• How is it that people with cancer end up on a mailing list, for everyone and their mother looking for donations for cancer?

    Asked by FreeBird on Monday, November 19, 2012

    How is it that people with cancer end up on a mailing list, for everyone and their mother looking for donations for cancer?

    The latest one in the mailbox is from Memorial Sloan Kettering looking for a donation, and offering a free tote bag or flashlight with donation of $35 or more, with an option to give it as a memorial gift of $500 or more, and a checkbox, "I have included MSKCC in my will." I don't know about you, but we're scraping bottom here. Sloan Kettering is a great cancer center, but who shares all this information?

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    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub (Best Answer!)

      Okay. Please explain the mailing lists I'm on. Everything is related to pregnancy and handling a new baby. I've started receiving "BabyTalk" Magazine, and have received numerous coupons for discount birth announcements. I get all sorts of baby ads. And no, I haven't even been buying baby gifts. By the way, I'm 60, and have had all applicable apparatus removed. Not to mention, my husband's connections were "severed", so if I'm pregnant, something odd is going on!

      over 7 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Haha. Congratulations on your new addition. I read that some stores gather data on people based on their purchasing habits. They try to predict when someone is pregnant. That's valuable information when someone's about to have a new addition to their family. Lots of money to be spent. I wonder if you bought some things at the pharmacy while you were sick that triggered that.

      over 7 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      I get them too. Once you're on the Internet and join 1 group or put your email "out there" you're fair game. There are companies that search for email addresses then sell them to Data-Mining Companies. But have no fear! I always get emails that tell me "So-and-So left 10,000,000.00 in their will to ME but all I have to do is send $10,000 USD to Nigeria as a show of trust".
      I'm sure you're as "lucky" as I am!
      :-)

      over 7 years ago

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