"Y2K readiness survey" that
Attorney General Tom Miller advised Iowa businesses not to respond to
a so-called "Y2K readiness survey" that asks them to fax their reply to
The fax is labeled as coming from the "Survey Information Service," with no address or other identifying information. The location of the 900-number has not been determined.
Miller said a few phrases in the "survey" use awkward English that hint the survey may have come from outside the U.S. "Off-shore 900-number operations in other countries are much less regulated and more prone to abuse than U.S. 900-numbers," he said. "That's why we think this one could end up costing much more than $8.48 mentioned in the fine print."
"So far, we have received very few other consumer complaints related to Y2K," Miller noted. "Our top consumer protection advice is to not let anyone persuade you to withdraw large amounts of money or give them your personal financial information because of Y2K concerns. We think consumers are pretty well-informed about this and other possible Y2K scams."