I have an email from the global people wanting to know if I will do their survey and now I won't even be opening it.
A few things need to be clarified about the 'do not call database' and 'silent numbers'. Charities and market research are exempt from the general 'do not call database' as they are supposedly for your benefit. If you want to be on a 'do not call list' for these types of calls you must do that by asking the caller or opting out on the website, for each individual company..
Silent numbers, while not listed in white pages, are still sold in the same manner as regular phone numbers - included in a block of numbers by Telstra to the marketing company. Nobody knows which numbers are silent, the address or name of the person however is easy to find in reverse lookup directories unfortunately. So really any landline number has an equal chance of being sold by Telstra.
There are really good and valid reasons for market research - done by every level of government to gather information on everything from waste disposal, hospitals and city planning, and bodies such as electricity companies, blood banks and mining companies. If these calls are optional then you can't get a representative sample of the population's opinions and yes, calls will always arrive at some person's home at mealtimes - it is not deliberate.
Postage paid mail surveys have an extremely low response rate and are cost prohibitive.
My issue with callers from charities is that they mostly get people at home during the day - retired or unable to work, on pensions and they are a very vulnerable group who just can't afford even a few dollars a month.
My suggestions are 1. Don't do business over the phone and especially don't give out credit card numbers.I have seen considerable abuse of the latter.
2. Please be considerate of the caller as they have little choice but to take any job as Centrelink has little compassion for those who refuse different types of work
3. Ask to be put on the company's no call registrar.
4. Do complain to the charity listed and then they may change the company that they are using or instruct the company not to use objectionable practices. The call companies won't change their practice while it brings in money.