They have called me a few times and I finally answered. They are a company looking to recruit people to do ghost shopping/mystery shopping. Now they want me to meet a financial planner for a fee of $50, but its obligation free. It starts off as a survey, but turns into telemarketing. I got sick of them calling so started having vulgar phone sex with them. They haven't called since. YES, same experience here. Have just reported via Australian Govt scamwatch site, but hoping someone stops these people before they rip-off any more honest Australians Market Opinion Research is what they call themselves. They've been calling me for at least 2 months. Firstly they offered free samples of items so I can give my opinion on them, (that's the hook they use) then when I said, sure why not and stupidly gave them my mobile number, they then called and offered to send out a financial planner to my house. I said no way, not interested, don't ring me again, but they still ring almost every day on either my home phone or mobile. I have asked them nicely to please don't ring me, take my number off their books or whatever, but they still ring! I threatened to report them to the Do Not Call Register and they stopped for about 1 week, then started again. I swore at them, they still ring. Next time I'm going to get a whistle and blow it loudly into the phone! They are so annoying! When will they take the hint that I don't want to be bothered with them? Stay away form them!! It happened to me too. They have called few times too. Don't fall for the offer of free samples or agree on mystery shopping. It seems telemarketing for the financial planning. They wanted me and my partner to be present for at least 30 mins, claiming to pay $50 paypal or debit card after meeting and online survey. "Secret Shopper" have been calling my home for months on and off and each time we have said we are not interest and have ended the call. But in the last few weeks it's tramped. I'm a supervisor in a LEGITIMATE market research call centre and know that if a respondent refuses we are bound by law to accept that refusal and end the call and discard the number for that project. If a respondent uses the magic words "remove my number from your database" we are likewise bound by law to do so, so that our company will never call them again.
We've now told "Secret Shopper" to remove our number from their database 3 times and they called a full 7 times yesterday. When my dad was understandably angry the caller had the gall to tell him not to be so rude. I then took the next call and demanded to speak to a supervisor and was told that "unfortunately my supervisor is in a meeting right now" (at 7:30pm) and that they were a market research company based in Sydney - I told them I highly doubted that as I understand the legalities they would be bound by if that were the case and that they had breached most of those on several occasions - not to mention that every caller so far has had a thick Filipino accent. She apologised and then offered to try and make my day better by sending me some information about some great opportunities that Secret Shopper had for me. When I laughed out loud, SHE hung up on ME. Astounding.
I actually hope they call again.
can't get these scumbags to stop calling us. It's became constant harassment for us week after week. Call under the pretence to get free stuff or be rewarded for doing surveys but their aim is for you have an appointment with financial advisors which I am presuming is to try and sell you into products and services impulsively.
I did not make the appointment as this put me off them straight away and set an element of distrust in the way they conduct business.
We have been called several times by this number, along the same lines. First they ask you if you are happy to participate in product sample reviews for payment. After saying yes, they called back within 24hrs to organise a financial planner to drop in ("obligation free"). Thanks folks for posting. We will be cancelling that appointment! very annoyed , call me almost work every afternoon. I will not answer for ever. I have averaged a call a week for the past month, the caller claims to be calling from Sydney, and not wanting to sell me anything. They then go on to claim I will be paid up to $200 for product testing items. They quickly get to the "give me your email and I will send you the list of options" part of the conversation but, tonight I said no and asked for their website. The caller mentioned a site but before I could verify if it was correct he then said I could give him my mobile number if I would prefer. When I said no to this and asked how he got my home number as it is silent he claimed it was given to him by my phone company. When I challenged this as I pay for a silent number he quickly tried to justify it. I know for a fact that they are a scam as a few calls ago I managed to get out of the caller the name of the person they were after and it was not me. Obviously the previous owner of my number. Tonight's caller must have had nothing better to do as when I stated he was the 4th caller from this company in as many weeks he tried to tell me it must have been his competitors who had called. When I tried to get info out of him he quickly hung up. He did not like the fact I was not won over by his polite manner and the offer of money for as little as my email address. Same thing with me. Promised "secret shopper" role to test products and services. Then immediately tried to arrange appointment with a financial planner. They also wanted my wife's name and number, and were very insistent. Of course I said no. She said the computer system won't allow her to continue without my wife's details. 5 calls so far over the last 2 days from "Secret Shopper". Each call has shown up with a different number - 4 Aus mobile numbers and 1 Sydney landline number. It seems that they are able to put a false number code into their calls. I called one of the numbers back and got some poor soul's voicemail and left him a message letting him know his number has been used in a scam. The calls all have sounded like VOIP and all callers have been polite people with Filipino/a accents.
After the first 3 calls I made a complaint to the Do Not Call register but do not know if they can/will do anything.
Now I tell them that I have reported them but they probably think "so what".
Ah, the joys of modern technology and the need for people to earn a living, even if it means stealing from unwary people.
take care folks and hang up quickly.
they rung me today stupid women gave me her name and id number told me quote new south wales registery is selling lists of phone numbers to this company and gave me an address in sydney i said you know what you actually rang the police she panicked i said i got your number n location she swore saying like sh*t and i said im shut u down and i know where u are A few months ago, they were calling me every day, then it dropped off. Now it's at least twice a day every day for the last week. is there a way to get them to stop calling? I have tried calling them back to cancel an appointment but no answer and mailbox "full' I have a number of landlines in different sites, and a few mobiles, they have called numerous numbers, offering secret shopper product and service samples. They use big retail names as their supposed clients, but all the services to be tested are remarkebly for only one financial services company in St Leonards. Secret shopper company has no ABN, not based in Australia. Steer well clear. Almost every day ,today 3 times 8th June 2017. Secret Shopper ,asked nicely not to call ...now rude . Said she was from some company in North Sydney but was clearly overseas with a Phillipino accent. Every day, been nice and rude, they don't give up. Vulgar sex on phone plan next option!
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Mick on 0404 232 406
I heard its not going to air
on current affair
home n away
Anonymous on 0450 840 499
calls consistently. didnt answer everyone said it was dc
Anonymous on (02) 4023 8556
I Called Back on (02) 8294 7968
I called back number (02) 8294 7968 rang once then gets disconnected automatically.
Sue on (02) 5317 7058
I agree, it is a scam and despite all comments over many websites, no one seems to take...