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I got 8 calls from them in an hour 5/22/2012. No message left. That is harassment.
Nogard0
 May 23rd, 2012
Call was from GOP fund raiser
CJB
 Apr 17th, 2012
http://mdscom.com/donotcall.html puts you on their do not call
won
 Sep 21st, 2011
these people are relentless. All day everyday including the weekend. who are they and how do we get rid of the calls? Need I call my Congressman or Congresswoman?
Mrs Brown
 Sep 12th, 2011
Hence the problem with number blocking. It's a reactive strategy which does not address the problem at its source.

As a commercial fundraiser, MDS is 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.'' They are also covered to a point by other regulations for telepests, so you can kvetch about abandoned calls, bot calls to mobile phones, and so on.

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 ) If a given commercial fundraiser seems deaf to your demands, and/or merely renews its pestering with the next campaign, turn up your volume on paper. Send a cease-comm notice via USPS Certified with return card. It need not say more than to stop calling and writing whatever numbers and addresses you want protected.

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
 Jul 12th, 2011
Yesterday, thanks to the posts here, I learned that almost daily harassing calls bugging me from 888-243-2981 are from MDS, so I call-blocked that number.

Today, they have apparently started to call my phone from this number!
So, thank you posters. I am blocking this number, too.
E
 Jul 12th, 2011
Called them back. It's MDS Communications, a fund raising company. 'Nuff said.
Ron
 May 31st, 2011
RE: Did you ever wonder how your phone number gets 'out there' and why you get all those stray calls?

If you do business with anyone who cold-calls you on the phone, you have shown yourself to be gullible. They'll put your name and the Sucker List and sell the list.
Linda
 May 03rd, 2011
MDS supposedly raises for some good charities (along with some questionable ones), but how can we be sure it's the real charity, or that they'll get all the money? Also, if you give money to one telemarketer, you'll have others after you like a swarm of seagulls after a scrap of bread. If you want to give to a charity, go to their web page or give at work or church, and NEVER give money to anyone who calls on the phone.
The Grinch
 May 03rd, 2011
Called back and left the message to put me on their company wide do not call list. Unfortunately this is about the 4th time I called and left this same message. They probably just delete these messages!
Donna
 Nov 30th, 2010
I did as Manny S. suggested and they have yet to take me off their calling lists. I stress lists because I have received calls from this same outfit from several different phone numbers. I think if you call them to take you off, you are only confirming that they have a good phone #.
Jerry W.
 Oct 27th, 2010
This number does indeed belong to MDS Communications out of Phoenix, AZ. This is a professional fundraising outfit that represents a number of conservative organizations including many of the ones that you receive calls from including the Ctr for Law & Research, etc. etc. That's why you don't see on your caller ID an organization name but than just a number. Here is what you do next time you receive such a call. Hang up and call the number back. You will get a recorded message identifying themself as MDS Communications with an apology. You'll then be given an opportunity to join their "Do Not Call List" for a) a specific organization or b) all of the organization for whom they place calls. They then tell you that it may take up to two weeks to remove you from all of their various lists.
manny sabisch
 Aug 24th, 2010
I called the FTC 877-383-4357 and reported them!
liz
 Aug 10th, 2010
left no messg. but I thought therer was somebody on the line..
ken
 Aug 10th, 2010
just call them back and have them remove your number.
jd
 Jul 27th, 2010
I am on the Do-Not-Call list and I still get a call from this number daily and
sometimes more than once a day. Based upon the comments below, I assume that
I am being solicited for a donation, so I plan to call the FTC and report them.
The FTC Do-Not-Call complaint number is 877-382-4357.
Ray Walborn
 Jun 15th, 2010
Got a call today. Asking for a donation for St Jude Children's Hospital & 100 to 200 donation. Said we donated 50. previously (our son's name). Told him I've never donated 50 to any charity in my life. Wanted to know if I was Ms or Mrs. refused info. Sometimes fraud calls are made and if you say yes on the line, they cut & paste it into a third party verifier to steal your phone line. They're supposed to send an envelope for donation (had my address anyway). I'll see if it arrives & contact St. Jude's. Keep you advised.
ny
 Jun 14th, 2010
This number has been constantly calling my home and I've been ignored it because it shows as "unavailble" on my caller ID. My son answered it today and they asked for me. When my son said I wasn't home and what was it they needed they told him they were from Law & Discipline and told him they would try to reach me later. Could someone please make these guys stop?
Rose
 Apr 27th, 2010
Well, they called me again...I guess I will have to tell them I am just an old faggot...leave me alone...
Old Faggot
 Apr 20th, 2010
Calls & hangs up when answering machine comes on.
Gerald
 Apr 06th, 2010
Seriously??? My cell phone every day???? I am about a pen away from billing these twits the use of my phone. Judges do NOT want this stuff clogging up the judicial system. $20 every time they call....if non profits can afford to higher telemarketers they don't get my donations. Period.
Lizziee j
 Mar 20th, 2010
As I post this--it is just about 10:30 am where I live---and since 9:04 am----I have had almost a half dozen phone calls from, "Toll Free" numbers, unlisted or private numbers----none have left messages--I didn't answer of course---I just got back from a long day of traveling so I am feeling a bit rough---I am so sick of this---just a about ten days ago--I reposted my number to the "do not call" list--but it seems the number of solicitor calls has gotten more relentless---you ought to see my caller ID screen in the time I have been gone. It seems these organizations and such are basically ignoring my desires to be removed from their lists---when I do answer them--I tell them to remove me--all to no success--they stop for a week maybe and then its back at it!!!!! ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!
Mike G
 Mar 20th, 2010
I have received alot of calls from MDS Communications involving several different numbers. I get a call from them everyday even thought I have called them, as well as emailed them asking that my name be removed and put on their DO NOT CALL LIST! MDS Communications provides a complete array of telephone fundraising services for non-profit organizations. They are headquartered in Mesa, AZ.
GinaC
 Mar 04th, 2010
PAID SOLICITORS.

Soliciting donations for "Union Gospel Mission" in Seattle. This is a charity that I do support with monetary donations. However, I now have a policy of NEVER giving via telephone solicitations. How much goes to the paid solicitors???

My canned response: "I never make donations in response to phone calls, please take my number off of the call list. I will ask my wife if she's donated lately, and we will donate directly if we are able."
Seattle
 Mar 03rd, 2010
No message, just hangs up.
Dot
 Dec 29th, 2009
another fund solicitor for "charities." I don't give to any group that hires a professional,because that means that they don't really need the money.
sw
 Nov 30th, 2009

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