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.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 20 pieces

All 20 pieces

The month of December has been interesting so far. The political junk mail has almost disappeared and the charity junk mail has ramped up.

I also finished my junk mail Christmas tree in true Drowning in Junk Mail style.
Junk Mail Christmas Tree
The ornaments are from St. Joseph’s Indian School. I also stuck some membership cards in between the “branches”. If I have time this week I will give it a full write up.


2 from Guideposts
2 from Guideposts. They should have stopped sending stuff in October. And I should have also been dropped from InfoCision. Time to send in a complaint to the DMA.

4 Random Political Junk Mail
4 random political junk mail


9 Charities
9 charities


4 Scams
4 scams. Everyone is getting a form 1500 or a follow up on one.

  • Mountain View Publishers PO Box 6760 Broomfield CO 80021 It is a wanna be Publishers Clearing House. And yes, I included the dollar bill in the package to the USPS. If the people that process the Prohibitory Orders want it, they can have it.
  • National Veterans Services Fund formerly Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Victims PO Box 97046 Washington DC 20090 Opt-out here support@NVSF.org. Charity Navigator page Zero stars. Number 8 on the Tampa Bay Times Worst Charities in America list. They included a sweepstakes in their mailer, that is why I can use a form 1500 on them.
  • The Moskowitz Report, info@TheMoskowitzReport.com (that email will just bounce back). They ignored my Prohibitory Order so they get to go to step 2
  • Provident Financial Group LLC 3017 Village Office PL Champagin IL 61822, 877-661-6030 231, Queens Rd Dublin IR, 100 Mandela Wy Capetown South Africa. DO NOT CASH THIS CHECK! It will give them access to your account and they will take money out.

3 stuffed and ready to go
3 pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

4 scams getting a form 1500
The 4 form 1500‘s ready to go

Leftovers
Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 15 pieces

All 15 pieces

Something very interesting happened with the junk mail this week. I received  more charities than political junk mail. 4 political and 6 charities. Usually the political mail out numbers the charities 2 to 1.


United States Justice Foundation
2 in 1 day from United States Justice Foundation. Charity Navigator,  Source Watch page opt-out here. Also opt-out through Response Unlimited

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


6 charities
6 Charities


4 scams
4 scams

  • 2 from C Logistic Processing
    Giuseppe (Pippo) di Fortunato Grand Master of Occultism Postbus 79 34530 AB Terneuzen Holland
    L&G Associates Swiss Notarial Office Canton of Geneva Postbus 54 4600 AA Bergen op Zoom Holland.
  • Immunocorp sent me a booklet Arctic Ruby Oil by Jorn Anderson. Aleksander Olson 2340 Mira Mar Ave Long Beach, CA 90815. If they send me another I will use a form 1500 to stop them
  • USP Vehicle Division 601 E third St Ste 400 Alton, IL 62002 1-855-239-0172

stuffed and ready to go
4 prepaid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

leftovers
leftovers

I need more weeks like this. It normally takes me 2-3 days to do the weekly round-up. This one only took one day.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 22 pieces

All 22 pieces
22 pieces. That is 3 pieces a day. That is getting down to a normal person’s level of junk mail. But I am not done yet. I will call myself done when I can go a month with no junk mail.


3 from Response Unlimited
3 from Response Unlimited

2 from Base Connect
2 from Base Connect

random political junk mail
Random political junk mail


7 charities
7 charities


3 scams
5 scams. No new from 1500’s this week

  • Giuseppe (Pippo) di Fortunato Grand master of Occultism Postbus 79 4530 AB Terneuzen Holland Facebook page
  • Laura Vivian PO Box 1486 3600 BL Maarssen Netherlands Scambook page.
  • Mysterious “Backwoods Millionaire” Finally reveals his $5,000,000,00 Secret go to this website: Something4Nothing.com  Massive Profits in Sports and Concerts they want $59 a month. If you can tell me whet they are trying to sell let me know in the comments. This is a scam run by Jim “Jimbo” Walters of Platinum Acquisitions INC. 228 W US HWY 30 #133, Schererville, IN 46375. Opt-out here He must be the king of the “Get rick quick” scam these are other scams he runs:

2 scams going to step 2
These 2 are going to step 2


Prepaid envelops
5 prepaid envelops ready to go


Leftovers
Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 41 pieces

All 41 pieces

After a nice light week, I am back up to the new normal of about 40 pieces. A new disturbing trend in the past few weeks as been Pyramid scams. I have gotten so many I am going to give them their own blog post.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club

3 from Response Unlimited
3 From Response Unlimited

Civil rights trifrecta
The Civil Rights Trifecta again. Do they text each other so I get them all in the same week?

2 from Engage Direct Mail
2 from Engage Direct Mail
Senior Citizen Alliance a program of Citizen Guardian

2 from CatholicVote.org
2 from Catholic Vote, Wiki page, Open Secrets page info@catholicvote.org a project of Fedelis Open Secrets page

2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition
2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, opt-out here INFO@FFCOALITION.COM

2 from the GOP
2 from the GOP

Random political junk mail
Random political junk mail


4 charities
Charities

Last but not least
St. Joseph's Indian School junk mail
St. Joseph’s Indian School, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) BBB page. Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org

I have read about the prize packages that St. Joseph’s mails out. This person received almost the same mailpiece.

This one includes:

  • Dreamcatcher
  • 2 pads of paper
  • 2 calendars
  • 2 sheets of mailing labels
  • 1 sheet of stickers

They sent all this crap. Then have the gaul to ask for $5 to cover the cost of sending the dreamcatcher, that was made in China.


7 US based scams
US based scams

  • Nature’s Wave, Pro Wave Energy System, Rife Model 101 Frequency Generator, dead website. Here is another company that sells the same thing. Royal Rife wiki page, QuackWatch page
  • Sweepstakes Contests America Mark Sutton president. 1-877-411-3145 The website is SweepResults, here is the rules page
  • Jeff Adams America’s #1 Real Estate Trainer, opt-out here support@jeffadams.com. She was a real estate agent for over 40 years. This type of mail does not surprise me.
  • Dr. Andrew Ordon, Wiki page, Derm Exclusive, Beachbody LLC 3301 Exposition Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404. I used the live chat robot to try to opt-out. It was hell bent on stopping the email newsletter. I don’t know if it got the hint that I wanted physical mail to stop.
  • GN-Info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520 pyramid scheme
  • Advanced Bionutritionals PO Box 8051 Norcross, GA 30091-8051 opt-out feedback@AdvancedBionutritionals.com.
  • Infinity Pay 200 Quarterly Connection PO Box 468 Moffat, CO 81143. Run by Natalie Anderson. This is also a pyramid scheme

I get to go to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order!!

Happy Jello

Health Today going to step 2

After all the variations of her name and multiple addresses, I finally get to go to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order. I wrote “I received this on DATE.” signed underneath, on both the mailpiece and the envelope. Photocopied my copy of the Prohibitory Order that the USPS me. I am sending it back to the NY office.

5 international scams
International scams, and by international I mean The Netherlands

  • Postbus 67 6670 AB Zetten Netherlands
  • Winner Club PO Box 20 NL-17115 ZG Spanbroek Netherlands
  • IER PO Box 3139 NL-1620 GC Hoorn Netherlands
  • Luxury Jewels Dr. Walter Barkley PO Box 1219 NL-3600 BE Maarssen Netherlands
  • Bodenkamp & Haffner, Prof. Dr. Wiedemayer PO Box 8202 NL-3503 RE Utrecht Netherlands

6 pre paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
6 prepaid envelopes ready to go

5 form 1500 ready to go
5 scams going to New York.

Left overs
Left Overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 45 pieces

All 45 Pieces

Another fantastic week with less than 50 mailpieces. After 3 months Nova List got back to me. Strange I don’t remember Sunrise Data Service’s email at the bottom of the contact page last time. Did them getting back to me after all that time have anything to do with me contacting the CEO of HSP Direct, a major client if Nova List? Who knows. All I do know is that October can’t come soon enough.


2 in 1 day
The 2 in 1 day club is back with a vengeance. Including 3 in one day from the GOP.

Response Unlimited
3 from random pieces of unrelated junk mail

RNC
5 from different branches of the GOP

Random Political Junk mail
15 in the random political junk mail pile


Charities
10 charities


Scams
10 scams

  • Dr. Earl Mindell Optimum Health through Nutritional Healing
  • Jack Danne Wintrack PO BOx Perrineville, NJ 08535-0357. Some hard core lottery players have ordered from them and :SPOILER ALERT!: the systems don’t work.
  • VRN PO Box 229013 St. Louis, MO 63122-9013
  • Dr. Nan Fuchs’ Women’s Health Letter
  • Good News Info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520 this is a pyramid scheme that was sent by a privet person not a company. BBB page
  • Hospice Support Fund PO Box 1839 Merrifield, VA 22116-8039 another dirty charity with a sweepstakes.
  • Postbus 17 6670 AA Zetten Netherlands
  • Finkelstein & Partner PO Box 3030 NL-1620 GA Hoorn Netherlands. There is a real law firm called Finkelstein & Partners they have had to put up an alert on their website because of the scammers
  • PO Box 17 Varsity Lakes QLD 4227 Australia I am still putting deceased on the return card.

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Envelopes stuffed and ready to go.

perfume samples from magazines
This week I got a Cosmopolitan magazine and while I was flipping through it, my nose was assaulted by the perfume samples. That is when inspiration struck me. I ripped them out of the magazine and cut them up into smaller pieces and stuck them into the envelopes.

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8 scams are getting a from 1500

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Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – Sad Donkeys and Gun Raffles

I am in a holding pattern right now. I have sent emails to the top 4 groups that send me junk mail, every week I enter smaller groups and charities into Catalog Choice (I have over 70 requests right now). I am not going to see a sharp reduction in junk mail until the week of May 19, it is marked on my calender with a big red “X”. I have the post office stopping the worst of the worst scam mail, but it can take up to 2 weeks for them to kick in. I thought you might like to see a random day in my mail box. On Monday I got 30 pieces and on Tuesday I got 25, more than enough material for a blog post.


Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue
The smallest envelope comes from Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue. Guide Star page.
That is a first. I have gotten horse rescue stuff before:
Arabian Rescue Mission, Great Ripoff Report back and forth.
Arabian Rescue Mission

Speak up for Horses, Charity Navigator page (no rating, sub 1 million dollars)
Speak up for Horses

This is about 2 donkeys Kiki and Koko, that were found in a goat pen, with overgrown hooves. And the owner feed them “highly processed feed, which is like junk food for donkeys.” Anyway send money to help these 2 donkeys. Their physical location is in Dansville MI, but they want me to send the money to PO Box 1138 Merrifield VA 22116.


Foot & Mouth Painting Artists
Foot & Mouth Painting Artists, Wiki page, opt-out here mfpausa@bellsouth.net
Loyal Friend, Remember the set of All occasion cards, notelet and postcard you recently received from us?
Um no, I got some note cards from the kids at the Perkins School for the Blind. Charity Navigator page
Perkins Trust, School for the blind
And from American Farmland Trust, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated yet)
American Farmland Trust
But none from Foot & Mouth Painting Artists. Now I am kinda bummed out I didn’t get mine. Their thing is to mail out note cards then ask for money. I missed the first part 😦


Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (Percent of the charity’s budget spent on fund raising expenses: 27%)
Raffle Time! 6 entries for $25 win stuff from top brands like Glock, Beretta, Ruger and many more! Thanks Alan Gottlieb but I will pass this year. Great article about Alan Gottlieb.


American Claims & Reporting Center (ARC) Daniel P. Kennedy
American Claims & Reporting Center (ARC) Daniel P. Kennedy. This is a nice advance fee fraud scam. Give them $20 get $3.872,164.00 standard stuff.

The back of this notice is the interesting part:
American Claims & Reporting Center (ARC) Daniel P. Kennedy, Disclaimer
Part of it says that if I send this back with “DNM” written next to the mailing address they will stop. Now I have a choice to make. Do I send this back to them and hope they stop sending me stuff, or do I fill out form 1500 and send it to the USPS and know it will stop? Come on, this was never a choice! I am a vengeful mistress, off to the Pricing & Classification Service Center you go.