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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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 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 – St. Joseph’s Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal

This week I got the St. Joseph’s Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal. Wonderful, just what I need more fake indian stuff made in China.

Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org. It takes 90 days to cycle out of the system.

St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal

This is the complete package with it you get:

  • Lakota Deamcatcher Ornament
  • Holiday Notepads
  • Holiday Gift Tags
  • Foil Address Labels & Stationery Seals
  • Advent Calendar
  • 3 Cards & Matching Envelopes

St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal
This is the donation form and a Certificate of Appreciation for the donation I am about to give them.

St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal

  • Lakota Deamcatcher Ornament
  • Holiday Notepads

St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal

  • Holiday Gift Tags
  • Foil Address Labels & Stationery Seals
  • Advent Calendar

St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal
3 Cards & Matching Envelopes

Only 3 cards and one Deamcatcher Ornament?! I need more than that for all my family and friends! Calm down everyone, if you need more they sell it on their website.

Before you whip out your checkbook, I should tell you that they have 142 million in the bank right now.

Wiki page

WordPress blog

Charity Navigator page. No rating because they don’t file an IRS 990, because they are a church.

BBB’s Give.org page. They get a “Standards Not Met” rating. Mostly because they only spend 57% on programs (The BBB likes a charity to spend at a least 65% on programs) and they have misleading appeals implying that the kids are going to freeze to death if you don’t send money right now.

Blog post by “Something Better to Do” from 2009 with over 200 comments (some from this week) about the junk mail from St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Another example of a package from 2011

Another example of a package from 2012

This person uses St. Joseph’s Indian School as a case study for great ways to get more money from your packages.

And then there is this from yesterday from CNNDavid Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin went to St. Joseph’s Indian School to talk to the people in charge. It is as awkward as you could possibly hope for. David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin are a great team. Just to give you an idea of what the charities they report on are up against, Mr. Fitzpatrick cut his teeth working on 60 Minutes. I had never herd the term “Poverty Porn” before. That is a new tag to ad to the list.

A response from the school on Indian Country Today Media Network (it features a beautiful photo of their junk mail)

Quadriga Arts does the fund raising for them. Quadriga Arts takes about 50% of the money raised. CNN report about Quadriga Arts.

Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org

I contacted them way back in September. They will take a full 90 days to stop sending me crap. It is going to be a long 90 days.

This article about the Sioux protesting the Keystone Pipeline because it “will cross are Sacred Treaty Lands and to violate these lands by digging ditches for the pipelines is blasphemes to the beliefs of the Native Americans.” has an example of a beautiful dream catcher, made with love and not in China.

If you want to see more examples of Native American charity junk mail.

Hat tip to Cynthia for pointing out the CNN piece.

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

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 31 pieces

All 32 pieces

I’m not gonna lie the mail can get boring. They send the same mailpiece over and over. They do that because once they find a mailpiece that brings in money they will send it out forever until it stops being effective. It is rare that junk mail has a topical, ripped-from-the-headlines subject.

Freedom Watch

This week Larry Klayman’s Freedom Watch sent a mailpiece that talks about ISIS. Of course it is trying to scare the money out of you, with the envelope screaming:

ISIS terror cells now on American soil… protect your family: open now!

Thanks Larry, I will just go crawl under my bed now.


2 in 1 day club
2 in 1 day club

2 civil rights groups
2 from Civil Rights Groups on the same day. This is not the first time this has happened

Hillsdale College
2 from Hillsdale Collage, Wiki page opt-out here DonorServices@hillsdale.edu

Response Unlimited
2 from Response Unlimited

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


Charities
Charities


Scams
4 scams

  • Office of Magister Davids PO Box 3 NL 1693 ZG Wervershoof Netherlands
  • Immuno Corp, Aleksander Olsen 2340 Mira Mar Ave Long Beach, CA 90815 Immutol by Ralph Wallace
    How seven sick salmon, unconventional wisdom, serendipity, and a beer brewery saved an economy, healed the hopeless, and changed the course of modern Immunology. They have an F from the BBB.
  • Affiliated Opportunities Group (AOG) PO Box 25220 Miami, FL 33102-5220
  • Carmen Dumas PO Box 1061 NL-3600 BB Maarssen Netherlands

Stuffed and ready to go

4 pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

1 from 1500 ready to go
Only 1 form 1500 this week. It is the scam from Miami.

Left overs
Leftovers


I am starting the Drowning in Junk Mail Book Club

America's Right Turn by Richard A Viguerie and David Franke

The first choice is the 2004 classic America’s Right Turn by Richard A Viguerie and David FrankeRichard A Viguerie is the founder of the direct marketing firm American Target Advertising. This is his story of using “alternative media” to push the conservative agenda starting in the 1960’s.  When I finish, I will write a book report for it. Something I haven’t done in a few decades.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 46 pieces

All 46 pieces

I hate slipping back like this, but the amount of mail that rolls in can have wild fluctuations in either direction week to week. PaperKarma has been having problems ever since the update to iOS8. I hope that they work everything out soon. I have a huge backlog of requests right now. And I have ratcheted up the revenge meter. I have sent out my first DMA Ethics Case Complaint form. It is for State Department Watch. I have emailed State Department Watch, I got no response. When I called them no one picked up the phone. Oh, now it is on State Department Watch. Look for that at the bottom with the pre-paid envelopes and the form 1500’s.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club

5 from Response Unlimited
5 from Response Unlimited:

American Policy Center
2 from American Policy Center, run by Tom DeWeese his SPLC page, Source Watch page, opt-out here admin@americanpolicy.org

2 from Food and Water Watch
2 from Food and Water Watch, Wiki Page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page, opt-out here

Political mash up
Political Mash up

Random Political Junk Mail


10 Charities
10 Charities


3 US based scams
3 US based scams

5 scams from the Netherlands
5 scams from the Netherlands

  • Midas Financial Group Mergers Access Division PO Box 8396 3503 RJ Utrecht Netherlands
  • Harrison Institute PO Box 1061 NL-3600 BB Maarssen Netherlands
  • Winner Club PO Box 20 NL-1715 ZG Spanbroek Netherlands
  • Dr. Kramer PO Box 164 NL-3960 BD Wijk bij Duurstede Netherlands
  • A.P.M.E. c/o M.V.E.U. PO Box 1219 NL-3600 BE Marssen Netherlands

8 prepaid envelopes ready to go
8 prepaid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

1 form 1500 ready to go
1 form 1500 for The Moskowitz Report ready to go

DMA Ethics Case Complaint form for State Department Watch
DMA Ethics Case Complaint form. It is for State Department Watch.

Name of organization that you are bringing to our attention: State Department Watch

Organization Contact Information: sdw@statedepartmentwatch.org

Address on return envelope: PO Box 97343 Washington DC 20090-7343

Street address: 22648 Ave San Luis WOODLAND HILLS CA 91364,

Mailing address: PO Box 6102 WOODLAND HILLS CA 91365

Phone number: (818) 223-8080

Contact Person at the organization: Carl Olson

Please give a brief overview of your concerns and attach any relevant correspondence or other documents:

This complaint is being made on behalf of name AKA other name, that is the name on this mailpiece. My family has power of attorney for her affairs.

I have contacted State Department Watch by email and by phone and received no response. I would like name to be taken off their mailing list.

I would also like her to be taken off the mailing list for their other projects:

Minuteman Project With Jim Gilchrist

Tea Party Campaign With Dr. Jerome Corsi

The Tea Party

American Sovereignty Task Force

There are no guidelines as to what you should write, so I was very to the point. If this works I will make a “how to guide”.


Left overs

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.

_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.

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8 scams are getting a from 1500

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Leftovers