Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 6 pieces

All 6 pieces of junk mail

I was contacted by another reporter this week. Will Tucker works for Houston Chronicle and was asking if I had gotten any junk mail from U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman in Texas. He may be the only politician that hasn’t sent me junk mail over the past year. So if you are getting lots of junk mail, live in Texas or are getting junk mail from Rep. Stockman drop Will a line at will@hearstdc.com.

I found this paper wandering around the internets Why Do Nigerian Scammers Say They are From Nigeria?. Gizmodo breaks it down nicely:

The scammers aren’t interested in seeming believable. They just want to find the most gullible victims they can, to maximize their return on their effort.

The emails (and by extension junk mail scams from the Netherlands) are written badly on purpose. Now I know why the scams are always so hard to read. It is to weed out people with functioning brains. They aren’t aiming at you and me. We still have good reading comprehension. They want people who only see the big $10,000,000,000 and who will write out the check with out a thought.


Midwest Equity Mortgage

Midwest Equity Mortgage (855) 976-4949
We just wrapped up closing out the reverse mortgage on her house. Most of the money from the reverse mortgage went to junk mail. The reverse mortgage company got the house. This company scrapes public records and saw some action on her house.


United States Justice Foundation

United States Justice Foundation. Charity NavigatorSource Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. They are the all time record holder my for my PaperKarma requests. 19 requests since August of last year. Junk mail from them should stop this month.


National Republican Congressional Committee

National Republican Congressional CommitteeWiki page, Ballotpedia page, Open Secrets page. Opt-out here and call (800) 424-0215. This should be the last mailpiece from them.


The Youth Secret
The Youth Secret

You may remember this weird add from it’s lager version

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. This should be the last mailpiece from them.


Direct TV junk mail

Direct TV. She had Direct TV at her house. When we closed down the account she got a refund that came here. I am just using PaperKarma on this one.


Sweepstakes Clearinghouse going to step 2 again

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse PO Box 569600 Dallas TX 75356 and 2000 E Lemar BLVD Arlington TX 76006. These guys just aren’t listing. They have already gone to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order. And I am sending it in again.


1 form 1500 part 2 going out

Here is the Form 1500 part 2 going to New York.

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Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 4 pieces

All 4 pieces

The lady who mail this is, is still dead. But her estate isn’t fully settled yet. I have nothing to do with that. I just monitor the junk mail. I am hoping that in the next couple of weeks I can go over to the post office and put an end to the junk mail once and for all.

Until then the parade of scumbags continues.

All 4 pieces


United States Justice Foundation

United States Justice Foundation. Charity NavigatorSource Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. Junk mail from them should stop this month. This is at least the forth time they have sent this “blah blah Notice” mailpiece. When do I get the third notice? Like last week I re-looked up some old friends to see what I could find. I did the same with the USJF and it’s Executive Director Michael Connelly. I found this little nugget about Michael Connelly on Renew America

Constitutional attorney and head of the United States Justice Foundation, Michael Connelly, told me the unbelievable this week. His fiancé, without any symptoms or presented concerns was forced to take an Alzheimer’s test at an annual “wellness” visit she had gone to. She was also asked whether she owned guns.

The column goes on to call Alzheimer’s screening tests a “violation of our right to privacy and punishment if we dare try and keep our medical or mental needs private.” Um this is your doctor. They are the ones who need to know your medical and mental needs and abilities. And there are laws that make your medical record private. The thing I find fascinating is, this is a little kernel to make people not want to take a Alzheimer’s screening test. What kind of person doesn’t want people to know their mental health status? Maybe the kind of person who’s income depends on elderly people giving them money. Preferably elderly people with a diminished mental capacity. The kind that give money over and over not realizing that they have given money for the same mailpiece 3 times.

To quote this mailpiece:

I urge you to immediately send in your 2015 United States Justice Foundation Voluntary Sponsorship of $20.

If you have already sent in your Voluntary Sponsorship, I thank you — but I still hope that you will also consider sending in a special emergency donation of $300, or even $450.

An “emergency donation” really? What emergency do you have? In 2013 you made over $4 million. If you need to do some belt tightening, cut down on your $700,000 junk mail, fundraising budget.


The Leadership Conference

Leadership Conference Education FundCharity 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.

This is the second invitation I have gotten to the The Leadership Conference Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. May 13 2015 at the Washington Hilton. The honorees are Eric Holder, Laura Murphy, and Bob Dole.


Freedom Watch

Freedom Watch featuring Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It is 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 this month. Media Matters has a nice round up of what Larry has been up to lately. He is also suing his ex-wife’s lawyers for… something I can’t figure it out. For being better lawyers than him? He wants $6.5 million in damages, plus attorney’s fees.


American Seniors Against Obama Care a program of Citizen Guardian

American Seniors Against Obama Care a program of Citizen Guardian, Inc. GuideStar page, Opt-out info@CitizenGuardian.org and call (202) 469-3433. They use Engage Direct Mail and InfoCision.  Mail from them should have stopped last month. Normally I would file a complaint with the DMA.

Note the huge font. No matter how bad your eyes are, you could read that in the dark.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 7 pieces

All 7 pieces
I am back from my trip to the desert. While I was out I got a great comment from Lorraine part of it read: “I wrote a letter directly to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and was told when I called 10 days later that she was off the list.” Good for you Lorraine.

While I was out only 7 pieces of mail showed up.  This month is the end for a whole bunch of groups.
March Calendar


United States Justice Foundation USJF
2 from United States Justice Foundation. Charity NavigatorSource 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! Mail from them should stop in April.

Senior Citizens League
The Senior Citizens League a special project of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Open Scerets page, opt-out here info@tsclhq.org (email bounced back) and call 800-333-8725 also email TREA here and call 800-338-9337 Their fundraisers are Jeremy Squire and AssociatesProduction Management GroupDirect Mail Processors Inc, Wiland Direct, RMI Direct

Traditional Values Coalition
Traditional Values Coalition run by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon  and his daughter Andrea Lafferty Wiki page, Washington State page  Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page (no rating) opt-out here (714)520-0300 (no pick up) tvcca@traditionalvalues.org (no reply). They want to be “the religious conservative alternative to the ultraliberal AARP.” TVC is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for it’s anti-gay views. Andrea Lafferty is proud of this and wears it like a badge of honor. American Target Advertising is their fundraiser. They also use Maureen Otis’s American Caging email maureen@americancaging.com and call (281) 277-0079.

Center for the American Future
Center for the American FutureWashington State page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) Opt-out here Info@centerfortheamericanfuture.com and call (281) 803-9451

Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research
Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, Washington State page, Charity Navigator page (not rated). Opt-out here contactus@lincolnreview.com (703) 759-4278. I got no response from either. I sent a complaint to the DMA.


America Grant Network
America Grant Network PO Box 3211 New York NY 10008. Run by Robert Newhart. Just send in $34.95 and he will tell you how to get free money from the government. This is one of the great canards of scam junk mail. They have an F from the BBB. Multiple Rip-off Reports. If you really need financial help from the government go to USA.gov and they can point you in the right direction. Or go to Unclaimed.org to find unclaimed money in closed bank accounts. Do not try to cash the check in the mailpiece. More than likely it won’t work, but in case it does, it will give Robert Newhart access to your bank account. If you want to stop this type of junk mail fill out a form 1500.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, Week After New Year’s Day 9 pieces

All 9 pieces

Now that everyone is back at work, I can go back to hammering away at the junk mail. Only 9 pieces came this week but I will be emailing and calling people about the last 3 weeks of junk mail that came during the holidays. The bottom of this post has a lot going on.

Since a lot of new people are finding this blog I will restate my current technique and goal:

  1. Scan every mailpiece into PaperKarma
  2. Email and a phone call to every group
  3. Email and phone call to the direct marketing firm of each group (if I can find it)
  4. If no pick up on the phone call or no response to the email by the end of the week, fill out a complaint to the DMA
  5. If scam send in a form 1500

The ultimate goal is zero junk mail, but right now I am working toward 1 month with no junk mail with her name on it.

A note to all charities and political groups: If you do not answer your phone (no, I am not leaving a message) or send me a conformation that you got my email and that the name and address has been taken off your mailing list, you will get a DMA complaint. End of story. How hard is it to pick up the phone, or send a quick conformation email?


2 from United States Justice Foundation. Charity Navigator,  Source Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. I contacted them months ago with no response, I will be sending a complaint to the DMA.

Defense of Family Center a project of United States Justice Foundation
Defense of Family Center a project of United States Justice Foundation
It has a different PO Box from regular USJF, PO Box 131637 Houston TX 77219

United States Justice Foundation
This one is a yearly renewal form. It cuts to the chase and asks for $300, $600, and $900. Don’t bother with the USJF poors, they only want high rollers.

Larry Klayman's Freedom Watch
Freedom Watch, run by Larry Klayman. Wiki page. Opt-out here leklayman@yahoo.com or call (352)274-9359 Also op-out through Response Unlimited. I sent a complaint to the DMA.

Abolish the Death Tax a special project of Americans for Constitutional Liberty
Abolish the Death Tax a special project of Americans for Constitutional Liberty AKA Conservative CaucusApparently the people who’s money they want are to stupid to know what the word caucus means, and think that this group is some how apart of Congress.  Wiki page, Charity Navigator page Open Secrets page. Opt-out here info@ConservativeUSA.org or call (540) 219-4536. I emailed them last month and got a reply from Charles Orndorff. He wants me to use the return envelope and send in my request. Sorry Charlie you are not worth a stamp. I sent a complaint to the DMA. No one should have to pay to get off a mailing list. Even it is only the cost of a stamp. They bought their mailing list from Conrad Direct, I emailed them in June and October listinfo@conraddirect.com. I gave them a call (201) 567-3200. They gave me the email of the person in the office to contact.

The Soros Project an urgent special project of the Media Research Center
The Soros Project an urgent special project of the Media Research Center, Wiki page, Source Watch page, opt out here. or call (800) 672-1423

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.


African Wildlife Foundation
African Wildlife FoundationWiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here africanwildlife@awf.org no response, call (888) 494-5354. Their fund raiser is Sanky inc


Guardian Entertainment Group
Guardian Entertainment Group PO Box 422 Old Bethpage NY 11804. Look who is going to step 2!

Free Marketing System!
Free Marketing System!
Free Marketing System! Nathan Dickerson PO Box 1328 Elizabethtown, KY 42702. Classic form 1500 mailpiece. Send them $10 for a package to learn how to send out post cards like this one.


3 weeks worth of junk mail
This is the last 3 weeks of junk mail. 31 pieces in all

Like I promised, I had a email sending, phone calling, form 1500 filling out, DMA complaint sending, envelope stuffing party.

To do list
On the left are the groups that have resisted my “charms” they are getting a complaint to the DMA. On the right is the stack that got phone calls. I didn’t get through to 4 of them. I don’t leave messages. It is a live person or nothing for me. What you don’t see are the 11 emails and the web mails I sent.

4 prepaid envelopes
4 pre-paid envelopes

3 scams
3 scams. I am going to take the chain letter to my local postmaster. That is what the USPS wants you to do with illegal chain letters. The other 2 are going to New York.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail, the week before Christmas 15 pieces

All 15 pieces
I went on Christmas vacation on the 19th and came back on the 29th. So this entry is only going to be for 4 days 12/15-12/18. I am only going to list the junk mail for this week, and the week that I was gone (next blog post). No one is in the office right now, so emails, and phone calls will go unanswered. I will have a email sending, phone calling, form 1500 filling out, DMA complaint sending, envelope stuffing party after the new year.

College Republican National Committee covered in mold
On 12/18 I got a stack of nasty, moldy, old junk mail. I think they were from August. Some of them had a URGENT!! RETURN BY August blah blah date. I am going to ignore these. I have started the process to stop most of them already.


Boehner and RNC

Random Political junk mail


3 from St. Joseph's Indian School
3 from St. Joseph’s Indian School. Ug, I thought I had ditched the crazy misspelling but it is back 😦 It takes a full 90 days for them to stop. Here is hoping this is the last I see of them this year.

2 charities
2 random charities


Logistic Processing scam
1 scam
Logistic Processing PB 5 Fagotweg 6 4330 AA Middelburg Holland

I read about how the scammers will tell their victims not to talk about the scam and all the money the vicim is sending out. I have been on the look out for a good example. This letter has a great one:

“First, you must promise never to divulge the source of your next Fortune, because Mr. X knows from experience that you risk losing everything. That is why he is asking you to keep this a secret.”

That is where I am going to stop today. Tune in tomorrow to see what came while I was out galavanting in Utah.

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 19 pieces

All 19 pieces

Yes, I got more mail this week than last week, but only one mailpiece from St. Joseph’s. They have dropped the crazy misspelling of her name from their mailing list.


Traditional Values Coalition
2 from Traditional Values Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page opt-out here also opt-out with American Target Advertising and Response Unlimited.

This should be the last I see of the Lafferty family and their junk mail empire.


Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail


7 charities
7 charities

far_side_jane_goodall1

I am sick of that blond tramp and her chimps


5 Scams
5 scams

  • Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep System 10 Canal St STE 336 Bristol PA 19007-9923
  • Unclaimed Reward (877) 258-2820 They are holding $100 in savings good at Wal-Mart Target and many more. I wish they had an address on the postcard so I could make it stop.
  • MCM Fun (Mike Carner Marketing) Postcard Mailers PO Box 1385 Orangevale CA 95662-1385 Give the gift of junk mail! Become a spam machine! Fill everyone’s mail box with more crap they don’t want! Scam.com chat about MCM. The BBB gives them an F.
  • Finkelstein & Partner PO Box 400 NL-1380 AK Weep Netherlands. They have changed their address it used to be 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.
  • Chapel Hill Medtherapy Labs PO Box 560787 Dallas TX 75356-9754

2 stuffed and ready to go
2 stuffed and ready to go

3 getting a form 1500
Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep SystemMCM Fun (Mike Carner Marketing) Postcard Mailers, and Chapel Hill Medtherapy Labs are getting a form 1500

Leftovers
Leftovers

crafting with junk mail
And a sneak peek of a Christmas craft that will involve junk mail

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 25 pieces

There has been a casualty in the war on junk mail. I dropped my precious camera while taking photos of junk mail. It was an Olympus E-PM1 in purple. It will cost more to fix it that I can get one used. 😦

The same camera that did this:
Inyo National Forest, Papoose Flat, Arch
also took 99% of the photos on this blog.

R.I.P E-PM1

R.I.P E-PM1

Don’t worry about the blog, I have a back-up camera that will pick up the slack.


St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal
David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin of CNN did a story about our good friends at St. Joseph’s Indian School. A different CNN reporter Melanie Hicken Melanie.Hicken@turner.com, is looking for junk mail stories. She has fallen down the junk mail rabbit hole with me. Her focus is on senior issues, retirement, and big data.


All 25 pieces
25 pieces this week. I hate it when I go backwards. The next big drop should be the second week in December. That is when InfoCision and American Target Advertising should drop me.

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

Ted Cruz Victory Committee
2 from the Ted Cruz Victory Committee (Find the Best page) a joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Ted Cruz for Senate (Open Secrets page) and the Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund (Open Secrets page). Opt-out here info@tedcruz.org

3 from American Target Advertising
3 from American Target Advertising

Random Political Junk Mail
Random Political junk mail


5 Charities
8 charities:

Great Ape trifecta
and the great ape trifecta

Please rush my chimpmas gift into action!
You are not seeing things the Save the Chimps envelope really says “Please rush my Chimpmas gift into action!”


5 scams


Stuffed and ready to go
Envelopes stuffed and ready to go

Great Ape stuffed envelopes
I wrote a special note to Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and stuffed it with the other chimp charities.

2 form 1500's
2 form 1500’s are going to New York. They are Chad Chiniquy’s  Find, Fund, and Flip System and Guardian Entertainment Group

Leftovers
Leftovers

 

 

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

All 15 pieces

Only 15 pieces this week. This blog is stating to wind down. I don’t know what to with my time anymore. What will I do now that I don’t spend a half-hour opening, reading and sorting through 10+ pieces of junk mail everyday?


Form 1500 Step 2
The USPS sent paperwork for going to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order:

This letter is for me:

Based on the evidence you furnished us regarding a possible violation of Prohibitory Order 2080212, we have issued a Complaint (PS form 2153) against the mailer involed. A copy of the Complaint is enclosed for your records.

It has been our experiance that most mailers abide by the provisions of a Prohibitory Order issued against them under 39 USC 3008. However, in some cases, additional steps are necessary. Issuing a Complaint is the first step in the process designed to end violation of a Prohibitory Order.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

This letter is for Health Alert:

Health Alert 30 Ryan CT STE 100 Monterey CA 93940-5753

This concerns violation of Prohibitory Order number 2080212 issued against you and your agents or assigns on behalf of [name]

On 06/30/2014, you received a Prohibitory Order (see copy attached) issued under USC 3008 upon request of the above-named addressee. I have received evidence that the Prohibitory Order has been violated as follows:

BY FAILING TO DELETE IMMEDIATELY THE NAME OF THE ADDRESSEE (AND OF EACH CHILD) LISTED IN THE ORDER FROM MAILING LISTS OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY YOU OR YOUR AGENTS OR ASSIGNS.

A copy of the face of the mailpiece is attached.

Any response to the Complaint or petition for a hearing with respect to it must be filed with me, in writing within 15 days after receipt of this Complaint. Attached is a copy of the rules of practice for hearings on such matters. Any petition for a hearing must comply fully with §963.3(a) of these rules.

For those of you that like to read postal law: Title 39 Code OF Federal Regulations Part 963 Rules of Practice in Proceedings Relative to Violations of The Pandering Advertisements Statue, 39 U.S.C. 3008


3 from Response Unlimited
3 from Response Unlimited

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail


3 charities
3 charities


3 scams
3 scams


Ready to go
1 form 1500 for Dr. Micozzi and 1 prepaid envelope


Leftovers

Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 19 pieces

All 19 pieces

Under 20!! This should be the week that I start to feel the full effects of being dropped from HSP Direct. I have also started to erase her from big data brokers. I am writing a blog post about big data. But it will take a while to finish it.


2 in 1 day club
2 in 1 day club only has one member this week. St. Joseph’s Indian School, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) BBB page. Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org
This should be the last mailpiece from them.

4 from Response Unlimited
4 from Response Unlimited

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail


7 Charities
7 charities


3 scams
3 scams

  • Reply Paid 2569 Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
  • The Underground Moneymaking System from The Chris White Company CWco 4222 Fortuna Center Plaza #652 Dumfries VA 22025 (UPS Store) He gets an F from the BBB. Opt-out here cwcoinfo@aol.com. I don’t want any direct contact with this guy so I am sending in a from 1500.
  • Trapeze Group 8063 Via Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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

The scam from Australia has changed addresses. I was going to put a rock in the envelope, but I saw this on the back:
Important

Shoot, it can only weigh 50 grams. So I got out my kitchen scale, my bag of shredded paper and started stuffing.

stuffed envelope 50 grams
This weighs exactly 50 grams.

2 form 1500's
2 from 1500’s ready to go

leftovers
Left overs