“Preapproved” You Say; “Hurry” You Say

When I was in business, we used to joke that a customer was qualified if he or she was breathing and had money. And that they could get a waiver on the first of these requirements.
But even the second requirement seems no longer to apply. Below is an image of the top part of a letter addressed to my mother, Marjorie Smith, at my address. The letter arrived about an hour ago.

Sprint Preapproval Letter

My mother died on April 12, 1992. She never lived with us for more than two or three weeks at a time. My home address was her estate’s official address until my brother and I finally closed it out about a year after her death. What I’m saying is that not only did the referenced Marjorie Smith die over 17 years ago but she hasn’t had a penny to her name for over 16 years.
I wonder what this preapproval was based on. Being long dead and insolvent doesn’t seem to have been a limitation.
I kind of doubt she’s too interesting in signing up for Sprint service right now. But then, the letter does say “Hurry, offer ends soon!” There is an opt-out procedure; I think I’ll take it. Who knows what else she might be preapproved for and I worry that her identity may have been stolen. That would really upset her.

4 thoughts on ““Preapproved” You Say; “Hurry” You Say”

  1. Gee, it’s nice to see that corporations aren’t just greedy, heartless organizations that only care about marketing at the expense of humanity. “I am not a numbah!”. I didn’t realize that he was fighting against Sprint but now that TV series makes way more sense. Lol.

  2. Duane,
    You better check into it as a case of identity theft. Her name with your address probably was picked up off the latest voter registration list — using your address because it was used for the estate.
    You never know how many of the dead are registered to vote — preferably dead for years.
    Remember, I’m originally from Chicago, I know far too much about the dirty tactics used — dead people registered, 4 year olds, you name it.
    Sorry, but this smells very bad indeed.

  3. Forgot to mention that you should not blame Sprint. They bought the list from some provider source. You should, however, inform Sprint — because they will not know the list they paid lots for has proof of almost certain voter fraud in it.

  4. Rochelle,
    I am taking this very seriously. You are correct that Sprint got this list from another entity. In this case they got it from a consortium of credit agencies whose job is to sell such lists. I’ve already contacted them Friday afternoon but didn’t speak with anyone who knew anything. Because of time zone issues, I need to call back Monday morning and hopefully be able to speak to someone who does know something. Using the Register of Voters website, she is not obviously a registered voter in our precinct. However, the website does not support every possible way to game the system so I plan to call them Monday morning.
    At one level I don’t blame Sprint. I will note however that vendor management and vendor quality control were very big issues with the companies I worked for and should an analogous mistake prove ubiquitous, any of those companies would have terminated. Obviously, I have no idea how widespread or long lived this problem is.

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