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From: Home School Legal Defense Association [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 12:29 PM
To: Homeschool group
Subject: Warning: Home School Foundation Impersonator Calling Leaders
From the HSLDA e-lert service
Warning: Home School Foundation
Impersonator Calling Leaders
Dear Homeschool Group Leaders:
It has come to our attention that multiple homeschool leaders have received
phone calls from a person falsely saying he is from the Home School
This caller, who is believed to be male but identifies himself as a woman,
will often claim to be calling from the Home School Foundation and indicate
that you have been nominated for a grant or award of some sort. This
individual usually states that "she" has 10 children and a degree in
psychology, before proceeding to ask questions about your family's
homeschool practices to follow up on the grant/award that you have been
"nominated" for. The questions quickly get around to your disciplinary
methods and practices. Please note, HSF has no need to ask you about your
disciplinary methods with your children!
If you are ever on the phone with someone saying he or she is from HSF and
you become even slightly suspicious, or if the questions don't directly
relate to the work of the Foundation (i.e. helping families homeschool
through hard times), please ask for a name and number and offer to call
back. The Foundation's number is (540) 338-8688. If you are given a
different number and/or receive a call from an individual who fits the above
description, please alert us immediately!
We are trying our best to find out who this caller is and stop him from
harassing homeschoolers in our name. This is not actually a new issue; we
had a similar situation many years ago and came close to finding the caller
before he went underground. This may be the same person.
If you receive such a phone call, write down the date, time and as much
information as you can about the caller. Personal information disclosed by
the caller and the questions he asked would be helpful. Also collect any
information displayed on your caller ID or obtained from tracing the phone
number (often by dialing *69). Contact HSLDA or HSF with this information
and we will collect it to help authorities in their attempt to track this
If you have any details that may help us find out more about this caller,
please email them to email@example.com with "impersonator" in
the subject line.
Also, please forward this email on to other homeschool leaders you know-if
people are aware of the issue ahead of time, we are more likely to stop it.
Mike Smith, President
The HSLDA E-lert Service is a service of:
Home School Legal Defense Association . P.O. Box 3000 . Purcellville,
Phone: (540) 338-5600 . Fax: (540) 338-2733 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org