Failure to call


The following is not intended to serve as opinion, judgement, fact, or any other type of recommendation or stay-away-warning directed at any company, person or business. Instead, it is an observational piece meant to raise awareness for an overall (and increasing and widening and sophisticating) arena that has in many ways been found to include less-than-reputable characters taking advantage of good people looking for honest assistance.

Do your homework. Be smart. Ok? Good.

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Mail arrived the other day… and evidently, I should make my move quickly.

After all, delivered on pink paper that qualifies the message as significantly more urgent, printed in bold and underlined font, the Department of Negotiations on Internet Boulevard has reminded me that this is their “second attempt” to reach me. (Oh… sorry… second attempt… that’s better.) And thank goodness, they are not messing around in letting me know this is important stuff.

They have been kind enough to let me know that there are repercussions that could follow my failure to call. (Oops… sorry about that… “** Failure to Call **”… that’s the presentation. With emphasis and some capitalized letters.) If I may be so bold as to offer a summary of this section in my own words, if I don’t respond to their offer it’s quite possible that nothing will change.

And that… umm… yeah. That’s pretty much right. If I don’t call the Department of Negotiations, nothing at all in my life will change.

Now… let’s get some of the important things out of the way.

While I will not identify this particular letter as a scam, fraud, etc., I have questions. Most notably at this point: Are there really people replying to this stuff? Department of Negotiations… on Internet Boulevard… well seems legit. (Ding-ding-ding, danger… filled with sarcasm alert… in my opinion, this contact is only missing a foreign prince needing a wire transfer of money.)

Even a quick internet search reveals some tremendous news. The Department of Negotiations is part of a group that apparently has an amazing list of complaints, and one of the worst Better Business Bureau ratings a group can be assigned. That’s just a quick search though, as the results didn’t surprise me and hardly presented enough material to motivate me into a deeper investigation.

Still… Department of Negotiations… Internet Boulevard… I think you already might have guessed that there weren’t going to be many positive stories and glowing recommendations discovered by the more frequented search engines. And if you had the letter in front of you, well… the thing is…

I didn’t start this to dive too deeply into the Department of Negotiations waters here. Truth be told, many people do investigate and actively pursue services that assist with debt and credit in several ways. Some of them are fee-based groups. And, I imagine, some are doing quality work that truly supports people in great ways. And, good for them.

Instead, I started this because I couldn’t believe the actual letter that was sent to me.

Pink paper? I have never trusted any mailing I’ve received with changes in font color… because evidently those generating it thought bold, underlined, a bit larger and blue or red appropriately emphasized things to me more clearly than an accurate and coherent text in black Times New Roman font size 12. Same idea for paper color.

Department of Negotiations? Is the company called the Department of Negotiations? If so… that’s a pretty dumb sounding company name. Seems a bit heavy and official while actually offering up nothing specific. Is it a department that is part of a larger company? According to the internet… yes. According to the letter… no idea. Plus, Internet Boulevard? That strikes me as oddly named.

Paper color, font changes, and catchy names are not at all a perfect way of passing judgement. Let’s just say if listing the pros and cons though, the column of positive items is not filling up so far.

I’m sure you’d be stunned to find out they did change the font size when talking about how fees varied and were extra. Would you guess the mentioning of fees was not bold, was not underlined, and, in fact, were in a smaller font size? (I know. Me too.)

In this case… as in several others delivered to my mailbox… I’m not going to be able to provide a lot of clarity for you, since I am not going to call the toll-free number. You’ll have to make up your own mind on whether or not you would do the same, though I believe moist of you will decide to join me in a mass failure to call response. (Or, more precisely… a “** Failure to Call Action **”.)

I just want to advise all of you to be careful. Because I did feel the need to at least do a quick and limited internet search for this essay. And it does appear as though this letter comes from a company that is attempting to do business. Since I will not be seeking out their services, I cannot pass along any concrete advice or suggestions about them. I can only say buyer beware. And that’s the ultimate thing…

All it takes is the right timing and presentation in order to establish a connection with a handful of people that leads to a response. In this day and age of design templates and cut-and-paste imaging and more ways than you could ever imagine to create the appearance of legitimacy, people are still giving out social security numbers and personal information to sources they didn’t contact or double-check.

For some people, there is the possibility that Internet Boulevard does sound official and comforting. For some people, there is little question that if you need help negotiating something, the Department of Negotiations would be an obvious resource to have on your side. And, for some people, pink paper and repercussions are not to be trifled with.

For me, the failure to call means nothing is going to happen. If the day should arrive when I need something to happen, I’ll probably seek out some counsel and thoughts not found on an unsolicited piece of pink paper.

But that’s just me.

And if it’s not you… I hope things work out well for you.


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