A company named Allo.com has tried a very novel way to get PR in Design News. It sent me e-mails saying my phoney account is overdue (see below). Of course, I never signed up for anything although I do recall getting several calls from its obnoxious flack insisting DN review its VOIP product(s) and write about them despite my polite explanation that their products were tangential to our audience and that we do not review products. Since getting the e-mails about the overdue account, I have tried to find a name to contact on it’s web site, but alas, there was nothing but on online form to fill out and I am loathe to give them more information about myself. I will call its general number when it opens this morning.
When the flack’s overbearing tactics on the phone didn’t work, he signed me up for an account. He may have been in telephone sales, anyway. Well, now he’s getting his wish for PR: LEAVE ME ALONE. I WANT TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ALLO.COM. I AM REPORTING ALLO.COM TO MY STATE’S ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSUMER DIVISION AND THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU. How’s that for PR?
I tried to find a name to contact on it’s web site, but alas, there was nothing but on online form to fill out and I am loathe to give them more information about myself. I will call their general number.
Dear ALLO Customer,
The following is to inform you that we were not able to charge your Credit Card for the monthly amount $25.45 corresponding to your ALLO plan with [blacked out by JD].
We regret to inform you that your service has been temporarily suspended.
Please contact customer support for further assistance.
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