by Rupert Insider
Regular readers may be surprised at just how many users of Koptalk still don’t know about the blog. Its a compliment, I suppose, to Oldham’s censorship. He bans anyone who mentions it. He closed the Private Messages and Personal Profiles and Email functions on his site so that Koptalk members won’t inform each other about us.
Here’s a recent letter typical of others we have received, printed with the author’s permission:
“My God your site really opened my eyes. I’ve been a Koptalk member for years but I can’t remember the last time I got decent insider info (if indeed I ever got it). Thanks also for the information on cancelling the automatic Paypal subscription. I didn’t realise it was automatic so I probably paid twice for my subscription each time.
BTW, I just happened to come across your site by doing a Google search for Koptalk. I’d never heard of it but I’m glad I came across it. Very interesting theory on the various charity appeals Dunc does and it’s great that you list all the alternative free Liverpool sites out there. I’ll be using these rather than Koptalk from now on (aswell as keeping an eye on your site too ofcourse).
We’ve reported before about double-dipping. In some cases, it’s still a mystery how Koptalk was able to get PayPal to send two annual membership fees in a matter of weeks.
In other cases the trick is more obvious.
The way it works is that Oldham gets his tool, Steve, to send a letter reminding the member that their annual membership will be expiring soon. He offers them a discount if they renew immediately.
In some cases, they do renew, sending the money via PayPal. They don’t realise that when they paid their original membership Koptalk put an automatic renewal on their PayPal account. So a few weeks later, when the original renewal date arrives, PayPal pays out another’s year’s membership not aware that the account holder has renewed at a discounted rate with a separate payment .
Oldham relies on most people not noticing, or if they notice being too embarrassed to write letters asking for a refund or to busy to spend hours waiting for a reply-that-never-comes to a support ticket.
We’ve already reported how some who are especially determined catch Steve unwares by telephone (not a viable option for someone living overseas) and how – with the practised ease of the con-artist he already is – he agrees it is a mistake but suggests that they let it ride because its in their interest to pay two years membership in advance.
I don’t apologise for repeating the advice we’ve given before.
Cancel your PayPal automatic renewals, do not respond to offers of discounted offers.
Every time we publish this advice it saves at least half a dozen people £26-30 and costs Oldham that same amout of money.
If you have paid by PayPal you almost certainly have an automatic renewal – even if you don’t realise.
To cancel it, follow the instructions given below:
Go to your PayPal account and log in.
Go to My Account
Go to History
Go to Show Menu
Go to Subscriptions
Go to Transaction Details
Following the cancellation you should receive a confirmation email from PayPal.
It will look something like this:
You have successfully cancelled your subscription to Gold Club Renewal – 1 year.
You will not be invoiced for this Subscription again.
Cancellation Date: 6th September 2006
Subscription Name: Gold Club Renewal – 1 year
Subscription number: ***************
If you have any questions about this subscription, please contact KOPTALK.COM Business name: KOPTALK.COM
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: +449050280723
Thank you for using PayPal
The PayPal team.
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