Confused, offended and certainly not pregnant women went to Twitter to air, revealing a nationwide scam where a parent company congratulates random women & # 39; with their pregnancies.
Countless women, perplexed after receiving the animated card from & # 39; Jenny B. from Utah & # 39; along with $ 245 in coupons, looked at social media for an explanation.
And it turned out that the insensitive package was the parent company, named Mother & # 39; s Lounge, a rather deaf attempt to get new customers on board.
Confused: Hundreds of women went to social media to express confusion and concern after they & # 39; congratulations on your pregnancy & # 39; had received a card from a mysterious & # 39; Jenny B & # 39;
The Better Business Bureau told CBS This morning that it has received more than 95 notifications of what constitutes a & # 39; questionable marketing plan & # 39; calls.
A typical tweet is: & # 39; I just received a card from Utah that congratulated me on my pregnancy with over $ 300 dollars in gift cards ….. 1) thank goodness my father didn't open it 2) I'm not pregnant 3) do I buy the pregnancy pillow anyway? & # 39;
A student's tweet from Buffalo, New York, was just one of many that flooded the social media platform, accompanied by proof of the card and coupons.
The purple tinted congratulation card carries an avocado on the front with the sentence: & # 39; Holy guacamole! You are going to dodge baby! & # 39;
Inside is a message that looks convincingly handwritten from Jenny B. which says: & # 39; Congratulations !!! I'm so excited for you! I hope you like this one. & # 39;
The envelope gives the e-mail even more scruples, the envelope also appears to be handwritten and comes with fingerprints and ink stains.
All associated discount coupons and gift vouchers are said to be linked to a company called Mother & # 39; s Lounge LLC.
Pranked: Some women thought they were being fooled & # 39; with mail delivery, while others speculated whether it was a phishing arrangement
Package: the card appears to be handwritten on the left and contains $ 245 in coupons on the right
According to the CBS This Morning report, a heartbroken woman received the card on the birthday of her miscarriage.
The agency added that it does not know from which mailing list Mother & # 39; s Lounge works.
Correspondent Consumer Werner from the network advised everyone who receives the card to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
& # 39; Apparently it's actually just the most insensitive marketing strategy of all time & # 39 ;, a user wrote on Twitter after being referred to a reddit thread.
The comments showed how much the number of women throughout the country had received the same package.
About 200 people commented on a recent discussion, where people said they had received it themselves or knew women who had.
& # 39; This has been sent to my girlfriend at her mother's address. Her mother opened it and was bullied, & a commentator said.
Another wrote: & # 39; I have this too !! Except that it was sent to my parental home, so I got a nice phone call from them, like there's something you want to tell us …?
& # 39; I have read some posts on maternity websites of other women who have received them. It appears that the gift vouchers are genuine, but for baby shops no one has ever heard of them and they are not enough to cover one item, so you have to give them your credit card details for shipping and taxes, for example. Seems super shady, & the female user continued.
& # 39; Reveal yourself & # 39 ;: women spoke on Twitter about how odd the approach of & # 39; Jenny B & # 39; used to be
A woman revealed that her transzoon had received one of the cards that & # 39; match his former female name & # 39; were addressed.
His mother said: & # 39; He knows a Jennie B and has friends in Utah. His dead name was unusual and he switched (six) years ago, so we were really confused about who would think he was still a girl. We were brainstorming about solving the mystery when my husband stumbled over this thread! & # 39;
While some people laughed it off or rejected it as a scam, others felt nervous about the approach of Mother & # 39; s Lounge.
& # 39; I have this today, & # 39; shared a woman. ; Frightened me a bit because I am not pregnant. My husband and I will try. & # 39;
& # 39; I am also from MA and have this today … I am not pregnant and have never been pregnant and do not try to get pregnant (have not visited pregnancy websites or bought anything related to a baby) so how in for God's sake they got my name and address, & another woman wrote.
& # 39; My wife and I also have one … We were really weird & # 39 ;, a subsequent commentator said.
Preventent: a Reddit thread showed that more than 230 people had received the same bizarre package
Not pregnant: almost all people who receive the mail from & # 39; Jenny B & # 39; were not pregnant and many of them were teenagers
Others called it & # 39; weird s ** t & # 39 ;, & # 39; creepy & # 39; and a & # 39; terrible marketing plan & # 39 ;.
According to the New York Times, the company is owned by Jenny Bosco and her husband Kaleb Pierce, who founded it in 2005 and offers things like baby clothes and postpartum products.
In a statement issued with the publication, Scott Anderson, the marketing director, mentioned the outreach & # 39; sincere & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The qualified recipients for this mailer have subscribed to an opt-in list for maternity offers and discount coupons through an external marketing company at a certain point in time, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; All information from external companies is only used internally for Mothers Lounge and is not sold or used for anything other than the direct marketing of Mothers Lounge. & # 39;
News 5 noted that Mother & # 39; s Lounge has an & # 39; F & # 39; rating according to the Better Business Bureau website.
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