Infocision calling for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They aren't soliciting a donation, they want you to do it for them. "Just address and mail out a couple of envelopes to your neighbors, and then collect the responses and pay for the postage to mail them back to us." The last time I did that, all I got back was a bunch of angry neighbors.
Third day in a row I have been called by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society using a different number each time. I am blocking every number they use. I think they will run out of numbers before I run out of blocking capability.
These same people called my home number yesterday using a different number. I am on the National Do Not Registry but they still call. This might be a great organization and with a wonderful mission, but I don't want them calling me unsolicited. It is annoying and my annoyance is made worse by the knowledge that the CEO makes over $500,000 a year. I won't give any money to an organization, no matter how beneficient their motives are, if they use these tactics to raise money. Here are known numbers that the LLS uses. I am blocking these numbers.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a scam. The majority of the funds they raise from suckers goes to fundraising expenses and into the pockets of the organizers.
Their national office is in White Plains, NY: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605 And their phone is:914-949-5213
A year or two ago I made a donation through a neighbor who was collecting funds. Since then I receive periodic donation requests through the mail. Then they got my unlisted number and recently have been making calls (see comment below). In the mailings their is a nickle included. I keep the nickle because I don't want anything to do with them anymore. I called the national office and they offered to take me off the list. Since I do not trust them, I may continue to receive mailings, and I will take the nickle as a small deposit for the time spent on this. Not an ethical organization in my opinion.
[Leukemia Society of America]
They called a couple times a day but don't leave a message on the answering machine. Claimed to be the Leukemia Society of America. On most recent call I picked up. They didn't answer right away, and when I asked who called she said Leukemia Society of America. She said she'd place us on the do not call list after I said to stop calling. We'll see what happens.
I've a recent story in a thread about another InfoCision client in which I detail how I buried this highly annoying commercial fundraiser for good. Simply put, I followed my own advice, using available laws to my advantage. It's not difficult, and I wish I could have done it sooner. While others continue to report nuisance calls about the dozens of InfoCision clients, my phones have been stone quiet for months. We get almost no charity calls now, since this one Akron firm was responsible for at least 85% of them in our household.
As for the insistence on ''block 'em / ignore 'em / do nothing'' repeated in this thread, I think I've handily proven this is not a strategy which kills the weeds at their roots. I don't mind a little criticism, but I do have a problem with cowardly head games. The opposition to my advice might carry more weight if ''George'', ''Henry'', ''Ken'', ''Sandi'', ''Florida Wilma'', ''JZM'', and ''Robert'' were not the same person. It's not possible to have a consensus of one, and really you would think that one person could find a better hobby than talking to his multiple personalities.
Rhode Island Mar 25th, 2012
They called twice today. The answering machine kicks in but they never leave a message. They are extraordinarily aggressive. Very irritating.
Pennsylvania Sep 24th, 2011
Receiving calls daily, so far 866 264-5059, 229-1369, 263-1169, 229-3821 .. no messages from any of them. I am blocking them as it seems if they really are a charity the calls are legally allowable
I suppose the law has to change.
My niece told me to report the calls I got on this internet service from this and other numbers. I don't think it's very nice of them to bother older people with these calls. The first time I get one, I got worried thinking it's that no good ex-husband of mine wanting money cause he's always loosing his on gambling. Then after all that worrying, I have to take pills to calm me down. Of course, that's not good for me. Now, every time they call, they hang up by the time I can get out of the chair and to the phone. Then I worry thinking I missed a very important call. I have to take another pill to stop worrying. I don't even know what they want but I know it makes me worry.
I have been getting many calls from this number over the past few weeks. I have a Panasonic blocker phone, so it really isn't a problem, but, thought I would report it anyway. I think it's too bad that all phones aren't manufactured with call block as a standard feature. It can't add that much to the cost of the phone to do that and that would put an end of this shady scam call thing after a while. If they want to plug in their robo call machines and talk to my "see ya" machine, that just fine with me...we'll see who gets tired & hungry first; the jerks who bought the robo caller to make money with it or my phone that dumps all the calls without disturbing me in the least. My money is on the jerks.
I'm encouraged by some of the recent comments posted here. At least a few are begining to understand that the only way to stop this insanity is to never answer the calls. When you don't recognise the caller id, then simply don't answer the phone. Legitimate callers will leave you a message. It works, but, takes time. Over the past year or so, I have gone from 20 to 30 calls per month to 2 or 3 calls for month and improvement continues. If everyone would practice "don't answer", these calls would cease to exist. No one, not even these people, would continue to call if they can't make money at it. Wise up the rest of you. Also read the comments submitted by Resident47. A former government employee blended with a bit too much Perry Mason. Good luck with that strategy.
If the tacit message of inaction is ''you'll make no money here'', why do the fundraisers keep trying every single blasted day for eight or ten weeks, right to the close of a campaign? No, they don't much care, since with autodialers pushing out the calls like meatballs they don't *need* to care.
If you review my comments, you see I've already mentioned the DNC exemption, and moreover I don't advocate trying to revoke call permission verbally. The phone is their weapon of choice, hard to disarm without the billy club of a paper trail.
Rhode Island Sep 12th, 2011
Ignoring...don't EVER answer... is the Only strategy Resident. According to you, as a violator, the choices for them to consider halting their operations are clear: They will "feel bad" because YOU complain to organizations who do nothing with the complaints, OR, their calls are totally ineffective because no one answers the calls. Do nothing, and most certainly it says "We don't care...ring all you like", but also adds "you'll make no money here". Frankly, they could care less, Resident, whether you like them or not. They are making money because folks like you answer, or worse yet, call them back to be removed from their "list"...or to notify them you're on the pacifier the government gave you humorously known as the no call list. Their office errupts in laughter when someone says they're on that list, threatens them with reporting them to some attorney general, or some other foolishness.
Henry, my faith in government and attorneys is actually quite limited, having worked for both. I don't, as many others would, expect them or anyone else to solve all my personal problems just because I file complaints. What I advocate all the time is prompt and private action.
TCPA for example does not award attorney fees; it's designed for individuals to press their own cases, preferably in pre-litigation settlement. I'm not saying this is a perfect system. I am saying that using leverage where it exists is a better place to put one's displeasure than fuming out the same gripes as the calls continue.
The savings realized by using machines to dial us contribute much to the aggression of these beggar campaigns. It would be a grand experiment for all of America to simply never answer another unknown caller, but that's not feasible while some unknowns are legit or desired, and it does not cut off the offenders at the knees or put them on notice. Do nothing, and it says, ''We don't care, ring all you like''. Respond with enough objections and these firms may finally ''get the hint'' how unwanted they are.
As I've said, ignoring is not a strategy. Ignored calls do not stop. They pause and resume over and again, with each new charity group campaign, year after year. If you truly don't mind all the unwanted phone traffic, don't come out here complaining. If it bothers you just that one percent, you don't need to sit and take any more.
I'll side with George...don't answer, they will stop. The part George left out though, is that everyone must "not answer". No one, not even these idiots will keep making calls when no one answers. Unfortunately, people continue to answer...and,the calls will continue until the callers stop making money...don't answer: they make no money. Resident47 puts much faith in the govt and/or lawyers. God bless him/her. Figure they will get tough with phone harrassment right after they secure the southern border, clean up welfare fraud, and trying the scumbag prisoners we have living in the Cuban hotel we use to house them. Good luck with that one.
An entity which has chosen the phone as a primary conduit is not terribly worried about its phone bill. Mr. Payback's plan to infuriate an autodialer is indeed an absurd nonstarter, but so is outright ignorance of the calls. My parents have tried that. Turns out autodialers don't get tired, don't stay home sick, and will call dozens of times during a charity campaign if left unanswered by a human. My Dad has logged 56 calls this year alone for Leuk/Lymph. Clearly doing nothing changes nothing.
Commercial fundraisers sneak in as Do-Not-Call exemptions but do not share the same protection as their clients. The FTC rules say: ''... if a third-party telemarketer is calling on behalf of a charity, a consumer may ask not to receive any more calls from, or on behalf of, that specific charity. If a third-party telemarketer calls again on behalf of that charity, the telemarketer may be subject to a fine of up to $16,000.''
Stubborn offenders like InfoCision (the suspected caller identity) I would treat like a TCPA case, sending them a cease-comm notice via USPS Certified with return card. The FTC and many consumer watchdogs explain how to draft one. This will set a legal landmine, as such a notice is ignored at their peril.
Have to disagree with " Payback Time"...a posting here down the list a little. There IS a way to stop the calls...and only one way...STOP ANSWERING THE CALLS. How anyone can think they will "pay them back" by answering the call and putting the phone down and let them experiance "your frustration" is beyond comprehension. I mean...really? REALLY? It's a MACHINE calling you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This people call on a nearly everyday basis, but will not leave a message or answer if the phone is picked up. Enough already and whoever they are, it would be nice if they WOULD JUST QUIT CALLING!!! I work at home and it is a major pain to deal with this on a nearly daily basis. These people NEED TO GET A LIFE.
Washington Aug 08th, 2011
Called at 8:18 am this morning and woke my youngest up. They are extraordinarily aggressive. Very irritating.
Call several times and leave a dial tone, call between 8:30AM and 8:30PM. Always hang up as soon as answering machine picks up.
Call three or four times a day--if I am not home--come home to a shrilling beeping on my answering machine and it is from them!!!!! Am tired of this!!!!
South Carolina Jun 05th, 2011
There's no way to stop these robo-calls and charities that decide home invasion of privacy is their privilege. Pick up the phone and either put it on hold immediately or set in down for a minute. Remember to hang up. The caller will experience a few seconds of YOUR FRUSTRATION and the completed call will cost them time and cash. You pay for your phone service for your use, not sales and pandering! Sure, they'll call again and not leave a message, but you'll get at least a taste of satisfaction for those early morning, late evening or incessant calls. These calls have become a phone war waged between you and companies designed to extract your money for their profit more than what any charity will benefit.
TOLD them to TAKE ME OFF THEIR CALL LIST.
I have removed them from my CHARITY list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I get 2 or 3 calls a day from this number. I let the answering take the call. No message is put on the answering device. How do I stop this BS?
Caller ID says "800 Service". Left no message on answering machine.
Pennsylvania Apr 30th, 2011
They called my house again yesterday. They call several times a day. A real pain.
I thought this was Amer. Heart, who drove me nuts a while ago. Thx. to the folks who found it's Lukemia. I hate the computer age.
Pennsylvania Apr 18th, 2011
If you have Time Warner Digital Phone, Anonymous Call Reject allows you to block calls from callers who restrict sending their Caller ID information. Often “Anonymous” is displayed for these callers. To use this feature:
Dial *77 to activate and wait for the confirmation tone.
All unidentified calls will then be rejected.
You must Dial *87 to deactivate this feature
These idiots call several times a day. No msg. They also use the phone #866-229-1369
Frequent calls multiple times daily. This time I called that number back and, as described in one of the comments below, a pre-recorded menu offered Option #1 to have my number removed from their list. I did choose it. I was then requested to dial my 10-digit phone number. I did. The response? "Your number is invalid"! Enough said, as far as I am concerned. Even if these are not crooks, in my book they do not deserve a penny of my hard earned money. Best case scenario, they do not have their act together with their phone system and chances are my money will not be managed well.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does meet the BBB requirements; however, I still don't like an organization whose president and CEO makes a salary of $531,000+. They also have a paid staff of some 2,173 people. According to an article in Reader's Digest, you can apparently get rid of robocalls by pressing *#0 together (the last row on your handset). Might be worth a try - we all seem to get so many calls from various "charities"!
California Feb 15th, 2011
They call from different numbers and never ever give up and do NOT take no for an answer. They are like a plaque!!
Received 25 calls from: 866-263-1169
and 866-264-5059, starting 6/30/2010 thru 8/23/2010. Calls started at 8:30am, all hours of the day til 8:30pm. When I answered 7 of the calls - line was dead. Today I called each of the 4 numbers and was answered by the "Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" automated service. Used their option to remove my number from their calling list. Their service stated "they have 30 days to remove my number, but they will try to remove it in several days." They may be legit, but are a ROYAL PAIN!
I get these calls all the time...different numbers...sometimes it's the Dove Foundation too. They all SUCK. Calling 3 to 4 times a DAY...7 days per week. Up until 11pm.
another one today within minutes ....
New Jersey Aug 12th, 2010
+ 1 for caller ID
New Jersey Aug 12th, 2010
These jerks "in the name of leukemia" phone me every day, several times per day and it's now progressed into the fourth week in July and this annoying mess started June 1st. They've been calling every single day for nearly two months! When will it end? They're going to cause me leukemia, the dirty rats! : ((
North Carolina Jul 22nd, 2010
Calls at 8AM, constantly a few times a day
Called yesterday, and today with another number.
They called twice today. The answering machine kicks in but they never leave a message.
They call two or three times a day... everyday. Very annoying. I pickup and hang up immediately.
Received call yesterday, they stumbled on the name but said they were from the Leukemia Society. Seemed like they really have a list of names and choose one to fit. Received another call from Leukemia Society with different number, 866-229-3821
. Am bracing myself for more.
North Carolina Jul 03rd, 2010
Infocision, the for-profit donation collector pride of Akron, has called here 36 times this year alone from ten rotating numbers on behalf of "Leukemia Society". They took a break from that ten days ago to hammer us for Saint Jude, and now appear to have resumed working the prior account. If this is found to be Infocision call center number 11 for Leukemia I would scarcely show surprise.
Rhode Island Jun 22nd, 2010
This number used to be for a (now defunct) United Home Mortgage Group in Fresno (central) California, according to BBB records
9:02 am monday. An american female messages as Leukemia society, offers a removal option "press 1" (i did not, but I may do so at a future time - what the heck, they HAVE my number). Many calls from many numbers over several months.
Calls before 9 AM, wakes family up. Calls around the clock. Leaves no messages.