New Jersey Wants Marketers To Stop Mailing Unsolicited Checks

New Jersey Wants Marketers To Stop Mailing Unsolicited Checks

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty wants direct mail marketers to stop sending out those “free money!” checks that auto-enroll you in expensive programs when you deposit them, while a senator has introduced a similar measure. “Instead of relying on tricks, companies looking to sell their services in New Jersey should go back to the old-fashioned way: earning consumers’ trust,” said Moriarty. [More]

T-Mobile Surprise Porn Not An Isolated Incident

T-Mobile Surprise Porn Not An Isolated Incident

After we posted yesterday about a T-Mobile customer being greeted by pictures of topless women when he logged into his account to pay his bill, some of you asked, “What’s the problem?” Several readers’ stories answer that question. (Censored but not exactly tasteful pictures inside.) UPDATE: T-Mobile response inside.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Payless Shoesource For Text Message Spamming

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Payless Shoesource For Text Message Spamming

Peter, who wrote in last month to complain about being text-spammed by Payless Shoesource on his phone, wasn’t the only customer they annoyed. A man in California has filed a class action lawsuit against the shoe company and Voice & Mobile Broadcast Corporation, which is the marketing company it hired to run the campaign.

Facebook Sues Spammer; Wins $711 Million

Facebook Sues Spammer; Wins $711 Million

Facebook won $711 million in a lawsuit against a notorious spammer. Don’t cheer too hard, though. The same spampresario owes MySpace $234 million for the same thing.

Customer Gets Payless To Compensate Him For Text Message Spam

Customer Gets Payless To Compensate Him For Text Message Spam

Peter was pretty frustrated when Payless Shoesource ignored his two opt-out texts and continued to pester him with SMS spam. His complained via email and got taken off their list, but then he decided to see if he could get back the money those texts cost him.

Now Report Spammers On Twitter With A Single Click

Now Report Spammers On Twitter With A Single Click

It used to be that when you were followed by a spammer on Twitter, you had to go report them by sending a direct message to Twitter’s official spam account. Now they’ve updated their reporting system, so all it takes is a single click. Have fun turning in the bots!

Comcast To Warn You If Your Zombie Computer Is Secretly Spamming People

Comcast To Warn You If Your Zombie Computer Is Secretly Spamming People

Where does spam come from? Well, there are these things called botnets. They’re networks of hijacked computers that secretly do the bidding of their masters. Often, they send out spam. Comcast plans to offer an automated service that will inform you, within your browser, if your computer is behaving as if it has been compromised by malware.

10 Extinct Twitter-Types Thanks To New Terms Of Service

10 Extinct Twitter-Types Thanks To New Terms Of Service

Instead of cranking out cumbersome terms of service Magna Cartas that only lawyers will actually read, Twitter should follow the lead of Mashable and just come out and say what types of users it’s attempting to get rid of.

Highlights From The Consumerist's Junk Mail Folder

Highlights From The Consumerist's Junk Mail Folder

One of the (dis)advantages of having your e-mail address posted on the open interweb is spam, spam, spam, and more spam. This does, however, mean that some very entertaining messages slip through our filters over at tips@consumerist.com, and we’d be remiss in not sharing them.

Watch Out For Pointless Self-Replicating Spam Facebook Application

Watch Out For Pointless Self-Replicating Spam Facebook Application

Watch out for “[A friend] commented on a photo of you” notifications on Facebook. If you click on the notification and it asks you to install an application called “Your Photos,” RUN AWAY. Your friend didn’t comment on any photos of you, and the application exists to coax people to click on banner ads.

Scammers Get Over-Ambitious With Fake FBI Letter

Scammers Get Over-Ambitious With Fake FBI Letter

We guess if you’re gonna create a failure pile, make it a big one. This email that pretends to be from FBI director Robert S. Mueller has the typical scammy touches: strange grammatical issues, unexpected shifts between formal and casual voices, a complete lack of understanding of how US government offices actually work, and an “official” gmail address. We were ready to send our information to them until we got to the end, where the letter threatens you with arrest if you don’t play along. Now they’re just getting silly.

Crazy CSR Loves Spam, You, Hanging Up Abruptly

Crazy CSR Loves Spam, You, Hanging Up Abruptly

Megan sent us this transcript of a recent phone conversation she had with someone from a mysteriously generic “cardholder services” that called her.

Apple Bans Bushel Of Spam Apps

Apple Bans Bushel Of Spam Apps

Apple has shaken the App Store tree until several hundred questionable, over-priced apps that drew customer complaints have fallen off the branches.

Post Cereal, Please Stop Spamming Anthony

Post Cereal, Please Stop Spamming Anthony

Anthony has tried every means possible to get Post to stop spamming him, but Post laughs in the face of reason. And at customer requests. The only thing Anthony feels he has left to try is contacting the FTC, but he adds “I get the feeling that won’t help.”

Company Apologizes, Hilariously, For Mail Merge Screwup

Company Apologizes, Hilariously, For Mail Merge Screwup

Everyone knows that the “personal touch” of using your name in an email, printed letter, or CSR call is powered by a database and a computer, and not really personal at all. Still, when a company gets it wrong it can be annoying. When a company gets it wrong, then apologizes by sending a follow-up message that makes you smile, all can be forgiven.

Amazonfraudcheck.com Is Amazon Fraud

Amazonfraudcheck.com Is Amazon Fraud

No, Amazon is not contacting its members and performing regular fraud checks. Jason received this e-mail, which is associated with a rather convincing Amazon phishing site.

Why Is Spam Around? Because 12% Of Readers Actually Try To Buy The Stuff

Why Is Spam Around? Because 12% Of Readers Actually Try To Buy The Stuff

Why, in a rational world, does spam continue to exist? Because someone you know—or maybe it’s you—has actually tried to buy something from it, a new study finds. Find that person and beat him (or yourself) with a stapler.

Magic Diet Product Scams Invade Freecycle And Meetup Groups

Magic Diet Product Scams Invade Freecycle And Meetup Groups

Beware! Affiliate spammers have infiltrated innocent online groups, looking to take advantage of the people who haven’t yet heard that “free” trials of magic diet foods are a scam.