Over the past weekend, I got a mysterious phone call left on my work number. It went like this: "Hi, my name is Guy Incognito with XGG. When you have time, please give me a call back at 123-456-7890." I have changed the name of the firm.
I couldn't recognize the name of the firm, it was initials and sometimes when you pronounce the letters B, D, T, V, etc, they all sound alike. Anyhow, I looked up the return area code and it was a place in San Jose.
I phoned them up this morning and the guy who phoned me wasn't in but another agent took my call. It turns out that they were a full service brokerage. They asked me if I do stock market investment research. I replied yes. They then asked me that if they came out with a buy recommendation, would I like to be included on their alerts along with the rest of their clients.
I was quite polite about this. I said "No, thanks, I do my own research. You see, I go through my spam folder every day for free stock tips and that service costs nothing, whereas I am sure your service is going to cost me quite a bit of money. Thanks anyway, though."
I wish I knew how they got my number... no wait, they were probably just randomly dialing phone numbers waiting for a hit. I'd add them to my phone blacklist if I could.