Charities-A Word to the Wise

heeler728
heeler728 Member Posts: 12
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Tonight I got a phone call from Breast Cancer Charities of America. They were asking for donations to help with the cost of medication for patients. Ok, sounded good to me until I started asking questions. After going through 3 different people,who wanted to know if I would donate at least $20.00, I found out only 20% goes to the charity the rest,80%, goes to admin. cost. Watch out for these types. They are not here for us. ACS is.

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  • seof
    seof Member Posts: 819 Member
    thanks
    Thanks for the word of caution, I agree with you.

    seof.
  • Aortus
    Aortus Member Posts: 967
    Good call, Heeler!
    You did a great job of working those losers over. If you follow this link:

    http://whocalled.us/lookup/8663988233

    you will find out how the operation really works - it's a front for Wells Fargo Bank's skip-tracing operation.
  • CypressCynthia
    CypressCynthia Member Posts: 4,014 Member
    charitynavigator.org
    Check on charities first at a site like charitynavigator.org. It is a wonderful site that does the leg work for you. Check it out!
  • VickiSam
    VickiSam Member Posts: 9,079 Member

    charitynavigator.org
    Check on charities first at a site like charitynavigator.org. It is a wonderful site that does the leg work for you. Check it out!

    Thank you everyone .. As I am starting to get a few calls
    End of the year and all.


    VickiSam
  • MyTurnNow
    MyTurnNow Member Posts: 2,686 Member
    Yes, thanks for the
    Yes, thanks for the information. Isn't it amazing who people will take advantage of!! I guess in this day and age nothing should be surprising. I'll check out the folks on the charity website. Thanks, again!!
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    I don't answer the phone if
    I don't answer the phone if I don't want to talk to them. Caller ID. I set a policy years ago NEVER to donate from phone calls. I look up who I want to give to and send it directly to them.
  • susie09
    susie09 Member Posts: 2,930
    Marcia527 said:

    I don't answer the phone if
    I don't answer the phone if I don't want to talk to them. Caller ID. I set a policy years ago NEVER to donate from phone calls. I look up who I want to give to and send it directly to them.

    We are like you Marcia. We
    We are like you Marcia. We would never donate to anyone from a phone call.

    ♠♣ Susie ♠♣
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    Marcia527 said:

    I don't answer the phone if
    I don't answer the phone if I don't want to talk to them. Caller ID. I set a policy years ago NEVER to donate from phone calls. I look up who I want to give to and send it directly to them.

    When the Policemen/Firemen
    When the Policemen/Firemen fundraisers call us, Reggie always asks if the caller is a Firefighter or a Policeman. He knows they are not, and they always say they are NOT. End of phone call!

    But, you all know me, right? Screenname and Real Name? So none of you will be suspicicous when I tell you that I am selling Official Engravings of George Washington~ dated and legal in the USA. If you send me 10 dollars, I will send you a penny! HAHAHAHA!!! Sheesh~ that is proabably a scam somewhere that unsuspecting patriotic people are falling for.

    Which reminds me~ know how we were talking about all of the BC awareness things foisted on us last month? I saw one which was just topped it for me was not even pretending to give money to BC research. It was ( no kidding) a PINK child-size sleeping bag with the tag line "show your support for someone who has SUFFERED with breast cancer."

    Thanks for the heads-up...scammers be damned!

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    chenheart said:

    When the Policemen/Firemen
    When the Policemen/Firemen fundraisers call us, Reggie always asks if the caller is a Firefighter or a Policeman. He knows they are not, and they always say they are NOT. End of phone call!

    But, you all know me, right? Screenname and Real Name? So none of you will be suspicicous when I tell you that I am selling Official Engravings of George Washington~ dated and legal in the USA. If you send me 10 dollars, I will send you a penny! HAHAHAHA!!! Sheesh~ that is proabably a scam somewhere that unsuspecting patriotic people are falling for.

    Which reminds me~ know how we were talking about all of the BC awareness things foisted on us last month? I saw one which was just topped it for me was not even pretending to give money to BC research. It was ( no kidding) a PINK child-size sleeping bag with the tag line "show your support for someone who has SUFFERED with breast cancer."

    Thanks for the heads-up...scammers be damned!

    Hugs,
    Chen♥

    Yeah!
    Before I finished Chemo and was a bald and miserable Hag...but a hopeful one, I got a circular begging letter from the Cancer society including a 'Handwritten' letter by some bloke whose most beloved wife had died of breast cancer. I know it only advertising and all that scam, BUT they really should be on the ball about just WHO they send this stuff out to! It sure vexed me for a while.
    Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • survivorbc09
    survivorbc09 Member Posts: 4,374 Member
    susie09 said:

    We are like you Marcia. We
    We are like you Marcia. We would never donate to anyone from a phone call.

    ♠♣ Susie ♠♣

    We would never donate or
    We would never donate or give personal info over the phone to someone just calling for money. They are 100% scammers.
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    tasha_111 said:

    Yeah!
    Before I finished Chemo and was a bald and miserable Hag...but a hopeful one, I got a circular begging letter from the Cancer society including a 'Handwritten' letter by some bloke whose most beloved wife had died of breast cancer. I know it only advertising and all that scam, BUT they really should be on the ball about just WHO they send this stuff out to! It sure vexed me for a while.
    Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    AND TO REPEAT!
    2 Weeks ago I got an email from some lily livered liberal, save the world charity asking me to donate my old clothes to starving people in Africa..........

    I told them to BOG OFF! Anyone who my clothes fit SURE AIN'T STARVING!

    What will they come up with next? :o)
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    tasha_111 said:

    AND TO REPEAT!
    2 Weeks ago I got an email from some lily livered liberal, save the world charity asking me to donate my old clothes to starving people in Africa..........

    I told them to BOG OFF! Anyone who my clothes fit SURE AIN'T STARVING!

    What will they come up with next? :o)

    Liberals are nice people
    Liberals are nice people too. But wouldn't it be nice to save the world? Independence Day movie he saved the world one soda can at a time.

    I always tell people, "Liberal is not a four letter word."

    I've heard it used that way a lot!

    Makes you think, "Why are bad words always four letters?" Don't answer that.
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
    Marcia527 said:

    Liberals are nice people
    Liberals are nice people too. But wouldn't it be nice to save the world? Independence Day movie he saved the world one soda can at a time.

    I always tell people, "Liberal is not a four letter word."

    I've heard it used that way a lot!

    Makes you think, "Why are bad words always four letters?" Don't answer that.

    Hang up
    The minute I pick up the phone and they start trying to get money out of me, I hang up. I used to cuss at them. ( sorry ) Well, they always called at the worst times. lol

    Sue :)
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    Ritzy said:

    Hang up
    The minute I pick up the phone and they start trying to get money out of me, I hang up. I used to cuss at them. ( sorry ) Well, they always called at the worst times. lol

    Sue :)

    I also have specific
    I also have specific charities I donate to and I never donate from a phone call. In fact I have caller ID and if I don't recognize the name or it is blocked I let it go to the machine. If it is important they will leave a message, it not, who cares. Scams are just too easily done via the phone and many charities take way too much out for "adminstrative" costs. Better safe than sorry, don't give if you aren't sure they are 100% legitimate. My two cents worth. I bought them from Claudia for $10 each so they are real.
    Stef
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    fauxma said:

    I also have specific
    I also have specific charities I donate to and I never donate from a phone call. In fact I have caller ID and if I don't recognize the name or it is blocked I let it go to the machine. If it is important they will leave a message, it not, who cares. Scams are just too easily done via the phone and many charities take way too much out for "adminstrative" costs. Better safe than sorry, don't give if you aren't sure they are 100% legitimate. My two cents worth. I bought them from Claudia for $10 each so they are real.
    Stef

    And don't you agree, Stef
    And don't you agree, Stef that the engraving of Washinton is such a nice size? Fits into a pocket, a wallet,or for just $7.99 shipping and handling, I will send you a plastic sandwich-sized zip-lock storage bag for FREE!! That way, if you want to order more engravings, you will have the perfect place for them! LOL Let me know! :-)

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • fauxma
    fauxma Member Posts: 3,577 Member
    chenheart said:

    And don't you agree, Stef
    And don't you agree, Stef that the engraving of Washinton is such a nice size? Fits into a pocket, a wallet,or for just $7.99 shipping and handling, I will send you a plastic sandwich-sized zip-lock storage bag for FREE!! That way, if you want to order more engravings, you will have the perfect place for them! LOL Let me know! :-)

    Hugs,
    Chen♥

    Claudia,
    Oh yes, please I

    Claudia,
    Oh yes, please I want lots more. And the zip lock bags, please. I will use them for Christmas presents and then I won't have to gift wrap. Everyone will admire my sharp business skills and how I got such a great deal. You are the best. Abd the size is so perfect. Do you have any more good deals? Momma said that I had a special name engraved on my forehead. Guess it's cause I love lollipops so much. It's the word "Sucker". LOL
    Stef
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    fauxma said:

    Claudia,
    Oh yes, please I

    Claudia,
    Oh yes, please I want lots more. And the zip lock bags, please. I will use them for Christmas presents and then I won't have to gift wrap. Everyone will admire my sharp business skills and how I got such a great deal. You are the best. Abd the size is so perfect. Do you have any more good deals? Momma said that I had a special name engraved on my forehead. Guess it's cause I love lollipops so much. It's the word "Sucker". LOL
    Stef

    Claudia?????????
    $7.99 for the bags?.........You charged me $9.99.. Is this coz I am in Cambodia (Or is it Canada)???? It seemed like a deal at the time..???

    Hugs J. P.S... Did washington really look like Madge?

    Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    Good info.
    Good policy to not even answer the phone if the number is "unavailable" or 1-800-something. We mostly use our cell phones, so anyone on our home phone is either a solicitor or my mom. So, Aortus, what is skip tracing? Sound ominous.

    Tash, I am one of those liberals, but your post made me laugh out loud. I will take you off my calling list!
  • oldmandave
    oldmandave Member Posts: 1
    BREAST CANCER CHARITIES OF AMERICA
    My wife also received a call from this outfit.... I was going to send a check then saw the return address... it was to a drop box in a UPS store in NJ....then went on the web and saw to much negative info about them.... I called and canceled the donation and will make it elsewhere... blessings to all...OldManDave