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.

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Hollywood, FL

#1 Jan 24, 2009
What a sham of an organization. Why anyone would contribute to this group is beyond me.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Jan 24, 2009
These organizations are not requesting money for a charity but for a union such as the FOP, PBA, or the IAFF. They use those funds to hire attorneys to represent their union member in discipline hearings. You would have to be crazy to give a cent to them. I love the part where they are using the money to pay for tuition at a university for their kids. In the state of Florida, if a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, not only does the family get a monetary settlement from the state, but their children get free university tuition.

“Another Lawyer”

Since: Feb 07

Weston FL

#3 Jan 24, 2009
This story is not news. The facts about the Florida Association of State Troopers have been publicly available for years. What is news is that this organization continues to exist and its existence seems to be primarily for the benefit of its telemarketers.
Jack Bauer

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Jan 24, 2009
Arrest them all and throw away the key. Problem solved.
Send Money

Boca Raton, FL

#6 Jan 25, 2009
FAST wrote:
What a sham of an organization. Why anyone would contribute to this group is beyond me.
Because "there is a sucker born every minute."

Miami, FL

#7 Jan 25, 2009
This scam is right up there with getting the Police association sticker for your car in the hopes that it will prevent you from getting a ticket.
I've been called so many times, I always just tell them I already gave at the office. Now that the scheme is crystal clear they'll hear a little stronger response from me!

The police and firefighters get way too much money from the taxpayers as it is now. After 20 years you get a pension for life????? That's just one reason FL is not the place for taxpayer justice.
come on

Lansing, MI

#9 Jan 25, 2009
You want donate money? Pay your taxes!!! That is the purpose of taxes; so why should you have to donate? Not to mention we live in a country where people forgot how to be honest.

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 Jan 25, 2009
It costs money to raise money. It takes a lot of volunteer work. The time it takes to raise money is substantial.

Homestead, FL

#11 Jan 25, 2009
a guy called me too and after i told him the real police dont solicit by phone, he began to scream at me. he mentioned a few officers that were killed over the past few years. and its people like me who make things like that happen. i knew it was a scam. i didnt kill any officer. according to him people like me make the poor officers children go without. these people bully you and strong arm you. he tried to intimidate me. when that didnt work, his tirade got worse. of course i hung up. i reported the called i-d number and him to the police and they said they didnt think a crime had been committed and could do nothing about it. you know?? how many people did he convince to donate money? its one of those things that makes you wonder.
but the real police dont call you for money.
just like the real army doesnt stand in front of wallmart to collect money. they are supported by the u.s. govt and taxpayers. not a sob story in walmart. any of you that pour out your wallets to the poor vets are being scammed by well trained con men who play on your sympathy and patriotism.
No Leadership

Fort Pierce, FL

#13 Jan 25, 2009
This is ancient news! These organizations and others like them have been running this scam since I was a rookie cop in '72.

The real story here is that the leadership in police agencies, both state and local, almost never take a stand against the predators who seek cash in the name of these police agencies. Where's the leadership? Why haven't any of these high-ranking, so-called leaders in the FHP, for example, condemned the fund raiser particularly, or the fund raising process for police generally.

The answer is, of course, a lack of ethical leadership, combined with the perception that they can gain personally in some fashion.

SIMPLE DEFENSE: Don't give! Hang up immediately when called and keep hanging up until they quit calling. When dealing with the truly persistent tell them you have to get your glasses, lay the phone down and walk away - even the dimmest bulb figures it out after a while....

New Orleans, LA

#14 Jan 25, 2009
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.
Mitchell Pellecchia

West Palm Beach, FL

#15 Jan 25, 2009
Straight forward and simple. The PBA does not solicit donations over the phone. Anyone who says they represent the PBA in this fashion is pulling your chain

West Palm Beach, FL

#17 Jan 25, 2009
I tell these guys a line every time they call like "are you for real" and hang up. Or "my mom is an officer and she is in the hospital where is their money for her"?


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Sarasota, FL

#19 Jan 25, 2009
The multiple sclerosis foundation in Ft. Lauderdale operates the same type of boiler room. They use auto dialers and annoy people all day long, all over the country. When you try and figure out who all the money helps, you quickly realize it's the owner of the sham, not those afflicted. It's a complete disgrace.

Loxahatchee, FL

#20 Jan 25, 2009
The "FOP" one will call you EVERYDAY until you tell them to F*** off. They try to make you believe they are cops and intimidate you into a donation.

Boca Raton, FL

#21 Jan 25, 2009
I am kind of curious...if these companies scam the American public in the name of Police Organizations...How come these same organizations dont put their foot down and demand them to stop using their names? I mean if anyone has the power to do it, they do..right?
A Firemans Sis

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 Jan 25, 2009
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.

Deerfield Beach, FL

#23 Jan 25, 2009
That's great!!! I usually just hang up, but this is better.
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.

Delray Beach, FL

#24 Jan 25, 2009
Here's the rub on this. I'm not sure if they still do this or not, but every time I called the Delray Police Department for anything at all, a few days later a solicitation call would come for money for the PBA. I have an unlisted number and the only way they got it was from the Caller ID at the police department.

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