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Supposed political survey - but telemarketer of cruises. Opt Out (press 9) does NOT function. Shut these people down!
M. Vance
 May 08th, 2012
No message left.
Gary
 May 08th, 2012
Reported as a DNCL violation
Greg
 May 06th, 2012
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.
Mad
 May 04th, 2012
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.''

http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus27-complying-telemarketing-sales-rule#registryworks

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.
Resident47
 May 04th, 2012
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.
bb n ccfl
 May 03rd, 2012
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!
Mr. Ed
 May 02nd, 2012
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.
Ami
 May 02nd, 2012
PACIFICTEL hung up on machine
snarky
 May 02nd, 2012
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.
Rob
 May 02nd, 2012
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.
Marian
 May 02nd, 2012
Political survey with cruise for participating. Hung up
Survey
 May 02nd, 2012
Call my NYC office direct line. Hung up as I picked up.
Whit
 May 02nd, 2012
Didn't recognize name or number so let it go to voicemail. They left no message.
Gene
 May 02nd, 2012
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
Charles Dudrey
 May 02nd, 2012
left no message
Mee
 May 02nd, 2012
no message. I have an unlisted number that is never given out. I do not know how they got it.
Kelli
 May 02nd, 2012
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.)
Juanaquena
 May 02nd, 2012

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