Postal and Telephone Scams

March 3, 2011

This blog comes in two sections. The first is titled “Postal and Telephone Scams” Please scroll down to that section then scroll back up to the second section called simply “More Postal Scams” Here you will find part two.

By the way any links to Google ads are not mine and they seem to be a feature of WordPress. Considering my blogs are about scams I would ignore them – Steve Downe

More Postal Scams

February 17, 2010

Royal Mail HQ16548

Vital Beauty and also Swiss Home Shopping

UK address is PO Box 283, Romsey SO51 0WF, I believe this UK address is a mail handling company. The address is in Church Street, Romsey

The company behind this operation is in Belgium called A.M.A  Limited  Company and here is a extract from the UK Office of Fair Trading  :-

137/07    26 September 2007

A mail order company based in Belgium has given undertakings to the OFT that it will not send misleading prize draw mailings to UK consumers.

Agence de Marketing Applique (AMA) distributed hundreds of thousands of prize draw mailings to UK consumers under the name ‘Vital Beauty’ together with a mail order catalogue offering healthcare and beauty products. The OFT believed that the mailings misled recipients into believing they had won a large cash prize of up to £14,500, when in fact they were only entitled to entry into a prize draw with a small chance of winning the cash prize. Nearly everyone who responded was sent a low value discount voucher for use against future orders. The OFT also considered that recipients were further misled into believing that they must place an order from the accompanying catalogue as a condition for claiming their prize, when actually it was possible to enter the prize draw without making any purchase whatsoever. Reference to this was only mentioned within a large amount of small print. The OFT received numerous complaints from consumers who had been misled by these mailings.

AMA has agreed not to publish advertisements that give the misleading impression that recipients have won a large cash prize, and that any future mailings will clearly distinguish between the main cash prize and the discount voucher prizes that all participants are entitled to receive. Each page of the mailing will also include the words ‘free prize draw’ and ‘no purchase necessary’. If AMA breaches these undertakings, then the OFT can refer the company to its Belgian counterparts under the European Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation and request that they consider taking action.

That was in 2007 and yet in 2010 they are still posting the scam to the UK and no doubt elsewhere.

Royal Mail HQ 30952

The return envelope on some (maybe all) is Chic Express, Italy

This is the largest list I have seen.  These are all the same company. This company seem very clever for nowhere does their literature contain a company address, the only thing that links these companies is the name which you are to pay them.  It is simply “B&N” and the Royal Mail licence number above and return address in Italy.

They go under the following names :-

20S2G – Austria

Amy Palmer

Association of Specialist Rentiers

C.G.P.J.

Centre for Allowences Subsides and Heritage (CASH)

Centre for Remittance of Rewards (CRR)

Centre of Administrative Processing for the Awarding of Gains

Certif Financial Management – Austria

Club of Recognised Financial Success

Collins & Partners Practice – Netherlands

Commission for the Distribution Of Prizes

Committee of Great Multi-Millionaire Investors

Company for Gains and Financial Campaigns – Austria

Concept for the Federation of Super Finalists

Direct Finances Joint Committee

Federation of Super Finalists

Final Selection of the Great Multi-Gains Operation – Netherlands

Foundation Management Fortune

Fund Transfer Supervisory Commission

Funding for the Awarding of Large Value Gains

General Accountancy for Gains & Donations (GAGD)

General Department for Financial Remuneration

Gladys Holle

Great Council of Certified Gains

Independent Bureau for Direct Payments

Independent Fund for the Distribution of Unclaimed Wins

International & Financial Management  (I.F.P.G)

International Agency Of Great Gains

International Centre for Financial Leaders

International Committee for Financial Payments

International Committee for Transfers to Beneficiaries (CITB)

International Fund For Cash Gains

International Fund for Cash Gains

International Gains Management Group

International Group of Financial Transfers

International Payment Fund

International Selection of Gains to be Distributed

John and Jim Miller Fondation

Master Thien – Consultant in Occult Sciences – Austria

Office for the Attribution of Payment of Gains – Austria

Official Notices of Receipt of Winnings

Organisation for the Management and Distribution of Gains

Organisation for the Worldwide Distribution of Gains

Organization for the Transfer of Private Funds – Netherlands

Private Club of Anonymous Millionaires

Prize Distribution Office

Professor Marc Stanley Brahms

Professor Robert Stanford – Financial Distribution Centre

Promo Direct Ltd, ISS and B&N are masters of the postal scam.

Richard K – Immediate Social Elevation Method

Sammy Rich – Special Advisor of Important Accounts

Society for the Organisation of Funds Transfer (S.O.F.T.)

SR2G – Research of Great Winners

SWORN Financial Mandatory Experts or SFME

Transaction Agreement for the Executory Commission for the Remittance of Funds

Validation Centre of Confirmed Gains

Wilson & Associates

World Agency for Big Winnings

World Record Speed Wins

Worldwide Centre of Mathematical Research

Postal and Telephone Scams

February 3, 2008

I have not had anything to say in a blog before but I have recently been helping a relative who has been subject to all sorts of scams, from lottery scams to telephone scams. Now there is lots of information on the web about scams but not much on how to stop the deluge of letters coming through the door. If anyone knows different please tell me.

The first thing I think is, for all concerned not to think that “falling for a scam” is some sort of weakness. Yes some victims may be old and easily led but I can see how someone on their own could easily be led into parting with say £20 on the first scam and then that’s it, the deluge and tricks start. But more on that later.

It was a chance comment which led the family to know that this relative was spending money on what sounded like scams and a visit the next day to the relative confirmed it, indeed they were on the telephone agreeing to send £600 from their home in England to someone in Kingston Jamaica ! Surrounding them were piles of letters and lottery and other scams and notes in their own handwriting of names and telephone numbers and amounts of money etc. This brings us to the first issue. How do you know if an elderly relative, yes anyone 60 plus is a target, is getting and responding to scams. One thing I’m getting to know is the Postman does, he delivers it and it is likely the Post Office counter clerk suspects as he or she will accept “Money Grams” Other than being watchful when you visit or talk to a relative or friend I’m not sure how else you find out. Any thoughts on this I would welcome.

The first thing I did was to convince them is was all scams. That was not difficult, there is plenty on the web to show about scams and to be honest some I made up ! Having said that it wasn’t that easy as when leaving their house with all the post, in a box they were still saying “I think that one on top is genuine”

My course of action was to remove all the post. That I did and within two days as I had convinced them they were scams BUT I had to reassure them I would check them all out on the web in case any were genuine. Then I made arrangements to take their phone out of action and change the number, making it “number withheld” and ex directory. I was lucky here but if your are following this as way of helping someone then remember when telling the close family your relative new telephone number tell any member of the family with the same surname not to let any callers they don’t know have the relative new number. As I said I was lucky as the scammers rang the relatives brother some 100 miles away, but they thought they were speaking to the victim at his new address !

After the telephone I made arrangements to redirect their post to my home. In the meantime I would collect the post daily.

Whilst this was going on I searched on the web for any help I could find and I have not found a lot. Yes plenty of advice, like don’t fall for these scams, but not much on how to stop them. A call to the Office of Fair Trading and a lodge of a complaint only brought a telephone call from the local trading standard officer asking if I wanted to take part in a survey.

In the next bit I’m going to put on this blog is some of the research and findings so far and if anyone lives in Radstock, UK you could play a part. I will also discuss the so called “Federal Bureau of Consumers Affairs for the US Government, maam” or that is how they answer the phone in Manchester UK

Perhaps before I go into detail I ought to outline the nature of these scams. I suppose I have to say that they may be legal but I’m not a lawyer, but if they are they must operate on the fringe of legality however, I think all would agree the way they sell is totally wrong and without scruples. They all carry the same message “Congratulation you may have won and a £xx million prize may await you” and then go on to ask for an administration fee or release fee of anything from £10 to £30. What most of them don’t tell you is probably you won a piece of jewellery worth only pennies or indeed won nothing at all. In reality you will properly get nothing but as you would have been bombarded with so many letters in totally different envelopes, return address’s and company names, you will not recall to whom you sent money and how much, so will have no idea if you got a prize. That’s where the second tool in their armoury comes in “Confusion” You will quickly get fifty of these letters a day with up so six from the same source but all in totally different envelopes, in design and layout and it would take a computer and dedication to keep track of them. Trust me I’ve been doing it!

So fifty letters a day just ignore them you say. That’s easier said than done as you will see. But it gets worse by replying to the first letter you quickly begin to get fifty letters and your name progresses to end up on the “Mugs” list. This “list” the various companies sell to other companies and in turn buy theirs. Once you are on these lists you are open to the totally illegal scams and here were talking telephone calls and requests for large sums of money to be sent to various “agents” around the world. Theses guys operate by phone and fax and therefore little evidence of their operation, but they are clever. Now you may recall in the case I’m dealing with I changed the number so the old number is no longer valid. You think that would be the end of it but no the scammers desperate to continue their scam, rang a relative with the same surname some 100 miles away trying to make contact. So take care if you are following this and have changed say a relative number warn other family members not to reveal it to unknown enquires on the phone

So how does this all start? It could be a random first lottery letter (let continue to call them scam letters). The scammer’s (the organization behind this) probably use such things as the Acorn code for the postcode. Acorn codes (or there are similar codes) are used by most marketing companies to target their direct mail to the right “social economic group” Marketing companies know that there is not point directing marketing mail or door mail drops, say about nappies to a postcode area which is predominantly middle aged. Likewise a lottery scam letter would be wasted sent to an housing area populated in the main, by newly married couples with young families for obvious reasons (they will not have the time or money to spare) far better to target an area which is mainly older people who have the time, in deed perhaps like reading the post, most of us don’t have time to read and perhaps they have the odd few pounds to spare. So you see even random scams are not !

Now consider you have an office in the UK (or an Agent and we will look at this later) and an office in say the united states. The office in the states sends random letters to various selective postcodes using Acorn codes and the reply envelopes uses the UK address, very convenient to process UK cheques. But in the office is say someone who is scanning the newspapers looking for any articles or notices that could indicate an older person is vulnerable it could be an article celebrating a golden wedding, coming out of hospital after a fall or perhaps the best one to find a bereavement of a spouse. Anything that shows the age or vulnerability will be useful and sadly older people on their own are more vulnerable. We all, at times need a “Critical friend” to keep us on the path !

So you reply to the so called random letter and now they have got you and the switch is turned-on for you to get the full might of their printing presses. Now each day, different coloured envelopes arrive all in different styles, different names etc as I outlined earlier. You are caught!

The arrival of the post is relentless. One or two scams start are complemented by a letter from a Physic which starts by saying “I know you and your family have problems and I see a light at the end of the tunnel for you and you will soon get good fortune” They have the check to add at the bottom a request for a financial contribution to allow them to keep up their good work!

Then there are the letters which start “I’m worried about you as you have not cashed our cheque for £750 but don’t give up “ and then those that you have not replied to, you get “Notice of Withdrawal” to teach you a lesson for not replying. The final tool I suspect is if you go quit and don’t reply to any of the company letters is a cheque for 60p arrives not only does it tempt you, but when you cash it they know you are still there.

The vast number of letters makes it very confusing to work out what letter comes from where and hence whom to write to get names taken off the database. Now I’m not yet certain the way I have sorted them has not got flaws but it has so far linked mailing together extremely well. What I have done is to sort them and match them using the mailing licence number. This number is shown on the right hand top corner of the envelope where you would normally put the stamp. In the UK it shows usually a big “2” for second class and in the box a number like “HQ 16320” this is the licence number given to the sender under which they are authorised to send the letter without a stamp. It’s like “franking” but for bigger organization that operate large mail shots. The USA, Canada and Hong Kong operate a similar system however Australia and others do not they don’t seem to insist of the Licence number being shown.

UK Address, Agents in UK and Postcodes

The other check I have performed is to look at the return envelopes i.e. where they want you to send your money, which are in the main UK address. The envelope start with much higher percentage of “Suite No” an expression we don’t use much is this country but that is just a casual observation but does give an indication avoid scam which use “Suite No”.

I had thought the UK address given would be a small office for the scammers but alas after looking at many I believe they are all (so far) addresses of mailing Agents. I have used the Post code to search the Post Office web site to find who the Post code is linked to. One needs to understand that not all post codes point to a “group” of address’s like our own domestic postcodes do. If you are a large company or a company with a large incoming post you can apply to the post office for a unique postcode. This of course the Post Office welcome because it makes sorting and delivery much easier

So far I have identified the following companies in the UK which are acting as agents and have indexed them to the sender Licence Number

Care4Mail Ltd
According to the Trading Standards office who would not give me any details this company is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Squad. It uses licences:-

5707 1 5696 7249463 5713 4129

Mail boxes Ltd
7026698 5800

Admail Ltd
7028698

Kamio
16320

JEM Marketing Ltd
4129


The Details
Now listed below are the various licences number and details I have come across and the various addresses’ they use.

5696
This organizations has the following address

In the UK
4 Old Down, Emborough, BA3 4FG (note this address in preceded by Suite No 3 and the various companies names)

In the USA
North American Headquarters, PO box 11046, Fort Lauderdale FL 33339,

PO Box 98857 Las Vegas, NV 89193-8857
PO Box 219958, Kansas City Missouri 64121 9958
Po Box 169009 Kansas City, MO 64116-9009
PO Box 2904, Kansas City, KS 6610-2904

The address operate the following names

EBPR or European Prize Draw Agency

PAWE or Prize Agency of Western Europe

National Awards Commission

Awards Notification Commission

United Kingdom Prize Draw Registry

The company directs some of the replies to the US and some to the UK address

Note this is Agent as 5707 and 1 below and 7249463 and 5713.

5707
In the UK
16 Coombend, Radstock, BA3 3BN (Preceded by Suite 132 Unit 6) Note Goggle Earth can’t find a 3BN but this could be because it has been allocated to a large mail user and this is confirmed by the Post Office who shows the address as 16 Coombend and the company as Care4Mail Ltd

In the USA

PO Box 521750, Miami, FL33512-1750

The address operates the following names:-

WWW or Worldwide Awards Authority

Global Cash Registry

UPU or United Prize Union

Riches Registry (This is a newsletter listing on the draws you can apply to on the Web!)

1
Don’t have the envelope (So for record purpose I have allocated this number 1)

UK address
Suite 50 Unit 4 Old Down Business Park, Emborough Radstock, BA3 4FG (This postcode has been allocated to Care4Mail Ltd and therefore links all 5707 5696 and 1 as probably acting as agent

US Address unknown only have Reply Envelopes to Radstock

Operates

Overstock Prize Enter

PGN Delivery Directive

5706
This number is suspiciously close to 5707

UK Address

None

USA Address

Unknown but all bears a US posted mark form Las Vegas

Main Address

Postbus 490, 2000 AL Haarlem, Netherlands

Companies

International Prize Agency

Global Monetary Resource

Inerter national Prize Authority

Intercontinental Prize Agency

Intercontinental First

International Prize Authority

7028698
UK Address

Suite 35 Silk House, Park Green, Macclesfield, SK11 7QJ (sometimes addressed Davenport @ Associates) This Postcode belongs to Mail Boxes Etc Ltd.

PO Box 9823, Brentwood, CM14 9DT (also Box 922)

Po Box 336, Sevenoaks, TN13 9FJ (This postcode belongs to Admail 4 International Ltd)

Canada Address
Box 3300, Fort Langley, BC VIM 4E8 Canada

PO Box 305, 5010 48th Avenue, Delta, BC Canada, V4K 3Y3

PO Box 2500 Fort Langley BC Canada V1M 4E8

Posted from Canada

Operates under the following:-

EPS or European Prize Syndicate

Premium Prizes

Superior Lifestyles

International Treasure

Michael Huntington Premium Prizes

Asset Identification

Enigma Promotions Ltd

Prize Mastery Contest

Concord Awards

Premium Prizes

Life of Luxury

Royal Mail HQ16320
UK Address

PO Box 386, Horley, RH6 9YG. (No trace of this postcode on Royal Mail search)

Po Box 385, Horley RH6 9YD. (No trace of this postcode on Royal Mail search)

PO Box 248 Ashford, TW15 1XF. Registered to Kamino Ltd

Posted in the UK

Operates under the following:-

IDS Award

Global Award Centre

Fusion

The Prize Consortium

Allied Awards

Burges & Partners

Freemantle O’Connor and Associates

First Connection

7249463
UK Address

4 Old Down Business Park, Emborough, Radstock, BA3 4FG (see 5696 and other above)

Posted in Canada

Operates under the following:-

Financial Claims Division

Premium Claims Division

Bureau Reporting Services

32037
USA Address

PO Box 3980, Las Vegas, NV 89127-3980, USA

Companies

IPN or International Prize Network

Howard Barrett and Young

Verified Information Services

Bureau of Financial Services

Bureau of Records

Certification Bureau

Research and Notification Bureau

Document Data Services

Bureau of Audited Claims

First Class Transmittal

5713
UK Address

16 Coombend, Radstock, BA3 3BN

US Address

Does not appear on any documents but this must be the same as 5707 see names below

Posted in the USA

Companies

United Prize Compendium

Prize Distribution Authority

World Wealth carries the logo WWW as used by 5707

4129
This an interesting one as there is two scam in one operation. You get a letter from Tony Carr, Psychic. And surprise he tells you in a long physic way that “opportunities may open and then CLOSE very quickly, with astounding power” and offers you to pay him a fee £9.95 for one month to, in his words “to keep the bond between us activated and allow me time to devote to seeing each possible wonderful channel” Good of him to offer to return the fee “if such wonderful opportunities don’t come” but he need not worry as surprise surprise, the next envelope is also stamped under licence 4129 from Hong Kong and it is that wonderful Lottery chance at only £29.97 but if you did not see it in the post that don’t worry as the next few letters also offer similar opportunities, all different prize funds but from the same place.

Here is the UK Address for Mr Carr

Anthony Carr, J.E.M House, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TT (note this postcode is allocated to JEM Marketing, JEM House, Little Mead Industrial Estate, Cranleigh GU6 8TT, how did I know, I’m Physic !

For the lottery they use this UK address

3 Westfield Court, Westfield, Midsomer Norton, BA3 4AG, (and this postcode is allocated to Care4Mail Ltd, I think we have heard this name before see 5707 above) Unit 3, Third Avenue, Westfield Industrial Estate, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, BA3 4AG

And

Box 4, 60 Westbury Hill, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3UJ (not investigated this address yet)

Hong Kong address

PO Box 5697 GPO Hong Kong

And they use:-

Internal Awards Treasury

Awards Determination Tribunal

Regal Jewellry Sweepstakes

On this one you can accept the benefit of a Genuine Diamond Necklace for £19.97 as well!


5800
UK Address

Suite 32 Silk House, Park Green, Macclesfield, SK11 7QJ (Addressed Davenport @ Associates) This Postcode belongs to Mail Boxes Etc Ltd.

USA Address

725 River Road, Suite 32-166 Edgewater, NJ 07020, USA

Post Office HQ11781
No UK Address

Overseas Address

1054 Centre. St Suite 147, Thornhill ON, L4J 8EF, Canada

1-7357 Woodbine Ave, Suite 475, Markham ON, L3R 6L3 Canada.

5863 Leslie St, Suite 1217, Toronto ON, M2H 1J8, Canada

720 King Street, W, Suite 514, Toronto OM, M5V 3S5

Posted in the UK

Operates Under:-

Award Verification Bureau

Global Escrow Services

Capital Distribution Group

How to stop the letters
Well one thing that does not work is writing and asking them to remove the name and address from the database. This does not work. Neither did what I first thought was a cunning plan, and that was to mark the letters “Deceased” and put them back in the post again.  The ones I tested with this idea were redelivered and it could have been a difficult situation for my relative !

 
I finally hit on what I think is the best idea.  Look for an empty house in another town.  It has to be one where the house is going to be empty for a long time i.e. a house in need of major repairs or renovation.  I found such a house which I was able to confirm with the estate agents was empty and needed a builder to buy it. Double checking on this is vital as you will see later.

 
I got my relative to make out in their own hand a “Change of Address” card to inform the receiver that the relative had moved to the empty house.  A supply of photocopies of these cards to hand I was to send one to each of the companies as I received their letters. You can now see why the house needs to be empty.  I figure that the post would just be destroyed by builder and would dry up by the time a new occupier moved in.  The other trick would be to find a missing house number in a street but this proved more difficult.

 
My second idea was for any letters subsequently received to be returned them as “Gone away” This was really more of a protest against the Post Office in accepting this letter into their system; however they were all redelivered again.  Perhaps I did not delete the address clearly enough so I’m still working on this.  However, even If they are redelivered it would be my recommendation for everyone to do this as a protest to the Post Office as it would really make a point to them and pushes them to not accepting these letters from the companies.

 
More later…..