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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

GOP fundraising scam

I (Stan Matuska) had a phone message for me at the office today. It was very unusual. It said: "Please call Wilma Stevens - Congressman Tom Cole @ 888-383-8065".

What? A Congressman wants to talk to me? Did I blog something that's going to get me in trouble? Maybe he enjoyed a post and wants to put me on CNN with him! But who is Congressman Tom Cole? Before calling, I went to the internet and Google'd him. He is a U.S. Representative in Oklahoma's 4th District. Why would he want me to call him???

I got even more curious and did some more Googling and found out why. It's a scam!!!

My name is listed as a business owner (which I am not), but I get a lot of credit card requests for "my business". I think this came about when the company I work for put me on their checking account in case of emergency. Anyway, apparently they want to honor me with a National Leadership Award! I'm flattered, but I came across a website that details the scam and I decided not to call the number.

Read this post and let me know what you think. Heck, call the number and pretend to be me if you want!

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Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Man, there's a scam a minute.

title="comment permalink">May 22, 2007 8:20 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

FYI, from anywho.com
Cole, Tom Congrsmn/Ofc
2420 Springer Dr
Norman, OK 73069

title="comment permalink">May 22, 2007 9:45 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Mary - There may be a scam a minute, but that god for Google! I would have called the number like an idiot if I hadn't read about it first.

Parson - I appreciate the info, but I'm not going to contact him. After all I've read about this "scam", it appears to be just above the line of a legal fundraising tactic, despite the approach. It's ashame that people are being misled about their award though.

title="comment permalink">May 23, 2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Actually, after reading the comments, I'm tempted to start my own small business, just to get the calls. I want the one that offers me an opportunity to dine with the Shrub and the StepfordShrub.

Because my response will be... well, a nuclear cluster-F bomb fest, including the words "The very sound of the man's voice makes me want to vomit"

title="comment permalink">May 23, 2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger Parson said...

I was mostly wanting to see if the number you had actually went to that congressman.

You have to watch out nowdays, instead of phishing e-mails, people will actually call your home phone and pretened to be from the bank and try to get your personal info.

title="comment permalink">May 24, 2007 9:35 PM  
Blogger atxryan said...

Glad to hear my blog saved you from calling!


title="comment permalink">May 25, 2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Atxryan - Thanks!!! I would have been very angry if I had fallen for their sleezy fundraising scheme!!!

title="comment permalink">May 25, 2007 11:52 PM  
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