Off-Targetted Marketing.We've all heard the stories of kids receiving offers of credit cards in the post.
I can top that.
My garden gnome got one of those today. He's been sent an application from American Express for an American Express Gold Credit Card with an 11.99% p.a. interest rate.
I'm impressed. All he had to do was park his name in the white pages for a few years, and he gets this.
I did call up and have a chat to AmEx this arvo after getting the mail. I don't usually read other people's letters, but I felt justified in this case. After all, I've been lugging this piece of moulded concrete around for the last 18 years. (I'll post a photo of him in the next day or so when I get my camera back.) Apparently, they get their mailing lists from some other company.
LOL. They've been dudded in this case, haven't they?
Okay, I've strung you out long enough. Here is how they got "George's" name:
Basically, I'm too tight to pay for a silent line, so I just have a name for George, and that goes in the phone directory. Since I'm paying for the service, and there is no law that says I can't put another name in the book, it works for me.
I do get the occasional call from somebody looking for a relative of George, but I just explain that they're a different branch of the family.
It cracks me up when the telemarketers call and ask if they are talking to Mrs George. I usually tell them they are and I'm not interested.
How sad is that? I'm married to a garden gnome.