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FALSE PROMISES

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:

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2008/02/oft-tackles-vital-beauty-prize.html

 

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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22 Responses to “FALSE PROMISES”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    PHYDERMA PARIS BOX326 ROMSEY SO51 OAD

    THIS COMPANY NEEDS TO STOP THEIR SCAM SIMILAR TO ABOVE

  2. Caro Says:

    Hi

    I too have received a blitz of letters from Vital Nature, Elisa Jewels and My Shopping Corner all informing me I have definitely won huge amounts of money and selling over priced rubbish. I have sent in my claim for a prize on a stamped envelope, several times but of course have only recevied more letters informing me of the same.

    Who can I report these scammers to?

  3. david Says:

    The starting point to report these scammers is the Citizens Advice Bureau. Unfortunately the Office of Fair Trading does not accept individual complaints, but if there are enough, they might take action.

  4. dave Says:

    I to am fed up getting these letters from companys mentioned another one is Gourmet moments based in Glasgow head office in Paris .Also offering huge amounts £45,000 plus dont fall for it

  5. Anonymous Says:

    put their forms in their envelope and pop in post with no stamp. they will soon give up!

  6. Mary Says:

    I to have received all these letters in all if i’d of received all the money, i’m supposed to of won i could of had a lovely life. No worring if i’ve enough to pay the next bill. I belive Trading Standers should do something about these coming to the UK.
    All the ones i’ve heard from; Phyderma, My Shopping Corner, Elisa Jewels,Vital Nature and Gourment.
    I’ve had phone calls saying i’ve won £8,100 a TV.

  7. some guy who knows some stuff Says:

    By filling in one of these forms and returning it to claim a big cash award you are giving these people the go ahead to put your name on a suckers list. Once on the list you can look forward to receiving all sorts of wonderful burning materials in the form of catalogs, pamphlets and vouchers. And if that wasn’t good enough already, they can sell your details to other companies who also specialize in burning materials with “your name” and “grand prize winner” written on them.

    Getting off the list can be tricky however, so I find it best to send a single piece of white paper with the words: “F*** you and the gene pool you slithered out from” written on it. Not forgetting to sign it of course before sending it to them via one of their free post ordering envelopes.

  8. Mark Gilbert Says:

    Over the last year I have had 2.letters a. week and they keep coming 44,32398 wow! Really, they wont.stop this company must be stopped total scam. I have won this money to many times so be.warned.
    So if anybody wants to meet these people lets get togeather .What do say Mr Mirror

  9. eliane Says:

    I sent a complaint letter to them, asking when I would receive my prize before I decide to take the necessary action.
    Them replay- I got a letter from them informing me that I had answered correctly and I already declared winner .
    I send more complain letter for them and I want to go the Citizens Advice.

  10. eliane Says:

    We together can take action at Citizens Advice.

  11. Jacqui (Martin) Says:

    My parents have been conned by these people for some time Corner shopping, Phyryderma, Vital nature they do not understand they are in their 90’s and still they are bombarded with things, they even found out their new address in very sheltered housing. They phone but if I pick up the phone they hand up then wait till I have gone. We cant change the number as both would not remember their new one. It is horendous.

    Suffolk Police Fraud squad have asked for copies of what they are sent but I am not sure where that is going at the moment to the more we complain and tell people the better.

    Tell everyone your papers, radio we have to stop this.
    Jacqui.

  12. DEREK MADGE Says:

    Ilost my dear wife 3 months ago and now find she had been conned by loads of this type of scam, only today 4 dropped through my letter box, 1 BIOTONIC [SCAM] 2GOURMET MOMENTS,[SCAM] 3 PHYDERMA,[SCAM] 4 BEST OF, [SCAM] I ALSO FOUND OUT LOOKING THROUGH HER BANK STATEMENTS THAT THIS LOT AND OTHERS NOT LISTED HERE HAD BEEN CONNING HER OUT OF APPROX £250 EVERY MONTH WITH THE PROMISE OF BIG WINS ONLY TO SEND HER VOUCHERS FOR £1 OFF HER NEXT PURCHASE.IF I KNEW WHAT TO DO I WOULD PERSONALLY FIND THE CON MAN BEHIND THIS LOT AND MAKE HIM REPAY ALL THE MONEY HE HAS CONNED OUT OF MY DEAR WIFE. AND OTHERS.MY WIFES LIFE ENDED WITH A HEART ATTACK AT THE AGE OF 63 AND I AM NOW CONVINCED THAT IT WAS THE WORRY THAT SHE HAD GOT DEEP IN DEBT WITH HER BANK OVER THIS LOAD OF SCAMS, SHE WAS VERY VUNERABLE AS SHE HAD BEEN WHEEL CHAIR BOUND FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS.

  13. S Cater Says:

    Surely a collective action can be taken! Have just found out my 83yr old father has lost in excess of 60,000 to these vermin in exchange for a room full of empty boxes. He is being evicted and has been living on Weetabix

  14. MARYAM Says:

    I AM TOTALLY FEED UP WITH THEIR SCAMS AS WELL. PLEASE IF SOMETHING COULD BE DONE FASTER ABOUT IT WILL BE VERY APPRECIATED.

  15. Chris Says:

    My father, a former Lt-Col and civil servant was taken for £30K+.
    There is a pressure group; ThinkJessica.com

  16. ruth oliver Says:

    Like all of these people have found my mother aged 90 has been sending these things back with orders and filling her house with rubbish goods, thinking she was going to win prizes. i now have power of attorney so can at least stop the payments, Don’t think the Mail Preference service is any good at all at preventing these. She has also fallen foul of a company called Sanda Wellbeing. It is a national and European scandal that these direct mailing scams are allowed to continue. I will be snding all back in an envelope with no stamp.

  17. Adrian Mahoney Says:

    All

    Please write a letter to your local MP and demand action, this practice needs to be stopped and Royal Mail should be held partly accountable.

    Power and Strength in numbers so email your MP now !

  18. john Says:

    my mother sent thousands to one of these companies,she died recently and left this world with less than she came into it with, I do intend to do something about them irrespective of what the law does

  19. 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.

  20. shopping Says:

    I do accept as true with all of the ideas you’ve offered for your post. They’re really convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for beginners. May you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  21. J F Wellum Says:

    A relative fell for the “promises”. No amount of “argument” would dissuade them and once Phyderma got the Debit Card it was their license to “print money”. I stopped it through a combination of the relative’s bank refusing to meet the debit payments. AND ringing their order line stating that I am the relative’s executor. They assumed that the relative was deceased.

  22. penelope grace Says:

    my father who is in his 80’s is convinced if he keeps ordering the cheap nasty rubbish from these 2 people he will win a big prize how can i get them to stop.i live in scotland and he in somerset so it is very difficult to keep a check on his mail or i would be sending it back,please help

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