Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 14 pieces

All 14 pieces of junk mail

This was a bad week, in terms of junk mail. I haven’t gotten this much mail in a week, since before the new year.

The lady who’s mail this is died last week. This completely changes the way I will handle mail from now on. No more form 1500’s (Unless they are going to step 2, because F those guys) No more complaints to the DMA. My mantra has changed from “Take me off your mailing list” to “Deceased she is dead”. I have already filled out the DMA’s Deceased Do Not Contact Registration form, acxiom’s opt-out page has a box you can check if you are opting-out a deceased person opt-out here, and I called Epsilon.com AKA Abacus (888) 780-3869 to tell them she has passed. All that will take 3 months to take effect. I went down to my local post office to find out how to permanently stop her mail. I will do that when her estate is settled. Don’t worry all of that will get it’s own blog post when I do the last step.


7 political junk mail
7 pieces of political junk mail

2 from Freedom Watch
2 from Freedom Watch run by Larry Klayman. Wiki page. To opt-out call (310) 595-0800 and email leklayman@gmail.com If they blow you off, do what I had to do and send a complaint to the DMA. Junk mail from them should stop in April.

Eugene Delgaudio Public Advocate of the United States
Hon. Eugene Delgaudio Public Advocate of the United States, Wiki page, Rational Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Daily Kos blog about corruption charges. Opt out here and call (703) 845-1808

Conservative StrikeForce
Conservative StrikeForceOpen Secrets page. Opt-out here info@conservativestrikeforce.com and call (888) 295-6480. Also opt-out from Base Connect

Project Veritas
Project Veritas run by James O’Keefe Charity Navigator page (unrated) opt-out here info@theprojectveritas.com and call (914) 908-2300 it was like calling a frat house. I received no response from an email I sent months ago so I sent a complaint to the DMA. I am starting to think that they may not know how to take someone off their mailing list.  Base Connect is mentioned in their 2011 IRS filing.

Eagle Forum
Eagle Forum, Wiki page, run by Phyllis Schlafly. Ballotpedia page, Open Secrets page, Opt-out here eagle@eagleforum.org and call (618) 462-5415. Also out-out from American Target Advertising. Compare to Project Veritas: O yes I got your email this morning, it has been taken care of.

Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research
Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research no website, Washington State page. Opt-out here novpne@verizon.net or call (703) 759-4599. I got no response from either. I sent a complaint to the DMA.


3 charities
3 charities

Waterkeeper Alliance
Waterkeepers Alliance, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page opt-out here info@waterkeeper.org and call (212) 747-0622.

St. Joseph's Indian School
St. Joseph’s Indian School opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org. Apparently it takes 9000 days to get off their mailing list.

Help Our Wounded
Help Our Wounded, opt-out here or call (888) 377 7964. Mail from them should stop in March


4 scams
4 scams.

Dr. David Williams
Dr. David Williams 700 Indian Springs Dr. Lancaster PA 17601. Normally I would have sent in a form 1500.

GuidePosts
GuidePosts PO Box 5818 Harlan IA 51593 While not technically a scam, anything that takes a complaint to the DMA to make them stop, is crossing into scam territory. Also opt-out from InfoCision.

Balboa Mailing Company
Balboa Mailing Company
Balboa Mailing Company George Taylor 510 W, Broadway STE 800 San Diego CA 92101. Opt-out info@moneymailerprogram.com no reply, or call (619) 760-0570 it is just a pre-recorded message about how great their program is. Send in a form 1500 to make them stop.

Sweepstakes Clearing House going to step 2
Sweepstakes Clearing House 2000 E Lemar Blvd Arlington TX 76006. I sent in a form 1500 last June. They are going to step 2.


4 pieces of mail ready to go

4 mailpieces that are ready to go.

 

 

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I was almost scammed by the Jamaican Lottery Scam

So this morning I was contacted by Michael Anderson (876) 450-4173. He told me I had won the Mega Millions jackpot. $6 million? Something like that. He also told me I was going to win a new Mercedes Benz. While I was talking to him, I looked up the Mercedes Benz website and picked CLS-Class Coupe in silver with a convertible top. I am not a car person. I should have picked the more expensive Mercedes-AMG GT S.

He wanted my address so he could deliver the money, the car, and a big bundle of flowers and balloons, he then mentioned Publishers Clearing House (keep your scams strait guy, this is the Mega Millions scam) I very quickly looked up my local police HQ in town and gave him that address instead.

Here it comes: There are taxes on the money and I need to pay them. He wanted me to wire $1200 to Vanessa Morgan at 49 Prospect St East Orange New Jersey.

I told him it would take me 2 hours to go and wire the money. He must not know that you can do it online now. He wanted my cell number, I told him I don’t have one. He  called every 5 minutes waiting for me to come home. He left a message with his personal number (876) 280-2267

When I finally picked up on him after making him wait for 2 hours, I  gave him an ear full, literally. I told him I had gone down to the Western Union and they told me it was a scam and that what he is doing is evil.

Emergency Whistle

I then whipped out my trusty emergency whistle from my hiking backpack let it rip, and hung up. It took a few times of him calling back, trying to sweet talk me, and me yelling at him and blowing the whistle for him to get the hint that I wan’t going to send him money.

I filled out a report to the FTC and The National Do Not Call page. I also filled out reports on 800notes.com for both phone numbers.

This won’t bring back all the money she sent to Jamaica. But it did make for a fun morning. And as a bonus I wasted his time so that he couldn’t scam anyone else.

Last week a man from Jamaica was extradited to the U.S. to face charges for wire fraud via telemarketing.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 10 pieces

All 10 pieces

While I was starting to write up this week’s junk mail I found out that the lady who’s mail this is, has passed away. Do not feel sad for her. She lived her life the way she wanted, to the fullest. I will process this week’s junk mail as I normally would. But next week will mark a new chapter in this blog and the way the junk mail is dealt with.


First we have a letter telling me that I have gotten her off another mailing list and the physical manifestation of why I needed to go to the lengths I did.

Freedom Watch
2 mailpieces from Freedom Watch and a letter from Larry Klayman Esq himself. It is telling me that in 60 days I will no longer get his junk mail.

Freedom Watch

http://www.freedomwatchusa.org/

World HQ 2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW Ste 345 Washington DC 20006 (310) 595-0800 leklayman@gmail.com

Via Mail

Jennifer Bell
[Address]

Dear Ms. Bell

Freedom Watch is in receipt of your correspondence to remove your [relationship] name off a mailing list. Please note that we have taken steps to remove the names of [all the major variations of her name] from our master mailing list.

Because of the nature of the mailings, it may take up to sixty (60) days for the direct mail firm to process the request. Please contact us after sixty (60) days if you are still receiving mail. You can contact my chief of staff directly at (310) 770-9712.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we wish you and your family the best.

Sincerely,

Larry Klayman Esq.
Chairman and General Counsel
Freedom Watch

Cc. Lisa Brown Shosteck
DMA Corporate & Social Responsibility Department

This letter has all the info I was looking for for all these months. Note how the info on the letterhead doesn’t match the website contact info. I know area codes don’t mean much any more but they are based in DC and Florida, and the area code for those phone numbers is in Los Angeles. If you need to stop Freedom Watch junk mail send an email to Larry at leklayman@gmail.com, and call the main phone number (310) 595-0800 or the chief of staff (310) 770-9712. If they blow you off, do what I had to do and send a complaint to the DMA.


Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research

Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research no website, Washington State page. Opt-out here novpne@verizon.net or call (703) 759-4599. I got no response from either. I sent a complaint to the DMA.


The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Leadership Conference Education Fund, Charity Navigator page a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here and call (202) 466-3434. Their fundraiser is The Bonner Group.


International Campaign for Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet Wiki page, Charity Navigator page 2 stars 36% of budget spent on fundraising. Opt-out here info@savetibet.org (202) 785-1515 . Their fundraisers are Schultz & Williams and Public Interest Communications


2 ads

2 random ads. One is an “Exclusive Invitation” from Direct TV. Oo la la.


Nutri-Health Supplements

Nutri-Health Supplements 260 Justin Dr Cottonwood AZ 86326

Normally I would fill out a form 1500 and send this off to NY. But because she has passed away I tore off the back page with all of her info and wrote “Deceased she is dead” on it. Then stuffed it into the prepaid envelope.


International Financial Transfer Board I.F.T.B.

International Financial Transfer Board I.F.T.B. scam

TIPP Service
Postbus 69319 cj Amsterdam The Netherlands

I have been at this for almost a year and I still don’t know how to make these guys stop.


GN-info going to step 2

GN-info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520

They are going to step 2 for the form 1500. Have fun in junk mail court guys.


Sealed and ready to go

Here are the 2 letter that are ready to go out.

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail, 7 pieces

All 7 pieces

Welcome to February! I’m all booked up for the month.

Junk mail calendar

This is how I have been keeping track of when I should stop seeing junk mail from every group. When I get a response from someone I count out the weeks on the calendar to when it should stop. Most of the time I count out 8 weeks, unless they tell me different. If I am still getting mail after the cut off date I contact them again or if they give me a hard time I send in a DMA complaint. BTW this little pocket calendar was free from Humane Society. This is just one of the ways I am using the freebies that came with the junk mail to help me stop it.


It is time to check everyone’s ID, because the 2 in 1 day club is open!

Citizen Guardian
It has been a while since I have gotten 2 mailpices from 1 group in one day. This week it was Citizen Guardian, Inc. GuideStar page, Opt-out info@CitizenGuardian.org and call (202) 469-3433. They use Engage Direct Mail and InfoCision for fundraising.


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The Claremont Institute
I got a very special invite from The Claremont Institute (Wiki page, Charity Navigator page) to see Pat Sajak MC a dinner and talk with Dr. Charles Krauthammer at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Sadly my mink is at the furrier for repairs, so I will be unable to attend. Opt-out here info@claremont.org and call (909) 981-2200.


United States Justice Foundation

United States Justice Foundation. Charity Navigator,  Source Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. The USJF has ignored me so I sent a complaint to the DMA a few weeks ago. I sent another web mail and mentioned that I will never give them money, lo and behold I got a response back!


Special Operations for America

Gary L. Stubblefield Special Operations for America, Open Secrets page,  Opt-out here contact@soforamerica.org They use Base Connect as their fundraiser.


Rand Paul for National Right to Work Committee

Rand Paul and National Right to Work Committee. Wiki page, Source Watch page. Opt-out here and call (800) 325-7892. They are apart of the Koch brother’s web of political influence. Junk mail from them should stop in mid-March


ALS Association

ALS Association (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Their fundraiser is Strategic Fundraising. Opt-out here: The national email address alsinfo@alsa-national.org, the donation email address donations@alsa-national.org. I got no response so I called the donation hot line (888) 949-2577. This should be the last mailpiece from them.


No scams and no prepaid envelopes to send out.

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – How to Opt-out of Junk Mail and Phone Calls from InfoCision

InfoCisionWiki page. Call them at (330) 668-1400 or email them at infocis@infocision.com. If they still won’t listen file a complaint with the DMA.


 

If a charity calls you chances are the person on the other end of the line works for these guys.

From their “Our Markets” page:

Serving the nation’s largest health and humanitarian organizations, professional and recreational associations, museums, and public broadcasting stations, InfoCision’s nonprofit division reaches out on behalf of the causes that touch our lives. In addition to making outgoing fundraising calls, we also take incoming calls generated by television and radio broadcasts as well as print media.

That means late at night when you see the commercials with the sad animals and the kids dying from cancer, InfoCision is ready to pick up the phone and take your money.

They also take a heathy percent (Sometimes it is over 100%) of the donation you give over the phone.  If you really want your money to go farther for the charity, give to the charity directly.

InfoCision is listed as a telemarketer but they are so much more than that. They also do mailing list management for their clients. And maybe a little data brokering on the side.

How well does being a telemarker pay? Well they have a stadium named after them.

Bloomberg article about InfoCision. Ug, so many words. Is there a cute graphic that breaks it down for me?

How Charities Enrich Telemarketers

Thanks to HuffPo for pulling the graphic from Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Thanks HuffPo!


Washington State page for InfoCision. It has a partial list of their clients:

American Heart Association, Inc., Wiki page, Charity Navigator page Opt-out here Review.personal.info@heart.org or call 1 (800) AHA-USA1

American Institute for Cancer Research
American Institute for Cancer ResearchWiki page,Charity Navigator page 0 stars, opt-out here aicrweb@aicr.org or call (800) 843-8114.

American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities has been the exclusive fund-raising organization of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 1957. Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here donors@stjude.org or call (800) 822-6344. St. Jude’s also uses MDS Communications they have a do not call hotline (888) 243-2981.

American Leprosy Missions, Inc., Wiki page Charity Navigator page Opt-out here amlep@leprosy.org or call (800) 543-3135. They also use TrueSense for direct mail.

American Lung Association, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page 2 stars. Opt-out here. They also use Brickmill/Quadriga Arts as a fundraiser. CNN on Quadria Arts. Brickmill pops up on the fundraiser side of the Worst Charities in America list. I would tell you how to opt-out from Quadriga Arts but they have deleted their website.

The AOPA Foundation, Inc. Wiki page, BBB’s Give.org Standards Not Met (This is not a bad thing, the BBB wanted a financial brake down of expenses.)Opt-out here

Back To The Bible Opt-out here info@backtothebible.org or call them at (800) 759-2425

ChildFund International, USA  Wiki page, Charity Navigator page Opt-out here questions@childfund.org or call them at (800)776-6767 They also use iSandbox, and CMS for fundraising.

Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Inc. a project of American Center for Law and Justice Charity Navigator page 1 star, Opt-out here americansunited@au.org or call (202) 466-3234

Secure States Initiative a project of Citizen Guardian, Kris Kobach Secretary of State Kansas
Senior Citizens Alliance a program of Citizen Guardian
Citizen Guardian, Inc. GuideStar page, Opt-out info@CitizenGuardian.org and call (202) 469-3433. They also use Engage Direct Mail

Citizens United junk mail
Citizens United

Concerned Women for America
Concerned Women For America
 Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Opt-out here and call (202) 488-7000

Convoy Of HopeWiki page, Charity Navigator page, Opt-out here and call (202) 280-2002

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Of America, Inc., Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Op-out here info@ccfa.orgc and call (800) 932-2423 They also use Sanky Communications info@sankyinc.com (212) 868-4300

Disabled American Veterans, Wiki page Charity Navigator page, Opt-out here and call (877) I AM A VET

Doctors Without Borders USA, Inc./Medecins Sans Frontieres USA, Inc.  Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Opt-out here and call (212) 679-6800 They also use Names in the News call (415) 989-3350 and AB Data opt-out here and call (866) 217-4470

Easter Seals, Inc.  Wiki page Charity Navigator page (unrated because they don’t have 7 years worth of IRS docs) Opt-out here and call them at (800) 221-6827

Faith & Freedom Coalition
Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here info@ffcoalition.com and call (770) 622-1501. They also use American Target Advertising for fundraising

Feed The Children, Inc.Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here and call (800)627-4556

Feeding America
Feeding America, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here and call (800) 771-2303

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page Op-out here contact@bush41.org (979) 862-2251

The Humane Society Of The United States, Wiki page Charity Navigator page Donor Advisory (HSUS is going to have to pay $15.7 million settlement and other drama.) Opt-out here donorcare@humanesociety.org, or call (202) 452-1100 or (866) 720-2676

International Fellowship Of Christians & Jews, Inc.Wiki page, Charity Navigator page Opt-out here info@ifcj.org (800)486-8844

Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch, Wiki page, Source Watch page, Charity Navigator page opt-out here also call them at (202) 646-5172.

LeSEA Global Feed The Hungry, Inc. Wiki page Guidestar page Opt-out here and call (888) 832-6384

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. Wiki page Charity Navigator page Opt-out here supportservices@lls.org and call (888) 557-7177. They also use Innovairre for fundraising email them at info@innovairre.com and call them at 856.663.2500 and Direct Media Communications opt-out here and call (866) 588-7360  and Paradysz

March Of Dimes Foundation Wiki page Charity Navigator page Opt-out here and call (914) 997-4488 They also use PEP Direct Washington State page and Paradysz

The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here and call (703)224-2150

National Rifle Association Of America, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page, Opt-out here and call (800) 672-3888

Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here member@tnc.org and call (800) 628-6860

North Shore Animal League America, Inc., Opt-out here (516) 883-7575

Open Doors With Brother Andrew, Inc., Wiki page for Andrew van der Bijl, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here usa@opendoors.org (888) 5-BIBLE-5

Operation Blessing International Relief And Development Corporation, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here and call (800) 730-2537

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page. Opt-out here and call  (757) 622-7382

Smile Train, Inc.Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here info@smiletrain.org and call (800) 932-9541

United States Fund For UNICEF, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here and call (800) 367-5437

Tony Even’s The Urban Alternative, Wiki page Opt-out here and call (214) 943-3868

And here are a few more not listed on the Washington State page

Nora Lam Chinese Ministries International
Nora Lam Chinese Ministries International

Guideposts
Guideposts opt-out here GPSprod@cdsfulfillment.com

College Republican National Committee
College Republican National Committee, Wiki page, they are known for making the “Say Yes to the Dress” parody political add. Opt-out here: Team@crnc.org or call (202) 608-1411

What I would do if you are getting phone calls and/or junk mail from anyone on this list is first contact them directly. Then contact InfoCision. If you are getting phone calls and junk mail from one, you will be contacted by other clients of InfoCision.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 11 pieces

All 11 pieces
NoOOoo00oOoo! I’m supposed to be getting LESS junk mail not MORE!! Don’t they know I’m blogging this, and they are making me look bad.


The Tea Party inc a project of 1776 Nation

The Tea Party Inc a project of 1776 Nation’s Tea Party Command, and GI America run by Major Joe GilbertBizapedia page. This is the Tea Party run by Steve Eichler. Their contact page lists contact@TeaParty.org and the phone number (714) 796-1776 but their Privacy Policy lists remove@teaparty.org. I will email both addresses, and give them a call.


National Seniors Council a project of National Grassroots Advocacy inc

National Seniors Council, They have a page devoted to opting out. It is a project of National Grassroots Advocacy, Inc. (no website) GuideStar page, Charity Navigator page (703) 527-1295, no pick up. Call their fundraiser The Delta Group instead (703) 914-1266


Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity is apart of the Koch brother’s Super PAC, dark money, $1 billon war chest that is about to be released on America in the next election cycle.Wiki page Source Watch page Open Secrets page Opt-out here and call (866) 730-0150. Tom DeWeese commented on this blog the last time I mentioned Americans for Prosperity. He wanted me to email him to get off their mailing list admin@americanpolicy.org so send an email to him as well.

Americans for Prosperity
This is a detail of the red envelope included in the package. It has a dramatization of a conversation on it.

Robert,
Will you please make sure [name] gets these letters to sign?
[name and address]
*Let’s meet later to talk “summit”
Thanks – Tim

This same tactic was used by Publishers Clearing House. In 1999 the Senate had hearings on the effects of predatory sweepstakes. This clip is of victim Eustace Hall talking about what the sweepstakes did to his life and he mentions one letter in particular that is very similar to this file folder.

The sweepstakes used phrases that made me think I was a  winner and that the prize was guaranteed and bonded. Over the  years, I received many personalized letters from the  sweepstakes companies thanking me for being such a good  customer and telling me that my chances of winning were good or that it would be my time soon. I have a copy of a letter from Dorothy Addeo, Publishers Clearing House contest manager. I would like to read a short  portion of the letter. “My boss dropped into my office the  other day, sat down and sighed.” and ‘What’s the story with  Eustace Hall? I see that name on our Best Customer List, on our Contenders List, on our President’s Club Member List. But I  don’t see him on our Winner’s List. There must be something we  can do to change that. It’s not right when someone as nice as  Eustace Hall doesn’t win.”’ This is just one example of how I was led to believe that  my prior purchases made me special. I purchased things I did  not need, magazines I did not read.

This clip is a few minutes later. Mr. Hall and Carol Gelinas talked about how personalizing the letter effects how people enter the sweepstakes.

Senator Collins: This is from Publishers Clearing House, and, Mr. Hall, I  think you said that you may have received this one or similar  ones.

Mr. Hall: Yes.

Senator Collins: Ms. Gelinas, if you notice this mailing,  it is personalized throughout. The consumer’s name is  throughout it. How big a role is the fact that these appear to  be personalized mailings, was this in your father’s case?

Ms. Gelinas: It was a really big part of his problem. He thought that anything that came to him with his name in it referring to him as an individual, with maybe a little sticky note that looked like it was handwritten and also had his name on it, he thought that was real. I think it comes from not understanding what you can do  with computers, and to him, when he was in business, before he  retired, things that looked like that were personal letters. And he thought they were. He thought he was special, that he was getting personal letters from places because he was so close to winning that he was going to be the winner.

Senator Collins: Mr. Hall, did the fact that these were  personalized and that your name appeared throughout and that it  had language such as “open your door to $31 million,” convince you that you were in a special category and likely to  win?

Mr. Hall: Yes, it did.

Senator Collins: And did you think that if you made a  purchase that that increased your chances of winning?

Mr. Hall: Yes, it did.

Senator Collins: So you thought by making a purchase that  would help you win, and that if you didn’t make a purchase, did  you think that you would not be likely to win?

Mr. Hall: Yes, I did.

The next day the committee grilled the heads of the big sweepstakes. This clip is of Publishers Clearing House Executive Vice President Deborah Holland (LinkedIn page)talking about one of the personalized letters to Eustace Hall.

Senator Collins: Well, let me show you another exhibit, and this one is the Eustace Hall letter from Dorothy Addeo. You are familiar with this letter, Ms. Holland. This is a mailing that Mr. Hall brought to the attention of the Subcommittee. It is a personalized letter from the contest manager at Publishers Clearing House. It says, “Dear Eustace Hall: I am in a bit of hot water and only you can get me out. “My boss dropped into my office the other day, sat down and sighed. ‘What’s the story with Eustace Hall? I see that name on our Best Customer List, on our Contender’s List, on our President’s Club List, but I don’t see it on our Winner’s List. There must be something we can do to change that. It’s not right when someone as nice as Eustace Hall doesn’t win.’ “Then he sighed again, looked at me and left, and I sat there wondering what to do. I had my mission, Eustace Hall, to make you a winner and soon.” Now, how many people received this mailing that made Mr. Hall feel so special, feel like he was singled out for special treatment by your company?

Ms. Holland: This mailing was sent to millions of people. This is a personalized mailing, it’s direct mail. The whole reason for this letter is to simply announce that there is another contest opportunity coming up and that the recipient should watch his mail box for it.

Senator Collins: Mr. Hall told our investigators that he believed that this exact conversation took place; that, in fact, Dorothy Addeo’s boss did drop into the office and say these words. Did this conversation actually take place with regard to Mr. Hall?

Ms. Holland: This conversation and this situation is a dramatization of actual conversations that did take place when we were planning this very special new contest opportunity. The announcement in this letter is that we have a new contest in which everybody who enters will be guaranteed to win a prize. All they have to do is enter. Now, again, as I mentioned earlier, this is simply an advance notice telling people to watch for the upcoming mailing. You can’t enter from this. You can’t even order.

Senator Collins: But, in fact, the conversation did not take place, and this letter is deceptive. This was sent to 9 million people, was it not–personalized letters

Ms. Holland: Yes.

Senator Collins: Were there 9 million conversations between your contest manager and her boss?

Ms. Holland: Of course not. This is advertising. This was a dramatization of situations and conversations that happened in the company. It is sort of like “ring around the collar.”

Senator Collins: But do you not see why this would be deceptive to a reasonable person like Mr. Hall? Do you not see why it made him think that he was special?

Ms. Holland: We do not think that this is deceiving. We thought it’s perfectly fine. I did want to note for the record, though, that the company has stopped mailing this letter over a year and a half ago because, even though we did think it was fine and not confusing, we wanted to be responsive to input that we got.

Senator Collins: Thank you.

While Americans for Prosperity is not a sweepstakes, they are asking for money from people who can’t afford to give away the little they have. Americans for Prosperity knows full well that a package like this, with it’s slick personalizations, will appeal the most to an elderly person with diminished mental abilities.


Jerusalem Prayer Team International

Jerusalem Prayer Team International, run by Mike Evens,  Article about different Christians for Israel charities and where the money goes. Opt out here and call (888) 966-8472


United States Justice Foundation
United States Justice Foundation. Charity Navigator,  Source Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. The USJF has ignored me so I sent a complaint to the DMA.


American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated). Opt-out here info@farmland.org and call (202) 378-1220. Their fundraisers are Eidolon Communications (responded to my email), Sea Change StrategiesPublic Interest Communications.


Consumer Reports

Consumer ReportsWiki page Call (800) 666-5261


The Youth Secret scam

The Youth Secret (800) 940-4046 make sure you have the ad when you call. They will ask for the “Special Code” when you ask to be taken off their mailing list.


2 scams from the Netherlands

Young & Vobel scam
Young & Vobel
TIPP Service
Postbus 69319 1060 cj Amsterdam The Netherlands

Logistic Processing scam
Giuseppe (Pippo) di Fortunato Grand Master of Occultism
Logistic Processing
PB 32 Hughersluys 27 4530 AA Tereuzen Holland

Pippo has a new address this week. If he is such a Grand Master of Occultism, then he should know that she changed her address a year ago. Update your suckers list ya scammers.