After answering the caller waited a couple seconds as if he did not realize I had answered. He then said, "Helloooo?" and hung up. Very strange!
I answered and while the person on the other end, "Joseph," sounded like a real person, it sounded like a voice-activated recording. His responses seemed slightly delayed and generic based on my answers. Just as with a previous entry, he said I filled out a recent survey online and that I indicated I am looking for a job. I hung up at that point since I have not indicated anywhere that I am looking for a new job.
Only said goodbye. Part of our new 'no privacy'?
I answered the call, because some of my clients have the same 330 prefix to their numbers. The guy said he was calling me because I filled out an online survey (I didn't give my phone number in any surveys that I've completed. Most market research companies won't ask you for your phone number, unless they have to call you back to complete a survey. I know this because I used to be a market research phone interviewer. Those are usually for paid surveys, not anonymous ones.). He said I won the use of a free job service. And I know for a fact that I did not fill out a survey for anything remotely close to a job service. 1 was a survey for HP products, and the other one was a Yahoo survey about their Help page usage.
The guy proceeded to ask me personal information-type questions, and as soon as he asked me what year I was born, I shut him down. I told him that I was self-employed and very happy doing what I was doing, and I wouldn't be interested in a job service...because I don't want to work for anyone else.
The caller was definitely phishing for my personal information, and I don't give that out to anyone unless I know who they are, and definitely NOT over the phone. I told him I wanted to know what company he was calling for, and he quickly thanked me for my time and hung up.
DO NOT give anyone from this number your personal information, nor should you ever do that over the phone to someone you don't know. More than likely, this was someone collecting information for identity theft purposes. It IS a total scam. BEWARE!
CincyIndiesGal Jun 07th, 2013
There was a pause and it said GoodBye.