>The Survey Says, "Bzzz!"

>I think I’ve encountered the first loophole in the whole Do Not Call List thing. I do have to say that we have seen a huge drop in telemarketing calls. Yea! By the way, access coordinator, where’s my damn follow-up call? But that’s beside the point.

The other day, I got a call on my cellphone. I picked it up, and there was the sound of a boat horn in my ear. Then a chipper male voice said “You will receive two all-inclusive passes for a Carnival cruise! All you have to do is complete our automated poll by pressing buttons on your keypad! Don’t miss the boat. Press 1 now to start the survey!”

Of course, I hung up because if they’re going to ostensibly give me cruise passes, they’re going to ask for personal info, and then I’m going to get junk mailed off the planet, and of course find out that there are more fees, or maybe it’s a scam or something.

But it got me thinking. Polling firms are exempt from the Do Not Call List. So telemarketers could get around this whole list by saying they want to administer a survey. Once that’s over, they can start yammering about some credit card. This loophole has the potential to defeat the DNCL completely.

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