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Alumni Verification – Don’t Fall For It.

I received a postcard in the mail about a week or so ago and it mentioned it was alumni verification from the high school I attended. I ignored it. I received another in the letter today and the front of it says “IMPORTANT ALUMNI VERIFICATION NOW DUE Please call 1-800-366-4146 (Update 11/14/17, the number may be 866-663-5992; Update 12/20/17, the number may be 888-369-3759; Update 02/04/18, the number may be 877-403-4987, 877-582-3193 or 877-875-5958) in the next 5 days.” It is addressed to me (my maiden name) with my address and the emblem of the high school I attended. The back of it is a longer letter that basically says verification of alumni information is now due for all alumni and my alumni file has not been confirmed. So they just need me to call 1-800-366-4146 in the next 5 days so that they can confirm my data and mark my file as verified. I looked up the phone number online, didn’t find much. Looked up the address, didn’t find much but then spotted a better business bureau record for it. So I clicked on that, looked at the complaints and sure enough – sounds like once a person calls to “verify their data,” they are also being sold an alumni book of some sort. Later, they receive an invoice saying they owe however much money for an alumni book. No thank you. I don’t want to verify my data and I don’t want an alumni book.

These spammers are rather creative sometimes. And maybe this actually is legit and people actually do verify their data and then buy publications of the data so that they can find out what their former classmates are doing many years later. It’s quite possible that this is a legit business that some people actually benefit from.

All I know is that it definitely isn’t for me and it sounds tricky and I’m not falling for it. Please feel free to add a comment if your postcard had a different phone number to call and I’ll keep updating this post.

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29 thoughts on “Alumni Verification – Don’t Fall For It.

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  2. It’s nice the Alumni Directory book is being assembled for those who wish to pay money to buy it. If you don’t want to buy their directory book then don’t buy it. I simply checked at the high school website and saw the high school alumni organization authorized this firm, “PCI”, to contact alumni. I called this firm to update them on my Mother’s status. End of story. Such drama made over nothing. It’s just a Directory of the presence or passing of Alumni from schools.

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    1. I don’t mind that it’s being offered and maybe some people do enjoy it – what I didn’t like is that it made it seems like it’s NOW DUE or that you HAVE to do it. And it sounds like some people get talked into buying the book without realizing that’s actually what they are doing… but that’s based on what I read, I didn’t actually call the number.

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  3. Schools contract with this company to compile and publish alumni directories. It’s common to then offer copies for sale to alumni. Who’s Who does the same thing. However, it sound like the tactics to sell copies to alumni is overly aggressive.

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  4. Received the same little yellow postcard with the phone number 866-441-5581. The return address shows Westminster College, Verification of Alumni Data with a Texas Address. Westminster college is in Utah. The message on the back is signed Kayla Smith ’07, Director of Alumni Relations. –this all appears to be fraudulent. (impersonating a college and a graduate)

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  5. Received a postcard purporting to be from J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Cicero, IL, with a telephone number of 1-800-414-3007, and an address of P.O.Box 809107, Dallas, TX 75380-9107.

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  6. thank you so much… not long ago i was coaching my mom on how to be safe in this fast, new realm… i hope my words with her were as kind as yours to me.

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  7. Dorothy is mentally challenged. She graduated from Maryville High School special ed classes. She received a yellow card Dallas TX, 1-800-326-1707. I let her call with me standing by for support. In less than a minute they wanted credit/debit info. Dorothy gave me the phone. I asked if they have a website for ordering. The man said no and continued trying to get me to give my info. When he realized I wasn’t giving in he gave up and ended the call.

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  8. Still curious about this postcard I did more digging after I could not get a hold of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools after 3 attempts today and before i called the postmaster. PCI is a legitimate business, however, I do have a few problems with them. First, they represent themselves as the organization they are representing and do not disclose that they are trying to sell you junk unless you call them. Second, they are representing themselves as people in these organizations that do not exist at least in the case of “Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools” for which I could find no such person as Wendy Van and I could find no mention on PCI’s website. Third, a business that has to keep telling you that they are trustworthy, in my opinion, is not. That seems to be a running theme on their Twitter and website. If you don’t want people to think that you are a scam then be honest don’t just talk about it, be upfront about who you are and what you do. Acting like the slimy little prince from the Congo that has money for some one will give you exactly that reputation. PS. I am throwing the postcard away because if you can’t be trusted to disclose who you are then how am I to trust you with any of my/ wife’s information? They are hired by schools etc to put together alumni books, which personally, I think is a waste. If you haven’t been in contact with someone in thirty years then they weren’t that good of friend and it is time to move on.

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  9. My wife received a postcard today saying the same things but they are representing themselves as a local foundation called “Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools”. This immediately gave away that this was some sort of scam because the return address is P.O. Box 809107, Dallas, TX 75380 with 1-800-348-8901 as a number to call to verify personal information. This is definitely a scam of some sort and I will be calling the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools and the postmaster because this also seems like it is some sort of mail fraud. By the way the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools is a local Foundation and has a local phone number 402-436-1612. Another note they are sloppy doing their research because the hours of operation on the postcard are M-F 7-9 and the hours of the real Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools are M-F 8 am – 5 pm. Additionally the card is signed by a Wendy Van and is representing herself as the president of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools…… first off, there is no president of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, there is a Chair and Vice-Chair etc, but no president. Second, there is nobody named Wendy Van that I could find associated with the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. So everyone be warned if you get a postcard saying “Important Alumni Verification Now Due”, it is fraudulent, a scam, a hoax, a sham, a con. Don’t get suckered it will come back to bite you. If it were anything less they would not have to represent themselves as things they are not or people that they are not.

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  10. Looks like they change phone numbers like the rest of us change clothes. I got both an email and a postcard today, with two numbers: 1-877-403-4987 and 1-877-582-3193. The fact that they change phone numbers so often is just further proof that this is scammy at best.

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  11. Received one today on a dark yellow postcard, their new number is 1-888-369-3759. I guess they keep changing the number because people keep googling it and find out about the crap. Hopefully this message is indexed by Google so people can avoid this crap under their new number.

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  12. Such a shame there are people out there making their living by preying on the vulnerabilities of others. Glad you didn’t fall for it. We got a call last night from one of those people who pretend they are from Microsoft and I was wondering who would still fall for a scam so old the dinosaur kids probably warned their grandparents about it.

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      1. A guy I know who repairs computers said he had a customer who fell for that scam when it was new and let those people so far into his computer that he had to just trash it and get a new one. They have a new scam now where a pop up on the computer claims to be microsoft saying you have spyware and click the link to fix it – where of course clicking the link would actually lead to problems you formerly didn’t have.

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