Friday, May 14, 2010

close call, but no cigar

So this guy called me to set up a job interview--he heard my name from someone (he could only provide a first name). He represents a "growing company looking for people with managerial, organizational and good people skills."

Naturally all the flattery went straight to my head. I accepted the smooth-talking proposal in a moment of weakness and agreed to meet him.

After I hung up I realized the entire thing was a little fishy. First off, I'm not even actively looking for a job. And I'm not sure I want one.

Why couldn't he specifically name who referred my name?

Why didn't he know more about my background if I was referred?

And why was I told to bring only a notebook to the interview so I could write down information--during our 60 minute interview? No resume from me? No references?

Hold up, buttercup.

I called Mr. D because he is in Business and Understands These Things much better than I. He agreed it sounded fishy. We both recognized the address I was to meet this guy at, and I have excellent self-defense skills, so I wasn't too worried about safety.

Even so, I tried to Google the man, the address, the phone number. No dice. Suspiciouser and suspiciouser...

I drove to the office building en route to book club that night and got out of the Momvan to see who resided in suite 400. My hunch told me it was Aflac or some other kind of a scam. Pretty close. It was Primerica. Just as bad.

Needless to say, I called the guy's number and left a polite message canceling my "interview."

There's a sucker born every minute, but this time it wasn't me!
Spill it, reader. When have you almost been suckered in?


23 comments:

  1. I've been suckered in -- twice. The first time was to sell fire safety equipment, the second to get may friends and family to invest in something... it was irritating both times.

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  2. My mister sold Cutco knives briefly in his freshman year of college. His mother still has the very nice display models in use.

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  3. Mary Kay. Almost everybody is a sucker for that once.

    One time one of DOTR's HS classmates called and left a message to please return his call. Since DOTR had never seen nor spoken to him since 1978, just for fun he gave him a call back and said, "hey, it's good to hear from you after all this time...if you're calling me now you're either terminal or selling Amway." Well, I can bet you can guess which one it was!

    I love my Cutco knives--bought them from one of J2's friend's brother.

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  4. Wow! You've won a trip! Farmer and I accepted the deal and paid $500 to be able to go on a bunch of different trips.....and then came to our senses.

    We never did get that $500 back....

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  5. I once bought a magazine subscription from a college kid selling them door-to-door. Never again.

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  6. I get suckered into certain purchases I don't want to make, memberships I want no part of, performing certain tasks that aren't mine to perform and ... similar to your post ... jobs. No more!

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  7. i bought one of those hair curler straightener things from the kiosk people at the mall

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  8. I guess that I'm a cheap skeptic...I don't let most of those people past the front door...or maybe it's the big old Rottie? ;)

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  9. Oh my gosh. Craziness! Can I just say, though, that I burst out laughing when I read "momvan"? Too, too funny!!

    Mine happened last year when I was almost suckered in to buying magazine subscriptions from college kids trying to fund some kind of trip. I almost did it because I was getting flustered and wanted them gone, but then I started to get angry because they were so pushy and I finally told them N-O.

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  10. I don't usually get suckered into sales pitches and business deals. The only people who seem to be able to sucker me into something is my kids.

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  11. I don't usually get suckered into sales pitches and business deals. The only people who seem to be able to sucker me into something is my kids.

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  12. Free breakfast in Mexico...after two hours listening to a person trying to sell a condo, I told my husband to pay for the breakfast and we are out of this room...as one knows there is no free lunch.

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  13. Good for you for thinking about it and checking it out first. I did a video e-mail service for a while. It was more about getting other people involved than selling the product. Didn't work out for me. :

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  14. That is the exact reason I stay away from the expo center at the State Fair. Too tempting.

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  15. I almost sold Mary Kay--luckily my mom talked sense into me.

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  16. Doesn't the fact that you even had a small moment of being sucked in remind you (and me and all of us) how easy it is to fall for such stuff...it keeps me a little less judgemental of the folks who actually send their bank account info to Nigeria!

    Suckered? Me? I'm sure it happens all the time. Interestingly, your question here immediately took me a to a childhood memory I'd completely forgotten about. Hmmm...now I'm thinking, even though it's not a big story, that I could milk it tremendously. I'll tuck it away.

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  17. Must be in the air... I was offered a data entry job (yes, I can do that, and my resume is online). I could work from home, and it was paying ... £17-£20 per hour!!!! Hmmmm, I thought. I replied to ask for more info, and got an enthusiastic email back to say that all I had to do was pay £10 for their training package. Drat, a scam. I sent their info to the agency, and they were grateful to block these people. But I wonder how many people mailed them a £10 cheque?

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  18. Uh, I'm really embarassed about this, but hey, I was like 13.

    I saw an ad for a fat burner---a pair of rubber panties you wear and hook up to your vacuum cleaner. The theory behind it was that the vacuum would suck out all the air so that the pants would be skin-tight and you'd sweat off more fat around your hips and tummy while you exercise.

    So I sent in my 29.95 of babysitting money. Easy peasy. Having to explain to my mother what I was doing with rubber panties and the vacuum behind a closed bedroom door was a little more difficult. She thought I was some kind of precocious pervert. LOL

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  19. I bought some cleaning supply from this door-to-door salesman who wowed me with the wonders of this product...but the bottle he sold me doesn't seem to be quite the same strength or something...cause it really doesn't seem to do a whole lot of cleaning.

    Oh--and when my son was young and I had JUST gotten separated from my husband, I could barely afford food on a weekly basis and was struggling...but I somehow signed off on a 3 year payment plan for a Kirby vacuum, because it was an investment in my future and with a young child-it was very important to have clean carpets right?
    The best part of that is that there was only carpeting in the 2 small bedrooms of our tiny apartment--it wasn't like we had a floor-to-floor carpet in a large home!
    I ended up being able to get out of the contract the next day when I woke up and looked at that beast and came to my senses.

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  20. I was suckered by someone offering a deal where they would clean one room's worth of carpet in my home. I knew of course they would want to charge for the rest, but I needed it done so I agreed.

    I didn't know, however, it was a Kirby vacuum salesperson. No actual carpet cleaning but a demonstration of Kirby's "deep cleaning"... I was polite and friendly up to the point where the saleswoman asked if she could see my current vacuum. My stupid ex-husband showed it to her. Why, OH WHY are you getting into this? I see where this is going?

    But not completely... she picked up the hose and beater bar from my brand new central vac and HEAVED IT out my front door and into the snowbank, announcing that she'd rid me of the oppression of such a monstrosity of equipment and if I purchased her Kirby vacuum, I'd be much better off.

    She was, as it turns out, much better off with the Kirby rammed up her butt and wiping her tears on the way to her car. I was about four months pregnant at the time and more than a little hormonal. You get my drift.

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  21. I still feel embarrassed every time I think how much (little) my first teaching job paid me. It was a part time job at an itsy bitsy Christian school, and I didn't even ask the salary in the interview. The teaching itself was a great experience--so I just think of it as an extended student teaching. :) (I'm serious. I think it was $200 a month, for teaching one class everyday. This was 1986, but still. :)

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  22. I would probably get suckered into more things if it weren't for "skeptical, don't care what you are selling/I'm not buying, research before you buy anything" husband of mine. He doesn't care if he blows off people and I'm always trying to be nice. We have caught a few scams before buying and believe I saved my baby sister from an identity theft scam that could have cost her dearly.

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  23. I am a sucker for cute kids and fundraisers. Sh: don't tell the neighbors. I already buy too many Girl Scout cookies.

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Spill it, reader.