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Tonight I received a call offering me a 2-day cruise in exchange for answering 3 questions about the national debt.

First warning sign: the compensation is way out of proportion to the effort in answering their survey.

Second warning sign: the cruise is offered by one of their sponsors, but they don't mention the name of the sponsor. (Sponsors love to have their names prominently mentioned.)

Third warning sign: you will have to prepay the docking fees and taxes right away, or your cabin will be made available to the next person.

After doing some googling, I discovered that you are getting a $500 cruise for paying $500 in fees.

That makes it a sales call, so they are in violation of the National Do-Not-Call List and the Oregon Do-Not-Call List. It also means they are starting the call with a fraudulent claim since they say it is not a sales call when it is.

Do you really want to do business with a company that instantly violates state and federal law right at the start of their first contact with you? (That's as bad as the companies that fraudulently claim they are sponsored by VISA and Discover, in spite of VISA's and Discover's denials, also ignore the National Do-Not-Call List, and keep on calling you after you indicated to them that you want them to never call you again.)
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