It just goes to show you what you can do with social media if you know how. I wrote blogs on this guy, I posted on all the scam complaint sites, I sent to the regional Better Business Bureau Site. I outed him on a bunch of local forums in the Missoula area, including the town forum for the small town where he lives. I wrote and called the magazines and publishing companies–Esquire, ESPN, Outside, Men’s Journal, Hearst, etc.I used my knowledge of SEO to ensure that searches involving this guy would turn up both my accounts and information incriminating him–it turns out that he has been doing this kind of thing for about ten years in both Montana and Florida, where he also apparently has a residence. To put it mildly, I went after him and his companies–US Magazine Services, Big Sky Periodicals, Your Magazines, Periodicals and so on and on. They all score an F from the BBB and the FTC has taken actions against most of them. When one of them gets too hot, he opens a new one.
As I told you, they called me telling me that they had cancelled my subscription. I told them that refunding my money might make me stop. I did not lie–I am an English major and "might" is not the same as "will."
Looking around these days, and considering my own experience in the corporate world, I would say that the business environment is increasingly amoral–and, in the cases like Jason W. Ellsworth downright sociopathic. And the regulatory agencies and justice departments seem remarkably ineffective in dealing with them. But we can fight back, particularly using social media. It is remarkably effective in outing a scoundrel like this one. If you don’t believe me just search "Jason W. Ellsworth" Montana. We can fight back and, whenever I run across a corrupt person and/or company, I intend to do so–and I hope you will too.