"Cabelas needs your help" survey...


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m0par
November 12, 2010, 05:59 PM
I received an email today purportedly from Cabelas, asking me to take a survey and register for a drawing for a $250 gift card.

I don't ever take online surveys, so maybe they're all like this, but some of the questions were way out there.
http://www.mopartech.com/images/cabelas.jpg

How is my opinion on pot, immigration, religion, Afghanistan, etc apropos of anything Cabelas-related?

I emailed Cabelas asking if it was legit, and if so, if they knew what kind of questions the survey company was asking in their name. Are they wanting to start dispensaries? A cult?

Just thought it was weird...

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CoRoMo
November 12, 2010, 06:16 PM
I have a hard time believing that it is from Cabela's. I say spam. What's the sender email address?

Omaha-BeenGlockin
November 12, 2010, 06:33 PM
I got the e-mail too but didn't bother to even open it---straight to the trash bin.

m0par
November 12, 2010, 06:45 PM
It was supposedly from cabelasnews@cabelas.com. FWIW, the headers do make it appear that the email was from Cabelas. The survey, as with most surveys I've seen, is done by a 3rd party.

The survey started out as one would expect. How much you spend on various outdoor equipment, future spending plans, etc. The screenshot above was from about the 8th page in. Never got beyond it.'

I don't know, I'm thinking the survey is probably legit, but the survey company is gathering data for someone other than Cabelas as well. Or someone at the survey organization is a libtard getting a chuckle out of it.

nalioth
November 12, 2010, 06:54 PM
I'll play this game:

http://www.novarata.net/images/s/spamcard.jpg

The Lone Haranguer
November 12, 2010, 08:42 PM
That is completely inconsistent with anything I've seen from or about Cabela's. It is very consistent with some kind of scam, if it asks for personal information. I think Cabela's will confirm it is not theirs.

Zombiphobia
November 12, 2010, 08:50 PM
I doubt that's from Cabela's, but you could always call their corporate office and ask...

I got offered a job on an oil rig under contract with Exxon once.
I checked with Exxon, and low and behold, they DO NOT contract out to independent parties, I even asked specifically about the "firm" who called me, and was having an orientation in a otel conference room, which they wanted to be paid for.... and NO, they've never heard of them..

SO, if you're skeptical, call corporate and they can tell you how legit or bogus that survey is.

TrakHack
November 12, 2010, 08:53 PM
My company works with Cabela's for their employee surveys as well as their cultural insight assessment (the "personality" of a company). I would be very surprised is this is is a legit customer survey from them.

Tim the student
November 12, 2010, 10:59 PM
Thankfully, I didn't get it.

It doesn't look like what I would expect to get from Cabelas.

22-rimfire
November 13, 2010, 08:54 AM
What was the subject line on the email? That is not the kind of survey I would participate in even from Cabelas. Sounds like spam like some have said.

elcaminoariba
November 14, 2010, 02:53 AM
A company would never ask those kids of questions, worded that way, to a general audience. It's spam.

TexasBill
November 14, 2010, 04:56 AM
I, like totally, think this is spam.

m0par
November 14, 2010, 09:02 AM
I'm not gonna argue with y'all that think it is spam. I suppose it is how you define spam. They're not selling anything, and no personal information is collected (except for birthday, but who uses their real birthday anyway?) before you reach the page with the funky questions. At most, all they get is verification that an email address is active, and they went through alot of unnecessary work if that was their goal.

The subject line was "Cabelas needs your help." If it is phony, its a very good spoof, and alot of work for what would amount to a practical joke. The headers point to the email originating from cabelas (but that's far from foolproof).

I'm sticking with my theory, until Cabelas says otherwise, that they did hire SSI/opinionworld.com (the site that is performing the survey) to gather info, and either opinionworld as a whole is on drugs, or some individual there thought it would be funny to ask those questions to a bunch of redneck Cabelas customers.

AKElroy
November 14, 2010, 09:22 AM
I suppose it is how you define spam. They're not selling anything, and no personal information is collected (except for birthday, but who uses their real birthday anyway?)

Not accurate. Out of a hundred responses, I bet the egghead spammers that sent this can identify passwords with regularity based on your responses. Never played 7 questions?

nalioth
November 14, 2010, 09:27 AM
I'm not gonna argue with y'all that think it is spam. I suppose it is how you define spam.Not having the email in front of me (please don't forward it, I'm not that interested), there's no telling how many attack vectors are hidden in it or the target URL in it.

m0par
November 14, 2010, 10:11 AM
Not having the email in front of me (please don't forward it, I'm not that interested), there's no telling how many attack vectors are hidden in it or the target URL in it.

Don't worry, I can tell. As can anyone with a modicum of sense.

The HTML sources all images from information.cabelas.com, and the link for the survey goes to ssisurveys.com (which redirects to the survey on opinionworld.com).

I know, they hacked cabela's servers to plant the images for the email, then spoofed the headers in the email, then hacked a legitimate survey site, just so they could determine who I am by telling them I spent x amount of dollars on boating equipment in the last year, and get their jollies by asking if I think global warming is a hoax.

Dirty hackers.

m0par
November 16, 2010, 01:14 PM
For what it is worth (not much, I'm sure), I did receive a reply from Cabela's:

"This is indeed a valid Cabela's survey that we have sent out."

They gave no comment on the appropriateness of the questions I asked about though.

MrOldLude
November 16, 2010, 01:44 PM
Seems like a few people here are again getting worked up about a whole lot of nothing.

Delete the email, move on.

mcdonl
November 16, 2010, 02:08 PM
Or take the survey. Otherwise, they will only get the OTHER side of the story.

m0par
November 16, 2010, 02:39 PM
Seems like a few people here are again getting worked up about a whole lot of nothing.

Meh, not really. I've got nothing better to do and I thought it was very strange that they'd ask such questions.

Besides, if they don't hear from people who think their questioning is inappropriate, they will assume everything is OK. The way I see it in my twisted little mind, I'm helping them.

So far I have all of about 1/2 hour put into this. You've never wasted a 1/2 hr?

Zombiphobia
November 16, 2010, 03:21 PM
let me toss in a little bit of something that could be interesting to some... my wife has worked at a survey/call center for 8 months or so and it is pretty common for random questions to be asked that have absolutely nothing to do with the survey subject itself and they say it's for statistical/demographic purposes to help them understand the types of customers/supporters they have and how each group responds to a particular matter and this I think is supposed to help them understand which kinds of customers/supporters want what and how and so on...

erichtmobile
November 17, 2010, 06:56 PM
Anything with survey in the subject line gets deleted

Derek Zeanah
November 17, 2010, 07:10 PM
let me toss in a little bit of something that could be interesting to some... my wife has worked at a survey/call center for 8 months or so and it is pretty common for random questions to be asked that have absolutely nothing to do with the survey subject itself and they say it's for statistical/demographic purposes to help them understand the types of customers/supporters they have and how each group responds to a particular matter and this I think is supposed to help them understand which kinds of customers/supporters want what and how and so on...
Yep. I ran some surveys here that were designed to help me better understand our users. There were lots of questions that might have seemed marginally connected to usage here, and there were others that were immediately relevant.

"Who are our users (or customers) and what can we do to better serve them" are reasonable questions to ask, and it can help if you go a bit wider with the net than you might think you need to. Also you may find that initial surveys produce totally anomalous answers that require other questions that are even further out there in order to try and understand what the dataset is telling you.

eddie fiscaro
November 17, 2010, 09:22 PM
the bad guy get gun easier then good person, boys on the hill , do not use there common cents , crimes rate in the state that respect the 2nd amendment ,there less crimes when the criminal know , that the public are caring pistol.:)::cool:

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