I had never heard of Seattle Coffee Direct, never seen an ad for their company on the internet, in short, I have never in the past had any contact with this company in any way whatsoever. You can imagine my surprise and dismay when I checked my online bank statement today and discovered a 6/30/08 charge of $25.00 from this company. Their phone number was included on the information given in my bank statement, and I called it and spoke for a while to a gentleman named Mark. I asked him how it was possible for this charge to have occurred, as I've never ordered anything from them. He said that two bags of coffee and four mugs had been ordered, by firstname.lastname@example.org false email address--and addressed, strangely, to me.
Someone ordered coffee from Seattle Coffee Direct. They used my Bank Card number. And they were having it shipped to me? Who benefits from that? And why in the name of god would someone who had my bank card number order something--from a company apparently known far and wide as some kind of "fine print" scam--and have it shipped to ME?
I'm not suggesting that Seattle Coffee Direct was directly responsible for this grossly illegal transaction, but they do seem to be the only ones to benefit by it--except for my bank's Fraud department, who are going to have a hell of a good time fielding all the complaints they've been receiving regarding this particular company (including mine), and the future cell-mate of whoever actually made the purchase, who is getting desperately lonely