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Old 03.12.2011, 19:52
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Is this a Scam?

Following the thread about the old lady who got cheated on I was wondering if the following is a scam too and if anybody else on the forum has been contacted in a similar way:

On Thursday I received a phone call with the caller id visible, but the number unknown to me. Against my usual habit (they could always leave a message in the am if it was important) I picked up the phone. The man on the other end asked if I was Mrs.so-and-so and I said yes. Then he told me he had found our number in the phone directory because he was specifically looking for US nationals in the Zug area who would be willing to come to a garage in Cham to test a new device they wanted to lance in the US market that is something new in a Porsche Cayenne. It would take us about 60-90 minutes and we would get 150 francs for it. Me being an absolute car freak I said we might be interested. Then he asked me what kind of car do I drive and what kind of car MG's sil and if we had i-phones. At this point I said, listen, I'll discuss it with my husband and can we call you back? And he gave me his phone number and said there was also a Mr. so-and-so who would speak English and we should ask for him.

Has this happened to anyone else and is this a scam or for real?
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:00
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Re: Is this a Scam?

did they say what garage? you could check their website to see if anything is advertised and even check the number against the website to see if the call was really from them

if i ever get a strange call i usually google the number and find out that its stupid questioneer companies
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:03
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Re: Is this a Scam?

Probably not legit, but if it is... 100 CHF/hour sound lucrative to fill out a questionnaire.
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:03
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They said what garage and I know it exists, but to check the number is a good idea *slapsherhead*
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:03
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Re: Is this a Scam?

Sorry for the hassle, but I got fed up breaking into cars looking for iPhones, just to find that the owners didn't have one.
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:04
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Then he told me he had found our number in the phone directory because he was specifically looking for US nationals in the Zug area..
It states in the phone book that you're a US national..?! (alarm bells ringing)
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:06
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It states in the phone book that you're a US national..?! (alarm bells ringing)
No he asked if we were, he was looking for English-sounding names, and since MG's sil is, I said yes.
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:14
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Re: Is this a Scam?

Call the garage on Monday and ask them if the offer is legit. If yes, then have fun. If not, the garage will be grateful to know that their name is involved in a scam and may even contact the police.

The offer sounds rather strange to me, especially since the garage probably has its own list of customers they could contact.
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The number is calltec marktforschung
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:28
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The number is calltec marktforschung
Still rather odd. Call the garage on Monday.

PS: Olygirl's super powers was able to locate calltec's number in the search.ch function so the company is most probably legitimate.
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Old 03.12.2011, 20:16
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It would take us about 60-90 minutes and we would get 150 francs for it.
If you're really going through with this I'd say to them cash only, up front (no credit towards a purchase because there's probably a sales pitch coming) and the option to walk at any time (no money back).
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