Thank the stars for Caller ID. I only answer calls where I can see the names are from real people. You might want to read the comments for the number 734-542-7758
, for Market Strategies, a consumer survey phone bank. (Aren't only calls from charitable and political organizations legal?) What various comments seem to indicate is that these phone banks hire handicapped people who apparently cannot get around, and work from their own homes! This MSI, as reported by one of these phone operators, had nearly 200 people working its lines -- from their homes -- and paying them very well.
Then about 2008, this MSI decided that it needed to develop a whole new group that would work for cheap. So, it dumped those 200 operators without any warning. The handicapped people among that group had no recourse to take action against MSI, and because of their disabilities -- says that same comment -- they are on their last legs financially. (Of course, they should be eligible for government assistance, and probably have been receiving it all along. But to live respectably and actually comfortably, it does help to have a little extra "scratch" coming in.)
There should be some way to find out if these spam calling companies are abusing handicapped people, and how.