We have all received them. The telephone call at the precise time we sit down for the evening meal. A breathless voice saying—;

“How are you this evening. This is Sandy with Pot-O-Gold; and I am calling to advise you that you could be next in line to win $1,000,000.00. All you have to do is apply for our Pot-O-Gold charge card and you may become our next millionaire.”

“The fee is only $59.95 per month with a low interest rate of 47%; for any late payments:”  “Isn’t that great?  “To qualify, just send your SS number along with your bank account number; and any spare change from the Jelly Jar;  to us at;  P.O. Box XXX, and we’ll do the rest.” —              Sound familiar?”    “It gets worse”.

Whenever we purchase a new appliance, there is a registration form enclosed in the package that must be returned to validate our warranty. These forms seek all kinds of information about us. “Things like how much our income is and what we plan to buy next:”  “Do we pay cash for purchases, etc.”?   This is apparently, the source of big revenue for some. folks.

Even the Department of Motor Vehicles has gotten into the act by selling names and addresses from their lists of automobile registrations. They have, however; offered a form that when filled out and returned to the D.M.V.  it will remove our names from the list to be sold. Why should we be the ones to go to this trouble? They initiated the form, right?

As irritating as telemarketing calls are, there are other unsolicited calls that are nothing more than malicious attempts to dig into our wallets.  These calls are made by unscrupulous individuals who prey on our compassion for the sole purpose of lining their own pockets. Several weeks ago my wife answered the telephone, (you guessed it, at dinner time).

The speaker identified himself as a member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He inquired as to whether or not she believed in capital punishment; and would send literature in return for a donation to a fund established for the families of slain officers.

Fearing the worse, my wife asked the person to send the information and she would then make a decision as to whether, and how much, to donate. The caller became indignant and hung up.  A later call to the Highway Patrol revealed that they; Do NOT make telephone solicitations.

Shortly afterward, I received a call from a lady claiming to be a representative of  “Make a Wish Foundation.”  She requested that I make a donation of twenty dollars or more to fulfill the last wish of a terminally ill child.

Her tearful request fell on deaf ears; since I had recently read that the legitimate  “Make a Wish Foundation;”  (again) “DOES NOT;” solicit funds via the telephone.

While I am in favor of helping veritable charities:  It disturbs me, that there are people who make a career of targeting those of us who, on a regular basis, experience;  Too much MONTH left over at the end of the MONEY.

If you receive any of these calls;  Be sure to  ask for sufficient identification; and tell them you will return their call after verifying this I.D.. If they refuse:  Simply, hang up.

Please don’t become a victim.