Florida charities with aggressive telemarketers give small perc...

The calls were always the same: telemarketers claiming he'd promised $20 to a Florida charity. Full Story
Shame

United States

#25 Jan 25, 2009
The best thing to do when receiving any phone solicitation is say

"I'M NOT INTERESTED. DO NOT CALL AGAIN"

and HANG UP. Do not listen for a reply. These guys are very skilled at keeping you on the phone so they can break you down. Make you own decisions on what charities to donate to without their advertising materials.
Tattler

Boca Raton, FL

#26 Jan 25, 2009
This is a shock to me because all this time I have donated money to these organizations and at the same time found the incessant intrusion of phone calls to be very harrassing and aggressive. It is very disturbing to read this article and find that most of the funds collected end up paying telemarketers and not getting to the charity they represent. Quite a disgrace and I will not be donating to these groups anymore.
quick comment

Hollywood, FL

#27 Jan 25, 2009
if we all know this is a scheme WHY the legislators don't make this illegal and these people get arrested for committing a crime? Wouldn't that be easier?
Helloooooo...
Officer Toody

Miami, FL

#28 Jan 25, 2009
Typical of Florida.Crooked cops on the job, and crooked charities raising money for them.
Valigator

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#29 Jan 25, 2009
A Firemans Sis wrote:
I already knew of this "scam". This is why I only donate to the guys when they are standing on the street corner with the "boot". Then I know my money goes to Muscular Dystrophy and a good cause.
Most People are not aware of WHO exactly are the "HOMELESS VOICE" people on the corners..most are convicted sex offenders who are required to go out each day and solicit funds for the halfway houses they live in. If you want to donate to them, be my guest, but this is another group you as a donating public need to know just WHO you are giving too.
quick comment

Hollywood, FL

#30 Jan 25, 2009
since we're washing dirty laundry here today may I say something about "blood donors buses" ?
You donate and buy it back if you need at hospitals for the same price???
There is none making money here right?
Just asking....
I say

United States

#31 Jan 25, 2009
Tell them like I do. "I just donated, BY PAYING A TICKET!"

They will leave you alone real fast.
Valigator

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#32 Jan 25, 2009
Tattler wrote:
This is a shock to me because all this time I have donated money to these organizations and at the same time found the incessant intrusion of phone calls to be very harrassing and aggressive. It is very disturbing to read this article and find that most of the funds collected end up paying telemarketers and not getting to the charity they represent. Quite a disgrace and I will not be donating to these groups anymore.
There are some wonderful groups who really try and do the right thing on a shoestring. Claudine Ryce," little Jimmy Ryce's mother made a comment many years ago about the fact that if Miami-Dade county would have had a "scent dog" a trained blood hound" Jimmy might have had the chance of being saved before he was killed by that scum Juan Carlos Chavez, that comment stayed with me and I researched people who breed and train these dogs for police departments. They must also train the handler to work with these dogs. I found one and give monthly to them..
People should figure out what is important to them, do their homework and then be generous.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#33 Jan 25, 2009
Shame wrote:
The best thing to do when receiving any phone solicitation is say
"I'M NOT INTERESTED. DO NOT CALL AGAIN"
and HANG UP. Do not listen for a reply. These guys are very skilled at keeping you on the phone so they can break you down. Make you own decisions on what charities to donate to without their advertising materials.
I wonder if they are added to the national do not call list if you submit your phone number?
LEO

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#34 Jan 25, 2009
I love how a couple of us ruin the whole preception of Law Enforcement in general!! PLEASE Don't contribute to FHP!!!! IF you want to donate and don't want to be harassed about it, donate to one of your county fallen officer funds ie: The Chris Rekya fund. Those funds generally are 100% donated - expenses obviously. but they don't pay someones salary
Valigator

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#35 Jan 25, 2009
LEO wrote:
I love how a couple of us ruin the whole preception of Law Enforcement in general!! PLEASE Don't contribute to FHP!!!! IF you want to donate and don't want to be harassed about it, donate to one of your county fallen officer funds ie: The Chris Rekya fund. Those funds generally are 100% donated - expenses obviously. but they don't pay someones salary
Wonder where you slithered off too..
""I love how a couple of us ruin the whole preception of Law Enforcement in general""

whats this "US" in your statement? You have a mouse in your pocket? "US" is a group of unethical people who use YOUR Name to steal..and your various departments dont put a stop to it.

Last time I checked, neither myself or another group was using MY name to solicit donations for less than noble causes..

Lately you guys have been your own worst enemies, your so afraid of your tarnished reputations in the eyes of the public, but when was the last time YOUR department put out any notification that these groups may or may not be on the UP and UP? Jeez if the so called "good guys" cant go after the very people who use the "good guys" for ill-gotten gains, what are you doing for the rest of us?
Dont take it personal LEO, its just an observation..
JetsLover

Boca Raton, FL

#36 Jan 25, 2009
It's always a pleasure to wake up on Sunday morning to read such earth-shattering, breaking news above the fold. Are you kidding me with this story?
quick comment

Hollywood, FL

#37 Jan 25, 2009
Allow me..police can't put a stop on something if we don't have laws saying so. Remember police executer orders from the legislators , do we have law(s) saying what these crooks do is illegal?
I dont think so...
pothead

Brooklyn, NY

#38 Jan 25, 2009
DUH wrote:
<quoted text>
That monetary settlement is called insurance. This is a complete lie. Give a link or show where any of these groups solicite donations. Also the state does NOT pay for anything but class fees. Nothing for books, dorm, or lab fees.
Get your facts right before you run your pekker sukker.
gee, duh, maybe you should read a bit more or comprehend a bit better. i think the poster just said free tuition. where did the poster say anything about books, lab fees, dorm?

maybe i missed that.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#39 Jan 25, 2009
JetsLover wrote:
It's always a pleasure to wake up on Sunday morning to read such earth-shattering, breaking news above the fold. Are you kidding me with this story?
But you're still commenting on it.

Since: Aug 08

Miami, FL

#40 Jan 25, 2009
I don't know of any local unions that receive monies from any of these "charities". Nor do I know of any that solicit. Legal fees we pay during arbitrations for our members come from a legal defense fund that is funded by a portion of each members union dues, not by tax payers.
Like one of you said already, if you pay taxes, that's enough. Police and firemen are doing ok right now, relatively.

Besides, with the state upping the traffic ticket fines and police departments upping ticket quotas, you would be crazy to donate any more of your hard earned money.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#41 Jan 25, 2009
The most insidious part of this type of telemarketing fundraising is the way it victimizes the elderly who are generally more easily intimidated. The people doing telemarketing fundraising on behalf of police and firefighter unions try to hire men with the ability to convey a deep, authoritative voice using a script written in such a way that conveys to the callee that they're actually talking to a cop or firefighter.

Then there's the "decal deal" "in gold, silver, or bronze levels" where someone gets the appropriate decal "to show your support" (especially police) which people will affix to their cars in the belief of some that it will help them from being stopped and ticketed. That's why the decals have the year affixed to them so that person has to give annually to "stay current."

Here are links to both the national and State of Florida do not call lists:

https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

https://www.fl-ag-online.com/csapps/fdnc/fdnc...

Don't forget to sign up your friends and relatives who can't do it themselves.
Donor

Hollywood, FL

#42 Jan 25, 2009
I always get those calls, I tell them that when I want to donate I donate strait to PBA
Florida Police Benevolent Association
When you want to donate to firefighters go to
Florida's Premier Firefighters' Benevolent Association
skippy

Portland, ME

#43 Jan 25, 2009
Don't hang up when you get this kind of call.

Just put the phone down and let the caller talk to themselves for a few minutes while you do whatever you were doing. Come back a little later and the stupid caller will be gone. Then you can hang up the phone. Instead of you being aggravated, they are.

You may actually come to look forward to these calls when you learn how to deal with them properly.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#44 Jan 25, 2009
skippy wrote:
Don't hang up when you get this kind of call.
Just put the phone down and let the caller talk to themselves for a few minutes while you do whatever you were doing. Come back a little later and the stupid caller will be gone. Then you can hang up the phone. Instead of you being aggravated, they are.
You may actually come to look forward to these calls when you learn how to deal with them properly.
Not a bad idea.

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