Florida charities with aggressive tel...

Florida charities with aggressive telemarketers give small perc...

There are 169 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jan 24, 2009, titled Florida charities with aggressive telemarketers give small perc.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

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

Join the discussion below, or Read more at South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Dave

AOL

#151 Jan 26, 2009
Of coarse they are a scam, whats with those guys on every corner that dress up like solders and say theu help vet's. Are they for real or not.

Since: Oct 07

Secaucus, NJ

#152 Jan 26, 2009
When I lived in S.Florida, I had this happen too...Police Athletic League, Retired Paramedics, etc. I eventually stopped "donating" as I realized they were all being run by the same call center. When you donated to one, all claimed you donated to them, and every other week it was a new cause. Then, they started harassing me when I told them I started donating to "other charities". Long story short, I would send the pledge forms back empty (why waste their postage pre-paid envelopes!) and got the caller-id block feature. That stopped the stress on my end.

I didn't think it was a scam, but it was pretty obvious the "company" doing the soliciting had their own agenda.
Roe

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#153 Jan 26, 2009
Reb wrote:
People who get those calls should just ask the caller to hold a second while they check their pledge record, and LEAVE THEM THERE 'TIL THEY HANG UP. They won't call back, because they will X your name on their list. if they DO call back, do it to them again , and again.
That's a pretty good idea. We will do that from now on.
Dude

Newport, RI

#154 Jan 26, 2009
Thank you. Now I won't feel guilty when I don't contribute...

Another Scam.
He Said What

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#155 Jan 26, 2009
Roger wrote:
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Again show proof
Don't have to. As a former IAFF local President I was aware that a portion of our per capita to the Florida Professional Firefighters was going to contract with a charity telemarketer.
In fact, my local wanted to contract with a telemarketer locally but after research I determined that it was a bad financial deal.
I was also informed by the PFFF that if we had done so we would be endangering our charter because our action potenially would lessen the amount of money the PFFF's telemarketer could get.

OMG

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#156 Jan 26, 2009
i know. they are so pushy. i told them i would give them $25 recently. i will keep the stickers and never send them the money. hahahaha.
Krissy

Deerfield Beach, FL

#157 Jan 26, 2009
The Girl Scouts can stay!! I am happy to buy some do-si-dos!
Its all about the chops wrote:
<quoted text>
Leave those little girls alone and let them sell their cookies.
Shufro

Vienna, VA

#158 Jan 26, 2009
What about those clowns with the "homeless news"??? I went to Sunrise last year and some smelly homeless guy hands me some make-believe newspaper and tells me to give him a dollar. I look at the paper and it was titled: The homeless news!! I almost laughed in his face. What in the world could be newsworthy about the homeless?? Perhaps a story about how "Jimbo the hobo" trades in his refridgerator box for a metal dumpster? I don't get it.
Righteous

Stuart, FL

#159 Jan 26, 2009
John Wayne wrote:
The point that some seem to be missing is that these telemarketers DO have a contract with these police organizations. They are not misrepresenting who the are working for. They are contract by these organizations to go after you. That's why they can't be shutdown.
I challenge the FHP Command Officers organization to do the honorable thing and immediately cancel their contract and relationship with unscrupulous telemarketers.
Thought this was interesting from their website:

"Message from Chairman Mike Kirby: Welcome to the Florida Association of State Troopers (FAST). Since 1986, we have worked to promote the interests of the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol. FAST is made up entirely of Florida Highway Patrol troopers and includes, as members, troopers from Key West to Pensacola and everywhere in between. Thank you for your interest in our organization. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

The Board of Directors for FAST is made up entirely of members of the Florida Highway Patrol. There are nine directors representing each of the (troops) geographical regions of the state of Florida. There is also an executive board of directors consisting of a chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer of the association."

Level 1

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#160 Jan 26, 2009
Helio wrote:
So, does there exist an organization that DOES give most of its donations to the FHP or cops in general?
Anybody know?
Yep...TAXPAYERS. Federal Government, State Government, County Government, City Government...

But if you want to give more, here's one way:

http://www.fop.net/causes/foundation/

“Clayton Bigsby”

Since: Sep 08

Wexler School for the Blind,

#161 Jan 26, 2009
Dismayed wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep...TAXPAYERS. Federal Government, State Government, County Government, City Government...
But if you want to give more, here's one way:
http://www.fop.net/causes/foundation/
I wouldnt give these filthy buggers or the firefighters or the police two hobos worth of Dick cheese!
retarded sentinel poster

Delray Beach, FL

#162 Jan 26, 2009
Broward Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
I've lived in several cities and South Florida is the only place I've seen where they have legalized charities collecting in the median. I've seen firemen with their boots, homeless advocates, the guys in their army uniform, newspaper salesmen but the final straw was kids in football uniforms weaving through the traffic. These kids were 12, 13 years old. What kind of message are we sending them that it is normal to beg in traffic.
lol! i agree. that stuff is for people living life on the very edge.

Level 2

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#163 Jan 27, 2009
Helio wrote:
So, does there exist an organization that DOES give most of its donations to the FHP or cops in general?
Anybody know?
First off, no one has posted any reason that FHP, cops or firemen should be soliciting contibutions to start with. Any of the above can contibute to my unemployment fund.
Native born

Miami, FL

#164 Jan 27, 2009
Broward Resident wrote:
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I've lived in several cities and South Florida is the only place I've seen where they have legalized charities collecting in the median. I've seen firemen with their boots, homeless advocates, the guys in their army uniform, newspaper salesmen but the final straw was kids in football uniforms weaving through the traffic. These kids were 12, 13 years old. What kind of message are we sending them that it is normal to beg in traffic.
You're correct. Once you mentioned it, I tried to recall any other city that has this (panhandlers excluded).

The fireman I support. They are out there once a year on Labor Day for MD (and right after 9/11). The homeless advocate leader sued the city/county saying if it was a safety issue for his people, then the newspaper vendors should not be allowed. The courts agreed. Since the newspapers wanted to stay, the cities had to allow the homeless.

The ones that get me are the kids. When I was growing up and we needed to raise funds, we mowed lawns, washed cars, sold candy door to door etc. We didn't stand on the corner and say give us money. As a youth group leader, I dod not allow my kids to ask for money without something in return. Problem is it's getting harder to do things like car washes because the city puts restriction - such as water rationing. We had one location the city shut us out of because a 'car wash & detailing ' outfit operating up the road complained we were taking away their business.???
Heywood Jablowme

Tucson, AZ

#165 Feb 1, 2009
If I give them $5.00 and they send me a sticker, will the troopers not give me a ticket on I-95?
wondering

Tucson, AZ

#166 Feb 1, 2009
Will the police arrest those in their organization that are involved in the fraud?

Level 1

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#168 Feb 16, 2010
BTW, I only gave to them a couple of times before I realized they were not a nonprofit. Now when I get calls, I usually don't even answer and if I do answer I tell them no thanks. I know what those guys do at the FOP lodges and most of them could get DUI's when they leave.
BRYNER

New Port Richey, FL

#169 Apr 15, 2010
F.A.S.T IS BEST ORGANIZAITION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Since: Oct 09

Danapur, India

#170 Apr 16, 2010
If you target clients considering their interest, it means you have got the secret of leading your business to the heights. Direct marketing is an effective tool of initiating and developing relationship with new customers.
mikey B

New Port Richey, FL

#171 May 25, 2010
If its been running since 72 how can it possibly be a scam man.. A 35 year scam just doesent seem like a scam to me sorry..

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