Letter Writing Campaign -GET OUT YOUR PENS!!!
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Author:  admin [ Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Letter Writing Campaign -GET OUT YOUR PENS!!!

I was also thinking that maybe we should start a letter writing campaign and pick a date that we will ALL send our stories in to the same major new media . . . like Dateline or 20/20 . . . . what do you guys think?

Maybe if they get hundreds of letters about the same scam flooding in they will do a story on it!

Author:  misinformed44 [ Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:58 pm ]
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Awesome idea! I'll help, definitely.

Author:  pasttired [ Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:58 am ]
Post subject:  I'm in

Name the date I'll send my story. I've already emailed MSNBC and Oprah but have received no answer. As this site says "There's strength in numbers" I agree that if we flood them with the stories from around the world maybe that would open some eyes. Would it be possible to make the date known on the other sites also ie...419legal, 419eater etc... If there is anything I can do to help to get the word out to the other sites please pm me what sites and the date I will help.

Author:  admin [ Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:16 pm ]
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I would LOVE to see other sites and groups get involved. The more people the bigger the effect!

Okay everyone, start writing your letters and getting all of the details in there. I know that it might take some people time to do this part, so we will not send out the first "wave" of letters for a few weeks . . . maybe we should shoot for the beginning of September.

I do think that the letters should say something at the top, or on the outside, letting them know that it is a story idea about scam victims.

I will start looking into where we should send them (addresses) and you guys get the letters ready and spread the word . . . if you are a member of another message group or know other websites fighting scams, let them know that we are in the planning stages on this. Once we have all of the details together I will post something in the main Announcements area of this forum.

Author:  KarynSolo [ Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:54 pm ]
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Awesome idea Shawn, I was also thinking of seeing if there are any brave souls out there with organizational skills that would like to head a phone tag campaign to organize phone blitzes. Basically you get people together in as many states as possible, and one at a time you choose a day for one state and phone blitz the state senators office with calls strongly urging tougher laws against scammers and tougher banking laws requiring banks to take more care in processig checks, holding the banks liable for carelessness should they stray from their duties and the laws which are put in place.

You organize get your phone speal together, get copies out to all participants along with the phone number they need to call. Schedule calls in to the office every 10 minutes over a span of about 3-4 hours out of the day. Drive them totally ape. Heck the receptionist may even quit out of frustration.

That is 18 Individual people needed per blitz campaign each taking a 10 minute slot. Be polite but firm that you as a tax payer demand tougher laws and more consumer protection.

Author:  pasttired [ Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:26 pm ]
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Posted at 419legal and 419eater will find more sites to post at in the morning. Let's make our voices heard with this.

Author:  pasttired [ Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:30 pm ]
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Just a thought but Shawn could you move this to a new thread with the headed maybe being letter writing campaign or something along those lines. It might be we would get more letters written on all of the different types of scams committed. The idea kind of gets lost in the middle of this thread. Just a suggestion. :)

Author:  admin [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:13 pm ]
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I am thinking that we should send the letters out on September 5th, 2005.

I will post the mailing address for the first news program on September 4th so that people do not start sending the letters early . . . the point is to flood them all at the same time with the same topic to bring more attention to it.

Author:  admin [ Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:11 pm ]
Post subject:  letter writing campaign

Could I ask for all of your help to spread the word on this letter writing campaign? If you are a member of another website that also deals/talks about these scams, please share the information there. The more people we have spreading the word the better!


Author:  admin [ Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:54 am ]
Post subject:  In light of Katrina

In light of Katrina, do we want to hold off on this idea?

Katrina and the damage she caused will be the big news for a while, and while this scam is "big news" to us, I just do not know if we can compete with what is going on now for a major news spot.

What do you think?

Author:  KarynSolo [ Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:40 pm ]
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yeah I think that is a good idea seeing the government has other things to worry about.

Author:  admin [ Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:28 pm ]
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Are we ready to look at this idea again?

Author:  admin [ Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:02 pm ]
Post subject:  NOW IS THE TIME!!!!!

When I got home from work today there were 3 phone messages from ABC News on my machine . . . they are looking to do a story on these types of scams. They wanted to air something tonight, but they were not able to find enough people to interview and talk to on such short notice.

I was thinking that since they have shown interest in doing a segment about this already, why don't we do this letter writing campaign NOW and start it off with ABC!

Write out a complete, detailed story of what happened to you. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address so that they can contact you.

Send it to
ABC News
7 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Attn:Jennifer - Scam Story Enclosed

(make sure to save a copy of the letter on your computer so that if we do this again you already have the complete story written up)

Scam Baiters
You can help too! If you would like to tell your story of baiting the scammers send it to the same address above.

Author:  admin [ Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:07 pm ]
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I forgot to mention . . . if you are a member of another message board that would be interested in this topic PLEASE post this information there also! The more victims we get sending in letters, the better chance we have of them really do a BIG story on this (not just one of those 2 minute clips)


Author:  admin [ Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Washington Post

I got a call today from a reporter from the Washington Post. She would like to speak with victims and then go back and speak with the bank and find out how this can happen and why they are not doing more to help protect their customers. She is even talking about bringing this story to the attention of people within the legislature . . . this could be a good shot at getting some GREAT attention to the scam and actually getting something done about it.

If you are interested, just reply to this post and I will send you all of her contact information, or send me a private message.

Remember to include all of your contact information in your letter . . . name, address, phone and email . . . they want to put this story together in the next couple of weeks so lets get moving on this fast!

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