Report: #310281

Complaint Review: Littleton Coin Company

  • Submitted: Tue, February 19, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, August 20, 2008
  • Reported By: SF California
  • Littleton Coin Company
    1309 Mount Eustis Road
    Littleton, New Hampshire

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

This company is sending me things I did not request and they are billing me for it. I'm no coin collector and know nothing on this subject. A while ago this company sent me a catalog with a sample of a 2007 silver dollar. I treated it as junk mail, tossed all the paper stuff and gave the coin to some kid. Today I received a bill that read this:

Dear this person,

Thank you for answering our recent advertisement, we hope that this selection has met your expectations.

As promised in this special offer that you purchased on December 20, 2007, you also received a selection of merchandise from our Free Examination "Coins-an-Approval" Service. This convenient risk-free service allows you to examine merchandise for up to 15-days in the comfort of your own home and allows you to purchase some or all of the merchandise.

With our shop-at-home approval service, you will receive additional selections approximately once a month. As always, you can return the entire selection with no obligation to continue this service.

I hope that you have had time to look over this exciting selection and have made your decision on the item(s) that you wish to purchase. If your payment is already on its way, please disregard this reminder. If you have not yet made your decision, we ask that you please take the time to do so now. You may use the enclosed envelope included with your order to forward us your payment and/or the coin(s) that you wish to return. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-645-3122 if you have any questions. Our knowledgeable Customer Service staff will be glad to assist you with your collecting needs.

Again, thank you for choosing Littleton Coin Company. We look forward to your continued patronage.

Some Credit Manager

First, I did not answer any of their advertisement. Second, I did not make a purchase on Dec 20, 2007.

I know I didn't get ripoff, or lose any money. They don't have my credit card number. Consumers are allow to keep unsolicited goods without paying for them. I just want to raise awareness and for everyone to know, that there are still companies out there using this tactic. Please be aware, and speak out when it happens to you.

This little incident better not damage my credit report. I will update if this has any interesting development.

SF, California
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#1 Consumer Comment

Littleton DOES NOT EVER send out cataloges let alone coins to 'just anyone'. The person above was clearly victim to an immature "scam" (see below)

AUTHOR: Johnnyangelniu - (U.S.A.)

First and foremost, Littleton Coin Company would NEVER sent out unsolicited cataloges, LET ALONE THEIR COINS, to just any Joe-Schmoe hoping they may give into the tempation and buy their coin. Does not happen. Period. Amen. End of story.

The person above fell victim to the following joke/scam that is literally decades old. However, they were either not too bright to think of it, or too ignorant to consider it, and would rather just blame a reputable company.

Somebody CLEARLY filled out the postage paid card requesting this silver dollar from Littleton, and popped it in the mail. You see these all the time in your Sunday newspapers. Yes, Littleton does advertise this way for NEW customers, but you CLEARLY have to send the little card back with your name and information FIRST.

Somebody did this to this person. Perhaps as a joke, or somebody getting back at them, or more than likely, one of their kid's friends, etc etc. One of the oldest gimmicks in the books. Even if the card wasn't postage paid, somebody could have easilly put a 41 cent stamp on it and sent it in. Or better yet, they probably went online and did it all within 2 minutes time, free of any postage rules.

Can't tell you how many people do this as a joke, or to get back at somebody, or to just "get free stuff." I may have even done it myself. Me and my friends would fill out the postage paid cards for ourselves or each other for Playboy magazine, Time magazine, etc. Bam. A few weeks later, we'd get at least one free magazine. Oops, but "we never ordered this." (sarcasm). We'd get to keep it.

Some of the best heists we pulled was for BMG or Coumbia House. Sign up now and get 7 free cds right off the bat. Can't tell you how many times we did this for ourselves or each other (or even people we didn't like) and we'd put fake names but real addresses. The cds would come, we'd get to keep them, and then we'd write a professional letter to BMG or Columbia House stating that "nobody by the name of Johnny Angel lives here and/or we never received your product." Badda Bang Badda Boom. BMG or Columbia House naturally can't do anything. Nobody is going to come to your house and break down your door to get money for cds for a person that legally "doesn't exist", right? Pretty simple, huh?

Sometimes, we'd sign up people for free samples of Depends adult diapers, tampons, etc.

Oldest gimmick in the book. This is clearly what happened to the person above. Check out your children or their friends first. Or if you don't have kids, maybe somebody is just trying to get back at you or play a joke on you or your wife. You were obviously SIGNED UP for what happened to you.

Littleton DOES NOT do this. Period.
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