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December 12, 1993
The Times is to be commended for the article relating to fraudulent solicitations of charitable contributions (Nov. 26). It was informative and timely. Unfortunately, at this time of year, the ongoing efforts of con artists seem to escalate as they exploit the seasonal spirit of giving. Here in the consumer protection unit of the district attorney's office we see a marked increase in the number of complaints and inquiries about the activities of solicitors for charitable contributions.
February 26, 1995
Theresa Bouvier has apparently been administratively accused of practicing medicine without a license, and her ex-husband, Dr. Nguyen Abram, is charged with insurance fraud and improperly storing Demerol ("Medical Board Names Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon in Accusation," Feb. 9). Bouvier contends that Medical Board Investigator Larry Blochl "repeatedly harassed her after she rebuffed his romantic solicitations and business offers." Bouvier contends, "I'm very much a victim." It is a pathetic shame that The Times reporter felt that this was somehow responsible journalism.
August 30, 1987
In response to the growing acceptance of the Arias plan for peace in Central America, there has been intensified debate as to whether the U.S. should continue aid to the contras following the expiration of the current appropriation on Sept. 30. However, it seems that one of the key issues has not been much discussed Does the Sept. 30 deadline apply only to those funds of which the Congress and the public are aware, or would solicitations from Third World countries in exchange for future considerations and/or funds derived from the proceeds of secret transactions by governmental agencies also be affected?
November 2, 1986
S. J. Diamond's column "Don't Blithely Support Your Local Pitchman" (Oct. 20) struck a responsive chord in me and, I'm sure, in thousands of others who regard mass telephone solicitations as a pain. Some years ago, when I lived in Westport, Conn., I managed to strike back at those "boiler-room" pests, and I've not forgotten the resulting glow of satisfaction. A magazine was soliciting subscriptions by phone and managed to interrupt my Saturday afternoon siesta--not once but twice.
April 26, 2003
Although I wholeheartedly concur with Jonathan Turley's disdain for spam e-mail (Commentary, April 21), I don't believe legislation banning spam would be practical or effective without cutting off the money trail. Almost every purchase resulting from spam solicitation, whether for porn, virility enhancement pills or bogus software, is paid for with a credit card. As spammers live in the "etherland," with no geographic location, receiving payments in the form of checks or cash isn't an option for them.
December 17, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles-area men who prosecutors say promised their victims free motorcycles if they participated in a "market survey" have been indicted on charges of bilking more than 4,000 people out of $1 million in a nationwide telemarketing scam. The two men, Samuel Filippo, 42, of Santa Monica and Robert James Matthews, 40, of North Hollywood never delivered anything more than $140 mopeds, according to a federal grand jury indictment returned late Thursday.
September 8, 1985
I recently took my children to a United Artists Theater at the Brea Mall, intending to pay for our tickets and to be entertained. Before screening of the movie I had paid to see, I was unwillingly submitted to a short film extolling the virtues of the Will Rogers Institute. After this appeal, theater ushers went down the aisles asking for contributions to this charitable organization. I am a strong supporter of charities. I am also strongly resentful of a theater which takes my money for a ticket, takes $2 for a container of popcorn and then asks me to contribute to a cause they "support."
November 22, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Unethical charitable solicitations are rampant in Los Angeles, especially during the holidays, the Police Department said Friday. Although many charities operate within legal regulations, they do not operate ethically, police said. For example, some use names that are similar to well-known charities. The department called the number of victims "voluminous," but said it had no figures because "the vast majority do not realize they have been victimized."
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