The American Diabetes Association is NOT a particularly esteemed charity (see charitynavigator.org on the web wherein they are awarded 1 star out of a potential 4 stars for excellence or lack therof).
Back in the early portion of 2011, we began experiencing phone calls looking for money from this operation (charity might be stretching things a little). At that time, they were using six phone numbers containing geographic area codes and all of them were Virginia or Maryland numbers. Of course, who knows whom they had hired to make the phone calls or what actual phone numbers those calls were coming from after they spoofed these six numbers using geographic area codes onto the Caller ID. You could dial any one of these (spoofed) numbers and listen to a polite recorded message indicating they would call you again (perhaps from InfoCision in Akron). Those numbers all showed ADA along with each number (as shown below) in the Caller ID:
At about September of 2011, ADA decided they needed to get a little sneakyness in to get you to pick up their phone calls by rotating 877 numbers with TOLL FREE CALL in the Caller ID. The numbers were (and, I assume, still are):
We acquired a Digitone call blocker device (easy to find by that brand name on the web, relatively easy to install and use and about $100 for peace on your phone line). That should explain why we have not seen any of the 10 phone numbers of the two types listed above since that time.
ADA number came to us on 9/27/2012 with the name of ANONYMOUS rather than TOLL FREE CALL in the Caller ID. The 877-232-4020 number came to us similarly on 9/28/2012. We will likely not see either of these numbers again as I have just added both to the list of blocked numbers on the Digitone. Those who wish to spare themselves this kind of
ADA calls from different numbers everyday. I called this number and went through their automated removal process. I did this yesterday with one of their other numbers. They say they have 30 days to remove but will within 2 or 3 usually. We'll see, good news is I didn't get a call from the 201 area code number yesterday. Whether it lasts is debatable.
I agree the foreign ''coupon code'' spammers are morons, but they have their own agenda, and slap these on any kind of thread.
Resident47 Jun 22nd, 2012
Bunch of morons in the comments below. Probably the same asswipes who call from this number.
Had a call ring in at 1223 Central Time on 9/6/11. No one was home and we generally don't answer calls of this type anyway. The Caller ID read "TOLL FREE CALL." We blocked our own phone number going out and called 877-251-2901. A pleasant male voice indicated that we had reached the American Diabetes Association and, among other things, should now dial one to cease receiving such calls in the future. I DO NOT counsel anyone to press one or even to call that number without blocking their own phone number with *67 first. This is a new wrinkle, with the ADA adding a TOLL FREE NUMBER to the other six that rang so incessantly that I had blocked them all back in early March of 2011.
The other six numbers, which I wouild not believe they have abandoned, were:
I now have all seven, including 877-571-2901
, blocked from ringing my landline phone. As indicated above, calling them and dialing 1 will be much more likely to get you more phone calls rather than fewer - you will only have told them that your number is alive and working!
When we answered they hung up.
!!! I have Verizon and they let me add as many numbers as I want to a block list and it stops calls from coming in. If we all post the numbers we are getting calls from, we can use this list to block all their calls.phone number to send in to the department to have removed from all contact. supposedly within 3-5 business days. we will see if it then stops. !!!!
stop snoring Jul 13th, 2011
I suspect it is ADA. They call several times each day under different town & state names. Sometimes the actually use ADA I am a diabetic and an ADA member but their tactics are deplorable. They also use, 571-261-0106
, Haymarket, VA, 434-878-9983
, Brodnax, Va., 703-291-9032
, Triangle, Va. & 240-218-7702
The consistent name on my caller ID is "ADA".Tis caller calls most every day except Sundays from different phone numbers which are: There is no message.Just a phone call and then a hang up, everytime.
M Heartley Jun 21st, 2011
ADA calls from different numbers everyday three times a day. I called the 1-800-342-2383
to have my number removed. they ask you for name, address, phone number to send in to the department to have removed from all contact. supposedly within 3-5 business days. we will see if it then stops.
They did not leave a message.
I have been getting several calls a week from this number for the past few weeks. I called the number and it says American Diabetes Assn. I have the number blocked on my phone, but they keep trying.. Before I blocked it, they never left a message.
This IS the American Diabetes Association. It is non-stop endless calls daily on multiple numbers: 301-223-0109; 410-202-0108
. They are becoming an annoying group. I have supported them in the past and have an ADA membership but no more. I'm fed up with this type of solicitating. (see comments from Fed Up below, same as mine!!).
I receive calls from ADA every day. The last few days in March 5th,6th,7th,8th & 9th. They ring 3 times then hang up. I used to pick up the phone but do not anymore. I have no idea how long I have been receiving these calls but it has been too long. I am beginning to be very concerned on what they are up to.
ADA's phone numbers are! 434-878-9983 248-218-7182 571-261-0106
. They usually call around 9:AM but not always.These are the numbers they have used in the last five days.Help Someone.
Helen Cast Mar 09th, 2011
Use your phone company blocking application. I have Verizon and they let me add as many numbers as I want to a block list and it stops calls from coming in. If we all post the numbers we are getting calls from, we can use this list to block all their calls.
Lightem Up gave some very good info (read comment below )...I tried his suggestion and the only drawback is they ask for your home address, and I refused to give it to them, as there is no earthly reason they need that..I told them they obviously had my phone number and that is all they need to know to pursue their job of stopping these infringing/invading phone calls.. he was still trying to insist they HAD TO HAVE IT...when I hung up...
Since we do not know of this company or person we do not answer the phone..but they call consistently, every day!
Pesky but legal, Mike. The TCPA allows a daily 13 hour call window beginning at 08:00 in your time zone.
Resident47 Feb 04th, 2011
I've been getting tons of calls from this number at all times of the day from early in the morning till late at night--right around 9 am they might start and after three or four calls during the day, the might call right up to 9 pm!! I don't ever answer and they never do leave a message!
I so hate these sorts of calls!!!
The dirty secret is that the calls are placed by a commercial fundraiser, such as Dial America, Harris, InfoCision, and MDS. Not sure which one has the Diabetes account now, but ADA has been a repeat client of InfoCision.
Still the calls are exempt from Federal DNC under the charity status, even though such call centers are very much for-profit and pocket most of what these periodic campaigns collect. At times the "charity" group is itself a profit enterprise, compounding the deception. However, as commercial entities, commercial fundraisers are expected to honor an internal no-call list and add any number upon request. Break that order, the FTC declares, and "the telemarketer may be subject to a fine of up to $16,000."
File complaints with the FTC and attorneys general, and the charity group doing the hiring. When the boiler room calls, try getting on a master "no-call" list for all of that firm's charity clients. See more discussion under this number: 901-881-9984
A charity call campaign must usually be cleared through some agency or regulator in your state, and many states make activity reports available online. They often reveal a specified period of weeks or months in which the group is permitted to solicit, sometimes tracking well with the observations on these call forums. Find those reports and you'll find one more desk to advise of your displeasure.
Resident47 Feb 01st, 2011
Here’s something that might work. Fight a Robo Caller with a Robo Answer.
The website address shown at the bottom of this message contains a WAV file you can record and then play at the beginning of your answering machine message.
It’s the Special Information Tone (SIT) that the phone company uses to identify a non-working number.
Their automatic dialer will then (supposedly) mark your number as Out of Service.
yourhomenow DOT com SLASH sit DOT html
I too get these bogus ADA calls 3-4 times a day from different #'s. Does no good to tell them to stop calling & letting it go to voicemail does not help. I have started picking the phone up & immediately slamming it back down but not sure that is doing any good. I have thought about blowing a whistle in their ears but afraid they may start calling me at midnight. They called at 9:00PM last night! I am keeping track of all the #'s & turning them into the DONOTCALL I am on, but does not seem to be doing much good. I will write the real ADA with all these #'s soon as I heard they can turn the bogus #'s into their Legal Dept. Here are the #'s I have so far from these jerks!
Does anybody know what we can do to get this to stop!?!?!?!
Very Angry Feb 01st, 2011
Yes, me too. ADA Corporation has been calling two to three times a day. Hangs up, no message. For me this harassment is simply torture. Renders my telephone partially unusable. Thank you so much simply being on the net, whocalledus. I would expect ADA Corporation to pay congress to nix this website.
The 571-261-0106 phone number shows ADA - but they leave no message - but I also started getting calls from unknow @ 310-492-5057
and a 704-248-2691
that was from North Carolina
I didn't answer, but continue to recieve these calls daily from ADA. I wish someone would tell them to stop and I'm not interested,
is it the american diabetes assoc.?
PS - Next step is a complaint to the State Attorney General's office. (-;
Lightem Up Jul 30th, 2010
Started receiving calls from various area codes in the Maryland area about 2 weeks ago from ADA. Happens about 3-4 days a week. Normally one at 8:30a, one at 4:30p, and sometimes one in the early evening between 6:30-7:30p. In the beginning I picked up the phone just to hear a "click" (hang up). Then I just let the phone ring and the answering machine do the work but no messages left. Collected a bunch of phone numbers, googled them, and found this site with all of them (and a few more) listed on the http://whocalled.us/lookup/ada web page.
Do not call the number to have you number taken off their list. NOT a good idea.
I Called ADA Center for Information and Community Support (http://www.diabetes.org/help/contact-us.html) at 1-800-342-2383
, pressed zero, and talked to a real human being. I told the person on the phone that I was on the Do-Not-Call list, was tired of all the phone calls being received from ADA, and provided over 6 phone numbers logged on my phone system. As several have voiced here, I followed suit by telling the ADA Rep I do not support nor will I tolerate any donation money being used to pay for electronic telephone harassment.
The person was very apologetic, took all the information, and I will feed back whether these calls stop in the near future.
Just a thought I would like to pass along... Fighting these situations is effective when [firmly but kindly] voicing your displeasure with a representative of that company. Especially when there is an 800 number to call and have another human being on the other end you can relay your total dissatisfaction. When you personally tell them this problem is going to affect their wallet [donations] they tend to understand where their almighty dollar is coming from and it is not a good idea to bite the hand [harassing phone calls] that feeds you [donations].
My recommendation is to call the 1-800 ADA line and light'em up. If their phones start lighting up like a fireworks grand final they will do something about getting to the root cause of the problem [whether it be them or some phone hacker obtaining active phone numbers using ADA's name].
Hopefully, the call will trigger an audit of their solicitation process, they will find major discrepancies, fix them, and more people than myself will benefit from the phone call. Slim chance... but here's hoping. Have a great day!
Lightem Up Jul 30th, 2010
The American Diabetes Assoc is behind this. I called them, thinking these calls were a scam, but the customer service rep told me that they use telemarketers to make these calls - looking for donations. I asked her to take me off the list and she promised she would. That was 1 month ago. I have been reporting each call to donotcall.gov and yesterday I filled out a complaint with bbb.org (The Better Business Bureau) against ADA. Hopefully, something will stop them. This is nothing but harassment.
Here are the other numbers they use:
Phone # Caller ID Location
(301) 223-0109 ADA Williamsport, MD
ADA Salisbury, MD
ADA Brodnax, VA
ADA Haymarket, VA
ADA Triangle, VA
Very annoying. Is there no way to make them stop calling? I think it should be illegal for non-profits to call numbers on the do not call list. I will never donate to anyone that calls me on the phone anyway. I don't answer and have had to set my answering machine on the minimum amount of rings because they drive us crazy with all the ringing sometimes several times a day.
This company calls everyday. I refuse to pick up. I wish they'd leave me alone. I feel like it's harassment.
I am being barraged by this group. Why don't they leave me alone? I am on the do not call list. What good is it if people still call? Is this American Diabetes Assocition, American Dental Association, American Disabilities Act....
I've gotten several of these calls. I highly doubt that a legitimate Diabetes organization is behind these calls. More likely a group of morons trying to scam people in some way.
Never, ever, call them back and enter your number to be removed. How dumb can some be? If you do, you are letting them know that your number is a working number which will be re-sold several times.
Hey Idiots Jul 06th, 2010
called american diabetes association headquarters and asked about this phone number. They researched all their records and claim that this is not their number.
Rec'd several calls from ADA from 2 different numbers. 1-571-261-0106
and 1-434-878-9983. They won't leave a message. Thankfully, our phone can block there calls.
LEAVE ME ALONE Jun 19th, 2010
They said awful things; they curse me told me to go home to momma
ada, calls regularly, no message and disconnect when answered
"This is the American Diabetes Association. You can call the number back and have your number removed from their list. It's apparently some sort of pledge drive."
I doubt that the American Diabetes Association would seek pledges in this random and annoying way. This is a phishing operation, maybe by a debt collector, or phone listing organization. They are trying to get you to confirm your contact information. If you answer and/or call them back you are doing just that.
You probably had some sort of debt issues within the last few months or years, or they would not be trying to track down and confirm this information.
These dang non-profit solicitors are annoying enough seeing we are on the do not call list and cannot stop them. But to get 4 calls in 2 days only to have the call cut off as soon as its answered is ridiculous. I am so sick of being interrupted from what I am doing to have to answer a call that is not there and then have it 4 times. I'm sure its not done yet as it says it takes 30 days to be removed from their list. Congress needs to stop these groups as well as everyone else who calls. I don't and wont give to anybody who calls. They are all scam artist.
My household has been taken over by calls from ADA. I walked and supported this group several years ago, but I've never dealt with this amount of calls from one agency. They call any day, any time and when the machine picks up, it's a hang up call. The last 2 days it has rang twice and then stopped. Numbers I have tracked so far, they all lead me back to ADA: 401-202-0108
, 571-261-0106, 434-878-9983
. I'm sure there are more I have missed but I'm getting to the bottom of this and stopping these calls before they make me want to get rid of my land line all together!
K. Stevens May 10th, 2010
Yes, it's true. I called the number back and it is in fact American Diabetes Association. Just call back and you will get an option to remove your name from their list. Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
It is the American Diabetes Assn. I called the number back. It was an automated system and you can enter your phone number and it will be removed from their call list within 30 days. Let's hope so.
This is not a "pledge drive". it is an illegal way to get around the "do not call" list and a way to gather personal info. to sell to other companies so your harassment will get worse. Use CID - don't answer the phone unless you are sure who is calling....it is illegal for them to leave a message.
If this was legitimate you would see the Amer. Diabetes Assn name and a legitimate # on CID. The # is unlisted!!!
Friend of CID Mar 17th, 2010
This is one of several telemarketers used by the Amer. Diabetes Assn. It is an unpublished # because they are in violation of the "do not call" list. The ADA wil tell you they are a non-profit so they can do this. So, why do they not use their name an # on Caller ID?
To stop these calls you are required to give them your name, address and phone # (!!) but the calls stop for a very short time, then start again. In the meantime you have given them what they want....more info. to harass you with and not just for the ADA.
If you are on the "do not call list" file a complaint....they calls stopped for us for about 6mos. then you have to do it again. The best defense against this intrusion into our lives is let the phone go to message unless you know who is calling. They never leave a message because it is against the law!
Friend of CID Mar 17th, 2010
Called about 10 times so far.
Wow. this is so helpful. just called them back and put my # in to be removed. Question: i am on the DO NOT CALL list, aren't they in violation
This is a telemarketers number supposedly for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). We give to this organization via the mail, so we are uncertain why we are on a telemarketing list. So far we have identified at least 6 different telemarketing numbers (including the one above)that are from the same organization - each having a different city/state I.D. Also,we are suspicious of any organization that uses such telephone tactics. Here are the other numbers: 703-291-9032
; and 410-202-0108
This caller ID of ADA was asked to remove our name the first week they began calling us. As the other callers state, ADA calls from way too many different phone numbers. Unfreaking believable to be hounded to donate this way! Ridiculous! Will NEVER give money to them due to these annoying,frequent, unnecessary calls. Are they also coming through as ADS? Keep getting strange numbers w/that i.d. as well.
Just started getting calls from this number in the past month, never leaves message. Spouse picked up yesterday, and told them to remove our number from their calling list. They asked for spouse by name. Calls repeatedly in one day, about 3-5 times.
I followed the advice I read from the comments here and I called the number back. It is the American Diabetes Association. I entered my number to be removed from their calling list. The recording said that by federal law they have 30 days to remove my number but that they would try to remove it in the next few days. We'll see!
They call daily from different numbers at different times. I give directly to charity not people who call disturbing me and then only give a portion to the charity. I wish they would quit calling....
just displays the tel #...no msg...
These are pests for hire. They hussle up money and the Diabetes Assn. gets a cut.
I just got a call from 301-223-0109
as well as one from the 571 # earlier. I called the 301 number back and got a recording (American Diabetes Assoc). If you wish to be taken off their call list, just enter your phone number -- no need to speak with anyone. Let's hope it works!
These people are insanely persistent and call from a variety of phone numbers.
sixpencefarm Feb 03rd, 2010
Thanks for the information. I called the number back and removed my number.
Indeed, it's the American Diabetes Association. All you have to do is call the number back and enter your phone number to have it removed from their list.
Called at 2 minutes before 9 pm... I don't donate to charities over the phone, and we don't answer calls from people we don't know, so they're out of luck. I do agree that charities (and politicians) ought to be put on the list of people who can't call numbers on the do not call list, which all of our numbers have been on since the list first became available in 2003.
No message - hung up before answering machine picked up. If ADA also called with different number last night
Left no message and no ID - probably yet ANOTHER bill collector looking for my sister. (NEVER let a family member move in or use your address - or you will suffer with these kinds of annoying calls too)
We also have received numerous phones calls from 410/202-0108, 434/878-9983, 571/261-0106 and 703/291-9032 and they are all from the the same group - ADA (American Diabetes Association). I work 3rd shift and the phones calls were getting irritating, so I called the phone number from the ADA website (1-800/DIABETES, or 1/800-342-2383
) and complained to their customer service rep. We are also on the state and federal do not call list and I was told that since they are a non profit organization, that they do not have to honor the do not call list. I requested that our phone number be taken off of their records and she also asked for our home address so that we will not get mail from them either. Lets see if that works
Get these on a regular basis. One yesterday from "ADA", but number 434-878-9983
. Not sure what past numbers have been.
I've gotten *11*! different calls, each from a different number, but all say ADA. Thanks "Who Called Us" for letting me know who ADA is. Next time, I'll pick up & tell them this is an amazingly stupid way to try to fundraise!
3:05 pm on a Monday Haymarket VA
Someone Special Sep 22nd, 2009
I will NEVER donate to a cause that annoys the HELLLLLLL out of me the way THIS one is! AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the first call but I don't pick up, I let my machine get it. I feel, if it is important, they will leave a message, if not, tough luck!
ADA is American Diabetes Association, probably looking for donation
These people need to be stopped. This call was a new one but I reported 10 yesterday from Md.
This is a new version that seems to come from Verizon or AT&T
This is the American Diabetes Association. You can call the number back and have your number removed from their list. It's apparently some sort of pledge drive.
JUL 29, 2009 - ADA, 1-703-291-9032, Duration is 17 seconds from 2:00:35 PM to 2:00:52 PM
JUL 28, 2009 - ADA, 1-571-261-0106
, Duration is 17 seconds from 7:45:43 PM to 7:36:00 PM
JUL 27, 2009 - ADA, 1-434-878-9983
, Duration is 16 seconds from 5:43:38 PM to 5:43:54 PM
JUL 26, 2009 - ADA, 1-410-202-0108
, Duration is 17 seconds from 6:17:58 PM to 6:18:15 PM
Is this American Diabetes Association making those calls from random phone numbers?
Grayson Peddie Jul 30th, 2009
Got called today but terminated immediately.
This is with a call duration of 17 seconds.
Two phone numbers who called me yesterday and after-yesterday claimed to be from ADA:
17 7/27/09:17:43:38 PM with call duration of 16 seconds
18:7/26/09 18:17:58 PM with call duration of 17 seconds
For this phone number "1-410-202-0108
," I mentioned they called me yesterday but it is a misprint. Look for my name in other two phone numbers.
Grayson Peddie Jul 28th, 2009