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i12fly26/03/2008 18:31:00
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I had a phone call at home today, a lady with a strong foreign accent saying she was from RCM&E offering me the next 3 issues for £1 with an option to take out a subscription afterwards. Sounded very plausible and very nice too!

As I was recently made redundant (my job was taken away and passed to someone on the continent -it's cheaper to make UK people redundant), it seemed a good offer and I said 'yes please'. However when asked for my credit card details, I remembered that I never give my details to someone who rings me but who I don't know. She told me there was no other way to take up the offer, so I politely declined.

 Have I avoided a scam from someone trying to get my card details or have I missed a golden opportunity? Can anyone advise?

Allan Jordan26/03/2008 19:08:00
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 I would think that you have had a very narrow escape, always remember  " IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT ALMOST CERTAINLY IS   !!!!!
David Ashby - Moderator26/03/2008 19:58:00
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Our marketing dept tell us that it's a genuine offer but I can understand your reluctance to give details when someone has phoned you - I would be the same. I had a call today from a reader who had the same approach and was worried. I think there's a message in all this for our marketing team!

i12fly26/03/2008 21:18:00
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Hi David

Thank you for the response, at least other people can read this and be aware it is a genuine marketing approach. I must say that I was a bit concerned that they knew my name, phone number and address, I wondered if your system had been hacked...

Kind Regards

flytilbroke26/03/2008 21:50:00
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I would call the marketing people direct if I wanted to take up this offer. I would NOT think twas ok when any one else gets called as crooks are quick to catch just such a loophole. Also, I would never ring back a number cold callers give.
David Ashby - Moderator27/03/2008 07:59:00
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No problem i12 - sorry we got you worried there.
John Bunting20/05/2008 00:17:00
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1. May I suggest that it would make sorting and tracking down back issues of RCM&E easier if the year and month, and perhaps the volume and issue numbers, were always printed in the same place on the cover, preferably in the top left-hand corner. You could then find and see them easily, whether you keep your copies in a flat heap or standing up on a bookshelf. 

 2. Nearly all the cover photos look the same, for the past year or more: an oblique close-up nose shot with a bit of wing showing on each side, and a totally blank background. The 'Parting Shot' photos on the last page of the mag are far better. Why not use them on the cover?

David Ashby - Moderator20/05/2008 19:30:00
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Just an honest answer Jet but personally I would treat them all the same too.
iawnski21/05/2008 13:31:00
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why dont you just give us a number on here and we can phone you and take up the offer? please no 0845 numbers /worth a thought what u say????
Eric Bray22/05/2008 10:36:00
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I NEVER divulge bank details to a cold-caller or a door-knocker. So far I've been ok.

I also keep a VERY close eye on the plastic card I use for paypal work, and as it gets used for nothing else, any 'foreign' transactions stand out. I spotted one last statement month, when i was charged twice for one transaction. 

(I also have and use a cross-cut shredder, which dines regularly on all 'dead' documents!) 

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