Unsolicited mail …


To be honest, we don’t get much personal mail the the postal system. It tends to be bank statements, information from various Governmental organisations and stuff like that. The occasional holiday postcard might find it’s way in there, but not so often these days.

spamBut what we do seem to get a lot of, is mail that is addressed to either one or both of us offering some kind of financial service. These usually get dumped along with the rest of the junk flyers. What we have seen a rise in, is post that includes an application form, where all our personal details are all ready completed. One such form came on Monday that had 4 pages (pages, 8 sides in total) that had my name and address in 6 places. All this information has to be, according to the ‘experts’ shredded to prevent dubious sorts getting hold of my details.

Now a big issue with shredding, is that the Local Authority is unable to recycle green binshredded paper as they claim “We do not collect shredded paper in the green recycling bins. This is because we are unable to process it due to the small fibers which can interfere with the machinery creating costly maintenance issues”. My email to them suggesting they look to upgrade their machinery (and their spellchecking software) seems to have fallen on deaf ears as I am yet to receive a reply. Their advice is to “only shredding the parts of documents that contain your personal details e.g. name, address etc” which makes the task significantly longer.

Then this morning, I received a item of post from an organisation (I’m not going to mention their name, as I’m awaiting a reply from them) that I had never heard of, that had my name and address on both pieces of paper. I was quite annoyed about this, as one of the sheets was asking for a Sobdonation. The donation range started at a single £5.00 increasing up £1000.00 and what really tipped the balance was that the £25.00 check box had already been ticked. The other page was one of those ‘sob stories’ that are supposed to trigger an emotional response. They don’t work with me I’m afraid.

I have emailed a complaint about this and asked them to remove my details from their database, and name the source of the information. I doubt that either will happen. I have also redacted my details from the 2 pages and have posted it all back to them in their enclosed pre-paid envelope.

It’s just a scam, a con …


I am referring to those ‘Special Offers’ and ‘Freebies’ that seem to be on every type of food these days. You know the kind of thing ‘Collect 5 special tokens for your free …..’ and other such amazing offers. Tried one Friday. An offer from a frozen food company for an attractive ‘free’ bowl. According to the blurb on the packet all I had to do was go to website, click on the offer and enter two codes and the bowl would be on its’ way to me in 21 days. Three ‘easy steps’ I was told. Simple! Nope! First, when you get to the website, you have to find the offer, which was in this case (in)conveniently on page 2. Then once you click on the button, you are whisked off to another page where you have to ‘register’. Usual thing: first name; second name; email, phone number; mobile number; full address; password and confirm password. You are then told that your email needs ‘authenticating’ and you need to look for a confirmation email with a link. Of course, that ends up in your spam-box. You click on the link and hey presto you are taken to another welcome page telling you all the benefits of being a registered user. But no link to the offer. So it’s back to the Home page and of course, now you need to login. Once logged in and navigated to page 2, I enter the first of the codes and click the enter button. Tap tap tap ……..tap, enter! I get a message “Sorry, that code is invalid or has been used“. I double check the code and enter again and get the same message. Now the code cannot have been used before as the pack was still in the freezer until that morning.

A quick email to the website results in an automated response telling me that my complaint will be dealt with within 12 hours. Still waiting!

So, what does this mean? It means that the company, now have all my details, phone address and I have no ‘free’ bowl. Another email is going off today to demand that my details be removed from their database. Do you think that will happen? I’m not going to hold my breath!