I have been harassed by this organisation. threatening legal action for not paying, called claiming to be from federal police This number appears to belong to someone at a business called Countrywide Austral http://www.cwaustral.com.au/advertisers/advertising-rates/qld-streetsmart-handbook/
They appear to be lifting business phone numbers from geographic location searches on Facebook (finding businesses by suburb).
I had quite a lengthy discussion with said caller and while they do represent a publication made in association with the Police Welfare Foundation, it appears to be simple cold-calling to get you to accept a TINY $500+ GST ad placement in the QLD distribution of the Street Smart handbook which is given to grade 11 and 12 high school leavers.
Good cause as it may be, calls from this number are simply cold call advertising sales using important sounding words to get your attention http://www.auspol.org/ really is a charity so the call initially does come off as sounding more important that it really is.
I have a friend who used to work for the company that makes these calls and it isn't a scam, it's a legitimate book called Street Smart which is given to year 11 kids all over Australia (I know this because I got one 5 years ago in year 11), and they're not selling advertisement spots but rather collecting sponsorship and displaying it with your business name.
The email they ask you to reply with isn't a phishing email, it's an invoice to the agreed amount, so the purpose of this is so they have the written agreement from the sponsor, the email of course is sent after an amount is agreed on and the sponsor has agreed to the terms, it's because your spot in the book as a sponsor can't be locked in until it's in writing with both parties
If you do get this call don't be afraid that it's a scam, they're not going to steal your info or identity or anything for that matter, just ask for paid sponsorship in this book
They called me and continue to bug me (for over 12 months) to advertise my accommodation in their handbook. They went ahead and created an advertisment without the go ahead or any instruction whatsoever. Now they're chaing me for the money via a collection agency. Good luck to them!!!!! how did you resolve this I am in the same boat!!! Do I just ignore? Really ?? CWA staff are trained to state , correctly , that they are calling ON BEHALF OF the police / neighbourhood watch. And money DOES go to the right places. Yeah, Great cause! Been supporting for years. I signed up to do the advert.....STUPID ME......They sent me the ad that I didnt ok at all, it looked total sh*t, I said I will not pay for something so crap.....they wont respond to my emails at all......such a scam!!! rang claiming he was a police officer assigned to fundraise for the NT emergency response journal - my accountant has advised me it is fake. i refused payment they now harras me via phone and email using different numbers another number is 0402 958 808 Trying to sell advertising in a publication aimed at reducing drug use in children.
No money will be going to the children, the publisher CountryWide Austral keeps this money.
Phoned in claiming to be collecting support funds for Australian Fire Fighters Claimed to be a marketing caller from federal police. Caller: Austral Police Watch
*For anyone who has agreed to this and doesn’t want to go ahead with it after reading any or all negative reviews about this organisation.* If you have had a call from this company, and have agreed to go ahead (sent back an email confirmation by their request). Ring them back immediately on this number - (03) 9937 0200 and request that your name be removed from the support list, they will try to delay it or refer to someone else to do, but please insist that they do it on the spot. My confirmation to be apart of the ad campaign was luckily not approved straight away from the person who originally rang me, so I got them to remove it before I had to pay anything.
I don’t think you are for real, are you from Countrywide Austral ? Caller: I don't know
I put their certificate on my website https://www.actiongroup.website for my accolades, they said they would send me a copy of the book, however I never got it. Also when your number goes in the book you get a lot of cold calls from other aggressive cold callers. A worthy cause nonetheless.
Do not agree.
The guy had me on the phone for over 25mins never told me how much it was, then sends me an email for $385.
I was more than happy to support however I did the stupid mistake of not asking how much as I have ever dealt with a business that asks for that much.
I didn’t even see the booklet, never got a proof to ask if I was happy with the placement.
What kind of a business is this? I work in advertising and deal with clients all the time. This just isn’t normal practice
Negative experience. Cold aggressive initial contact for a good value product sponsorship. Presumed agreement was supposed to activated by returning their email contact. Subsequently repeated [no ID phone number] contact demanding money, saying book was on its way. Did not stop until ACCC reference was raised into the dialog. Caller: Streetsmart
They claimed to be from Auspol. Said they were putting a book together with Neighbourhood watch for highschoil. Said I would only be involved if my information was included in the "services information" page & I was bot interested un an ad. I waited until I saw the book. They just put in an ad which is precisely what I said I didn't want. Now they are trying to get me to pay over $500 (but they just reduced it to 200 yesterday). It's a scam and I will be reporting them.
0478 285 747 and 0401 120 055
Friendly phone call, until they send you an email and ask you (while you're on the phone with them) to respond with "I Agree", where you would basically agree to the purchase order of an advertisement/sponsorship.
Not normal business practice.
Just go find another way to help out.
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I called back number (07) 3215 8316 reached IVR for My Car.
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I called back the number (02) 9059 6799 and reached vm that said I reached Public Outreach
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No message left. Don't know the number or anyone in Tweed Heads unless someone I previously knew...