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April 2nd, 2007

pest - ACS (insert name of charity here) @ 10:43 am

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If you value your privacy, beware - About 8 or 9 months ago I answered the phone and was greeted by a happy voice asking for a contribution to ACS - children's cancer fund. 

I agreed to an amount and advised that I would be quite upset if my number and name was distributed to other charities, the person on the other end of the phone told me that they would not sell my name/number/information to anyone. 

It seems that they haven't, However, every 4 to 6 weeks I get a call from other folks identifying themselves as ACS (insert name of charity here).

This morning's call was, "Hi Mr. (insert name), is this Mr. (insert first name), My name is (insert name of solicitor), I'm calling from ACS - (insert name of this week's charity)...", today was ACS- fireman's (blah).

Each and every time since the first contribution, I told the caller that I was not going to be making any contribution and asked that I be removed from their calling list.  Each and every time they take down my number and assure me that it will be removed from the calling list.

It seems that I am removed from *that particular* calling list, as I have not gotten a single repeat call from any of those charities (on subsequent days). 

Today I decided to try a different tact.  I asked to that my number be Completely Removed from all their databases.  This request got the caller's attention and he apologized and gave me his name several times and advised that he was going to speak with his supervisor that I was to be removed from the databases.

I doubt it.
Time will tell...
 
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:April 6th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
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There probably is, but I'm not to that point yet. The folks that call are always good natured about my requesting that the remove the number, [uncharacteristically optimistic] let's hope that they follow through this time.

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From:baddabing70
Date:April 2nd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
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That would never happen to me because I never give to charity. LOL!
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:April 6th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Normally I don't either, just once, and you're on their list for a lifetime.

Come to think of it I still get donation request mail-pieces at Mom's house from when I gave to the local PBS station in the 80's.

hum. And we thought cyber-SPAMmers were bad.

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