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29/10/2012

Jon Cuthill investigates a mail order company which deceives elderly and vulnerable people across the country by promising prizes that never materialise.

Jon Cuthill investigates a mail order company which deceives elderly and vulnerable people across the country by promising prizes that never materialise. Food author Ravinder Boghal finds out if Britain's first curry college can deliver home-grown chefs. And Jo Good finds out why stars like Vanessa Redgrave and Miriam Margolyes have stepped in to save an old costume workshop in South London.

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Mon 29 Oct 2012 19:30

Mail order scam

Mail order scam

Joan Watkins lives in a London council flat on a small pension. She can ill afford the cosmetics and other mail order goods she has been buying from a mail order company.

 

But when the letters started arriving in the post offering her amazing cash prizes she thought she was only a small purchase away from a fortune.

 

"I'm careful really because I've only got my pension and I thought, well it's a name and they've got an address and they are sending the stuff, so how can it be a scam?

 

"For years we've been trying to save for a mortgage but we didn't get that far and I thought this would help, the boys could get their new car out of it."

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

Mail order customers were victims of 'scam'

Mail order customers were victims of 'scam'

Inside Out meets the victims of a mail order scam who believed they were the sole winner of cheques worth thousands of pounds.

 

They received letters from Hampshire-based company Emery of Romsey, congratulating them on winning cash prizes.

 

The parent company behind the letters is Agence de Marketing Appliqué, based in Belgium, but it relies on Emery to process the orders.

 

Emery collects the cheques and sends out the products - it also disposes of the desperate letters from confused customers.

 

The company is run by father and son Nick and David Gebbett. Inside Out's Jon Cuthill asked David Gebbett for his response to the allegations.

 

The National Fraud Intelligence Unit says it is keen to take action against third parties who work with companies that operate to deceive members of the public.

 

Watch a video feature on the BBC News website.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Wright
Series Producer Andy Richards
Reporter Joanne Good
Reporter Jon Cuthill

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  • Mon 29 Oct 2012 19:30