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The caller ID only shows "OUT OF AREA", but I have TrapCall setup on my cellphone. However, the number was still masked even at TrapCall, so I answered it. Guess who - effin' MIDWEST PUBLISHING COMPANY, scam artists extraordinaire. They claim to solicit "charitable" donations for dozens of non-profits, including Narcotics Officers Association, Firemen's Charitable Fund, etc. I told them to stop calling me for the millionth time and hung up. I have *repeatedly* told them not to call me for ANY charity, fundraiser, or product they represent and to put me on their internal DO NOT CALL list. I do not donate to any charity over the phone, PERIOD. Yet they continue to call me, and it has gotten to the point of harassment.

They have somehow gotten my personal home phone number (though it is unlisted), and they call me all day long, from 8:30AM to 9:30PM at night. I blocked their number as well as any "anonymous" callers, so one of their asinine employees by the name of STEVE ROSZELL has taken to calling me at home all hours of the day from his PERSONAL CELLPHONE in an effort to get around my call block service. His cellphone number is 231-250-8006, so I'm guessing he works for the Midwest Publishing facility in Big Rapids, MI.

Here is a call history:

On 10/12/2009 they called me at 10:13AM and 11:47AM. The 11:47AM call is when I told them to stop calling me on my cellphone. Then the calls began on my home phone. On 10/12/2009 they called my home phone at 8:22PM, 7:43PM, 7:42PM, 5:27PM, 5:22PM, 4:56PM, 4:51PM, 4:50PM, 3:20PM, and 12:22PM. That's a total of 12 calls on 10/12/2009.

On 10/14/2009 they called me on my home phone number at 9:05AM, 10:13AM, 11:02AM, 1:05PM, 1:23PM, 1:24PM, 2:38PM (Steve Roszell's personal cellphone number showed), 3:17PM, 3:23PM, 4:10PM, 4:11PM, 5:35PM, 6:15PM, 6:16PM (Steve Roszell's personal cellphone number showed),7:38PM , 7:50PM , 8:58PM. On that same day (10/14/2009), they also called me three more times on my cellphone despite me telling them two days earlier to never call me again at that number: 4:12PM and 6:16PM That is 19 (NINETEEN!!!) calls IN ONE DAY from effin' Midwest Publishing.

Today, 10/15/2009, it started again bright and early on my home phone at 8:58AM, which was once again immediately followed by a call from Steve Roszell's personal cellphone number 231-250-8006) at 9:05AM. The tool is still trying to figure out how to beat my Call Block service. (Good luck, moron!) If that isn't harassment, I don't know what is. I'm seriously considering legal action at this point. I feel they will not stop harassing me unless I initiate a lawsuit! This is ridiculous.
T.R.L.S.
 Oct 15th, 2009
It's Virginia State Police Association fundrasing...they never stop
Natalie
 Jul 22nd, 2008
Their repeated calling is abnoxious!! Can't someone figure out how to stop them.
CH
 Apr 11th, 2008
Every time i call the nuber back to see what company this is I would block my number and get hung up on
lisa
 Mar 14th, 2008
Called @ 6 pm. Left no message on the machine. I believe this is an outsourced fundraising organization for a Va State Police auxiliary (or using the Va State Police name). They are NOT the police but a fundraiser. If they aren't leaving a message, don't answer & don't contribute. If they can't prove they're legit, don't contribute. A legit organization is supposed to ID themselves...not sneak around like shady bill collectors.
Kat
 Mar 14th, 2008
Confirmed employees:

Mr. Stan Burzynski, Vice-President, (stan.burzynski@mpi-services.com)

Mr. Burzynski lives in Woodbury, Michigan. He is a bowler with Twin Cities branch of Amateur Bowlers Tour. There's a picture of him in this PDF. http://www.tcabt.com/tournaments/070318c.pdf His wife is Mary-Ann Williams, but took Stan's last name when they wed.

Mr. Neal Shifflett, Technical Support

Administrative contact for the company's domain.

Ms. Leann Coakley, Solicitor, (Leann.Coakley@mpi-services.com)

Appears to be based in St. Paul, MN and Lakewood, OH. Ask for her from the main number of these facilities.

A million other places, and the Fraternal Odor of Police here in VA. I found out this morning when one called while I was blissfully dozing. MPI is known in AZ to hire felons and under 18's for its call center. This is likely the source of their high-quality brand of customer service. They generally pay between $7-$9/hr. and you can apply in person!

It's very hard to say how much of the money is stolen. This one says only 15% of collected money is donated. These writings by an employee mention a rate of 6%. http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/713475

Others say as low as 5%. This is certainly a scam. Get 'em, Internet.
someoneelse
 Jan 31st, 2008
This is who it is.

Midwest Publishing Inc. (Headquarters)
19900 W 9 Mile Rd,
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 1 248-358-2137

Midwest Publishing, Inc.
10844 N 23rd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Phone: 1 602-943-1244
Fax: 1 602-861-4960

Midwest Publishing, Inc.
14600 Detroit Avenue, #1200
Lakewood, OH 44107
Phone: 1 216-226-7117

Midwest Publishing, Inc.
2550 University Avenue West, #115N
St. Paul, MN 55144
Phone: 1 651-644-9229

Midwest Publishing Inc.
122 S Michigan Ave
Big Rapids, MI 49307-1879
Phone: 1 231-796-9276

Midwest Publishing Inc.
32 W High St
Oxford, OH 45056-1762
Phone: 1 513-523-1932

Midwest Publishing Inc.
6370 York Road, Suite 2
Cleveland, OH 44130
Phone: 1 440-885-8250

Website: http://www.mpi-services.com/ (Last modified Nov. 6, 2002)
Toll Free Ph#: 1 800-684-9945 (ask for MPI supervisor?)
bobphone
 Jan 31st, 2008
Been calling for months multiple times a day.
DB
 Jan 30th, 2008
I believe I shall answer the phone stating,....." Leroy's Crack House, How can I help you?" he he ha ha
name
 Dec 05th, 2007
Asking for donation for some police organization and then hung up called 8 times in one day
David
 Nov 25th, 2007
I think it is the annual fund drive for the VA State Police Association (Thus, VA SP A_ Can't figure the last two, but whoever said it was police, is right. They call each year, and if you've ever pledged 35.00, you're on their list. I also think they especially look for those who've had tickets.
Vic
 Nov 20th, 2007
Claimed to me the police
Peter
 Nov 09th, 2007
Calls several times a day. I don't know who it is so I don't answer. Who is this and what do they want?
Ben
 Nov 04th, 2007
It has called our home twice today. I called the number back. It says "Thank you for calling the Fundraising Information Center". Then you can press numbers to talk to a customer service representive.
candksmom
 Nov 04th, 2007
Has called a number of times over several days. Does not leave a message.
Rich
 Nov 03rd, 2007
called and asked for me, then hung up. I was able to find out the cell phone company of the cell phone number. the company is Nationsline Virginia, Inc. City code is WSNGTNZ08. The Phone call occurred on 11-3-07 at 3:00 p.m.
Rose
 Nov 03rd, 2007
They have called all day long (according to caller ID) but do not leave a message.
TS
 Oct 24th, 2007
Called 3 times tonight. I accidentally answerd once and hung up. They immediatley called back. I didn't answer as I'm not familiar with VASOASP.
Rob
 Oct 23rd, 2007
Did not answer. They have called several times today.
Heather
 Oct 23rd, 2007
Hung up
FPS
 Oct 23rd, 2007
Didn't answer--wondered what the business was
Cam S.
 Sep 20th, 2007

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