Somewhere along the line, my local newspaper started selling advertising (to the fools who do business with them) for a false name. Someone invented a name and put it on their mailing list, of a person who has never lived at my street address.
I am the second owner of my house. The original owner lived there for 45 years. I do know every name of every person who has lived at my address, ever.
Billy Jones was never one of them. For all I know such a person has never existed.
Half of the crapmail I get is addressed to Billy Jones.
I have even telephoned the credit card advertising company telephone number where you can opt-out of credit card offers. OK, for me that worked; but what about Billy Jones?
Yeah, they aren’t going to allow me to opt-out until I cough up Billy Jones’ social security number. This infuriates me – for all I know, Billy Jones is my neighbor’s hamster.
There are some good things about Billy Jones:
- I can instantly throw anything addressed to Billy in the trash.
- The companies that are paying for advertisements sent to Billy are 100% losing their money.
Hopefully, the people buying advertising will figure that out. Advertising is all loss and no gain; you deserve to lose your money on it for spending it with a company that will falsify the names on the mailing list.
Ha! Ha! Sucks to be you.
But really, I would prefer you advertisers just stop it.