Sunday, May 22, 2011

450. An e-mail survey or a scam e-mail?

On Sun, May 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM, ...@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Dr Sing

I am a student of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and as part of an Economics research essay, I am required to conduct interviews with veterinarians practicing in the local veterinary scene in order to successfully complete the report. Having done the necessary ground work, I am impressed with the work of Toa Payoh Vets and have therefore specially chosen to include your clinic in this research essay. However, if necessary, your business name may be kept anonymous.

I would greatly appreciate your time and effort in completing the attached. The survey would take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Name Given


E-MAIL REPLY FROM DR SING DATED SUNDAY MAY 22, 2011


I presume you are really who you claim you are - a student of ACS (I) and not one of the hundreds of scam e-mails I receive daily. I am not able to help you in answering the economic questions you ask as the financial data is private and confidential. However, you are welcome to interview me for other questions at a time convenient to both parties.

Conducting a thorough realistic research means really being hands-on, getting outdoors, seeing the place and spending time and money to meet the person rather than sending an e-mail survey.

Usually, I discard such e-mail surveys as they need to be downloaded and uploaded as in your format. There is an error in your survey form. There is no such practice called Toa Payoh Veterinary Centre in Singapore.

Best wishes.

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