I consider this a scam although when you are first approached you are told this is a quick 3 - 5 minute survey . I checked the forum posts and to the best of my knowledge this has not been raised as a topic .
You receive a phone call stating this is a survey and you are not required to buy anything . You are asked if you have heard of various organisations . For example RSPCA , Doctors without Borders , Greenpeace , Heart Foundation Etc . I had been warned by friends about this so went along with the call and said no I had not heard of all the organisations quoted to me bar one . Greenpeace . Roughly 3 weeks later , as my friends had told me , I received a phone call , not from an overseas phone centre but a well spoken guy who represented Greenpeace . He told me . I quote "That 3 weeks ago I had taken part in a phone survey and shown interest in donating money to Greenpeace . "
I put him straight on the fact that I said that I had heard of Greenpeace but in no way had agreed to donate to them . I then told him what a despicable and low way of canvassing money . He was apologetic and explained he had no idea that this is how my phone number came his way . Yeh and his nose grew another inch . We all know about Pinocchio . I threatened legal action and I was advised I would receive no more calls . We will see . One of my ,friends about the same time, received the same "have you heard of this organisation " call and said yes to 20 or more of them . Am waiting to hear from her again . She has already had 8 organisations phone telling her she had shown interest in donating to them .
Asking a person if they had "heard" of an organisation and telling them 3 weeks later they had agreed or shown interest in donating money to the organisations mentioned to me is "dirty pool " and a new low for telemarketing and 'beggar" charities . I will not now or ever in the future donate money to any of the organisations that I was asked if I had "heard " of them in the first phone call .The organisations that make the first phone call go by the names of Global Surveys , Interconnect Surveys or similar names . I used Greenpeace as an example and bare no malice or prejudice against them because of the a fore said incident .
Re the above post . As I pressed the Tab to post this topic the phone wrung and it was the Berry Street Children's Foundation following up on a call 3 weeks ago where I had shown 'interest" in donating money to them . By the noise in the back ground it was a call centre . Berry Street do a great job for the kids but I feel they are all tarnishing their names by these tactics to raise money .
I think the whole "survey" charade is only a way to circumnavigate the do not call registry . I really hope the appropriate authorities look into this but that is probably wishful thinking .