OMG! My "Fellow Patriot" husband's Tea Party membership has expired! And he didn't even know he was a member!

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    Jan 07, 2015 10:13 PM GMT
    Is this a mistake, or a recruiting scam? The text of the email follows. BTW, my "Fellow Patriot" sent them back a blistering reply, explaining why he would never be a member of a racist, bigoted, un-American group like the Tea Party.

    Fellow Patriot,

    Our records show that your Tea Party Membership expired 7 days ago.

    This cannot be right...or can it?

    Fellow Patriot, please confirm that you are still dedicated to the Tea Party ideals of smaller government and fiscal responsibility.

    Because we are sure you haven't given up yet, we've made a one-time membership deadline extension, just for you.

    But you have to follow this secure link to renew your membership immediately.

    Without your Tea Party Membership Renewal. Obama will continue to corral Members of Congress from BOTH sides of the aisle to do his bidding in the final two years of his reign.

    But you can stop him with your renewal today.

    xxxx@xxxx.com
    Has not renewed 2015 Tea Party Membership.
    ## NO DONATION ##

    Instant Tea Party Membership of $10 »»

    Instant Tea Party Membership of $25 »»

    Instant Tea Party Membership of $50 »»

    Instant Tea Party Membership of $100 »»

    Or donate another amount »»

    Fellow Patriot, we've extended the deadline just for you. Make sure you renew immediately.

    In Freedom,

    Niger Innis
    Executive Director
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    Jan 07, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    Time for a sit-down chat perhaps!
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    Jan 08, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidTime for a sit-down chat perhaps!

    LOL! No, not him. And you should have heard his shocked reaction when he opened his email. icon_lol.gif

    He yelled to me in the other room at my own computer: "Bob! Come here and see this! You won't believe what I just got in email!"

    When I read it (I never look at his email without his permission) I copied it to his desktop, which meant I could also immediately see it on my own desktop, since we're networked, to more conveniently paste it to RJ.

    We're both on more sites and mailing lists as members & contributors to more Democratic, pro-gay, liberal organizations than we can count: HRC, Equality Florida, Dolphin Democrats (Florida gay Democrats), ACLU, DNC, DCCC, Pride Center, the list goes on. He's the co-founder of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, as well as the Lambda Chorale (for gay men & women), the SMART Ride to raise money for HIV/AIDS, again, a long list.

    Why the Hell would ANY fucking radical Right Wing Teabagger nutjobs think he would give them so much as the time of day? And it's not like his name is very common, that they meant the email for someone else, with the same email addy.

    No, the possibilities I see are these: his name came up on some database for people who are frequent political donors, without differentiation for party affiliation. But they specifically say his Tea Party membership expired 7 days ago. So that more strongly suggests a scam to me. By the Tea Party or some unauthorized con group pretending to be them.

    I'm tempted to turn this over to whatever regulatory or legal agency would investigate fraud, but don't know who that would be. Here in Red Florida no one at State level would dare touch something that might implicate Teabaggers in an illegal activity.
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    Jan 08, 2015 1:21 AM GMT
    why not join up, you get all the inside information?
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    Jan 08, 2015 1:25 AM GMT
    pellaz saidwhy not join up, you get all the inside information?

    And add to their claimed membership numbers? No way. And then I'll be on those fuckers' mailing lists, too.

    Which reminds me, I need to see his email again, and look for an "Unsubscribe" option.
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    Jan 08, 2015 7:02 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Ex_Mil8 saidTime for a sit-down chat perhaps!

    LOL! No, not him. And you should have heard his shocked reaction when he opened his email. icon_lol.gif


    Ah, but that was just to distract you from the NRA application he was completing at the time.
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    Jan 08, 2015 7:50 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    Art_Deco said
    Ex_Mil8 saidTime for a sit-down chat perhaps!

    LOL! No, not him. And you should have heard his shocked reaction when he opened his email. icon_lol.gif

    Ah, but that was just to distract you from the NRA application he was completing at the time.

    OH NO! Not the NRA! I'm not sure which is worse, being a Teabagger looney or an NRA paranoid. Though I realize they are frequently combined.

    I'll have to start watching for the telltale signs. Like when he gets down on his knees before going to bed it isn't to say his evening prayers, but to check for Liberals hiding under there. Or let's the subscriptions to his cooking and interior design magazines expire, and "Kill or Be Killed" magazine starts arriving in our mailbox instead. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 08, 2015 10:33 PM GMT
    You might ask him to check financial transactions for the past year. He may have inadvertently signed up for membership based on a misleading phone call.

    He may have been selected for solicitation based on his age and other demographic factors such as location, military service, etc.

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    Jan 08, 2015 11:22 PM GMT
    rkyjockdn saidYou might ask him to check financial transactions for the past year. He may have inadvertently signed up for membership based on a misleading phone call.

    He may have been selected for solicitation based on his age and other demographic factors such as location, military service, etc.

    Thanks for your thoughts. I wondered about that, or if the Tea Party signed him up for free. But if they're emailing him for renewal, why didn't they email him when he first "joined"?

    Something is still suspicious, if not illegal. He's a pretty sharp guy, I doubt he would have been bamboozled into unknowingly joining anything over the phone. For another thing we never answer any of our phones for unknown or hidden numbers. We let them go to voicemail.

    He did not return any voicemail from the Tea Party, I can assure you. And all donations to anything are accomplished by me, with his agreement. He simply wouldn't commit any money over the phone on his own. So even if the Tea Party misrepresented itself as some unnamed "patriotic organization" he'd never give them money, nor agree to join. He runs that all by me, as I do with him.
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    Jan 08, 2015 11:34 PM GMT
    I get stuff like that from both left-wing and right-wing lunatics. They all think I'm their buddy, for some reason.
    When I was more pissed-off about it, I used to stuff their literature back into their pre-paid envelopes and mail it back to them. It cost them a quarter icon_razz.gif
    What I should have done was put the right-wing literature in the left-wing return envelope and vice verse icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 08, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI get stuff like that from both left-wing and right-wing lunatics. They all think I'm their buddy, for some reason.
    When I was more pissed-off about it, I used to stuff their literature back into their pre-paid envelopes and mail it back to them. It cost them a quarter icon_razz.gif
    What I should have done was put the right-wing literature in the left-wing return envelope and vice verse icon_lol.gif

    LOL! We get bombarded with email and traditional mail soliciting donations every single day, no joke. Because once you do donate, as we have, associated & similar groups get your info, and know you're a potential donor.

    Hell, we even got a Christmas card this year (generic of course) from the Obamas with the White House seal and return address. I hope they weren't offended when we didn't return the holiday courtesy.

    But all of these mailings to us are from Democratic and Liberal groups. Except mass voter mailings from local politicians near election dates, who may be Republicans. I thought the Right Wingers knew enough not to waste their time with us. Though I wouldn't mind if they did squander their campaign resources & budgets in a futile cause. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 09, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    I'm jealous. I don't get this kind of attention from the Tea Party in spite of being a loyal member since we've had a Tea Party. And I'm especially a fan of that white supremacist dewd, David Web ... one of the founding member of the Tea Party

    http://davidwebbshow.com/



  • Hypertrophile

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    Jan 09, 2015 12:40 AM GMT
    I get mail once a week informing me that the warranty on my truck is about to expire. I haven't had a warranty since 2012.

    It is a ploy. Add the sender to your spammer list, but don't unsubscribe. That only confirms the address as valid. You may not get mail from this group, but they'll sell your info to others.
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    Jan 09, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
    It's a marketing ploy for a TEA Party group. The premise is that someone they contact could be a TEA Party supporter, but never donated, and when they receive an email like this, it makes them feel compelled to donate in order to maintain their TEA Party credentials.
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    Jan 09, 2015 2:50 AM GMT
    Physiqueflex saidI get mail once a week informing me that the warranty on my truck is about to expire. I haven't had a warranty since 2012.

    It is a ploy. Add the sender to your spammer list, but don't unsubscribe. That only confirms the address as valid. You may not get mail from this group, but they'll sell your info to others.


    Oh Jesus, that one. I get both calls and frequent letters.

    Funny though, I even get the same on this one. Yes, phone calls too. Hilarious.

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    Jan 09, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Physiqueflex saidI get mail once a week informing me that the warranty on my truck is about to expire. I haven't had a warranty since 2012.

    It is a ploy. Add the sender to your spammer list, but don't unsubscribe. That only confirms the address as valid. You may not get mail from this group, but they'll sell your info to others.


    Oh Jesus, that one. I get both calls and frequent letters.

    Funny though, I even get the same on this one. Yes, phone calls too. Hilarious.

    photo 78330056-9f2b-48da-bc29-85dfefb23385.jpg


    did you add posi?
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    Jan 09, 2015 5:13 AM GMT
    musclmed said
    freedomisntfree said
    Physiqueflex saidI get mail once a week informing me that the warranty on my truck is about to expire. I haven't had a warranty since 2012.

    It is a ploy. Add the sender to your spammer list, but don't unsubscribe. That only confirms the address as valid. You may not get mail from this group, but they'll sell your info to others.


    Oh Jesus, that one. I get both calls and frequent letters.

    Funny though, I even get the same on this one. Yes, phone calls too. Hilarious.

    photo 78330056-9f2b-48da-bc29-85dfefb23385.jpg


    did you add posi?


    In March 1963. Added in Pontiac, at the plant.