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High Pressure Donation Tactics Undertaken by the Red Cross in Civic

By BerraBoy68 - 17 July 2008 47

In walking back through Civic from  a meeting yesterday I was intercepted by a very friendly red cross worker wanting a chat.  He had the t-shirt and badge and I noticed several other similarly dressed people talking, or at least trying to talk, to other good citizens.

I stopped as I regularly give blood and am about to register as on the bone-marrow donor list – I thought this guy might have some info I could use. 

However he started going into a very well prepared patter about kids in Canberra that don’t get enough breakfast and before I knew it he had a form in his hand and I’d given him my name, employment details etc… 

I finally get hold of myself when he started asking for my bank account number, BSB and suchlike.  

On telling this guy I didn’t have my wallet on me he pulled out his mobile phone and a phone book and said “here call your bank now and get the over the phones”.   

This was the biggest warning sign for me and I walked off not just a bit unnerved. It would be easy to see how the old or vulnerable would be pressured into giving over their bank details to strangers. 

While I’m going to call the Red Cross voicing my concern about this ‘pressure’ technique I’m curious if anybody else had similar experience yesterday.  Also, while this group were from Melb. and only in the ACT for 1 day they did have very professional t-shirts, forms and promotional material so I’m pretty sure it’s not  an unauthorised scam.

What’s Your opinion?


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Pesty 8:21 am 19 Jul 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Jake, the government and the public service have a special place in my hatred.

DMD I have never clapped eyes on you, but my perception of you is that you are unlikely to get hit by the “charity muggers” LOL! All joking aside, there are a lot of vulnerable people out there who will easily get taken in by these ‘barstewards” Lets not confuse them though as some one pointed out, with the door knock appeal guys, they are genuine!

Davo111 7:53 pm 18 Jul 08

Bungle said :

I’ve heard that these ‘volunteers’ are actually on a commission.

I used to be a volunteer for the red cross. Back then they had special badges to prove who we were, and if the person is paid or not. Ask to see the badge it will either say “PAID COLLECTOR” or “UNPAID VOLUNTEER”. I’m not sure about these people (i.e. external companies) and what identification they have to carry, but it seems suss. The easiest way is to avoid them and donate through the methods on the red cross website 🙂
http://www.redcross.org.au/howyoucanhelp_default.htm

jakez 6:41 pm 18 Jul 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Jake, the government and the public service have a special place in my hatred.

You’re my kind of gender neutral poster.

Deadmandrinking 5:38 pm 18 Jul 08

Jake, the government and the public service have a special place in my hatred.

Pandy 5:35 pm 18 Jul 08

Is BoysTown a scam? I wonder if that father drives in a Roller around the Gold Coast.

BerraBoy68 5:28 pm 18 Jul 08

Vic Bitterman said :

Many years ago in a fit of humanity, I donated a sum of money to the charity House With No Steps when they cold-canvassed and called me at home one night.

A few months later, they called me up again, and in the middle of the sales pitch, I interrupted them and asked “What? Haven’t you built those steps yet?”

ROFLMAO!

NickD 5:17 pm 18 Jul 08

I used to donate to Amnesty International but gave it up after they spammed me with a huge number of letters begging for more money. I had to ring up and complain to be taken off their mailing list though.

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