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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Junk, spam and scam ... and I'm $7.7m richer!

BAH! I've been scammed! Damn and blast it! I've lauded the virtues of Vista Print for years and been happy with the quality and service. I've poohoo-ed people who have moaned about finding themselves being charged for things they didn't ask for. I've ignored the threads on Etsy.
Two days ago I noticed that my credit card statement had a payment for £9.95 taken by a company called CLUBPREM.COM.
Looking back over the last months they have been taking it since October. *@#$! My heart sank - and the first thing I thought was "Vista Print". So I Googled this Clubprem.com and WOAH! and whole page of google arrived peppered with "I ordered from Vista Print and now I'm sign up to ..".
Please don't start the 'should have read the small print' thing with me - I have and there is NOTHING about it. I ticked no boxes, didn't join the 'Passport to Fun', didn't sign up to the 'insider info' and didn't subscribe to their updates. So just keep that small print @$%* to yourselves!!! I'm an angry bunny today .....

Every piece of information you need is here in this blog post I Got Scammed By Vista Print..... I suggest that you read it as it makes interesting reading indeed.

Now - Vista Print DO offer great products of good quality - that is not the scam - the scam is that they seem to be sharing credit card details with other dodgy companies (allegedly). I called my credit card company who gave me the phone number for the company (being saturday their fraud false whatnot department wasn't open) and I easily cancelled my 'membership' of Clubprem.com by calling them and entering my membership number (on the cc statement) into their highly annoying recorded message loop system. If you read the blog post link above you will see that it is not too hard to claim your money back either. But I am livid!! How can they still be doing this? Especially if you delve into the google search results and see that the scam is so well documented. What have Vista Print got to say about it? Well, there is no way of contacting them through their website but I do have a phone number given by the blog linked to here. I will be calling tomorrow (Monday) and I will have to cancel my credit card which is a pain.

So, to date, I've had my credit card cloned at the local petrol station and spent on in Sri Lanka, I've recieved tens of those emails asking me to update my details online for banks I don't even bank with, I joined StyleHive and within 20 mins was asked by the wife of some Nigerian official to house all her money in my bank account and now this came yesterday:

Dear Sir/madam

My name is Mrs. Grace Richards I am 63 years old, I am a dying woman who have decided to donate what I have to you/churches/ motherless babies/less privileged/widows.I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago. I have been touched by god to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for good work of god. I have asked god to forgive me and believe he has because he is a merciful god. I will be going in for an operation Monday.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of 7.7 million dollars to you for the good work of god, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows. At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my relatives (That have squandered the funds I gave them for this purpose before) are around me and my health status also.

I have adjusted my WILL and my lawyer is aware. I wish you all the best and may the good god bless you abundantly, and please use the Funds judiciously and always extend the good work to others. As soon you get back to me, I shall give you info on what I need from you then you will contact my bank and tell them I have willed (7.7 million dollars) to you by quoting my personal reference number: Jlk/Wds/95773/50015/GwrI/3196us/uk and I have also notified my bank that I am willing that amount to you for a good, effective and prudent work. I know I don't know you but I have been directed to do this by god.

Thanks and god bless.
Mrs. Grace Richards.

They have even blocked the 'To' section of the email so I don't know which of my email addresses it came in to. I'm fed up with the world......


  1. They manage to keep getting away with it after all these years because people ignore the warnings unfortunately. Someone will probably read your post and think "it won't happen to me" and only see the big "free" signs. :(

  2. oh this is so awful! i get daily emails looking for me to lodge millions of pounds in my band account too.

  3. Geez! & Blargh!

    I juts ordered from Vistaprint too.. Better check that up..
    Sometimes mankind really disappoint you. Sad, but true - to quote Metallica :)

    I hope things will look up from now on.
    Cheerio for now :)


  4. I have Vistaprint cards but from ages ago, so must have been lucky to be pre-scam. I do gety lots of the bank emails though, so maybe I didn't get off completely lightly!

    They will get their rewards though, once enough people hear of the scam and they go bust!

  5. Oh bum, so sorry to hear about the scam...just to let you know I've finally got around to signing up to follow your BEAUTIFUL blog.Chin up and take care,

  6. Gosh they're Satans Spawn......

  7. Oh Anna I am so sorry , I also have had a bad day somebody has been into my email account and now I cannot sign into either of my business emails. I love my fishes they arrived ok

  8. Arrgh!
    how frustrating for you, I eagerly bounded over here to read your vista woes as i thought you may be having the same trouble as me, but now i feel petty about mine!
    I after months and months of my inbox being jammed with vista print 'offers' i finally caved, thought ok, well just some free return labels cant hurt...anyways...i have blogged the full story, but now im worried that now i'll be on this other scam too!
    must go and check,
    thank you for keeping me in the know....bad people frustrate me...

  9. The good thing about your postings is that Vista Print has lost quite a lot of business. Each person reading your blog will tell everyone they know and so on. Small comfort I know, but at least it's positive action!