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Sheriff's department says telephone fundraiser is scam

Monday, November 2, 2009 | 2:43 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A phone call purporting to be part of a Boone County Sheriff's Department fundraiser for charity is a scam, the department said Monday.

One target of the scam contacted the sheriff's department Monday and said a telephone solicitor claimed to be collecting money for the Boone County Sheriff's Department Christmastime program for shopping with needy children. When the target questioned the scheme, the solicitor hung up, the department said in a release.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is not conducting any fundraiser telephone solicitations of any kind, the release stated.

The scam mimics legitimate charitable programs sponsored by other law enforcement organizations. The Missouri Deputy Sheriff's Association conducts a program similar to the one mentioned in the scam called "Shop with a Deputy." The sheriff's association does use telephone solicitations, but the caller will provide full disclosure of their identity and will provide a name and contact number for the citizen to contact for verification or complaint.

The department said residents should be cautious when dealing with telephone solicitors and never provide personal or bank account information.


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Laurie Tooman December 29, 2009 | 8:04 a.m.

I got a scam call 12/28/09 from a man claiming to be raising funds for the Missouri Sheriff Assoc. When I asked
for his name & number he hung up. My caller ID listed his
number as 816-295-6895 which is always busy.
It's hard to believe anyone would fall for this scam as it
was fishy sounding from the start BUT just to let everyone
know, beware of ANY phone fund raiser. Don't send your $$$
to ANYONE until you do your homework! Check it out before
you write the check!! Never give your CC # to anyone you don't know!

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Debbie Boese June 10, 2010 | 8:40 p.m.

I used to work for a telemarketer in Illinois that made the calls for tis association. We would also call for donations for veterans, firemen, breast cancer funds..on and on.w. It is a total scam...the call center takes 85% of every dollar you donate. It is a hunt for the dumb and dumber, a true numbers game. About 3% of those people called will actually donate at least $15, minimum patron listing donation. About 40% of those who say they will donate actually are dumb enough to mail back check. Since the telemarketer makes minimum wage and the operation is (i am not kidding) 20 ex-cons calling from the basement of a seedy buildng (we are talking card tables set up with 1/2 broken computer.phone systems lined up and in place) they make a LOT of money off stupid people....a lot of elderly people. Once you are dumb enough to donate for one charity,let's say the Police scam,LOOK OUT!!! You will forever be called by the SAME outfit...by the SAME people...for every other kind of donations. In three months you will get timely calls for Fire, Terminally ill children funds, Veterans...all of it. They will call and call and call-Suck the sucker dry" we used to call it. The script is VERBATIM, if you deviate from it...you are fired. To them this is MOST important,the worry of Law-Suits abounds. The script is very carefully put together and if you read it VERBATIM they don't have to worry about lawsuits. Every phone callis monitored by tatooted ex-con supervisors and recorded. As a note, I left for greener pastures...I lasted about 1/2 a year. I am not proud of what I did - but right out of the joint...it was the only job I could get. I lasted, much longer than the average employee there. The average telemarketer lasts about 1 month. If your hourly average isn't at least $40/hour in donations...they fire you. If you can manage over $50/hour you get a whole 50 cents/hour extra in your weekly check. Most do not habit what it takes...to get slammed on all day long. They computer assisted calls means as soon as you computer terminate one call...the next sucker is on the line. You can average 400 calls a 6 hourshift this way. Out of 400 calls.....there will be a few stupid people. God....I hated it...but when your only option is to do it or be homeless...you have no choice. I hope this helps you to understand this slimy business.

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Doris Mutter June 22, 2011 | 10:35 a.m.

They are at it again June 2011-- you would think this involves Law Enforcement they could get these numbers shut down!! When are we going to be in control of these things?

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