Not surprised, I would think that anyone in a position to provide that information would have a pretty solid understanding of who the players and prospects were in the industry.
I work in the heavy road trans industry here in Aust.anyone faking that they were in my industry and seeking that type of info would have a challenging time.
If you are doing a credible research project at a recognised institution, you would be well advised to be up front about what you are doing, it will likely lead to better results and a real but possibly intangible byproduct is you will be making contacts that could benefit you later in your career.
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If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!