I work for strategic metrics. Before you all scream at me. I do this as a part time job. It's really flexible so it's ideal for students such as myself. If I had a better option I'd take it but...
It's not a scam though. It's a marketing research company. We conduct surveys for companies. The purpose is really so that those companies can better cater to their customers. We mostly do surveys for banks and for bell south. For the banks the numbers/names are given to us through the bank (such as comerica) but that's all the information we have. The phone numbers for the phone book survey are randomly generated. In other words we have the area code we're calling and the computer randomly just gives us a number, often they're bad/disconnected numbers. If you don't answer or hang up you're put on a call back list. If you pick up and tell them to put you on the internal do not call list, you shouldn't get anymore calls. The national do not call registry applies to telemarketers which doesn't apply to us because we don't sell anything. Therefore, we're "phone surveyors" not telemarketers. I hope this helps. Oh and if you'd like to speak to someone directly call 205-758-8131
I'm not proud of what I do but some of us have to work crappy jobs to get through school. Sorry.