So, I was about to tee off late yesterday afternoon and my cell phone rings.
My foursome turns to me with very disapproving looks... they have been here before. They know it is most likely a client and I'm going to be on the phone for the next three holes.
NOPE, not this time.
This time it was Dan Brown from RE Expert and he wants to know if I would like to receive some referrals from his boss, Jeff Guthrie. According to Dan, Jeff has several people that need to buy in Independence in the near future. I say sure, let me give you my fax number and e-mail address so you can send me the info. WOAH... not so fast. The boss has to talk to me and make sure that I am the caliber of agent they are looking for. Uh, OK. Now Dan says I have to be on a conference call in 30 minutes. Now my foursome is really giving me the evil eye. So I let Dan know I am busy and just cannot be on that call.
Fast forward to this morning and NO, I did not have a good round... 102 yikes!
My buddy Dan Brown from RE Expert calls me and says he has some great news. I am soooo lucky that not a single person in my region was "qualified" to receive these wonderful referrals... oh, and can Imake it on a conference call with Jeff today at noon. Sure, there are going to be a few others from my region on the call but they are really excited about talking to me because of my experience and past success. So, I agree to make the call.
I tell me business partner about my call and he laughs and tells me he got the same call from Dan.
So we both decide to listen in... and the sales pitch is AMAZING. They are promising me that I will get 5-10-15 even 30 new deals a MONTH! They have me looking at these really amazing websites and promising me that I will get all of this and there are no fees... just pay the 20% referral fees on all the deals I am going to be blessed with.
Then he tells me we have to grow our e-mail database and the way we do this is to send e-mails to everyone we know and then tell them that we will place their name in a drawing for $5000.00. 1 entry for each valid e-mail. LOL... he actually implies that we never have to give away the $$$$. Now he has my attention as he is indirectly telling me to lie and cheat my friends and past clients.
Now he is really SELLING me on these amazing websites. There are tons of really slick pages and he claims that AOL wants him to be the exclusive referral agent for the 40 million aol users. And I am going be RICH beyond my wildest dreams... and he is going to crush House Values and these BAD lead generation services.
Uh, oh... now there is a cost, but wait, they are going to give me a loan approved buyer to help me pay the fee... one payment of $3490.00 or two payments of $1900.00... what happened to FREE and only pay a small 20% referral fee?
WOW... look... Don't call me with a lie, then bait and switch me and try to get me to TRUST you and send you 4k of my hard earned money.
If you get the call from my good buddy Dan or one of his partners, do yourself a favor and just hang-up!
They claim to have 1200 agents in their "network" already. That is more than $4 million dollars they have already taken from agents!