October 23, 2017
    Scam call
    I have never even attended, applied or worked at or with McGill. Definitely sounds like a scam to me. I will be calling them over and over till they explain to me how they have my name and phone number.
  • Not legit
    September 26, 2017
    United States
    This is not legit. Do not give them information. Better yet, do not pick up the call
  • ex-phonathoner
    August 30, 2017
    That was indeed McGill. Let me guess, you graduated from Science? The outreach program is designed for students who are at higher risk of dropping out, to show them options they may have in STEM. Of course they have lots of info on you, it's all information you provided the university with, they can see a scaled-down version of your alumni record- your program, your grad year, your address, and your student ID, and your preferred language- you TOLD McGill to communicate with you in French, dummy. You're welcome to call University Advancement if you are wondering if they're real or not. The first ask is generally $250 unless you're a recent graduate, in which case they ask $150, and offer the option for monthly installments for a year if you'd rather, over credit card. And they probably explained we could only send out e-pledge cards, not information emails, and only if you're interested in giving because we'd be counting on that gift coming in. This all sounding familiar? It's because I used to work there. The caller you spoke with was probably new, and didn't know how to navigate from talking about a particular project to giving online. By the way, we've been told to offer www.mcgill.ca/give and www.mcgill.ca/giving at different times, that is definitely the university's fault, they never clarified which one to offer. Go ahead and report it to a "higher level", they don't care, they're too busy working on being paid to dine out and drink with high-rolling donors while the students at the Phonathon work away for sh*tty pay for a manager who very very obviously plays favourites in a smelly, dingy basement in an old faculty of medicine building close to campus.
  • Melanie L
    June 25, 2017
    I just got called by this number again today. They had A LOT if information on me and they asked me to donate through my Faculty to help support a Foundation for drop-out rates in local high schools.

    This did not sound right. I told the woman I would not donate over the phone anyways, and to give me info. The woman on the phone - who spoke French to me, and new I was francophone- sent me to McGill.ca/giving. There is no mention of the info she gave me on the Faculty page. She asked me to donate 250$ as well. (Many instalments were suggested).

    I am reporting this at a higher level since the caller knew my name, address, Faculty etc, I refused to give them updated information that they requested. Beware! You can always donate online at mcgill.ca/giving and avoid giving any info over the phone.
  • La dona
    May 19, 2017
    I got the same call too many times. I just disregard
  • Bill
    January 20, 2016

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  • worked there... It is not a scam!
    There are students, working under the supervision of professional staff, whose job is to ask Alumni for money. And the money goes to student causes such as Scholarships, libraries etc... This is a common practice done by all universities in North America.Clear up your facts before posting...........
  • Bob
    The number shows up on their own documents. It is registered to them.
  • b!
    calls received from this number --- unknown to me
  • Sam
    called me, I picked up, dead air, after a minute they hung up.Very annoying.  Happened twice, once on a Sunday evening.If it happens again, no more $ for them!
  • Barbara
    We have received dozens of calls from this number over the past few weeks.  No voicemail message is ever left.  I phoned the number way outside of business hours and learned from the recording that it IS McGill!
  • Sam
    called me, I picked up, dead air, after a minute they hung up.
    Very annoying.  Happened twice, once on a Sunday evening.

    If it happens again, no more $ for them!

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