Inside Business Report with Fred Thompson

Several weeks ago, I started getting messages on my work voicemail from Inside Business Report with Fred Thompson. They chased me hard. The person calling said it was important and that they wanted to feature Horst Engineering on their television show. It has become an instinct to instantly Google anything that I’m not familiar with. I typed the name of the show into the search field and tracked down their lame website.

I knew it was a scam from the get go. The host is Fred Thompson, but at the time, the site hadn’t been updated with fresh news in a month. I’m not sure whose pockets are getting lined with the income, but it was a weak pitch. Since I’m curious about these things, I phoned the “assistant to the producer.” He never gave more than his first name. He insisted that I set up a meeting with the producer to discuss Horst Engineering’s segment. So, I went along with it and set up a phone call.

The producer dialed me at the scheduled time and I listened to him go on and on about the value of the show and how many people watched it. I inquired how he found Horst Engineering. He told me that their “research analysts” tracked us down. He mentioned something about featuring manufacturing and that our story would be great for the show. So, knowing how much research they did to find us, I asked him what kind of manufacturing we did. He avoided the question and went on again about manufacturing in general. I cut him off at the knees by inquiring about their lousy website. He made some excuse about not updating it. So, knowing that this TV show was interested more in our money than our story, I asked him how much they were charging for Horst Engineering to be on the segment. He didn’t flinch. He said, “$19,000.” I simply said, please remove us from your calling list.

The funny part about the story is that the “assistant to the producer” must have mixed up his files. He called again this week, as if we had never spoken before. This time, I think he got the message.

6 Responses to “Inside Business Report with Fred Thompson”

  1. 1 redsox123 3 December 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Let me get this straight. You never did business with this companmy, you never visited their offices or studioes, you never spent more than 20 minutes on the phone with them but yet you have the nerve to write a blog calling them a scam? You have some nerve. My company was called by them as well and we decided to participate on the show and I can tell you that it has been a great experince and the Producers and staff at the studios are very professional and do a great job. I am all about free press but guys like you that decide to voice their personal opinions without experincing what the write bad things about is a HUGE dissapointment.

    Rick Kundret
    NuVim Inc
    Peramus N.J

  2. 2 Wayne 16 December 2009 at 2:23 pm

    A 122-word reply and 114 of the words are spelled and/or used correctly. Very nteresting.

    Where’s Peramus? Never heard of it. I have visited Paramus, and quite enjoyed it, but I can’t find the other town on a map.

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