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Is This A Scam?

Even though I’m on the Do Not Call list, I’ve received calls lately from a real person that begin, “Hello. I’m a professional fundraiser””” Seriously?? Do people listen any further?

But I’ve also received a couple of calls over the last few days from ”˜Survey 2010′ asking, “Do you have a small dog?”

This one perplexes me.

My rule is I hang up on robocalls or anyone on an auto-dialer. (You can tell it’s an autodialer because of the delay after you answer.) Aw, who am I kidding. I hang up on most everyone. If you want to talk to me, you better disguise your voice as one of my kids. And answer fast.

But I got to wondering about this small dog call so I checked Snopes and found nothing. Then I googled and found a zillion (yes, I counted) people on the website Directory of Unknown Callers who are getting this same weird call.

I don’t have Caller ID because I’m still using two tin cans and a string, but it’s reported that the Caller ID says “Coeur D Allen 1-208-758-0218.” They either can’t spell the town in Idaho, or they’re deliberately disguising their location. (What?! Premeditated obfuscation?! Scandalous!)

One of the zillion commenters posted this:

“I just got this call, but I didn’t answer. I was too busy laughing at how stupid their name was spelled on the Caller ID. But from the comments, I’m positive it’s a scam. They ask questions that people are likely to answer “yes” to so they can record you saying “yes”. Then they’ll charge you for some service or whatever that you didn’t authorize and if you dispute it, they’ll play back a recording of them asking something completely different from what they asked you and make it seem like you said “yes” to it.

My mom had something similar to this happen at her job. The caller claimed they were from the Yellow Pages and wanted to confirm the address and phone number of the business and when they asked if it was correct and she said “yes” they hung up, but a few days later, a large bill showed up that claimed she signed up for some advertising or something. When she tried to dispute it, they played back a recording of them giving a spiel about the so-called advertising service and how much it costs and inserted her saying “yes” at the end. The problem is, she works for a public school district and schools don’t advertise because they don’t have to. Once they figured out they couldn’t get away with it, they acted like it was a mistake, but it took quite a bit to get them to back down.”

If this is the scam, why wouldn’t they widen their pool of unsuspecting marks and ask, “Do you have a dog?” … or “Do you have a pet?” … or “Do you have a phone?”


What do you think? Is this the scam? Have you received these calls?