I have recently been exposed to a number of catalogue marketing scams, which have their origins in La Belle France. The company in question is called Mail Concept Plus, and they peddle their wares through post boxes in both England and Scotland.

The scam offers a substantial cash prize if the player fills out the relevant form and answers a multiple choice question, which is very straightforward. For example, does honey comes from: A: Bees; B: Bats; or C: Chickens? Doh!

So far, so good!  But the purpose of the scam is to persuade the lucky player to purchase goods from the enclosed catalogue.  These vary according to the supplier.  I have identified four so far, and to assist you in spotting the scams, they come from My Shopping Corner, Vital Nature, Phyderma and Elisa Jewels.  No doubt there are others out there.

Although the scammers make it clear (in very small print) that no purchase is required to participate in the prize offer, they make it abundantly clear that a minimum purchase of £30 will speed the delivery of your cash prize, usually within 14 days. And guess what?

A few days later, another letter, with another catalogue and another promise of a cash prize, hits your doormat, and so it goes on until the last syllable of recorded time.

I want to be fair to these scammers, so if anybody reading this article has participated in these promotions and has actually won a substantial cash sum, please get in touch and I will publish a retraction, but I won’t be holding my breath.

For those of you wanting further and better particulars, a duo of journalists from the Mirror group investigated these scams as long ago as 2008, and their results can be found online using this link:



The Mirror Group invited the Office of Fair Trading to take action, but they haven’t, so no surprises there.


These scams show no signs of abating, so forearmed is forewarned.  As they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true!

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10 Responses to “FALSE PROMISES”

  1. david Says:

    For your further assistance, I have been contacted by the Office of Fair Trading. They suggest that anybody with evidence of fraululent trading should contact http://www.actionfraud.org.uk. Their phone number is 0300 123 2040.

  2. D.Burdon Says:

    My elderly Dad is being conned by these people. He refused to believe me when I tell him. He thinks he’s buying me a car next week with his ‘winnings’. This needs to stop. I don’t know where to turn. He’s list all his savings to these scammers and is struggling to make ends meet.

  3. Spikydog Says:

    My mother-in-law has been sending money to these scamsters for years. She lost her husband recently and I decided enough was enough, persuaded her to have her mail redirected to my address and I can’t believe how many obvious scam letters she gets (she’s not getting them now, they go straight in my shredder!)

  4. Odette Says:

    I think these people are taking people for a ride I agree all the stuff is really expensive and besides they never kept their promises so spending all that money and postage is a rip off and it should be refunding all the money to the people in this situation.

  5. Linda Mary Says:

    I to have been conned but now I believe that there will never be a cheque.
    They are very clever with their wording. One week you are a Grand winner then they keep sending more rubbish about having to have to order something again to have the prize deed released. Last week I sent off another order to have the winning cheque. Today I received a voucher for £1.50 to spend on
    another order form. I even sent them a recorded delivery to get the order to them the next day. I feel such a fool but it must have to stop. I have saved
    my orders from Vital Nature , Phyderma, Gourmet moments and Home shopping. I hope someone will catch these people for all who has been conned
    surely this is fraud of some kind.

  6. Claire walker Says:

    I to have letters from this company Gourmet Moments and promised large sums of money how to STOP letters !!!!!! Send them back , please tell me

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Fed up receiving these letters

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  10. Maurice Titchard Says:

    I found a goodway of getting my own back on these people.
    Just send their details back to their address but do not put
    a stamp on the envelope. If they think that there is money
    in the envelope they will accept the excess payment charge
    for an ‘unstamped’ envelope

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