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The phone is ringing, and I don't recognize the number,
All Caller ID says is, "NAME UNAVAILABLE".
Please help me figure out who is calling and what they want



seatle wa | Seatle. WA |

seatlewa calls from 3 phone numbers:

206-395-7171 206-397-5050 206-496-0951


(206) 496-0951

May 8th, 2012 M. Vance TX

Supposed political survey - but telemarketer of cruises. Opt Out (press 9) does NOT function. Shut these people down!

May 8th, 2012 Gary IL

No message left.

May 6th, 2012 Greg CA

Reported as a DNCL violation

May 4th, 2012 Mad

I have 5 to 8 calls a day. I have called everyone from phone companies to banks and nonone cares. The no-call lists are not stopping these criminals.

May 4th, 2012 Resident47 RI

Same scam, different version from those reported here prior. This crap has been going on for months. Early on the front name was ''ESA Research''. Now the given business name is ''Political Opinions of America''.

For those just tuning in, these junk calls disobey the Telemarketing Sales Rule since the callers don't bother to scrub for DNC registrants. The FTC says: ''Callers purporting to take a survey, but also offering to sell goods or services, must comply with the Do Not Call provisions.''


I did keypress to ''decline'' the survey, which I realize won't stop the calls and may encourage others. I have other plans for this poser. My transcript follows, delivered by a melodic male voice in ''FM radio'' mode:

''Hello! This is John from Political Opinions of America. You have been carefully selected to participate in a short thirty second research survey, and for participating, you will receive a free two-day cruise for two people to the Bahamas, courtesy of one of our supporters. Gratuities and a small port tax will apply. To begin the survey, please press 'one' *now*. To decline the survey *and* be removed from our list, press 'nine'. Thank you!'' [silence 02.5 seconds] ''Hello! This is John .... '' [entire message repeats]

[02s 25f passed in silence, I hit '9'] ''Thank you for your time. Your phone number will be permanently removed from our list.'' [silence 01 second, caller disconnected]

phrase parsing:
- ''carefully selected to participate'' = carelessly spammed with others in a block of phone numbers
- free Bahamas cruise: That's an excessive payment for half a minute of labor, not to mention highly presumptive. A week in a floating hotel is just not a good time for everyone.
- ''Gratuities ... small port tax'' = Hand over your credit card numbers and your better judgment.
- ''one of our supporters'' = a whole gang of affiliate marketers eager to harvest your phone number
- ''removed from our list'': They don't have a list to start with. They are building one for lead generation through these deceptive calls.

May 3rd, 2012 bb n ccfl FL

No msg left by the caller.. When I called back....it was a robotic female and it was about a survey, to which the time for that survey had expired.. She then said if I wish to be removed from future surveys, press 1. I pressed 1. Let's see what happens in the future.

May 2nd, 2012 Mr. Ed CA

Annoying calls from this number every day for the last week. When you answer, no one speaks and the call disconnect after 5 seconds.

When you reply to the call, it's a "survey" and "the survey time to respond has expired"?

Since I use Google Voice, I am able to block this number from now on. Thank God for Google Voice!

May 2nd, 2012 Ami NY

Call and hang up all the time. I called it back today, received a message saying it was for a travel survey, and if I wanted to opt out of future calls I could push 1. Once I did, the message said my number would be removed from all future surveys.

May 2nd, 2012 snarky

PACIFICTEL hung up on machine

May 2nd, 2012 Rob CO

Assholes! I keep getting calls from this #, pre-recorded message about a political survey, I just hang up although would love to jump through that phone.

May 2nd, 2012 Marian AZ

This is those people who do the fake survey and then try to sell you a free cruise vacation you won. Don't read it twice, it's right. They also call from 503-468-5935. I just changed my voice mail to avoid my name. They are jerks who violate telemarketing laws by pretending they are doing a political survey. In reality they are scamming credit card numbers, getting your personal information and selling it to other scammers. When they call and no one is there, they are building a list for their new fake phone number, so they can start calling from there instead of the old one, because people are on to them.

May 2nd, 2012 Survey NY

Political survey with cruise for participating. Hung up

May 2nd, 2012 Whit

Call my NYC office direct line. Hung up as I picked up.

May 2nd, 2012 Gene WA

Didn't recognize name or number so let it go to voicemail. They left no message.

May 2nd, 2012 Charles Dudrey

They said I would get a free two day cruise for participating and then hung up before I got the cruise information and details!! www.hellonchurchstreet.net

May 2nd, 2012 Mee TX

left no message

May 2nd, 2012 Kelli VA

no message. I have an unlisted number that is never given out. I do not know how they got it.

May 2nd, 2012 Juanaquena MO

Other web sites indicate that it is a automated political survey and/or offering tickets to a cruise in exchange for taking the survey and they indicate the call is really from India and not the Seattle, Washington area (206 area code.)

(206) 395-7171

February 12th, 2012 SW in MN MN

Company calls me everyday including Sunday. Likely the Star Tribune wanting to renew my Sunday subscription. I will now cancel it!!!!

September 13th, 2010 Marilee MN

This company calls from several area codes. I tried calling back, but it rings and disconnects. Seems fishy if you ask me.

August 10th, 2010 JT in MN MN

I suspect this call was from the Star Tribune wanting to renew my Sunday subscription.

August 8th, 2010 DaveInMpls MN

Verafast called twice. Once on Saturday (08/07/2010) and again today, Sunday (08/08/2010). They claim to be representing the Minneapolis StarTribune Newspaper, offering free home delivery of a newspaper product available to non-subscribers in certain zip-codes only. The address and zip code data they had was not correct, and the phone number they called has been on the Do Not Call Registry for more than 6 years. Furthermore, I've contacted the StarTribune several times over the last several years and told them not to call me. So, they 'farm it out' and have their henchmen call me instead. Verafast is, in my opinion, a scam-artist company that hires people to make telemarketing calls from home to support the dying newspaper industry. This includes starting subscriptions, collections, follow-up calls, etc. To date, they have ignored my do not call requests, and I have filed complaints with the FCC at: esupport.fcc.gov and the Do Not Call Registry at: complaints.donotcall.gov I can hardly wait for the political stuff to start ramping up....

August 7th, 2010 r AK

The calls started 7/31/10. The Do Not Call isn't working. I am not answering the call because I have not given out my phone number. I do have the option of blocking the caller for a certain price but why should I have to pay to do that?

August 4th, 2010 Jamuelle MN

The calls started about a week and half or so ago. They call 8-10 times a day. One time it was well after 9pm. The Do Not Call list isn't working, there is no one on the other end of the phone, and it is daily. As I am writing this message, it is not even 11am and I have gotten 3 calls already. Anyone have any ideas on how to enact some "phone-rage"? It is getting ridiculous.

July 30th, 2010 T MN

why do u keep calling? who are u looking for?

July 26th, 2010 Foxtrot VA

Hello this is a service verification. We will call you back later.

(206) 397-5050

July 15th, 2010 ma MA

I called this number back. It called 3 times in a row today. There was an automated answer that said if I was not interested in future calls from them for specials (something) then I could hit a certain button to be put on a do not call list. I'm already on the do not call list!

July 14th, 2010 Dave CA

They have called several times and because the area code is out of the area, I don't answer. They don't leave a message, either.

July 7th, 2010 Columbus OH

The robo message said that they had repeatedly tried to contact me abut lowering my credit card rate and that this was my last chance to do so.