The phone is ringing, and I don't recognize the number, All Caller ID says is, "NAME UNAVAILABLE".
Please help me figure out who is calling and what they want
Veterans | Veteran's |
veterans calls from 12 phone numbers:
Maybe if the caller ID said United Veterans.....
I'm skeptical of numbers that don't show a name.
Besides they call my fax line, so they loose.
got phone call at 1:06am. are they kidding me!
Called several times lately. Caller ID is Unavailable. Never leave message. I don't answer.
These shitheads call at dinner time.Never answer,going on for months.That do not call list is a FARCE!
# 973-589-6684 , I am on a "no calls" list. Stop calling or I will tke further actions
No 'legitimate charity' calls at almost 9pm on a Sunday night. Shitbags.
Please Disregard message below - wrong number associated with message.
They have called 151 times, yes, that's 151 times in 4 months, luckily I can and do block selective incoming numbers. I am sympathetic towards charities, but not this one. I refuse to be harassed into giving. Charities are exempt from the do-not-call-list restrictions, which to this one means anything goes.
Finally answered the call & it's for United War Veterans Council, a legitimate charity. They wanted to collect clothing or used household items, not money. The call is actually from a company that runs these pick-ups for various charities & splits the money they get for these items with the charity.
Called 3 times in one night!
They did not leave a message.
display on called id showed "Unavailable".
did not answer call.
The last call from this number came through at 4:25PM on 3/17/10 the only identification was Manchester, MA. They did not leave a message and the call is not within my area code. I started receiving calls from this number, along with lots of other unsolicited calls from others, when I got my free land line as part of an intenet/cable/phone package. Because of the coinidence I think there is a connection. Perhaps the sale of my land line number to telemarketers helps defray the cost to the cable company and allows them to offer the phone to me for free. Anyone have thoughts about that or share this experience? I have a cell phone with an unisted number and have received ZERO telemarketing calls on that number for over 3 years now. This just serves to convince me that the cable company has supplied my land line number to some list compiling company. When I asked the only people you can easily access at the cable company (the CSRs) about it, they pled ignorance to any company practices of an nature.
United War Veterans - a charity
Left no message - but sounded like cars driving by like others have mentioned. One concern upon reading the posts here - make sure that if someone tries to ask a yes/no question on the phone, never say "yes" - they could be recording your voice which they can use to make it sound like you're accepting a credit card offer (or any other offer you need to accept with a voice prompt). Always use words like "I suppose so" or "Perhaps" if you decide to answer these questions at all.
Thank you call for donation we didn't give. 2 nights in a row
Called (at dinner time, of course) & didn't leave a message. This # shows up on my caller ID frequently, and I am on the DoNotCall list.
my grandfather is Harry vallette???
Got a call from "LOCAL". He claims he was calling for the local VFW (I doubt it). Wanted funds for calling cards for the soldiers overseas. I politely said no and hung up. Gosh, I wish the do not call list included charities.
They call but i actually don't even answer the phone. I let my generic answering machine pick it up. That is a standing rule in this house. 800, or 866 or any area code we don't know, we don't answer. Saves the stress of even giving these "things" any acknowledgement of existing.
Person left a message (on our answering machine) with no one speaking, but like someone else on this post mentioned, it sounded like there were cars driving by in the background or something like that. His/her caller id = Manchester, MA
Claims to be with CRS - CHildrens Cancer Research. Addressed me by my first name as if we are friends. I told her to remove my number from her list. OKAY FOLKS! So from what I am reading before posting this, this number is called under the names of MANY, MANY so-called charitable organizations! Children's Cancer Fund, American Cancer, Veterans this and that, Police and Sheriff's yada yada yada. THIS if nothing else should give you a clue that not only are these people NOT legitimate but they can't possibly be from ANY do not call exempt charitable organizations. So, I say, give 'em hell and tell them to remove your number!
Answered with my usual...this is Dr. xxxxx, may I help you? And then they say, wrong number. Then I block the calls.
THIS WAS A GUY AND HE REFUSED TO NAME THE ORGANIZATION AND HE WANTED MONEY. HE WAS ASKED TO NOT, NOT CALL ON SUNDAY AND HE REUSED TO COMPLY AND TRIED TO PUSH BY ME TO REACH ANOTHER PARTY IN OUR HOME. HE WAS RUDE AND HUNG UP! I DON'T GIVE MONEY TO RUDE PEOPLE PLUS THE CALLER GETS PAID
A % OF ALL THE MONEY HE RAISES OVER THE PHONE...........SO ONLY PART OF YOUR MONEY GOES TO THE CHARITY. THE MORE MONEY HE RAISES THE BIGGER HIS COMMISSION. HOPE YOU CAN STOP THESE RUDE PEOPLE.
Announced herself as with "Police & Sherrif's Benefit Association" or something similar. I asked (nicely) to be taken off calling list but she WOULD NOT shut up or even acknowledge what I said. Ended up asking at least 5 times; each time she totally ingnored me. I finally hung up, thoroughly pissed.
After saying Hello 3 times she came on and called me by name, and wanted 20 dollars for children with cancer. Told her I couldn't afford it and to take my number off of their calling list, also I'm on the national Do Not Call list. They are so annoying.
Had to hold the line for quite a long time but someone finally came on the line and id'd as Children's Relief Fund in Kentucky------I made a donation again this year----
LINDA, I AM CALLING FOR THE American Homeless Veterans, i HUNG UP. tHEY CALL ALMOST DAILY.
The call went like this....
Man: Is this Mrs. Smith?
Man: Is Mrs. Smith available?
Man: So Mary Smith isn't home?
Me: NOO. You asked me the same question 5x!! haha
How rude! It's like, if she WAS available, I would've said something after the ten seconds into his game of 20 ways of asking the same damn question. I wanted to call back and complain, but no answer. At least I got a good laugh out of it, I guess :P
I say hello and they hang up. I call back and the number just rings....
I recently got a call from American Homeless Veterans, I agreed to send them $10. Got a letter from them with paperwork for the donation, and decided to check their federal tax exempt number that was in the paperwork with a Google search, as I was recently the victim of credit card fraud, so now I'm more careful. That led me to an outfit called "Circle of Friends for American Veterans", web site is at www.vetsvision.org . I emailed that organization, asked if they are affiliated with "American Homeless Veterans", and they replied that yes, that was their original name. They use a call center in Greenwood, IN for help in raising donations. I expect that the call center they use enlists donations for many different charities, thus the different results that people are getting from their number.
When I checked the page showing their charitable status at www.secstate.wa.gov , it looks to me like it's showing the 89% of the money they raise goes to their programs, which is very good, that means 89% of the money they raise goes to benefit homeless veterans. At least that's how I'm reading it.
I found this page as a result of my search too, thought I'd chip in with what I'd found.
I have received many calls from this number over past two weeks, reporting to Kentucky A. G.
I get these ring no answer calls almost every day even on Sundays. I answer and there is no response.
said was from kids wish network, told them i take no solocited calls and hung up
This number has been calling my house for a week now and keeps saying my first name but then nothing. They leave messages on my answering machine that sounds like cars going by but do not leave any verbal message. The last message I received sounded like someone breathing into the phone. I answered once and they hung up on me. I have tried to call the number back but it says it cannot receive incoming calls. Very strange
These people are rude, insist I talk to them or I Will Lose Out. Obviously wanting to sell something or a scam. They thought they new my name and when I told them to leave me alone they still call back. I am currently working with my state rep and I will pass this on to him. What a bunch of bottom feeders!!1
no one answered back when I picked up and said hello. when I called the # back it just rang and rang. I'm on the "do not call list" and I want these calls to stop immediately.
"Since these are computer generated calls, there are codes that you can
send back when you answer the telephone that will discourage the calling of your number."
Question: do you know what the code is?? could you please share it? Thanks!
3:17pm...say nothing, leaves no message...
I'm so tired of this number calling my house and saying nothing. Today is Sunday and they called at 5:13 P.M. said nothing! I mean don't they ever take a day off? Makes you want to put your phone in the driveway and run over it...back up and do it again!
This isn't the only scammers that call...I have googled all the numbers and YUP they are ALL scams! I'm reporting everywhere!
Keep getting phone calls from this number, the first message was some girl laughing. Today, it was screaming. Totally inappropriate.
Assholes called and asked for a person who hasn't been at my phone number for at least 20 years. What legitimate organization uses a 20 year old calling list? No, I never receive any other calls for this person.
Got a call -- they had our surname, but did not know who lived at the household
Said they were CRF .. some so called veteran's charity
When asked how they got our number, they said "your attorney general's office", which I doubt
But did send a note to the AG to alert them to this
these people have called at least 20 times this week and the seen things happen, I pick up the phone and say " hello?" once and they don't answer then I ask again and they still don't answer!!
no idea who it was, i picked up but didnt say anything, there was an actual female on the other end saying "Hello?", I hope she enjoyed the same annoyed feeling that I did.
Get a box these ass h____ call and get the phone company recording that my number is not a working number finally thgey get tire and take it out of their machine. Worth more than the 4125 I paid for it.
Got the call they said they were from the Homeless Veterens Organizationj, looking for a donation. I have caller ID, showed up as unknown. I am on the no call list. They even knew my name and I am unlisted. ??
"A charity call from Homeless War Veterns. Charities aren't subject to the DNC list so just have to put up with it"
That is not exactly true. Since these are computer generated calls, there are codes that you can
send back when you answer the telephone that will discourage the calling of your number.
They have called twice and both times I answered the phone after the first or second ring, and no one is there.
Pressure to give to Children's Cancer Fund, would not take no for an answer, had to say no 4 times!
866-808-0880 Called after 9:00PM Houston, Texas
No message left on answering machine.
American Homeless Veterans is actually “Circle of Friends for American Veterans”. I was able to connect this via their Federal Tax Exempt tax number “54-1847890”….
They are listed on most state government sites as “Circle of Friends for American Veterans dba American Homeless Veterans”… Notice the acronym “dba”… The “dba” stands for “doing business as”, need I say more? This is why it’s hard finding good information on this outfit.
If you decide to donate, only 15% of your hard-earned money with actually be going to the Veterans!!! So, looking at one dollar, only 15 cents goes to the Veterans and 85 cents goes to the company!!! What a rip-off!
Well, now you know… Check with your state government website on “Charitable campaigns in your state”. Find out how they have it listed on their site.
Good luck :)
*60 (Block the Number)
I asked them how much of my dollar goes to veterans and how much goes to their fund-raising company. They said 12% goes to vets. 88% of every dollar you give them goes to THEM. And btw the people who come in to work every day change their name. Last night In talked to "Fatima." yeah... sure I did.
This number has called quite often in the past few weeks. When we picked up the phone, the caller said, "Jane?" Since neither of us is named Jane, that roused our suspicions. When he said, "I'm ___ (not intelligible) from Homeless Veterans of America," we said to mail us material and hung up. There IS no organization to help homeless veterans!
They called didn't say a word, so I hung up. Caller ID just says Tollfree Number.
This number has been calling me for about 2 weeks, 4 and 5 times a day. They do not leave a message - however today, I had enough and answered. The lady knew my name, thanked me for helping "Dying children" and asked for more money. I told her I had been getting 4-5 calls a day and she became rude and said this was the first time they had called me but that to reduce costs alot of organizations use this phone number to call from. Alot of BS I am thinking. I told her to at least take me off their list then, she said something to the effect of (and with attitude)"we are just calling to help dying children". I told her I do plenty already and hung up.
A woman on the other end asked to speak to Mrs.(used our last name). I told them she wasn't here, and said, "May I ask who's calling?" She said she was from Children's Cancer Research (or something very similar)and I told her we would not be able to contribute. She hung up.
Have received repeated calls from this number. I do not answer it and they have never left a message.
This was a third-party calling service, which is being paid to solicit donations for an unnamed children's cancer charity. Caller ID shows TOLL FREE NUMBER. Charities are "exempt" from the National Do Not Call Registry. And of course these calls come from calling centers staffed by low-paid operators reading a script from a computer screen. They use automated computerized dialers and when you answer, you are "connected" to the next available operator.
Called. Said something about "children" and wanted to know if they could count on my support this year. I told her not thanks and hung up. Called me "Lou". Geez, I hate that. Acting like they already know me.
Children's Cancer Fund of America...
Been receiving numerous calls from 866-808-0880 day and night. The caller ID just shows TOLL FREE CALL. Whether I answer on first ring or 4th or 5th no one is ever on the line. Attempted to call the number back with no success, just rings and rings and then goes to fast busy signal. Am on NATIONAL and STATE do NOT call lists, yet this number calls and calls. WHO are they? WHY can't they be stopped?
Said they were for the Children's Cancer Fund of America...
CALLED AT 3:41PM 10/22/2008
Called at 9:01 pm & argued that it was not yet 9pm where they are. They call again, it's $1500 baby!!!
Standard charity org call... a company auto dialing a phone list that can even include DNC numbers since they are calling on behalf of a "charity". What they do not offer up is that they keep the lion's share of whatever you send and only send a small portion of your donation to the cause... more often that not that percentage is in the single digits. We're not paranoid, we just don't want slimy call centers bugging us for donations to line the pockets of some stinking call center somewhere bugging people who do not want unsolicited calls. If you want to give to charity, there are plenty causes in your community that will gladly use some of your time, money and/or services.
they call, they hang up, they don't answer when I call back. Rather annoying.
Calls & hangs up. Tried calling number back--not legit number.
Rang twice, I answered on 3rd ring, they hung up as soon as I spoke.
REFUSES TO TAKE MY NUMBER OFF THEIR CALL LIST
It's a telemarketing firm that does canvassing for charities such as American Cancer Society, etc. You people really need to lighten up and stop being so frickin' paranoid.
No info shown in caller ID and the number does not answer. This number has got to be a bill collection agency. That's the only type of call I get where there's no info on the caller. I've been literally getting hundreds of phone calls from these agencies who are looking for a particular person who I don't know and who's presumably not paying his bills. I've had my present phone number for 3 to 4 years now and this has been going on for the entire time. These unpaid accounts seem to be getting passed on from one collection agency to another. I'm sure that they have the same resources that I have, so they should be able to confirm the owner of a particular phone number. Thank God for answering machines! I screen all my incoming calls and this definitely cuts back on the amount of unwanted and annoying phone calls.
Is there a government or business agency that can put a stop to this?
call from this no at 12:55 on 9/4/08. rang 3 times; no message left. i didn't attempt to talk to someone i don't want to ever call me again. thanks for having this available. at least someone could use ALL these calls to justify something being done. this stuff needs to stop. NOW!
Never leave message. Caller ID shows TOLL FREE NUMBER.
take my name and # out of your system and please do not harress me again/you have called me 2x today and i more call and i filing phone harrasement with att and sbc TODAY IF I RECEIVE ONE MORE FUCKING CALL/ I AM 85 Y/O AND I DO NOT NOT WANT YOU CALLING ME AS I AM NOT INTERESTED IN GETTING ANYTHING OR ANYONE
We get called every other day at least. Right after this, another 'unknown caller' will show up on our caller ID. It's a steady pattern. Some days we get 2 Gulfcoast calls and several unknown caller calls. We just don't answer any more.
I have picked up the phone and had them hang up, also. I've often thought maybe it is someone who is casing the house to plan a burglary or something.
PART TWO of TWO: Maybe, just maybe, if we all ban together and call them frequently, the person/company's 866 telephone bill would add up. Only problem with continuously returning their call is that our telephone number would show up on their phone list/bill for that particular 866 number. Anyway, on a serious note, I've been on the DNC list since its inception. Even with being on the list, I still receive these calls. The only positive thing, in regards to being on the DNC list, is that the number of telephone calls from various telemarketers have decreased. Once again, I'll be filling out a complaint. Well, time for me to go! Thanks for reading and good luck with 866-808-0880! Remember to answer the telephone with a smile in your voice. Kill them with kindness. They won't know what to do. :-) Have a great day!
PART ONE of TWO: This telephone number has been calling me a few times a week for approx a month or so. Today, I decided I would answer the telephone. In a pleasant voice I said hello, waited, said hello again, waited, said hello a third time, waited then disconnected the call. Each time I waited for a response, I listened for approx 15 - 20 seconds. The line was clear, no static, no telemarketer type of noise in the background, no nothing ... just dead silence. Upon hanging up the telephone, I decided, I would call back. To my surprise, the call went through and rang 11 times. Someone/thing picked up the phone, however, the line was clear, no noise, no static. Once again, I experienced dead silence. I said, "are you afraid to say hello?" thinking that maybe with a little provocation, I might hear something. I waited, the line still remained clear. Oh well. (laugh)
This is a continuation of (Filed by Steve)
I bought a Tele-Zapper about the same time I received the paper work from this scam company. So far, I haven't received anymore calls from this so-called charity. Not sure what worked but the bottom line is that I haven't received any more calls from these toll free numbers. Now when the phone rings, it is someone I know. :)
Never respond to a Toll Free Number.
This is the first time I've gotten a call, but I didn't answer. The name on caller ID came up NOT PROVIDED. While reading these responses they called again, which was like 5 minutes later than the first call. Again, I didn't answer. Maybe they will take the hint!
called at noontime but didnt leave a message
I made a pledge of $10.00 to get their paperwork to me! Well I got it a couple of weeks later.
I got this info from www.callercomplaints.com Who's Hiding Behind That Toll Free Number? The Dark World of the SMS/800 Call a company called AmeriTech (800-337-4194), itself a RespOrg, which has access to the SMS/800 database and offers a service that will tell you the identity of the RespOrg for any toll free number. It seems that "BN1 Telecommunications, Inc" uses this number! Plus! We did some research on the internet and found this information: There's a lawyer "Robert C. Folland" 216.566.5500 some how involved with this company. Not sure if it's in a positive way or negitive way. The company is listed on his website under "Representative Matters". And his website is www.thompsonhine.com Hopefully, this may help others with this ANNOYING 866-808-0880 number problem.
Caller stated they represented homeless veterans and wanted a donation between $35.00 to $55.00. I told them to go ahead and send me the forms for the $55.00 pledge. I will update when I verify the information
Refused to take me off the calling list...reported them to the DNC list, but I doubt it will do any good....although, if the company calling is a for-profit organization they have to remove you if you request it.
I have been receiving calls from this number for about 2 months now, and am getting pretty ticked off. These calls seem to be computer generated because whenever we answer we only get clicks. This is very annoying because these calls come in at various times and even on Sundays and holidays. Nothing shows on the caller I.D. except toll-free number.
^^Lying will get you know where. "No she's(I'm) not here." "Ok, we'll call back." And you people wonder why they keep calling.
This number calls my home several times a day for weeks now. I never pick it up and they never leave a msg. Tonight I picked it up and they just asked for me by name, not recognizing the (female) voice I asked if I could take a msg. They said they would call back. It always comes up Unavailable.
They want money to benefit police officers injured in Iraq, or something like that. My husband said we don't consider phone solicitations but that they could mail us something. They already had our address, which he confirmed. He told them not to call us again.
A little later, we got another call from them want to re-confirm our address. I reminded them that we had asked not to be called. They said, yes, but blah blah blah, and I hung up on them.
OK for all of you that say you are on the do not call list have you updated your phone number within the last three years? If not you have to keep up your on the do not call list. Also if you want to file a complaint about a company calling here is the link:
But you have to have been on the list for 30 days before they will act on your complaint. I have complained about ten to fifteen differnet numbers and companies to the DO NOT CALL LIST complaint line. A friend of mine told me that if you answer the phone when they call or you call them back from your home phone they have you in their system. So do not call back or pick up the phone. They stop calling within ten days if no one answers. It seems that they are just trying to find who they can call and when is the best time to reach the unknown person.
Please visit www.donotcall.gov AND FILE A COMPLAINT in regards to 978-525-0031!
These people kept asking for a female in the household and then rudely hangs up...
We screen all our calls, will never pickup anything from Roselle, IL (since we don't know anyone from there)
I just got a call from this #, I don't answer calls like that. They left no message. I called it back and just rang. No one answered. I wish calls like this would stop. They should have to leave a message or say something if you answer.
No one was there when I clicked over.
This number has been calling me 3 to 4 times a day for at least a month. Every time I pick up I'm disconnected - until this evening someone was on the line. They claim to be a charity, she admitted to the company using an auto dialer. I asked to be removed from the call list - I hope to never get a call from them again!
Why doesn't the National Do Not Call Registry include harrassment from Charitable organizations??????????
A charity call from Homeless War Veterns. Charities aren't subject to the DNC list so just have to put up with it.
In a bed, Kurt.
Several calls from this number over the last couple of days. i never answer them, so I dont' know what they want. But I called it back and got a "can't be completed as dialed." It seems very odd. What do they get from not answering and then not existing, and how is it that the calls keep coming?
After identifying them selves but before they could say anything, I told them I was not interested and hung up on them like they do to so many others.
This number is calling frequently and nobody answers when I pick it up. I would love to get a number to call back and tell them what I think of their tactics.
Skyped this number and got a fake-sounding "call could not be completed" message (only 2 of 3 SIT tones).
This number calls frequently. No message left. Call cannot be returned as number is not in service.
No one responds when we answered. I have blocked this number and it went through so it shouldn't come back.
THIS NUMBER IS COLLECTING MONEY FOR "HOMELESS VETERANS" WHEN WE TOLD THEM WE WERE A BUSINESS, THEY SAID OH, WE WILL REMOVE YOU FROM OUR LIST BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL BUSINESSES....HEY....WHO KNEW???
Someone called me from here and was rude and would not tell me who they were when I told them they had the wrong number they said "I DO NOT!", I called back and the yelled "you have the wrong number!"
From the responses left here it sure appears that they like to talk to the ladies?
I get numerous calls per day that start at 8AM and go until 9PM.
I have asked them politely to remove us from the list. They are very assertive and rude - I have reported the number with my phone service and am trying to have them blocked. They act like I am out line - sounds about right for a sunday night after 8pm when trying to put the kids to bed.
If you work for this outfit and are reading this... you are not getting a dime from us. How do you sleep at night?
^^"I sometimes wonder if they just try to keep you on line by asking questions or stalling once you do pick up - you know long enough to get a trace on where you are." Thats not even real. Thats something made up by Hollywood, for the movies. Caller ID gets the number right away. You don't have to wait for it. WOW! Some people believe everything the see or read. Try entering your home phone number in a google search...Most of the time it's easy to find your address. If they can get your number, chances are they have your address.
I was called by this group as well...caught my attention because I had only yesterday recieved a veterans fund form in the mail. I wanted to be sure I wasn't donating multiple times to the same organization. Turns out they are different, but neither are "good" fundraisers (% raised vs. % actually reaching intended fund). Here's one way you can help protect yourself and make sure your dollars are going to do the most good for ANY charity organization. When you recieve a call, get the name of the organization they're collecting for, and then ask them to call back later (if you are considering a contribution). With their organization in hand go to www.charitynavigator.org (a free service) and look up the organizations name. This web site rates different charity's on a four-star system based on actual contributed dollars. For example, our friends here at the veterans foundation rated ZERO stars! So when the charity calls back (and you know they will) you can be armed with information. Also, the same site can give you names of REPUTABLE charity's that rank 3 and 4 stars in the same genre (veterans, in this example...or animal abuse, or children's hospitals, or firefighters and police officers funds, or rainforests, or whatever...) Good luck! Also, unfortunatly, the National Do Not Call list need only be honored by telemarketers...not charity organizations, no matter how shady their practices.
Called twice. Asked for Mrs. ----- to thank her for her previous support. Each time the caller identified himself (Roy ----) , but when asked for further identification, he either repeated his opening request, or disconnected without fanfare.
Jan. 17 2008 - 8:30 PM: (Cont. from above)
Something is obviously not legit whether it's a scam or whatever. I don't understand - if you don't answer they don't leave a message, if you do answer they don't ID themselves or want to leave a message, but they know who to ask for and in such a manner that it sounds like a friend is calling (not every one prefers to have their name shortened - that could be a dead give away on their part). No legit company or even a telemaketer does that. I sometimes wonder if they just try to keep you on line by asking questions or stalling once you do pick up - you know long enough to get a trace on where you are. You never know, if they can get your home phone number they may be able to find out your home address. Especially when calls like this are from around your area (at least that's what the caller ID area code indicated - but then again I heard callers can make certain IDs come up if they think it will make you answer). Sorry so long - Just wanted to get some thoughts out there. I don't understand why so much of this is going on and nothing can be done about it. Thanks for reading!!!
Jan. 17 2008 - 8:30 PM: Regarding above call: Strange because EVERYONE who knows my boyfriend knows he's divorced and has been for 10 years, and we've been living together for the past 7 years. I guess I just wondered why the caller asked if I was his wife. If I had said 'yes' would the conversation had ended differently? - Weird!! I actually recognized the phone number because it has called the house in the past, randomly over several months, but enough times for me to remember it. I told my boyfriend about the weird conversation (mainly because they asked for him by his first name and the wife thing) and asked if he recognized the number. He said no and he tried to call it from is cell phone, he got a recording "the number you have dialed is not in service". He said you try - so I did from the house phone they called me on, same recording.
Jan. 17 2008 - 8:30 PM:
me - "Hello"
caller - no response but still on the line
me - "hello?"
male caller - "hello?"
me - "yes, hello?"
male caller - "Is **** there?" (asked for my boyfriend by his first name 'casually shortened' - like Jen is 'casually shortened' for Jennifer)
me - "No he's not may I take a message?"
male caller - "Is this his wife?"
me - "No but this is his girlfriend."
male caller - "I'll just try back later." - then he hangs up.
This number belongs to disreputable telemarketers trying to money off people's sympathy for needy veterans. According to charitynavigator.org: "At the Foundation for American Veterans in Michigan, just 6 cents of every dollar raised goes to services for veterans."
Called and immediately said hello Jon ( to verify it was me) this is whomever from the Dupage Sherriffs 107. Whatever that means. Told him to leave a message, said will call back
This is a telemarketer looking for donations to a police fund, and a rude one at that. They always ask for my wife. When I say she is not here they quickly hang up. They wont ever be gettig a dime from me.
FOLKS, THERE'S HOPE!! I have been emailing with a gentleman, Larry, at this "charity" since last evening. He sounds like he's had it and is going to get this taken care of!! He wanted to know times of day and if the caller were male or female, I told him about the harassment we've all received from this number, 800-611-8300, he was sincerely sorry and he promised me that I would be removed from "The List" in a couple of days!! He sounds like a very straight up guy who is pretty sickend by what I told him re. his staff of callers. Let's hope he can get this straightend out!
we recieve up to 20 call a day at all hours from this # 800-611-8300 along with "Out of area" and "caller ID blocked", the redial/recall goes back to the same # 800-611-8300, we have asked repeatedly to be removed from thier list of numbers and then recieve more calls after 20 minutes.
This is truly CRAZY. I thought I was on the "do not call list" and it would "protect" us. Ugh!
They call our house *at least* 8 times a day. I've asked them to remove us from their list and all they do is argue or belittle me. My mother donated money to them, in the past. It's a mistake we'll never make again. Once after asking to be taken off their list they called back not 20 minutes later (it was obviously a different person) and said their records showed they'd never called before. You shouldn't have to get harassing, angry phone calls so many times a day just because you were trying to do something nice.
How do I stop this organization from harrassing me? I should not be badgered to donate to this organization just because they called me. Their staff needs to be trained on how to handle rejection and move on. Calling back and swearing at me is not only unprofessional and disrepectful, but pure and simple harrassment!!! If the Federation for American Veterans knows how their telemarketers were representing them, they should all be ashamed!! This organization is a disgrace to our American Veterans!
A man said he was with vietnam vets. I said we had no etxra time or money can you take us off your list. He continued on, I had to ask 4 times. He finally said yes he could and he called me a b%$#h
Everytime these jerks from the Veterans Foundation call, they ask for my mother. I've told them several times she's out of the country and take us off their phone list, but they keep calling. They called tonight at 8:50pm, and when they asked for my mother, I pretended to be her. They immediately said this isn't a sales call, but I cut the guy off and told him to take me off their list. He started arguing with me and said I have them confused with a different group. I told him again to stop calling me and that I didn't want anymore calls at 9pm. He then had the audacity to tell me "it's not 9pm"! I said yes it is, it's 8:50pm, close enough! I'm at my wits end - how do I get these jerks to stop calling????
I get calls twice a day from this number and two others. I have VOIP so I just block the number and my phone doesn't ring. I think it's funny to look up my account and see how many times they have called.
I'm on the nation registry, how do these calls get through? It is so annoying. I've tried verything to discourage them but they only call more.
They have called here 6-10 times a day for the past week, never speak when I answer. Really getting annoying.
I never pick up when I see this number on my caller ID. Sometimes they call 5 times a day. They don't care if you are not picking up their call, they will just keep dialing you number. They never leave a message. This has been going on since the beginning of the year. They can't be ligitimate if they only give 20-25% of your donation to the cause. I wouldn't donate. Everyone gets ripped off but them.
called no less than six times today. if i answer they will not talk to me, but if my wife or daughter answer they will try to get money from them even though they are told that we are on a fixed income and can not donate.
Hey, I don't care it is a charity organization (only 25% goes to vets (75% to them) - WTF?)
What about class action lawsuit against them? Just anything that would make them quiet.
Reporting them to DoNotCall.gov doesn't help, because they do not violate it since they're charity organization (yeah, I know this is a stretch).
I'm writing me because I went to sleep late and they woke me up couple times, so you can see how angry am I...
A man called from this number asked for my daughter then hung up. I called number back - not in service
caller identified himself as chris willis?
Said it was work related!
saw that this # had called me, they left no message..
IT'S A FUNDRAISING OFFICE. THEY ARE TOLD NOT TO LEAVE MESSAGES. THEY CALL FROM AUTOMATED DIALERS. SO MANY NUMBERS ARE DIALING AT ONCE. SOME PEOPLE GET HUNG UP ON.
Sounded like a background conversation. Call ended with caller saying "I don't need this ****." Like I do.
this number calls for a few times a month and then they don't call for a while, they NEVER leave a message. I answered the first few times they called a few months ago and they always hung up, makes no sence to me!
It's about time we stand up and demand that these sham charities be included in the National Do Not Call Registry. Contact your local Congressmen and let them know this sort of shameless charity pisses you off!
I received three calls from this number today. Each time the caller identified himself as Burt Freeman. On the first call I let this Burt person know that we do not want to give to this foundation. However, Burt has call two more times today. When he recognized my voice he promptly hung-up. I have now used my local phone service options to block this number.
I don't answer, I let it go to the answering machine but they don't leave a message..........
Robert P. you are wrong. Everyone is a target!
I have been harrassed by this # for days! Today I received 11 calls from them, no word of a lie. What's the deal?
I just spoke to their "manager" and asked him what percentage of my donation would go to the VA hospitals and how much toward their administrative costs. He told me that 20% of a donation goes directly to the veterans hospitals. I said, so in other words 80% goes toward your administrative costs? He said they do the best they can to get as much to the VA hospitals as possible. I said wouldn't it be better if I just donated directly to the VA hospital rather than going through your organization? He said I could do that but the money would probably just go into the hospital's general fund and be spent on anything from wheelchairs to bingo games. But their organization, on the other hand, helps keep vets from eating out of garbage cans. It was quite a stretch to make THAT connection. At that point it was clear who I was speaking to and ended the conversation. There are legitimate organizations that give MUCH more to the charities they represent. This one has quite a racket going.
Called three times today and five times yesterday. These creeps simply do not give up.
If you want to stop calls from this number (which is a telemarketeer, start reporting them to the FCC. You can do this on line.
Frequent calls over the last week. Sometimes left message - a guy only saying Paul,Paul, Paul. Calling 2 or 3 times a day, sometimes 20 minutes apart.
Call every day, any hour. I wish I knew how to send their computer a virus. Unfortunately, I don't.
Called at 9:27am 07/07/07. Hung up as soon as they heard my voice. It looks like they target women and hang up on men.
they called but immediately hung up when they heard my voice. seemed really fishy...
THESE PEOPLE KEEP CALLING ME 10 OR MORE TIMES A DAY! IF THIS ISN'T HARASSMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!!! WHAT'S WORSE IS THEY CALL ME TILL 9 PM AND I'M TRYING TO GO TO SLEEP! I'M ALSO ON THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL LIST, BUT APPARENTLY THAT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING! WHERE DO I REPORT THIS INVASION OF MY PRIVACY & PEACE OF MIND?
They did not leave a message. Call at least two times a day.
We keep getting these calls too. I had a thought, why not tie up their phone by just chatting with them until they hang up. You could just try to talk about anything just to annoy them. Maybe they would put a red flag on your number.
I HAVE TOLD YOU NOT TO CALL BUT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND. YOU SAID YOU HAD TAKEN THE NAME OFF YOUR LIST, BUT YOU DID NOT DO THAT., REMOVE-REMOVE-REMOVE THE NUMBER AND NAME NO MONEY WILL BE SENT YOU
calling and leaving NO message.
Harrassed by calling back numerous times.
these are just like harrassment calls from the vets.. over and over and over again.. the phone just keeps ringing.. NEVER a message.. they hang up, keep calling back 5-6 times a day.. HARASSMENT!
receive call all hours would not leave a message on machine, acts like they know you when you pick. can this please stop
left no message and when I call the number back it says not in service.
Called EIGHT (8) times today in only 5 hours. Now that's a bit ridiculous.
man said he was calling for VFW..soliciting funds for their programs. I was concerned when caller id said unknown name. Told him I send donations directly to my local VFW and hung up.
This is the 5th time this week they have called. I politely asked to be taken off their list and they stopped talking to me, but didnt hang up the phone. Im assuming this way they can keep calling, because they just wont talk when asked to be taken off the list. STOP CALLING!!!
This number has been calling up to four times a day.
I have been getting these calls a while now, started very early in the Spring.
They do not ask for me, but my husband by "first name"!
THis # comes up on my caller ID every single time, as many as 5 to 8 times a day! I am so tired of this! When I ask "who" is calling, I am told either; "It doesn't matter." or "It is none of my concern!". A few minutes ago, when I last received one of these calls,
I asked again; "Who may I say is calling?", and was told, "I didn't ask to speak to you did I?"!!
I find this very RUDE, on top of being overly anoying!
Is there any way to put a complete stop to this sort of thing?
I have tried everything I know to do!!
I see the # come up and many times I will simply pick up the receiver and put it right back down!! Does not work!! They call back repeatedly if you try this!!
I have gone so far as to answer the phone, and simply blowing a whistle into the mouthpeice!!
Does not work either!!
People should not have to deal with this sort of stupid stuff simply because they have a phone in their home!!
This is the sort of stuff that makes me want to rip the phone right out the wall!!
But~~I am glad to see this here online!!
Thank you for being here!!
I know I am at least not alone with this pesty mess of call from who knows where!!
I will keep check in here from this point on.
Thanks again for being here~
I also received a call and called the number back - since I do not answer unavailable calls and it said the number was out of service.
A call left of my voice mail and he called me by name and said I would be happy to know it's not a sales call.
Got a call today - we don't answer unavailable calls. No message left. (Have been getting lots of weird numbers lately!)
just keep calling 5 or more times a day. if we wanted to talk to you we would answer the phone.so they have 2 numbers they call from 800-293-8606. so if you don't answer 1 you might answer the other.
They call my house once a day , at all hours.
They have called my house 3-4 times in the last week. I do not know who they are. They don't leave a message.
Been calling for the last few days, now. The first time they called, they guy said "Tim"? just like he knew me, then started his pitch for some firefighter's fundraiser before I hung up. I haven't been home when the other calls have come in. Same schtick, a guy's voice on the answering machine, calling out "Tim?...Tim?..." like we're buddies or something.
constantly calling, stops ringing on fourth ring, doesn't leave message.
they said that they collect money for veterans.When I told him I was a veteran,and to send me as much money as they could spare,I heard silence then a click and they were gone
once on sunday eve, twice on saturday...
they called me i am not sure who this is
These useless bastards are calling me 5 and 6 times a day. Three rings and then hang up!
Does anyone know who this may be? We had 7 calls from this number in 2 days!
Message was left on voicemail. Muffled and indistuishable male voice. Laughter in background near end of call.
Here is the latest info on these guys. 25% is not a good %rate for money collected versus money donated.
They reportedly call for:
Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Children With Hairloss, Inc.
Children's Cancer Fund Of America, Inc.
Children's Charitable Foundation
Crusade For Child Safety, Inc.
Detectives Benevolent Association
Firefighters Assistance Fund, Inc.
FireFighters Charitable Foundation
Foundation For American Veterans, Inc.
Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Inc.
Law Enforcement Education Program
National Children's Leukemia Foundation
Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth
Washington Chapter Of The United States Navy Veterans Association
Youth Development Fund (Tennessee)
Here are the latest reports I have found on this calling organization. Especially see the last (favorable?) one from the CA Attorney General. Apparently they have a massive computer phone calling set-up and raise money for various organizations. Today I nailed the called down for their address which was stated as:
Associated Community Services
29777 Telegraph Road
They call 5 time a day.
For info on this entity see: search.detroit.bbb.org
The BBB of Michigan reports this entity is not a member:
BBB of Detroit and Eastern Michigan, Inc.
30555 Southfield Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076-7751
FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN VETERANS
P.O. Box 44047
Detroit, MI 48244
View Location Map
Local Phone Number: (800) 611-8300
Membership Status: This company is not a member.
The BBB says:
The Bureau encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met. These agencies may include the Michigan Attorney General's Office, Charitable Trust Division. You may call this agency toll-free to determine if a charitable organization is licensed: (517) 373-1152.
You may also obtain this information by visiting the agency's website at : www.michigan.gov and click on the link Licensed Charities.
The BBB says that mail is being returned from this entity.
keeps calling asking for me then he hangs up in my face...
Called 02/13 @ 6.20pm, went to voice mail, no msg left.
I think the same guy Brent called me cuz he asked me the same thing "You keeping out of trouble?". The call was funny though cuz he asked me a question like "Do you think the veterans are important?" (I forget the exact question but he wanted me to say yes), so I said "I guess so" and then he said something like "You guess so? Yes, they are important". Why did he ask me the question if he didn't want to know?
A guy identifying himself as Brent from the VFW was very rude and would only talk to my girlfriend, whose name is on the account. He then asked her weird questions like, "So, you've been keeping out of trouble?" Not a normal question when soliciting donations for veterans.
Called early saturday morning, didn't leave a message
For the past 3 weeks they've called me about 5 times per week. I just answered the call this morning and they hung up. I'm on the national do not call list.
this number shows up 3-5 times a day!
the caller would only talk to my wife.
I answered the phone, but there was no response on the other end. I guess the caller didn't want to waste time talking to a thirty something male.
Yo Dumbass, making all the calls from this 800 number, what percent of the donations go to vets???
This number called me 3 times Friday and 2 times this morning, won't leave a message. Found out who is was here. I swear they know I won't pick up so they are just calling to anger me........
I am on the statewide and national "Do not call" listings. It would be wise not to call my home again. You have already been reported.
They call, when you answer, they hang up, you try to call back it is busy.
They have called 7 times in three days lying about a donation not made to get more. This is harassment. Stop.
Call from American Vets
Phone calls weekly for past two months. One time/s per week or more.
I received a call from 978-525-0031 November 21st, caller id just listed it as unknown name. The caller identified himself as Ray Janelle but hung up before he said anything else. Odd & annoying, but such is life