We continue to get these calls at least once a week in Oregon. I finally decided that if I actually went through the survey, I could demand they comply with our Do Not Call registration. Same yarn as already reported--a free cruise--however, despite the fact that I tried to respond both from my phone touch pad and by voice, I am told, "That is not a valid response." After three tries, the connection went dead. I wonder if someone is trying to decide if mine is an active number?
I GOT THE SAME BAHAMA CRUISE CALL FROM 971-220-1183. I DID NOT ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS. SIMPLY HUNG UP. OBVIOUS SCAM.
01/28/12 Just received the exact same phone call. When I asked if they could/would send a voucher the individual said "after" I register. And of course I asked what "registering" would entail and the woman said to "register" I had to pay $59/person (x2) port tax.
She told me the company can't mail the voucher without collecting the port tax. And needs to know who is "serious" about going on the cruise. I told her I might be serious but I can't predict the future and was not going to spend $118 without knowing I was going. The woman become quite argumentative saying that no one can predict the future and that $118 is nothing compared to the 10 million the cruise line had just invested in upgrading its ship(s).
A complete waste of time and most likely a scam of some sort.
I have received calls on my home phone and cell phone. I knew immediately that this was a Republican Party supported strategy and hand up immediately!
Just got a robocall call from the number 312-765-7460 to my cell phone, which is registered in the DNC registry (that's Do Not Call, not Democratic National Party! ha...).
I hung up as soon as I heard, "This is Jennifer from ES_(?) Research Group. This is not a sales call." My husband received a similar call a few nights ago, also to his cell.
If I'd known they were hawking cruises, I would have listened. I'm a travel agent, and I sell cruises. I'll have to listen to the spiel and burn their minutes (and mine, too, unfortunately) next time they ring up.
Despite what their recorded message says, they are NOT a polling company or a charity.
Something about a survey, with an offer of a free cruise. They always call when I'm not home and leave an annoying message. How do they get past the "do not call" list?
I would like to help you-I have information on how to get a call-blocker.
See my post on whocallsme for 305 918-2338 dated 12/26/11.
Have been having a difficult time getting this person off my telephone. Her name is Jenifer and says she is with EST or maybe ESE, ----Research Group. She isn't talking to you, just talking making a speach about the Bahamas and all that. I have called Qwest/ Century Link and they couldn't help me, so I'm trying this message. If this doesn't work I'll just quit trying and just use my cell phone.
This is 2011 and we shouldn't have to go through all this trouble. I feel like we are going backwards. Hope you can help
I answered just the opposite giving dems all 1s every time I was asked the same question and I got hung up on too.
I just got my third call from "ESG Research," I've hung up each time.
Being on the Do Not Call list won't protect you from scammers like the folks making these calls. They don't care about the list, they're probably just auto-dialing random numbers. The phone numbers that appear on your caller ID can be spoofed. The actual location from which the calls are made is hard to trace because the calls are probably made over the internet via VOIP and may be passing through multiple proxy servers along the way. The calls could well be coming from outside the country.
My advice: Just hang up.
i had the same thing happen when i answered 3 every time. same Q over and over, then hang up.
If you register your number with the Do Not Call list, it's then listed, which I believe anyone can download. Sort of like adding your email address to a "don't spam" list; of course it'll get spammed.
Got a call from ESG From 213-289-9006 today seems like they attach to different #'s How do we stop these people? This Is the 3rd time this month I have gotten a call from this same Co. Yet a diff #
The Do-not-call list only applies to businesses cold calling you.
Charities, polling agencies and businesses that you already have some affiliation with are exempted from the list.
And yes I just got this same call for the 2nd time. This time I waited through the recording
and hit 9 to be removed from their call list.
"This is not a sales call," the robo-call began. The phone is on the Do Not Call Registry. The call continued, "This is Jennifer from ESG Research Group..."
1-202-499-1479. Called from this number. Said I could answer a few political questions and get a free cruise to the Bahamas from a political donor. I answered to see where it would take me. A man came on and said he was a representative from Carnival Cruiselines and that I'd get a free cruise but would have to pay port taxes. I listened to his speech until he tried to collect a credit card and than said I wasn't interested and hung up.
I just got the same call from 202-499-1479. Each of the three debt crisis questions was repeated twice - I gave them my "progressive" answers and the second time I entered each, the robo accepted them. I hung up before they could give me the cruise pitch. Just filed a complaint with https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx?panel=2
I feel slimed. Ick.
My call sounds the exact same as everyone else's however it came from a different number 202-499-1479 and caller ID said Wahington DC not New York. The name of the (male) person that I was supposedly talking to was: Chris Mangin. We should contct the Carribean Cruise line as they were supposedly from there. I got on line and looked up ESG Research group as well but their website has a msg at the top of the screen saying that this is not from their company.
I got the same call today. I answered the survey and although VERY skeptical listened while "Chris Mangin" (the name he gave me) explained the details of the trip. Eventually he starts talking as though he cannot hear me and then hangs up. I have tried calling the number back but now cannot get back through?
It certainly appears that the taped call from that number is a scam. They offer you a "2-day cruise to the Bahamas" for just participating in a survey which includes a [few] questions. I participated in order to hear more and then follow up. I suspect that when I gave a favorable response--the number 4 on a scale of 5 as to how the Democratic Party is doing on the debt crisis, they were not getting the results they wanted. That is why the same question was repeated over an over and then there was a disconnect.
My question is can such a group be charged with fraud? Does it make it even worse because they are crossing state lines, in this case a call from New York to people in Massachusetts?
I am going to call the Attorney General's office.
I got this same call. I decided to go ahead and take the poll. But the robosurvey is apparently set up to not accept any pro-Democratic answers!! I was asked the first question over and over: "How would you rate the Democrats in Congress (from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best) for how they are handling the debt crisis?" I entered "5" each time. Finally I was disconnected. Apparently "5" was an unacceptable answer!! No free cruises for Democrats! Talk about manipulation of poll results!
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Just got a call from ESG Research Group. My home phone is registered with DO NOT CALL and unsolicited calls are very rare. This company needs to be fined and shut down.
Got the same call just a few minutes ago. Selected "9" to have my number removed from the call list. I am pretty sure everyone has the same answers on the nations debt crisis, pretty sure we don't need a phone survey to verify that! If something is to good to be true it is!
The number was 914 343 7484, but same bunch, I'm pretty sure. Recorded message saying this is not a sales call, we just want you to answer a few questions about the economic situation, and in return you get a free vacation in the Bahamas, at which point I hung up. I know these guys, they've got all sorts of ploys to get you to listen to their pitch.
Sounds like a scam. Got the same call today. Tried to find some info on this co. and this is what I found from www.enterprisestrategygroup.com/contact-us/:
IMPORTANT NOTE: A company using the name ESG Research is soliciting customers to take a phone survey to win a trip to the Bahamas. That is NOT Enterprise Strategy Group.
We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced, but ESG does NOT engage in these practices.
At ESG, we believe that getting to the bigger truth requires a cooperative effort?we?d love to hear from you. We?re available ? please use any of the contact methods below to provide us with feedback on our website, inquire further about any of our services or information, or just let us know how we can help you with your IT-related information and insight-gathering.
Write to us:
Enterprise Strategy Group
20 Asylum Street
I got this call for the first time today, although I have been getting numerous calls from NCO for almost a year. I assume it is ok if they tell you it is political and also charities are ok so not subject to do-not-call list. I even had someone show up at my door saying he was looking for a person that doesn't live here who has not paid a bill. Scary! I will not answer my door again unless it is someone I know. I am also disgusted with charities...they make outlandish salaries, big pensions and benefits. They get huge grants from the federal government (us taxpayers) and then beg for more money from us....is 1 million dollars enough to pay for the president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America....also big amounts for luxury trips in the guise of meetings. Congress investigated but probably nothing happened to them. She said she deserved it although Boys and Girls club chapters are closing all over the country. I am not giving to charities anymore. I will find a family and help them individually and make sure they get all my money and not some of it going to huge salaries.
call came in at 16:15 NY time, with caller id giving this number and a "name" of simply "new york". Robot caller claiming to do a survey on behalf of ESG Research, claiming that if I answered some survey questions about the "debt crisis" I'd get that cruise. I hit "1" to start, and the first question asked me what I thought of the Democrats.... I hung up.
So either it's a complete scam or it's a political "push campaign". Hmm, make that both...