Caller name: Never Stated
Caller type: Scammer/Fraudster
I've received seven calls and hang-ups from 1-888-422-5654 in the past 48 hours. The same caller is also using 1-800-401-2924. Calling either of these numbers back results in the same pre-recorded message in which the recording claims that the organization (it is never named) is conducting marketing research and is therefore not subject to the "Do Not Call" registry. The recording states that unless you speak with someone from the unnamed organization, the calls will continue regardless. In my opinion, one or two calls might be acceptable, but seven are not. I have filed formal complaints with local and federal law enforcement for telephonic harassment as well as state regulators overseeing telephonic surveys. All incoming calls end in hang-ups (so far) whether the calls are answered by a person or answering machine. If you do speak with this caller, try to gather as much information as possible without sharing any, then report it immediately to state regulators as well as the FTC and FBI IC3 (the caller is currently under investigation). This caller is acting far outside the bounds of ethical behavior for a marketing research agency and the repeated unwanted calls may well constitute criminal behavior, so please do your part to stop it.