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 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 28 pieces

All 27 pieces

This was a great week. PaperKarma punched some buttons and the app is back on track. This week mail from Engage Direct Mail should stop. Next week junk mail from HSP Direct & NOVA List should stop. They make the mail for Citizens United. I would be so happy if I have gotten down to 20 mailpieces a week.


Guideposts
2 from Guideposts. This should be one of the last mailings I get from them. Next week is 8 weeks since I got her removed from their lists. Opt-out here GPSprod@cdsfulfillment.com

Senior Citizens League
2 from The Senior Citizens LeagueOpen Scerets page, opt-out here info@tsclhq.org

3 from Response Unlimited
3 from Response Unlimited:

9 random political junk mail
Random political junk mail:


5 Charities
5 Charities:


6 scams
6 Scams:

  • Health Today 30 Ryan CT STE 100 Monterey CA 93940. I have gone to step 2 with these guys
  • Douglass Report opt out here  I am filling out another from 1500 because this one has a different address that the other mailpiece had.
  • The Arthritis Trust of America PO Box 7003 Merrifield VA 22116-7003. This is a scam charity that has a scam sweepstakes attached to it. #48 Worst Charities in America. I have already sent in a form 1500 for them. This should be the last one
  • Dr. Nan Fuchs’ Women’s Health Letter, This should be the last mailpiece from Dr. Nan.
  • Organization for Financial Assistance and Immediate Help (O.F.A.I.H.) A.P.M.E. c/o M.V.E.U. O.F.A.I.H. Dept. PO Box 1219 NL-3600 BE Maarssen Netherlands.

Alternatives going to step 2
Going to step 2 with Alternatives. They should have stopped months ago.


6 stuffed and ready to go
6 pre-paid envelops stuffed and ready to go

2 from 1500's
from 1500‘s ready to go

Leftovers
Leftovers

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.

_8255265.ORF
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.

_8255268.ORF
8 scams are getting a from 1500

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Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 58 pieces

All 58 pieces of junk mail
This should be my last week in the 50’s. This week junk mail from Response Unlimited should stop. And it has been 6 weeks since the DMA sent out the latest “do not mail” update to it’s members.


2 in 1 day club
Club 2 in one day. Although this week I got a 3 in 1 day

Response Unlimited
8 from Response Unlimited including:

Base Connect junk mail
3 from Base Connect opt-out here kb@base-connect.com including:

Hat tip to Dan for finding the right email address. I will be giving Base Connect their own write-up sometime this week.

3 from Freedom Alliance
3 from Freedom Alliance opt-out here info@freedomalliance.org

2 from Judicial Watch
2 from Judicial Watch, opt-out here

Judical Watch
Including this massive mailpiece called “IRS Abuse Investigation”. How am I supposed to read this thing with all the crazy blue writing, yellow highlighter, and blacked out words. It looks like a collage freshman attacked this thing after binging on Red Bull and ecstasy.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
2 from The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, using Allen West and Mike Huckabee opt-out here help@CPCFoundation.com

Citizens Against Government Waste
Citizens Against Government Waste, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page. Opt-out here membermgr@cagw.org

RNC vs. DNC
The political mashup this week is the opposite of last week. 1 from the RNC and 3 from the Dems:

Republican National Committee, John McCain, fake check
Take a closer look at the check that came from the Republican National Committee, John McCain mailpiece. That looks pretty real to me. How many older people do you think will try to cash it?

Random political junk mail
Random political junk mail including:


Charities
9 charities:


Scams
17 scams. The international ones are mostly on the right. The ones I have sent out already are in the middle. The 4 that are getting a from 1500 are on the left. They are:

  • Child Protection Program PO Box 6119 St.Louis MO 63139
  • Independent Catalog Services PO Box 6487 Providence RI 02940. This is the second time I have stopped this one. I also stopped it going to her old address.
  • Vertex Transport Service PO Box 359005 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335
  • Heart Center of America PO Box 1892 Merrifield VA 22116

stuffed and ready to go
Here are all 15 of the prepaid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

Form 1500 ready to go
Here are the 4 scams ready to go to New York

leftovers
Here are the left overs


I am going to dream big dreams this week. I want only 20 pieces of mail in next weeks blog.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 56 Pieces

All 56 pieces

This week I have dumped Catalog Choice for PaperKarma. I have hit a wall, and was logging fewer and fewer mailpieces every week. Mostly because I knew Catalog Choice couldn’t help me anymore. So after 4 months and over 200 requests, I am giving PaperKarma a try. I will be writing a review for both of them in about 4 months. Fair is fair, I want to give PaperKarma time to work.


2 in 1 day club
2 in 1 day club. Including:

Response Unlimited junk mail
All of these are from direct marketing firm Response Unlimited, opt-out here

Citizens United
Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee selling themselves out to Citizens United

RNC & DNC
Mashed up political parties

Other political junk mail
Other random political junk mail. Including:

Sarah Palin poem
The Americans for Sarah letter is just to good this week. It has part of a speech she gave at CPAC in March. It is a parody of Green Eggs and Ham, but for conservatives.

I do not like this, Uncle Sam.
I do not like this healthcare scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks
Or how they cry and cook the books

I do not like when Congress steals
I do not like their crony deals

I do not like “oh yes, we can”

I do not like this spending, spree
We’re smart, we know nothing’s free

I do not like reporters’ smug replies
When I complain about their lies

I do not like this kind of hope
And we won’t take it
Nope, nope, nope

 

Big envelopes
Giant envelopes. Including:


Charities
7 Charities. Including:


Scams
11 scams.

Scam
Including one of the most long winded pyramid schemes I have seen. 6 pages double sided. All trying to convince me to send $97 to one person and $100 to another. If you can’t tell me your pitch in 1 page you are a terrible sales person.

I won’t be sending out any form 1500’s this week. None of them qualify. I have either already sent them out, or It is the first time I have gotten them. I hope the guys in the New York office don’t miss me.


Stuffed and ready to go
Here are 11 pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go.

Scam from Australia
You should recognize this little scam from PO BOX 17 Varsity Lakes QLD 4227 Australia. I get it almost every week. Now with both her new and old address. As I am writing this, the mail for next week has already come, and I just got 3 more. Because it is international, I can’t use a from 1500 to make it stop. Or I would have stopped them months ago. I have sent every one back stuffed, not stuffed, nasty notes, crazy notes, and they still come. So this time I am trying something new. Instead of just “Take me off your mailing list” I have put “Deceased, She is dead” next to her address. I have not done this before because, she is in fact not dead. I also don’t want to mess up her Social Security and Medicare. But this one is international and they just can’t take a hint.