And some get many 'spam letters' per day
in the USPS (U.S. Postal Service) mail.
Unsolicited Mail Info Pages :
(links to separate pages on this site)
Many of the 'money-requesters' in these pages mailed (and continue to mail) money-requests to 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' almost every month.
There is a strong possibility that the 'frequent-mailers' of money-requests (often amounting to money-demands, see story below) are hoping that the recipient is old and feeble-minded (for example, has Alzheimer's).
It is quite likely that these 'harassers' are hoping that the 'old' recipients will send money as frequently as they receive requests/demands for money.
In fact, 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' of these web pages were/are over 70 years old. It is quite likely that the 'frequent-mailers' are aware of their age and hence are bombarding them with quarterly or monthly (or more frequent) mailings.
After starting these web pages in 2017, I ran across the following 10-year-old letter to the 'AARP Bulletin', a letter published in January 2007. It was titled 'Aggressive Charities'. The text follows.
It's no wonder your statistics show one in 10 over-65 adults giving $5,000 or more annually to charity [Bulletin Board, "With Age Comes Generosity"].
Several years ago, as my mother was starting to be unable to keep up with her bills, I saw that she was writing about $450 per month to various charities. My mom, who needed me to supplement her account quarterly, was sending checks in the $10 to $15 range, sometimes to the same charity every two weeks.
When I asked her about this, she said she was "paying bills" that the charities had sent her. Indeed, when I started collecting her mail, I understood her comment better. The charities --- in 25 to 30 letters a week --- were not asking for money, they were demanding it.
It borders on illegal to take advantage of older people --- as lonely as some are --- through such mailings.
Here are 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' --- ten years later --- going through the same 'barrage' of money-'demands'.
It is WAY past time that the federal Congress should step into this mail-crossing-state-lines (and harassment of citizens, in-state as well as out-of-state) situation and
But I will not hold my breath.
One more item for Congress:
Congress seems to want the U.S. Postal Service to become self-sufficient (not a money loser).
One way they can help with that is to raise the postal rates of these (supposedly) 'non-profit' organizations.
They pay about 20% (or less) of the rate 'ordinary' citizens pay --- about 9 cents per letter versus 48 cents (in 2018).
Congress should make the 'non-profit org' rate about 50% of the 'ordinary' rate. It would certainly make the 'harassers' think twice about sending money-requests every month.
As is mentioned in the page links above, there are powerful mass-mailing lobbyists patrolling the halls of Congress.
That rather small minority has managed to get Congress to protect their wicked ways --- and ignore the welfare of the vast majority of citizens of the United States.
(There are absolutely horrible, unethical, sleeze-ball people in Congress.)
Some of the worst offenders --- who send too many closely-spaced money requests --- are listed in the 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' page links above.
The IRS and the FBI should be investigating many of these organizations --- and their CEO's.
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