Have you noticed an increase in telemarketing calls at your house or even you cell phone?
There’s a reason why.
The telemarketing companies are lying to you from the start.
The election season has spawned a slick new way for telemarketers to get around the "Do Not Call" registry by hiding a sales pitch behind a phony political poll.
As you know telemarketers barred from robo-calling people on the "Do Not Call" registry, a new phone campaign called "Political Opinions of America" offers a three-question "poll," and then offers a reward that sounds suspiciously like a classic timeshare sales pitch.
An automated voice asks the recipient to complete a quick survey with questions like: “What’s the most important thing to restore our economy?” Other questions include: “How would you rate the job that President Obama is doing?”
After answering, the user is transferred to a live operator from “corporate travel services” who is giving away free cruises thanks to an anonymous donor. The offer allows up to four free guests and requires a $60 per person “port fee” to be secured by a credit card.
Critics say it is a scam.
Officials at the Federal Trade Commission declined to say if they are investigating the campaign, but in Florida the attorney general's office has received dozens of complaints about the phone campaign.
The Federal Trade Commission, which oversees the national Do Not Call Registry, said consumers who receive these types of calls should file a complaint at donotcall.gov or by calling (888) 382-1222.
- What’s worse? A telemarketing call, knock on the door from a salesperson or junk mail?
- At least with phone calls you can decide if you want to answer it by looking at the caller ID.