Sure their angle[s] will constantly change. Solely because they'll pitch and allege anything they think you'll fall for. Or some seedy business head pay's them to say for profit for the use of the mass telephone network, equipment and call centers of their cohorts / accomplices.
That said depending on who they're being paid by to carry out their phone hijinks at the time. These phone frauds will dispatch their pinheads and auto dialers to pose as everything from pollsters, fraud charities, debt collectors, health care services, fake sweepstakes reps, phoney cruise junkets and plain old hang up harassment calls.
EFFECTIVE DEFENSE :
When you receive one of their call attempts employ one of the following measures -
1. Block their number[s]
2. Merely Pickup and immediately- HANG UP on them.
3. Invest in a MAGICJACK for practically Free VOIP phone service
Have no idea who this is, but it sounds like a survey. I'm hoping they won't continue calling if they don't get an answer.
multiple calls on same day.
Left no message
travel agency with fake survey to give you a free cruise tht they make you pay a bunch to take
number may be spoofed
no proof but could be global travel
outside chance it might have been somebody else
using my cell mins. is not ok
Just received a message about the " free cruise" on my voicemail. It discontinued call when when 1 was not pressed. I do not give out my cell # and it is listed on the do not call registry. What upsets me most is my 88 yr old father still falls for these calls - thinking all who call are honest. Sadly, we have frequently remind him that all are not as ethical and moral as he. I guess that is why they are the greatest generation.
This was posted on another website 800Notes. This guy is great:
Ex Insider replies to tom
17 Apr 2012
If you really like to have fun with this type of call, look online for surveys, marketing deals, insurance quote offers etc and input this as your number. If 100 people enter it on 10 forms each they get 1000's of unwanted call backs tying up the number. Also, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are now wasteing some telemarketers time by having them call another telemarketer.
It works best when you give the number to some other outfit that uses an automated dialer, or better yet a blaster campaign caller (think bill collectors). An automated dialer checks to see if the call was answered, and if there was human response (any recorded message is identified as an answering machine). An answered call with no response is usually defaulted to a 4 hour call back pattern, a busy signal gets 15 minutes between calls, and a live human response that was not actionable gets an 8 hour reprieve. So every time you give the offending number to a webpage that inputs it into an automated dialer you can expect it to call it back something like 3 times per day, per entry. (You can see how it doesnt take too many people doing this to wreck a PBX.) It's essencially a denial of service attack, only by telephone rather than internet.
This number keeps calling my cell phone, my wife's cell phone, our home phone, (all in the DO NOT CALL list) and it's just getting anoying.I do not answer to see if they leave a message but they hang up right away. I called back from a blocked # and their answering maching wants me to call with a identifiable #.
The "political" question is a "survey" because surveyors are allowed to call numbers on the Do Not Call List. Then as your reward for participating in their "survey" you are "given the opportunity" to buy whatever they are marketing. It is a simple sales call, plain telemarketing, with a clever dodge around the Do Not Call List.
All we can do is petition our Congress members to revise the law to illegalize attaching any commercial transaction to a survey done under the exception to the Do Not Call regulations. If you want it to stop, write or e-mail your senator and your congressional representative. Put "scamming the Do Not Call List" right in the subject line.
This is a foreign unknown person please investigate
Called me on my do not call mobile phone. It is indeed a scam masquerading as a political survey. I only answered because I have relatives in the 425 area code. I like the DoS idea proposed above. Thanks.
I am on a no call list for Missouri
Recorded message that asks you to dial "1" if you want to opt out of any further calls, but when you do, goes into a survey that promises you a "free" cruise for participating. That is until they get your credit card for supposed "taxes" and then geez! Want to get even with this company? Go to http://blog.stupidhead.org/2012/03/29/political-opinions-of-america/ and check it out for yourself. I called the attorney and left him a nasty message for representing a company that violates the Do Not Call Registry and is trying to scam people out of hard earned money with a promise to a "free cruise." Seriously, let's all call the attorney and see how he likes harassing calls!
I got a call to my cell phone in CA. I don't answer unknown callers. No message was left. Caller ID lists Washington area code.
Received a call from them yesterday and saw I missed the call. Seeing the answers glad I did. When I try to call it back it says it's a non-working number and now I tried again and it goes through. Pressed one and it keeps going on. I will not answer them anymore.
Just put the block unknown callers or unknown numbers on your phone - if you use this seeting you will not get these bogus calls.
dont call my number AGAINNNNNNNNN
Got a call from this number yesterday. Sent it to VM but they didn't leave a message.
LOVE the DoS strategy!
Getting calls from this number usually in the evening. Donm't know who it is from.
My husband and I both got a call from this number yesterday. No messages. I tried calling it back and it beeped like a busy signal! We are both on the do not cal list!
Political survey crap. After reading the other messages I called back and pressed 1...they said "Thank you for choosing to participate in our survey" :(
I absoutley love this idea!
This number called my cell phone. I NEVER give my cell phone to any companies plus my number is on the do not call list (????)
Unwanted caller to my cell phone. Did not recognize # so did not answer. Understand from reading web posts that it is some kind of "survey". Both my land and cell lines are on DO NOT CALL list.
I was so hopeful the DNC list would stop the telemarketers. We have as many as before. So annoying.
Yesterday I received two calls from 425-658-8952 on my cell phone while I was otherwise occupied. No message was left. When I returned the call there was a message stating that the party was unavailable. Today, at 7:11p.m., I just received a call from the same caller on my unlisted home phone! As reported by others, silence on the other end of the line and then a disconnect.Perhaps I will call again and press 1 to be removed - seems to have worked for others.
mine said press 1 for the survey and press 9 to be removed. I press 9 and added it to blocked callers on my cell phone
political survey with promise of trip when survey is finished. i pushed number one to be taken off their list ( like the recording said would be done) and a different recording came on saying "thank you for choosing to take the survey"! im on the no call registry, that doesn't seem to be doing much good!!! i get solicitation calls at home and on cell all the time!