I just called the number Frank Haxor listed and someone answered on the first ring today 1.30.08 7:20 PM PST. I asked her nicely to remove my number and not to sell it to anyone. She said she would. Now I am holding my breath.
This is the address and number from Frank Haxor.
Sponsor Reps Inc.
9810 40th Ave SW Ste C
Lakewood, WA , 98499-4317
I happen to work for this organization, and it DOES NOT MATTER if you are on the Do Not Call list. As all campaigns we call on behalf of are either non-profit or charitable. The DNCR only protects you from people actually selling something over the phone.
In order to be removed from our list perm. is to say "Take me off your list, permanently.", "Don't ever call here again" is NOT a take off list, and you will continued to be called. Also don't be afraid to say "Take me off your list, or I will file a complaint with the attorney general."
HOW TO CONTACT
Sponsor Reps Inc
9810 40th Ave SW
Lakewood, Wa 98499
ALL TOL REQUESTS TO THAT PHONE NUMBER ARE DEALT WITH AND REMOVED WHILE THEY HAVE YOU ON THE PHONE.
IF YOU CALL BACK THE CALLER ID # AND GET VOICEMAIL - INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER WITH AREA CODE OTHERWISE "TAKE ME OFF YOUR LIST" WILL NOT HELP OUT AT ALL.
They just called and I totally read the guy the riot act. It was beautiful. A quick search of the Washington Secretary of State website reveals they (sponor reps inc) brought in over $2,170,000 last year, and tendered a mere $303,296 to the charities they supposedly represent. http://www.secstate.wa.gov/charities/search_detail_cfr.aspx?cfr_id=260
These guys are total crooks. I am guessing it is quite legal. What an outrage.
They call every day. WE never answer.. it's getting annoying
did not answer - they did not leave message
all they said was "can you hear me?" and hung up before I could respond. I see from this site that this call back number that shows up on our caller ID's is a fax # for SRI
Recorded msg said "This is SRI, sorry we missed you. You can reach us at 253-581-6257
" and hung up. I called back and N/A. Found out they were a solicitor. I am on the Do Not Call list.
Calling every night approximately 8:35 pm and hang up. Ring until answering machine picks up or if I answer, they hang up.
Called on 9/17 at 5:31 p.m.
Left no message.
Quit calling me you boneheads
Less than 10 minuts later:
They just called back. I'm turning it over to the police dept. I'm done with this mess, it's become harassment when they call and say "look B***h". Wait till the local newspaper gets hold of it. Again they got the air horn!
Today and about a dozen or more times before today this number calls me wanting someone by another name. I tell them over and over NOT to call here, that that person does NOT live here. They keep on and never identify themselves. So tonight I gave them the air horn. Should do it.
I just let the answering machine pick up but they never left a message. several calls a week.
We have been called before and asked to be off the list twice. There was no reply when I tried to call back to remind them. I'm on the no-call list. How can this be stopped?
Saw same ID I've seen several times over the past year, SRI WSCFF, so I let it go to the answering machine. They hung up. Call came in at 8:25 a.m on Saturday.
these @#$%^&! called @7:45 pm on Labor Day, they call about 2-3 times per week and we just let it go to answer machine...once long ago I had the misfortune to speak with someone who started giving me a "can't you help" sob story. best approach is to pick up phone but don't say anything or hit the phone button twice thereby getting the satisfaction of hanging up on them!
This number comes in on caller ID as SRI WSCFF. This is the third or forth call from this number, despite the fact that I have requested each time they remove my number from their list. I also explained we are on the Do Not Call list... I never get a response from the caller as soon as I tell them I am not interested... they simply hang up. Very irritating and rude, to say the least.
have received several calls from this number. Tried to call back - rings and rings, then picks up , two beeps and the call is disconnected. Very annoying.
He was very loud and obnoxious. When I said that I rarely donate over the phone, he hung up. I have a "plan" for when he calls back.
They have called me 12 times now asking for money. Told them to take me off their call list, they will not do it.
SURI WSCFF; AM SURE IT IS JUST A SCAM, NOT THE REAL THING
i sent the info to fox 12 investigators
This number has shown up on my caller ID several times. They always hang up. When the number is called, they never answer with a voice; it is more like they answer and hang up.
Got a call at 5:34 they have called before and I don't know who they are so I just don't answer. I have in the past answered and there was no one on the other end
No message left, only hang-ups. I dialed *69 and then did a reverse number lookup on the Internet.
What a bother!
Missed this # twice, tried to call back and it just rings.
They called yesterday and asked if I could give money the the "WA Fire Fighters something or other". First they asked for $35..."No thanks" $20... "Sorry", $10? I asked if she would like to donate to an Air Force Charity Fund called "Air Force Aid Society" to support emergency assistance to Air Force members and their families. I started giving my infomercial (I was my squadron's rep) but she interrupted me by saying "Thank you have a nice day." and hung up. I didn't even get to go over payment options or donation amounts with her. Oh well. They called again today, the machine picked up, they left no message.
Air Force Al Aug 04th, 2007
Receiving calls from 253-983-8739
. Caller ID says "SRI WSCFF" Spoke with someone the first time and told him we did not want to donate. Next time, my husband answered and no one responded to his repeated "Hello"s. Calls have continued. What a waste of the hourly wage someone is paying. Do they think if they make us more and more angry by harassing us, eventually we'll give in and send them money??
We, too, are on the donotcall.gov list. I think requests for donations may be immune.
Is there no way to stop them?
Same story, no message, caller ID read, SRI WSCFF 1-253-9838739
Pissed Off Aug 03rd, 2007
I average 2 or 3 calls per week from WSCFF. This is the firepersons union, working for the already overpaid firepersons. They are too lazy to actually call in person, but use an autodialer, so sometimes they are slow to actually pick up and speak when their machine contacts you.
Perhaps if we all start harassing and picketing our local fire stations, then they will get the message and tell their union to LEAVE US ALONE!
get a call message not a real person. This is a telemarketing hotroom! I know where they are as we used to drive by there quite a bit on our way to lakewood
Paul Murphy Aug 02nd, 2007
calls several times a week, sometimes several times a day. first few times i answered the call... no answer on other end. now i don't even bother, but i want the calls to stop. national do not call list is a bunch of @#$&!
WSCFF funds are raised by Sponsor Reps Inc (SRI). If you have questions or a complaint about a phone call that you received from SRI, please contact us at 800-923-3473
I gave to the firefighters themselves as well as threw sponcor reps, inaddition to the WSP and the local police.
I am now unemployed and have told them that but they call anyway. I finally just gave in and gave to SRI- WSCFF and put it in my file, not three months later they call for "my yearly pledge" I stated I had just given three months ago and they argued with me so I double checked, sure enough...He said he would make that note, so nobody would call until next year, that was three months ago and here they are again. I'm not going to donate anymore, not now and not when I can afford it. I dont feel good about donating to an organization that is that agressive and full of~
They don't have to abide by the DO NOT CALL list since they are not telemarketers. They are collecting donations. Go to their website and request they remove you from their list:
TheMom1951 Jul 26th, 2007
I am on the do not call list and these people are bothering me.
serena stuart Jul 24th, 2007
I called this number, 425-339-2300
, and requested to be removed from their list. Person I spoke with was pleasnat and "said" I was removed...will see.
The organization that is calling is named "Sponsor Reps International". This is their contact information: Douglas B Thornton
9810 40th Avenue South West
Lakewood, WA 98499
CALLED AT 8:28PM- DIDN'T ANSWER CAUSE WAS ALREADY IN BED
To everybody who is on the National Do Not Call List: Charities, non-profits, and political campaigns are allowed to still call you even if you are on the do not call list. The National Do Not Call List only applies to commercial (for profit) solicitors. However, if you tell a specific non-profit, charity, etc. to remove you from their call list, they must do so and are not allowed to contact you again for at least 2 years (at least I believe the time limit is 2 years).
SRI-WSCFF is not a scam. However, SRI charges these charities such huge fees for their service that the charities receive very little in relation to the amount collected by SRI. If you want to donate the the WSCFF (or any chartity for that matter), donate to them directly rather than donating over the phone to a third party service.
I have rec'd numerous calls from them. I finally found this sight and saw the message with the phone number in Lakewood. I called it. Told them I wanted my number off of their list. I was told that it would be done at that moment. I also told them I was on the nat'l do not call list and was told that they are a non-profit organization so the nat'l list doesn't apply to them.
Listne people i am on the nationall no call list, but they keep calling. Dont call the stupid BBB(better buisness bureo) contact the washington state aturney generals office. If they get enough complaints then they can be shut down. The BBB can only give em a slap on the wrist so don't waste your tiime
They call several times a week. Sometimes several times a day. Never, do they leave a message
They called me today at about 11:30 am, talked to me asked about my alarms and what not. Wanted me to donate, tried very hard to get me to give my card number to them, even tried telling me a joke, I said " Why dont you just send me the packet and I will look it over and decide how much to give you" Hopefully in saying that, they wont call me thinking Im reviewing their crap.. that or they know- I know they are full of BS.
This is disgusting: According to the Secretary of the State of WA, http://www.secstate.wa.gov/charities/search_detail_cfr.aspx?cfr_id=260 this company (SRI) collected over $2 million, but only gave $300,00 of it to the charities they were promoting. That is less than 14%. Ask them about this if they call you again.
Pretended to know me, would not answer when I kept asking what the call was about. Kept asking me how my year was going. Finally said he was from WA firefighters. Later got rude and hung up.
hung up no message but has called in the past asking for money for firefighters.
They called a few minutes ago and when I answered, a male voice said, "Hello, can you hear me alright?" When I said, yes he hung up and didn't call back. I've told this organization in the past that I'm a low income pensioner but they keep calling asking me for money.
TheMom1951 Jul 11th, 2007
This is what you do! Someone told me that if they call, just pick up the phone, and make sure there is no background noise, ie. Kids, pets, TV, etc. After around a week or so they give up because they mark the call as dead air and eventually stop calling
what do we have to do to get these pricks to stop calling?? just to give a fair warning if not all ready known, they are multiple phone numbers they will try calling from which is 509-536-1815
just a helpful tip to who that doesnt know it
There are alot of legitimate companies that raise money for charities but these guys are not one of them.. Unfortunatly they give the good guys a bad reputation as well.
SRI stands for Sponsor Reps Inc. They have a terrible reputation for collecting money for groups like the Washington State Council of Firefighters, and turning over a small portion of it to the actual charity.
Call 5-6 times a year for last 5 years.Asked to be taken off call list.Nada!
Hope this plague stops soon.
Also a Seattle number 253-983-8739
. Harrassed 2 to 3 times a week. VERY RUDE. They are located at
9810 40th Ave. S.W.
Lakewood WA 98499-4317
This is causing people to not donate to the true firefighters who deserve it.
I think thats pretty serious.
All the same stuff--early Saturday, several times a day, etc. Will try advice of that terrier who pursued them to an address and phone number.
Regarding the comment posted by "W" on February 19, 2007- it is obvious the person is the PR representative of SRI or any other form but connected with the perpetrators. The federal Do NOT Call list has a purpose: to prevent unsolicited and intrusive phone calls!!
Great informative site. Thanks.
Just got a call sounded like some kid said he was from Washington State Troopers LOL
Got about 10 calls from this number, some were hang ups but one guy keeps calling and all he says when I answer is "can you hear me OK?" like I have a tin can and a string? Well I asked him to quit calling and he says "pardson me"? then I said can you hear me OK? we will see if they quit calling. Thanks for listing the number to call!
Ok - I just called and they said they'd take me off the list. Lets see if this happens.
There are calls ALL THE TIME from this on my phone, so I finally decided to check online after the call I got just now. All the guy said on the line was:
Then he hung up.
Im sitting next to my phone most of the day.
When I see "toll free" "out of area" a business or person I do not recognize on the 'incoming call' screen-I simply lift the reciever for one second-then put it back down.
I called and asked to be taken off their list. We will see if they stop calling!!!
Sponsor Reps Inc.
9810 40th Ave SW Ste C
Lakewood, WA , 98499-4317
Tonight they called my mother's home 8:26pm looking for my 10 year old son (as mom thought it would be cool a couple months back to give in his name.) Mom said he wasn't there, she was hung up on. She called me with the Lakewood # & said she didn't know who it was but it was an adult male. I was obviously taken back by an adult who doesn't know mom calling her house for my boy - I called the number. It rang many times then it beeped. Tried a few more times but the line was busy. I searched the net & found this site. Thanx Frank! I called the 425 # & spoke with a polite woman who asked me to tell her manager as it was policy. He was also polite & did say he would take care of it. I told him I used to be a telemarketer & we were to ALWAYS inform them who we were upon calling - before 1 word was said & if we were asked to take them off the list we were to apologize very quickly - then do it! Like I asked him, how is anyone able to ask if they are being hung up on & why would we give our money to people that talk that way to us.
Long conversation short nice guy & said they have a record of ALL the numbers called, time stamped, along with who called so any problems just call & be pissy with him. Hopefully he will get these people as I know we are tired of the every couple months cold calls of rudeness. Ohh yeah he also said that they are supposed to (by law - I believe) have a person on the other end of the number not just a couple beeps.
I also told him about this website & to look it up cause I am obviously not the only one who is not happy with them!
I have told these guys numerous times that I was no longer going to donate $ to them.
Carl Bloom Feb 22nd, 2007
This so-called "charity fundraiser" has called numerous times. Each time I've requested "do not call again," only to be called again. I believe this telemarketer is engaging in a scam. If you'll note, their first words when calling are: "can you hear me?"
If you answer, "yes," then this becomes part of the recorded conversation and can later be stitched together to claim you have agreed to either receive their phone calls or send money.
The WSCFF does admit affiliation with this shyster company, SRI, at the bottom of their webpage:
Here they write:
"If yu have questions or a complaint regarding the upcoming show or a phone call that you received from SRI, please contact us at 800-923-3473
or via email at:
Please note, however, if you telephone the 800 number they'll have your phone number and a record you called, and if you email they'll then have your email address.
Since so many people have taken the time to complain about this organization and its fundraising affiliate, SRI, I can't imagine why a legitimate organization would continue a relationship with a company that generates so many complaints.
To Terry's comments. He needs to put the entire quote in his comment. If you go to www.wscff.org and click on Benevolent Fund, you will find the entire quote. The quote he pulled it from was in reference to the WSCFF Benevolent Fund, a separate entity from both the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and SRI. While you are there, click on Fundraising to see the current event for the fire fighters. SRI does direct on the phone fundraising for The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, who I have great respect for, and when there has been any mistreatment, which has never happened to me, but some friends of mine have been, both WSCFF and SRI were very quick to handle the issue and take corrective action, including action against the sales person involved. Just so you can contact the appropriate people if you feel that you have been mistreated, use 877-581-4665
or www.sponsorreps.com to contact SRI and 800-983-3473
to contact WSCFF. I do understand that WSCFF may not get all the money, but the way I look at it, what they get is better than nothing, which is what they would get otherwise. SRI provides jobs to people right here in Washington, WSCFF represents the guys we all respect. If you don't wish to be contacted, call one of the numbers above. Please be aware that there are other fire fighter groups out there that are also doing fundraising by phone and you will need to contact them separately.
2 calls tonight with Caller Id SRI-WSCFF -- but no one at the other end. Why do they even bother? Thanks for the posts - especially Frank's info. Great site!
I received a bunch of calls from this number before I decided to answer it. When I did, I got a guy stating he was raising money for WA firefighters. I told him that our giving was already directed elsewhere and he went ballistic! Told me I didn't care about all the people firefighters help and on and on while I remained silent. Worked himself into a frenzy then called me a bitch and told me he hoped my house burned down.
I'm thinking he needs to work on his people skills.
I answered and noone was there. They keep calling. Atleast once a day.
The individual hung up on me before I could politely request to have my mobile phone number placed on their do not call list. I tried to call back, but got no answer, only a beep beep beep after many rings.
No message on voicemail. When I called back, phone rang several times, then beeped several times--no answer.
Heard a muzzled voice, then the caller hung up. Sounded like he said he "knew" something. I'll check Frank's information and report this to the phone company and BBB.
my comment before didn't dome up, i told the man my fmily are police officers and i give to them, he said" well do they give to your church when you can't be pulled out of a burning building"?? WRONG ANSWER
sally buck Feb 09th, 2007
THANKS frank, i called the number reffered to below, service reps, regarding the way out of line things that were said to me, and he was very appologetic and took my number off. BUT HOW DO I TELL THE FIREFIGHTERS who are paying for this bad service???
sally buck Feb 09th, 2007
I saw this number on my caller ID when I came home from work. They did not leave a message. I have previously gotten calls from people claiming to be from some firefighters' organization, and they are sometimes very aggressive. Please advise what is the best way to get law enforcement involved to shut them down.
Started getting calls from SRI, and like the jerks who were doing the 'fundraising for officers killed in the line of duty' (who told me the officers dogs get put down too - no joke) I opted to track them down and make it clear not to call me ever.
So for the rest of you, here's their info:
Sponsor Reps Inc.
9810 40th Ave SW Ste C
Lakewood, WA , 98499-4317
I got a live person first try - so I encourage you to call and tell them in no uncertain terms that you do not want to hear from them.
Frank Haxor Feb 09th, 2007
They've called us many times as well - latest was at 8:36 on a Saturday morning.
They called at 8:20 am on a saturday morning. That's surely the best time to catch me in a good mood. NOT
They are an invasion of privacy and wasting time. They give firefighters a bad name.
Called at 9:00 p.m. My 77 year old mother engaged a conversation. When she asked how much to pledge he gave amount of almost $200.00! My mom said "oh no! I make a lot of donations so I could only give about $20.00. The man asked her if for her credit card # and she replied that she would send a check. I knew he was pressuring her because I heard her respond "I will send it first thing tomorrow." Then a woman got on the line to confirm her address! Get these people good. My mom gives pledges she thinks are truly helping people. It is always devistating to her when she learns these "such nice young man" is nothing more than a scam artist!
I would like to get taken off the Phonelist
Called me today: 11/14/06
Saw the number on the caller ID. Didn't answer it.
multiple calls, no message
I figured it was a scam. thanx google search.
See Seatle phone number 253-983-8739
. Same multiple complaints but they are adding numbers. It is WSCFF-SRI looking for donations. They don't respond to being asked not to call again. Donotcall.gov does not stop them.
After getting fund raiser calls from various "State Troopers", "Widows of Firefighters", etc charities, I hunted around on google and found out that these are from companies who go around calling charities, and offering to donate somewhat large (on the scale of the organization, which can be small) constant sums of money in exchange for permission to use their name. The "charity" involved can be something as lame as the union for police officers of a particular county. In other words, they might not be in your area, or even be worth donating money to.
The companies then sell this permission to other companies who do the actual calling.
End result is that the charity gets some relatively small cash, and some company gets the ability to farm up mass sums of money in their name.
According to the real Washington State Council of Firefighters - www.wscff.org - "the fundraising campaign that is carried out by SRI, is
unrelated to the WSCFF"
9810 40th Avenue Southwest Suite C
Lakewood, WA 98499-4317
They have a truly horendous reputation for bothering people (even after being repeatedly requested to not call number again and remove it from calling list).
They call us all the time, and I've asked them to remove me from their list, but we still get their calls.
Please do not call this number again and hang up
Cory Skalisky Sep 07th, 2006
Donated money once (locally) and now can't get them to stop calling. Have asked many times but still they call.
Called on 8/30/2006. Caller ID said SRI WSCFF. When I let it go to the answering machine, they hung up.
they keep calling at all hours of the day
Call came in 8:54 pm 2/29/06 Caller ID said "253-983-8739 SRI WSCFF" My husband answered and a male caller said "Is Katarina there?" When my husband replied "No" the caller hung up on him. Caller never identified himself. When I called the number, 253-983-8739, to complain, there was no answer, it rings and rings then several beeps. My postal code is 98055
Called and asked for somebody who was unavailable and when they heard that they hung up with out me responding.
Get a hangup on my voice mail box at my office extention at a non-profit agency. Happens once or twice a week in the evenings after everyone is gone.
Calls very early on weekend mornings and does not leave a mesg. Mostly they hang up when I answer the phone. I have managed to get a "live" human and they say they are a business that gets donations for various organizations. I have repeatedly requested they remove me from their calling list (and I am on Do Not Call List), but they still call. :-(