Phone solicitors not being honest
July 3, 2008 · Updated 8:39 PM
I just had a phone call from the Breast Cancer Foundation. The solicitor said I had donated $20 last year and would I repeat the donation? I didnt recall having donated, but I said OK, and when someone else came on the line to verify my address, she used one I havent lived at for five years. I said, I havent lived there for some time, and she said, The donation was two years ago.
I said, I dont like being told I donated last year when I didnt, and she hung up immediately. Id already decided to check my records to see if I had actually donated last year, because the same thing happened a few months ago, with an organization I would have thought reputable; they had my correct address but I had no record of the donation. I received the envelope but didnt send the donation.
I assume this is the latest scam by telephone solicitors. I remember that something similar happened four or five years ago, when a phone soliticitor said I had donated $100 the previous year, and I responded I never donated that amount and hung up.
Have others had similar experience with lying solicitors, and is there an address to report such occurrences to?