Free telephone calls...for a very limited time only

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX River Cities

Red flags went up at first when I opened this morning's email.

>>Hi there,

>>I am interested in viewing one of your properties, could you please call me on my foreign mobile +882 135 502 99 to setup a time. As I am travelling at the moment I am unable to pickup emails regularly so please call.

>>Kind regards,

>>Liz Casey

>>Mobile: +882 135 502 99
>>Email: lizcasey@zapak.com

I ran a quick check on zapak.com. They are out of Mumbai (aka Bombay) India.  This is not totally off the wall for me.  I have several listings whose owners are from India, I have one listing the owner is from Bangladesh.

I call my good friend, Susmita, to see what she thinks.  Susmita is from Nepal.

Yep, she says, make the call.  Even though the country code is not correct (India is 91) since it is a mobile phone it could be correct.

Well I can't make International calls from my cell or office phone.  So I go to that Universal International Communication Centre aka the local Quick-Shop to by a calling card.

hhhmmm...call cannot be completed as dialed...882 is the code for satelite phones...darn my card will not call sat-phones.

Let's check Google...ah there it is...LOTS of agents got the same email.  Florida, Chicago, Arizona.

ha ha the joke is on me.  I'm out $5.00.  Guess I should have gone with my first instinct...delete the email.

So...

If anyone wants to make any calls in the US or International you can have what is left of the calling card.

Call 1-800-473-8975  when prompted enter PIN 578 805 3376
Then 1+area code+phone number for US or Canada
Or for calls to other countries
Dial 011+country code+city code+phone number

Enjoy!

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  1. Reba Haas 07/05/2009 08:44 AM
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Rainmaker
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You should be proud of yourself for trying so hard!  You really went the extra mile.  Most of the time that pays off.

Kathy

Jul 02, 2009 09:38 AM #1
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Sara Goss
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Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas

Chuck, thanks for the heads up and glad it only cost you $5.00. Have a great 4th!

Jul 02, 2009 09:54 AM #2
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Amanda Wernick

I received an email like this also!  Too funny!  Call me?  I was tempted to call just to see what pitch I was gonna get but figured "Meh! "  :-)

Kudos to you for going about and beyond the call of duty!  Hope you get a REAL buyer soon!

I was going to post a blog about it today, would you mind if I linked your story to mine??

 

Jul 02, 2009 12:03 PM #3
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Chuck Capan
REMAX River Cities - Moline, IL
REALTOR Licensed In IL. - Moline Homes Quad Citie

Amanda go right ahead.  I enabled the reblog button.

Kathy & Sara - I usually do not respond to emails that look suspicious.  I also have a rule that I will not answer a call on my cell phone coming from an area code that I am not familiar with.

Usually the calls are from:

A) Auto Warranty Companies

B) Satellite TV Service

C) Some Google affiliate trying to sell me advertising

but every now and then...

Jul 02, 2009 12:27 PM #4
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Bill Saunders, RealtorĀ®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR
www.BillSellsHotSprings.com

Chuck,

You definitely wear a white hat in this biz. Like Kathy said, you go the extra mile, or thousands in this case.

Jul 04, 2009 04:31 AM #5
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