WARNING: Lengthy post. If you choose to read it I hope you find it worthwhile given the pervasive insidiousness and arrogance of these jerks.
I use Selective Forwarding [ also referred to as Exclusive Forwarding ] to send the worst of my spammer / scammer phone aggravators to our State AG's Office... ';) But am seriously rethinking that after consideration of the following...
My system only allows 20 numbers for Selective Forwarding and so far I've received calls from the following four numbers all from the these jerks at Thoroughbred Research Group. All are listed in recent 800Notes threads. Listed by Number, CID Name, Date of 1st call, what one gets when they're called back.
270-650-9841 - Unavailable - 04-24-14? - when called back I get 'Call can't be completed'
270-643-0222 - THOROUGHBRED_RE ?- 04-28-14 - when called back I get 'Health Plan survey...'
239-673-5213 - THOROUGHBRED RE? - ?05-03-14 - when called back I get 'Thoroughbred Research Co., lv msg....'
270-650-2080 - THOROUGHBRED_RE - 05-07-14 - when called back I get 'Thoroughbred Research Co., lv msg....'
For those who may find calling back an issue, I'd point out that my CID is blocked so they can't track it.
Since they're using multiple numbers I'm cross posting this to the above four numbered threads which are still current. Numerous other number threads prior to late 2013 turned up on 800Notes in a 'Thoroughbred 800Notes.com' search indicating their use of multiple numbers which have been apparently discontinued at some point for whatever reason. Calling several of them got 'No longer in service'.
My searching turned up this very interesting post containing the following pertinent info as posted by 'don on 19 May 2012' at http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-270-450-0869/3 [ a number they seemed to have quit using RIGHT AFTER don's post since his is the last entry for that number ]. Also found it posted in several other places.
==== Start don's Post ====
Reposting this, as the contact page is now off of their website. [ I bet it is... Heheheheheh - db ]
EMAIL THEM AND TELL THEM TO TAKE YOU OFF THEIR LIST.
Thoroughbred Research Group
1941 Bishop Lane ? Suite 1017 ? Louisville, KY 40218
Telephone: 502.459.3133 ? Facsimile: 502.459.8392
Jim Lunger - Vice President Data Analytics
Vic Walsh, PRC - Vice President Business Development
Mary Lea Quick, PRC - Director Qualitative Research
Caller: THOROUGHBRED RE
Call Type: Survey
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I have called all of these numbers and they are legit, in service, numbers. In the case of Jim, Brad and Mary, they actually answered, in other cases getting vm. I gave them the silent treatment as they give us.
I'm tempted to revise my Selective Forwarding number to one of them in lieu of my State AG's office. Perhaps if enough of us were to do this and tied one of their numbers up with our worst spam calls to include their own they'd get the hint to clean up their act.
From the above 'Thoroughbred 800Notes.com' search it appears their calls are currently only from the four numbers noted. Given they're presently limited to these four I'm inclined to sacrifice four of my Selective Forwarded numbers to include them. If they change up in the future it'll show up on the Scammers Call List I maintain and adjust my settings accordingly.
Which brings me to this discovery... priceless...
As posted by 'Tom Wilkerson on 4 Oct 2012' at http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-270-650-2080/9
==== Start Tom Wilkerson's Post ====
Greetings from Louisville!
Well apparently our fine firm of Market Research has offended many even before our ever-polite call staff can apologize. Sorry indeed, are we, that some will jump directly to profanity - not acting grown up at all. All one needs to do is say - on the phone - Sorry, I cannot perform a Market Research right now. Five seconds! Full service and field research used to be easier 20 years ago when adults acted like responsible adults. (Some of us blame the cellular phones and over-control of computerized devices for reducing the public's patience)
All Management is committed to sternly upbraiding staff who are not courteous - even in the face of a populace prepared to complain before even knowing about our well-earned exemption from the DNC.
If you are not charmed immediately by the honeyed words of our Paducah workers, I will be amazed. After all, we give them a few minutes to smoke, coffee, or 5-hour-energy snort Every Dang Day! Certainly, as Americans (even if we sound funny to some Northerners) our efficiency at preserving the Market System by detecting trends fads and fashions among you is a worthy Research!!
Calm down and do not complain. Your numbers are all permanently in the system. There are only so many hours a day each of you can be called. Relax and sip something appropriate, put Thouroughbred Research and/or Wilkerson Associates on a phone's speakerphone and have a party with us!
I remain, grandly yours,
Wilkerson Associates at (502) 459-3133 or (502) 753-5010
Caller: Thourough Re-sponse
Call Type: Survey
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Research shows that Wilkerson Associates are / were one and the same as Thoroughbred Research Group... that 502-459-3133 is their main number, AND that 502-753-5010 is the number listed for and presently answered personally by Jim Lunger - Vice President Data Analytics, so it appears that Mr. Lunger may now hold the position once held by Mr. Wilkerson, but in any case is a REAL person at a REAL number for this bunch of aggravators.
Even better reason to turn their calls back on themselves.
Any takers? Given that Mr. Lunger's number is the same as this pompous a*** Wilkerson's was, I suggest that everyone who decides to boomerang calls on 'um to use his number...
And dontcha jes love their motto at http://www.torinc.net/... 'Preemptive. Proactive. Projective.' Arrggghhhhhhh!!
db who's Fed Up w/ Being Fed UP! (c)
I saw an unknown name and I did not answer, and there was no message
This company provides public opinion polls as well as research pulling. They can call you even if you aren't on a Do Not Call list because they are not tell marketers and they are not trying to sell you anything. You can still request to have them remove you from there calling database however you may still be called later if they obtain your phone number from a different city when they update their phone banks. if you are extremely concerned with being called by this entity you can report them to the FCC.
I got a call from 270-643-0222 on my land line and even when I answer my phone keeps a log of the number and name associated with it. Mine also logs this as THOROUGHBRED_RE. I asked the young woman what the call was for and she told me research but when I asked what the research was for she became flustered and replied, "Research." I explained I understood that part of her conversation but that research can be done for many reasons and I wanted to know who the research was being done for and why they wanted it. Again she was flustered and replied, "Its for research." I tried again and asked if it is research for a political party or private business and got the same reply, "Research." So I told her I understood that she was given a script to read from and since the company did not provide her answers to my questions I would appreciate her seeing that my name and number be removed and not called again. She relaxed at that point and assured me she would and I've not had another call since. Forgot about it until just now when clearing Caller ID, got curious and a search led me here so thought I would share my experience. Just my opinion but any company that does research without saying for who is not to be trusted.
So when you were growing up, is this what you aspired to be? A piece of subhuman fecal matter that makes a "living" annoying the good people who are unfortunate enough to have to share the planet and the PHONE THEY PAY for with scum like you?
Your parents must be sooooo proud!
Stop being a piece of shite. Kill yourself if you have to, the world will be better for it and you will get to leave us on a high note.
We asked if you were somewhere safe because it appeared to be a call on your cell phone. We don't want to talk to people when they're driving.
We asked for your county because we have quotas for each area and we don't want to overfill a quota. So if your area had enough surveys you would disqualify and we wouldn't ask you to participate.
Stop being a moron.
wanting to survey me over a comcast order placed...... ReAlY... WTF
ALSO;:: FOUNF THOS INFO:: IN KENTUCKY,,,,,,,,,,,,??
& BE AWARE & 'BEWARE" OF 'FREE-GIFTS' IN PHONE TEXTS,,,,,,,,,,,
http://800notes.com/news/ftc-cracks-down-on-s ... free-gift-cards
1st -- I received 'mail-survey' a week ago, 'letter-said';; i was picked at random, to give info about my health- experience with 'MEDICARE' -- gov. Health Ins.,,,,
for retired people,,,, I DID NOT ANSWER THEIR REQUEST !!
TODAY THEY CALLED:: my PHONE ID , SAID: THOROUGHBRED-- 270-643-0222-- I PICKED Up CALL:: the dude asked for me BY 1st & last Name,,,, I asked WHO-IS HE??
HE said: Martin, (i said: Martin-WHO?? i'm Not giving more info-untill He tells me who-He IS...
HE SAYS:; I'M MARTIN , from sub-contract- IMPAQ International, Columbia, Maryland... requesting for survey with Medicare/Madicaid -CMS --PER THE MAIL LETTER THEY SENT.....HE CAN TAKE MY SURVEY-INFO OVER THE PHONE.....SO 'MEDICARE' CAN 'BETTER-SERVE' IT'S CLIENTS.....
I SAID, I'LL THINK ABOUT IT--& MAIL THE INFO iN.!!...NOT-BY-PHONE, SINCE HE WON'T GIVE ME MORE INFO ABOUT HIS NAME,,,,,
THEN HE SAYS:: I CAN VERIFY HIS CALL WITH 'MEDICARE' :: 800-633-4327
** MEDICARE :::: http://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resour ... t-medicare.html
(( SAME NUMBER he gave-me ;: APPEARS LEGIT...."BUT" i do 'not' know - who the dude is,,SO, I'M NOT GIVING ANY INFO,,,,,,,,--DON'T LIKE THE SOUND-OF-THIS,,,,,,))
*IMPACQ INTERNATIONAL:: http://www.impaqint.com/contact-us/default.html
ABOUT IMPAQ:: http://www.impaqint.com/about-us/default.htm
We are voting on a new casino where I live here. it might be a casino and horse track near here that is calling to do research in a opposition to the new casino
They called and told me it would be a survey about where I get my news, would not tell me who was running the survey and asked strange questions like: Are you somewhere safe? What County do you live in? Would not go on, I hung up.
You seem to (mistakenly) think your time is more valuable than my time and privacy at home. If you want my opinion, you can compensate me for my time at the rate of $25 for 5 minutes.
you have to leave a message and they will either call you back or take your name off the list or whatever the case may be if you so wish to do so. Hope that could be of help.
please just take this into consideration
if you just let us know that we are calling a cell phone and cant use up your minutes we can mark it as such and not call that number again.....and we dont make money from completes we get we just get paid per hour and the questions are just to make products and services better, and some make it better for society. these really do change things for the better....if you let it. Have a great day :)
topix in this town is crap! I love the company I work there and have for a bit! that's just from people that have gotten fired and are mad about it. if people do their job they like it.
i have a real job too!
I work at one of the Thoroughbreds and if you let them get who they are and where they are calling from out of the way and you tell them to please remove their number from their computer generated calling list then they will....if they call again ask to speak to a supervisor and tell the supervisor the company has called x amount of times and you previously asked to be taken off the list.
If you hang up before they tell you who they are and where they are from then you will get a call back! just tell them you dont wish to take the survey and if you are polite to us we will be polite right back!
any questions or comments post them and i will do my best to answer them! :) have a great day you all :)
I keep getting a call from these people , Dumb caller.
Location: Kentucky (Bowling Green, Henderson, Owensboro)
I have still gotten calls from this number. The first time it came up just thouroughbred. They gave the impression, without saying it, that they were from SSA about a questionaire that had been sent out and that I hadn't returned. Seeing a request for information that I had no intention of giving them, I cut the call short. I have since had occasion to call SSA on forms that I do need--and the only way that they can be obtained is for me to go to an district office--four hour round trip--with proof of identity. Whoever these people are, they are not connected to the federal government.
This phone number also read: THOROUGHBRED_RE, I am on a no call list
These people are a royal pain! I have asked them to stop calling.They tell me that they are calling on behalf of my health insurance company, that is total BS. They know my name, insurance company and some other things. They have called everyday for the past two weeks, always in the late evening when I have put my children to bed. Come on, I know they read these. I called my insurance company twice about these people doing a survey for them and have the insurance said no both times, that they do not know who they are.
These are the three numbers that keep calling:
Do not call my number again. thank you
Thoroughbred Research, they are still at it. Three calls in last three days, one a day. I wonder if they are that Wilkinson Research and did they change their name?
Mother of sleeping babies!!!
We have received AT LEAST one call a day for the last week from this number...it also claims to be from Thoroughbred something or another...I never answer unknown numbers and these people have not attempted to leave a message.
Mine says Thoroughbred something... this and those transworld calls are super annoying.
I just received my second call today from this number. It said Thoroughbred Re....(can't make out the rest).. I called the number back and got a gentleman that said he is not making these calls, that he wasn't even using his phone, other people have called him to complain or see who was calling. I don't know how it's being done, but I am going to call the phone company. Some kind of scam going on. I told the guy who's number it is, to check his bills, to see if there are some kind of charges on there that he didn't make.
They need to stop making calls - it is against the law.
OMG! I'm in the marketing business for 10 years and the DNC ' do not call' list applies to all residences! A $10,000 fine for those breaking that law. I worked from 'scrubbed' lists that was cleaned of those DNC numbers for that reason.
Professional and true marketers know this law and work with responsibility. They are idiots to say it doesn't apply to them.
Just got a call at my work place..just great more interruptions!
I keep getting calls from this number. It shows up on the Caller ID as Thorougbred Re (which I was thinking was thorougbred rescue). They never leave a message, and as soon as my answering machine answers, they hang up, so my answering machine doesn't complete giving the message. So I thought perhaps it was an automated thing.