later arbitrarily.