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these arent swiss, they're brits
Not all of them.
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these arent swiss, they're brits
Exactly. 90% of the posters are expats. But being an investigator, shouldn't you have figured that out?
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The guy is probably asleep. It's a 6 hour time difference between CH and Maryland.

I like the idea that secrecy makes Switzerland a bad place to go (mentioned by the OP.)

Is this really true or just an urban legend?

Edit: I see the OP is not sleeping - ignore my remark.
Swiss scerecy as perceived by people in America is far from an urban legend. Hopefullly this won't offend anyone, but Swiss banking institutions are still associated with being hiding places for the Nazis during and following WWII. After 9/11 (as a side note, that date doesn't have the impact anywhere else in the world like it does in America, where it is a defining day in history) everything the U.S. government does they claim to do in the name of anti-terrorism. This includes closely monitoring banking transactions, and forcing banking institutions to divulge a lot of information regarding their customers, and source of funds. These regulations are so severe that many countries that were viewed as good places to "hide" money now refuse to deal with U.S. citizens.
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Swiss banking institutions are still associated with being hiding places for the Nazis ... following WWII.
Unlike, say, NASA...?
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these arent swiss, they're brits
...and Magnum was thinking replies here were from the Swiss?
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These regulations are so severe that many countries that were viewed as good places to "hide" money now refuse to deal with U.S. citizens.
This is starting to become a practice with many Swiss banks here.
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Thanks Professor Frink. Wikipedia is something that everyone knows about, and has pretty easy access to, and is very easy to give false information. If you're on a forum like this, I highly doubt anyone's intention is to offer any false information. Everyone on here so far has been great, and very helpful. Thanks.

And don't worry, this information I'm getting is not for any evil purpose.
So there are people out there who need to put up false information on Wikipedia about Switzerland but no one here would do that. Am I reading that correctly? Yeah, no one here would screw around with you for the sake of it. Good luck with that theory.
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Re: American needs help from someone in Zurich or Hergiswil

Magnum, you desperately need a Eurotrip.
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On whose behalf are you investigating?

Why don't you go through the proper legal channels? Both internationally and within Swizterland?

So, how about the full story?

As for investigating - so far you've not done much of that - I am wondering how effective you'll be with the information EF has found for you.
Suspicious mind, I like that. The "proper legal channels" are not as proper as you would be led to believe. International authorities do not like being accused of harboring fugitives. In addition, many countries, in dealing with the U.S., adopt a "they deserve what they get" mentality, and the governments are not very helpful at all. In this case, the investment that was made was a small amount, and would not be of interest for the authorities, either internationally or within Switzerland, to pursue.

Actually, I got exactly what I was looking for from EF, and I appreciate it.
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Re: American needs help from someone in Zurich or Hergiswil

BTW, if you want to call Switzerland, it can be cheaper than a long-distance call within the US:
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/pric...o-switzerland/

And despite your experience with this company, it's fair to say that on average the Swiss are among the most trustworthy people in the world. Having lived in both places, I'd much sooner trust a random Swiss than a random American. Scams are not so prevalent here, unless you think it is a scam to price rather ordinary steak on "sale" for $25/lb.
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Magnum, you desperately need a Eurotrip.
No doubt about that. The last time I was in Europe was 10 years ago when I visited the U.K.
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The last time I was in Europe was 10 years ago when I visited the U.K.


Wash your mouth out!
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BTW, if you want to call Switzerland, it can be cheaper than a long-distance call within the US:
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/pric...o-switzerland/

And despite your experience with this company, it's fair to say that on average the Swiss are among the most trustworthy people in the world. Having lived in both places, I'd much sooner trust a random Swiss than a random American. Scams are not so prevalent here, unless you think it is a scam to price rather ordinary steak on "sale" for $25/lb.
Although the company is based in Switzerland, it is run by a British citizen, so this is no reflection on Swiss people.

$25/lb? I might have to start a food export business to help you out.
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Suspicious mind, I like that. The "proper legal channels" are not as proper as you would be led to believe. International authorities do not like being accused of harboring fugitives. In addition, many countries, in dealing with the U.S., adopt a "they deserve what they get" mentality, and the governments are not very helpful at all. In this case, the investment that was made was a small amount, and would not be of interest for the authorities, either internationally or within Switzerland, to pursue.
Still no answer then!!

Tsk tsk! Carry on like that and people might think you had something to hide.
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Suspicious mind, I like that. The "proper legal channels" are not as proper as you would be led to believe. International authorities do not like being accused of harboring fugitives. In addition, many countries, in dealing with the U.S., adopt a "they deserve what they get" mentality, and the governments are not very helpful at all. In this case, the investment that was made was a small amount, and would not be of interest for the authorities, either internationally or within Switzerland, to pursue.

Actually, I got exactly what I was looking for from EF, and I appreciate it.
So these fellows are based in Switzerland, have defrauded Swiss as well as foreign investors - but nope, that's nothing the Swiss authorities would care to hear about. EF on the other hand can be counted on for true information because (unlike Wikipedia) it is populated by honest hardworking Swiss folk and none of your dodgy foreign financial-investor-slash-windup-merchant types.

How deep does this rabbit hole go, I wonder?
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Still no answer then!!

Tsk tsk! Carry on like that and people might think you had something to hide.
What are you looking for an answer to?
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these arent swiss, they're brits
Ahem.

As for investigating a company online, just bear in mind that if they ARE in a bit of trouble, they are quite likely to be scanning the news and the internet frequently to see whether anything is cropping up. A lot of banks have departments that do that for their clients, trouble or no trouble.
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What are you looking for an answer to?
Should we add reading to investigating on the list of "Skills Magnum isn't very good at"?
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So these fellows are based in Switzerland, have defrauded Swiss as well as foreign investors - but nope, that's nothing the Swiss authorities would care to hear about. EF on the other hand can be counted on for true information because (unlike Wikipedia) it is populated by honest hardworking Swiss folk and none of your dodgy foreign financial-investor-slash-windup-merchant types.

How deep does this rabbit hole go, I wonder?
You have an organization in Switzerland called FINMA that is in charge of regulating these type of companies. They focus of cases of large scale fraud involving financial institutions, not individual companies, and they are mainly in place to insure no laws regarding anti-terrorism funding are broken.

As for the people on this forum, if someone wants to come on here and be a jerk, or provide false information, I can't stop them. That's their problem, not mine. But it seems that most people have been very helpful and nice.
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Should we add reading to investigating on the list of "Skills Magnum isn't very good at"?
Instead of being a smart ass, do you want to ask an actual question?
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