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A couple of weeks ago, I got a text message request from somebody who reads some of my websites, or so he said.  This fellow had been in communication with me in the past via e-mail, maybe 6 months ago or so, so I had no reason to expect anything unusual.  He got my cellphone number from one of my websites, as I do publish my phone number for those who need to contact me.  To be honest, I have two cellphone numbers, one which I publish and one which is private, mostly reserved for family.

Well, when this guy texted me, he told me that he wanted to meet with me.  I had no problem with that, as I try to meet readers whenever they are in town and ask if we can get together.  So, this guy asked if we could get together at 10am on a Monday morning at the Landco Building, a big Corporate Center here in Davao.  I agreed, had no reason to suspect that there was anything unusual.  I had no reason to suspect it… but somehow something didn’t sit right in my gut.  I somehow thought that there was something different about this meeting.

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I showed up at the office where we were supposed to meet at the appointed time.  The fellow I was supposed to meet was not there, but the receptionist offered me a seat in the waiting area.  I sat down, and waited for the fellow to show up.  After a few minutes, I asked the receptionist, “What kind of company is this?”  She replied, “sir, we sell herbal products.”  “Hmmm,” I thought, “what is this all about?”

When my “friend” showed up, he sat down at the table where I was waiting and introduced himself.  He started explaining his various businesses to me.  The way he talked, you would think that he was a multi-billionaire, and the way he dressed would seem to confirm it.  The office was certainly very upscale too.  I wondered, what was I doing there?  Why did he want to talk to me?  After a bit of discussion I handed him my business card (which, by the way is called a calling card here).  He then handed me his business card.  When I looked at his business card, my suspicions were confirmed.  Something wasn’t right.

Here was this guy who was selling himself as some sort of very wealthy businessman.  On his business card, a number of words were misspelled.  On the words that were spelled incorrectly, he had used a pen to scratch out the mistakes!  Oh my, he certainly was not what he was passing himself off as!  No serious businessman would hand out business cards with errors corrected with a pen!

Since the time that the receptionist told me that the company was an herbal products company, I suspected that this was some kind of sales pitch.  Soon, it was confirmed.  I had suspected a friendly meeting with a reader, 30 minutes or maybe an hour.  This fellow had a full day planned for me.  Soon, he took me into another room so that I could view a movie, and listen to a sales pitch.  About 20 minutes in, and as soon as the magic words were mentioned – “how much will you need to invest….” – I stood up. He asked me, “what are you doing?”  I said “I am leaving now.”

What?  Leaving?

Yes, I told him that he asked me to meet and have coffee, and that I had not signed up for his multi-level-marketing seminar.  He was not happy.  I’m sorry, but I did not have time for this, and I certainly had no interest!

Well, to say the least, this was not exactly what I expected.  All along I had a gut feeling that something was not fully right about this, but did not know why I felt that way.  My gut was right though.  I should have not even wasted my time going, but at least I didn’t stay nearly as long as what he was expecting.

The biggest thing that I can’t understand,though, is why somebody like that would try to cheap out on the business cards!  I mean, if the printer makes a mistake on it, why not just throw them out and get them re-printed?

I’m lucky, though, this is the first time that I’ve had a situation like this when a “reader” has requested a get-together.  I hope it will also be the last!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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andy
andy
13 years ago

I am not sure what country he was from but is normal now in USA. What a good reason to be there in Phil's. You know now where because I sent you personal email but still I have to live there. I am not looking forward to meeting the hustlers. But they are everywear it seems. Sorry you had to waste you time with worthless person.

Neal in RI
Neal in RI
13 years ago

Bob
I don't know if I could have been that patient with that person wasting your time like that.

Sounds like a Filipino here in RI that tried to scam my wife and I into the AMWAY sales crap.

macky
13 years ago

"here's my LiP calling card…. how much are you investing to advertise on my site? these are my rates. best to give me your bank account number & i'll need your signature here & … wait, where are you going?".

ugh, to get me up in the morning & do that to me… you handled it better than i would.

RonW
13 years ago

mayongbuntag bob
you have me thinking here bob.
i would be very careful if i was you in case some whacko would try to kidnap such a celeberty as yourself.you know that there are not many known as mindanao bob in mindanao.
i would consider to meet in a high profile place or what have you.
i was kinda wondering as i read your article as to what was gonna happen.
keep safe my friend
salamat bob

john grant
john grant
13 years ago

You should have stayed for the biggest lunch first and the offered to print some new calling cards for him. lol.
But on a serious point it does highlight the need not to take things at face value, as some people will try to arrange meetins that are not what you expect.

Danny
Danny
13 years ago

Kamusta ka Bob, Well that is interesting, and also insane. Because the first thing out of my mouth would be, "what is this all about", and as soon as he explained that it was a sales pitch, I would have been gone. Unless it was something I was really interested in, but would not of wanted him to do it that way. He should have told you that in the first place, that this was a meeting about the company he works for, etc..etc. If things didn't work out with Feyma, you would have made a good priest, you have… Read more »

Dave
13 years ago

It reminds me a little of the time share scams that Used to run in Gran Canaria, I remember once there had been a storm the previous night, the town was like a war zone, up popped the scratch card queens, low and behold I had won a free holiday.All I had to do was visit their brand new complex, well with nothing else to do on a pretty dreary day( knowing what i was going to) I decided to go 6 hours later, near drunk on the free drinks I emerged again, I think though that "they" where just… Read more »

AussieLee
AussieLee
13 years ago

Morning Bob,
Reminds me of an attractive girl I once fancied who invited me over to her place. I thought I was in – but she only wanted to sign me up with AMWAY! Bummer!

CRIS
CRIS
13 years ago

Hi Bob, When we went on our honeymoon right after our wedding, we were asked if we want to see a timeshare meeting, we will be given free tickets to cirque de soleil afterwards, since were killing time and wanted the free tickets, off we went. We attended the usual speeches, afterwards, a salesguy tried to sell us a timeshare w/c my husband answered, we'll have to think about it. theyre going nowhere with my husband so they came to me, after much talk, i said, "much as i wanted to buy one, i cant, coz, i just came here… Read more »

MindanaoBob
13 years ago

Hi andy – this fellow was Chinese.

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