Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

» Site Navigation
Home Page The Villages Maps The Villages Activities The Villages Clubs The Villages Book Healthcare Rentals Real Estate Section Classified Section The Villages Directory Home Improvement Site Guidelines Advertising Info Register Now Video Tutorials Frequently Asked Questions
» Newsletter Signup
» Premium Tower
» Advertisements
» Trending News
» Tower Sponsors




















» Premium Sponsors
» Banner Sponsors
» Advertisements
Closed Thread
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-08-2007, 01:19 AM
cabo35's Avatar
cabo35 cabo35 is offline
Veteran member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 995
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

Yesterday, we received a telephone solicitation in TV from a purported law enforcement organization asking for a donation for a program that would help find missing children and help youth programs. The caller was convincing and inferred he was connected to law enforcement. I had some experience with issues related to this specific type of solicitation during my professional career.

I talked to the caller and managed to get him to connect me with a supervisor. After making him aware of my law enforcement background, he advised me that his company was based in Michigan not Florida and they were not law enforcement officers but rather a professional fund raising entity. He assured me they were in legal compliance with statutes in Florida that govern such solicitations. I asked him what percentage of the the money raised actually went to the charity. After some prodding he said 20%. If he is being honest, that means 80% of your contribution goes to the fund raising company.

The problem is nationwide and in some cases, has been so egregious, it has caused legitimate police organizations in a number of states to stop all telephone solicitations. Further, they advise the public accordingly so citizens know they are not contributing to their police agencies if a telephone solicitation is involved.

I suggest that if you are in doubt about a call of this nature, contact your local Sheriff's Office or local police department to determine if it is legitimate before making a donation.
  #2  
Old 11-08-2007, 01:23 AM
golfnut's Avatar
golfnut golfnut is offline
Soaring Eagle member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Belvedere
Posts: 2,202
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

THe one that contacted me was supposedly affiliated with the Florida Highway Patrol and the contributions went to families of deceased officers.
__________________
Village of Belvedere
  #3  
Old 11-08-2007, 01:34 AM
zcaveman's Avatar
zcaveman zcaveman is offline
Eternal Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The Villages
Posts: 7,884
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

The first year I gave the $15. Since then I just tell them I am on a fixed income - or hang up. I do the same with the other solicitors.
__________________
Jacksonville, Florida
Andover, New Jersey
The Villages

Second star to the right, then straight on 'til morning.
  #4  
Old 11-08-2007, 01:46 AM
Talk Host's Avatar
Talk Host Talk Host is offline
Founder
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,350
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 4 Posts
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

Doesn't this type of thing just frost your A**. I think it is an unfair way to prey on people. One guy called and said, "This conversation is being recorded for your protection." I replied, "protection from what, what are you going to do to me?"
  #5  
Old 11-08-2007, 02:45 PM
Russ_Boston's Avatar
Russ_Boston Russ_Boston is offline
Sage
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Buttonwood
Posts: 4,847
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

While the typical "Hi I'm calling on behalf of the XXX police dept" calls are not complete scams they are close. I saw a report on these charities and MOST of the money is not sent back to the organization.

I'm all for supporting the local police/fire etc. but do it locally, in person if possible, and stay away from these calls. I'm sure you can find more info on the web about these 'charities'.
  #6  
Old 11-08-2007, 04:02 PM
Taltarzac
Guest
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

You can check charities through this group. http://www.charitywatch.org/ This is also a useful link for giving donations in FL-- http://www.800helpfla.com/soc_questions.html
  #7  
Old 11-08-2007, 05:53 PM
nhsnowbird nhsnowbird is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 115
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

I received one of those calls here in NH and when I declined to contribute, the caller began harassing me ... of course, I then hung up! Actual charity solicitation does not include harassing, at least it should not.
__________________
Delaware, New Jersey, New Hampshire
  #8  
Old 11-08-2007, 06:39 PM
SteveZ SteveZ is offline
Banned
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: 32162
Posts: 1,835
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

I simply say, "I'm sorry, but I don't respond to telephonic solicitations, thank you." and the hang up.

The person on the other end is, almost all of the time, a paid employee of a company which specializes in fund-raising. Neither is offended by my comment, and less of both party's time is wasted.

Life's too short to try to educate the person on the other of the phone line, who couldn't care less and probably is paid on commission.....
  #9  
Old 11-08-2007, 06:46 PM
tony tony is offline
Administrator
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,352
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

I have often wondered that if you immediately started talking dirty to them would it be an obscene call?

  #10  
Old 11-08-2007, 08:00 PM
redwitch's Avatar
redwitch redwitch is offline
Sage
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 9,100
Thanks: 2
Thanked 74 Times in 31 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to redwitch
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

I usually try to make a deal with them -- if they'll buy X amount of items from my daughter's fundraising, I'll give them the same amount of a contribution. Could never quite figure out why they would hang up on me immediately after this offer -- it really seemed quite fair to me! ;D
__________________
Army/embassy brat - traveled too much to mention
Moved here from SF Bay Area (East Bay)

"There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein
  #11  
Old 11-09-2007, 06:37 AM
aford aford is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 29
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

Try this one:

Tell them just a minute, put the phone down and go about your business.......After a while they hang up.

Or:

Ask them if they will take a check? Then explain to them that you still have some checks left in your checkbook...........even though the bank tells you you have no money in your account............they must be wrong.........

They will hang up sooooooo fast............they think they are talking to a crazy lady.
  #12  
Old 11-10-2007, 02:37 AM
Hancle704 Hancle704 is offline
Gold member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,227
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Law Enforcement Telephone Solicitations

I usually ask, Are you a paid volunteer? Is this a telemarketing call? Then I point out I am on the Do Not Call List and ask for their name, telephone number,address so I can report them to the FCC. That usually ends it. I will respond to some charities, but draw the line when they ask me to solicit my neighbors by sending -- envelopes and collecting from them. That's your job not mine. Goodbye.
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

You are viewing a new design of the TOTV site. Click here to revert to the old version.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:23 AM.