A tale of the extortionist lengths The New York Times goes to in order to generate revenue.
While everybody sees the writing on the wall for the news print industry, the companies themselves continue to act in ways that make the rest of us say "good riddance!" to the halcyon days of printing massive amounts of paper with day-old news.
The New York Times has begun attempts with me that are so unbelievable that it warranted a complaint to the FCC for extortionist tactics.
Going back to the beginning, I subscribed to the NY Times for a period of six months or so in order to use the coupons since I had heard of interesting ways to get things nearly free.
After I discontinued my use of coupons I did not renew my subscription. Every once in a while I would get letters or calls from them inviting me try resubscribe to which I promptly recycled or blocked them on Google Voice.
Fast forward a couple years and a new address, I started receiving the NY Times every Friday through Sunday for no particular reason. I certainly never resubscribed and it appears they had figured out I had moved because their reinvitation letters had been arriving just prior to this unexpected "gift."
The strange detail was that they had mispelled my name when I was sure my original subscription had my name correct which leads me to think maybe there was some verbal transription of past subscriber names since the spelling error is common with people of low intelligence who have to spell my name after hearing it.
After a couple months the nuisance newspapers subsided to be replaced with subscription "bills," as if I had subscribed myself and for some reason they gave me all those papers without ever getting payment up front. I laughed at their pathetic attempts to prey on what might fool people with terrible memories or alzheimers but certainly nobody else and ignored these mailings.
A couple months later I received a much more concerning letter appearing to be from a collection agency demanding payment. Even if the subscription wasn't initiated by me, the fact that itmight be a real collection agency concerned me because having any kind of negative ding on my credit report now becomes my problem to deal with to prove my innocence.
When I examined the letter deeper and did some more research, the supposed collection agency is actually a NY Times subsidiary with no real information anywhere online, including the BBB. The fact that the NY Times tried to lie to me to scare me into post-paying for a subscription is what I consider extortion which prompted me to file a complaint with the FCC.
Several months later, I again received more or less the same thing but from an entirely different company however with no mention of being associated with the NY Times. Once again, I looked for any information on this second company but all I turned up was the company address is in a small office building somewhere in New York state alongside medical professionals and other random businesses.
After filing complaints with the B.B.B. and responding to the claims at the emails provided, they quickly expunged the false debts.
The death of these legacy print media companies cannot come soon enough!
For search engines to pick this up in case others have experienced this, the addresses are listed below:
International Media Concepts, Inc.
PO Box 437
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
MCU And Associates, LLC.
499 Jericho Turnpike Suite 100
Mineola, NY 11501