I just received a phone call from an organization calling itself the Police Protective Fund. Odd, since the phone came up on the caller ID as a graphics firm.
After interrogating the guy on the other line, I went and did a brief search as to who these guys are:
These telemarketing companies are said to use high-pressure tactics in order to get people to pledge money to these organizations, under the belief that the money will find its way to the local police officer or police department.
The “Police Protective Fund” reported to the Office of Public Charities, in it’s Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax document for year ending 2001, that this organization raised $2,880,615.00 in total funds across this nation.
This organization then paid $2,525,271.00 to the All-Pro Telemarketing firm of 277 Fairfield Rd. Suite #308 Fairfield, NJ to perform the fund raising activities.
According to the tax document, “Police Protective Fund” paid out $20,573.00 in benefits to its ‘enrolled’ members.
Quite a business.
There’s a scam going about. While the organization seems legitimate, there are better ways to support your local law enforcement. And if they call you, give them some hell for me, will you?