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March 13, 2013

Wellington Business Statistics

Filed under: polls — danylmc @ 10:25 am

A couple of weeks ago we got a phone call one evening from an outfit called ‘Wellington Business Statistics’. They were doing a ‘survey’ and asked for incredibly detailed financial information. Salaries, mortgage size, amount owing, amount saved for retirement etc. It seemed incredibly suspicious. They aren’t registered with the companies office and a Google Search for ‘Wellington Business Statistics’ doesn’t bring up a web site for the them. Mostly it hits people asking about them on twitter, and one tweeter alleging:

If you get a phone survey from “Wellington Business Statistics“, hang up – it’s a front for a finance sales scam – they don’t exist

Someone I follow on twitter tweeted about them again today. Anyone else know anything about ‘Wellington Business Statistics’?


  1. I have imminent news of a Panamanian bank account that has 57,000,000 GBP that can only be released forthwith if you send me 5,000 NZD.

    Comment by TransportationDevice A7-98.1 — March 13, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  2. I was called yesterday. Demographic info sought wasn’t anywhere near as detailed as yours sounded, but the final question was a classic:

    “Do you agree with the statement… ‘Many people think that the government shoudl not increase the retirement age as it will have a negative effect on those people who are presently nearing retirement.’?”

    To be fair to the push-poller, she lauighed when I suggested that the question was ludicrous as a matter of both substance and statistics.

    Comment by HaydenW — March 13, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  3. Yes, I mostly politely decline to undertake “telecommunications” survey. Other times I decline impolitely. I suspect it’s not fraud, they just want you in their DB so they can sell you finely targeted stuff. I really do need toset up a sound board so that I can have some fun.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 13, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

  4. @ 2
    Yeah I had a similar call a few weeks ago – just a few basic questions. Sure enough I got a followup call a few days later with the hard sell on investments and saving. I think the initial “survey” is just to winnow the contacts and chase high net-worth types.

    Comment by Phil Stewart — March 13, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  5. I’m happy to do any such surveys. I always suggest we meet in the local pub where we can have a long chat over dinner and a few drinks – their shout of course. For some unknown reason, they never follow up.

    Comment by Ross — March 13, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  6. >I suspect it’s not fraud

    Yup, there’s no crime in asking questions.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — March 13, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  7. @4
    “high net worth types”. Phew, I am safe then…

    Comment by PPCM — March 13, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

  8. If they call me at work with business-related telemarketing, I tell them they’ve called a residential number. And vice versa if they call me at home. Works every time, they just end the call straight away.

    Unfortunately doesn’t work with door-to-door sales and Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Comment by gazzaj — March 13, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

  9. An atheist friend gave me this tip:
    With Jehovah’s Witnesses, if they have children in their group, say yes, I’d be delighted to invite you and your children in for a chat but first, you have to hear me out on atheism. They’re pretty uncomfortable having their children exposed to the words of the devil …
    (Haven’t had the chance to try this myself)

    Comment by MeToo — March 14, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  10. You were called out as a “popular blogger” in today’s Dom Post. You have entered the same hallowed territory as DPF. Now I expect salacious rumour and innuendo on this blog that will slowly make its way to the press.

    Comment by David C — March 14, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

  11. Now I expect salacious rumour and innuendo on this blog that will slowly make its way to the press.

    I heard Danyl has been tapped as the new editor of The NZ Truth, if only he can successfully rub out the aleph on his Cam Slater’s forehead.

    Comment by Gregor W — March 14, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

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