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    Default Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    I recieved a very pretty pink stripey postcard in the post this morning.
    On the reverse of the card the following:

    Ms XXXX

    We would like to arrange for a representative to call at your address within the next week.

    To speak to one of our co-ordinators please telephone XXX XXX on XXXXX quoting reference number XXXX.

    Now I have no idea what this is about and just wondered if any one has had any dealings with this company. I'm assuming it has to do with some debt or another and with my track record it's lottery as to which one.

    Obviously I have no intentions of inviting any representative to my home. Just thought I'd see if anyone has any info on this company before I ring them to tell them that.

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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Hillesden Securities A.K.A Direct Legal & Collections. debt collectorsicon, extraordinaire. Just have a search for Hillesden there a few posts.

    He didn't come looking for trouble, but trouble came looking for him.
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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Fairclaire,

    This is one of the companies chasing me for a debt that someone else took out in my name. I believe they have links to Barclays or Barclaycard card.
    I would not even ring them, because that would make them think that you have time for them. If you do not know what it is about, then i would put that pretty piece of pink paper in the bin
    They cleverly disguised themselves as Direct Loans and Collections on the letter they sent to me.

    Goodluck
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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    I had one of those about a month ago. I suspect it might relate to a Citibank card I once had. Perhaps the next contact will have a balloon or flowers attached


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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Hillesden Securities Ltd is part of the privately owned Faccenda Group,owned by Robin Faccenda, a chicken farmer with a 75million personal fortune, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. They trade as Direct Legal & Collections and are complete edit. They are hounding my mentally ill wife for a second hand debt bought from MBNA.

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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Thanks all for the info.

    Haven't bothered to ring yet and don't think I'll bother at all. I'll let them write to me with whatever it is that they want.

    Can only be an old debt as I have no recent ones. and thought all the old ones were sorted out? Well whatever it is I'm sure they'll let me know soon enough

    Thanks again everyone who replied

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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Ok a bit late in the year for a posting to this subjectbut, I have recently received a fancy stripey bit of paper also- asking me to phone and quote XXXX or they will arrange to send a 'representative' round to visit me- I assume the 'represantative' will be the type called "Daz" or "Gaz"- eaten one too many pies, sports a couple of faded eagle tattoos on each arm and has a shaved haircut? or is that what the TV biz does to you- make you cynical!

    However- seriously, the said debt, is only small, and something I am currently contesting via a solicitor- I received a lettericon from "Direct Legal" some months ago regarding the said debt of 55.00- I replied with a letter, stating I was contesting the amount and had referred the matter to a solicitor- also including their details so "Direct Legals" accounts can contact my solicitor directly for confirmation. My reply was posted recorded delivery- I had no response to this letter in any form (which was delivered- I did check), and now I receive this slip- which I will pass on to my solicitor.

    Has anyone on here also had similar experiences? I assume the offices of "Direct Legal" are either in-efficient or just plain arrogant?


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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    i have also recieved one of these little pink cards through the post, i really don't see why they are trying to get in contacct with me as i don't have any debts.
    i have caller ID so have now put the number that was on the little card on my phone so if and when they phone i can ignore them.


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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    woohoo i got one this morning aswell now i dont feel so left out , im tempted to ring them on monday and ask them to come and visit me , ( im off to cyprus tomorrow ) im sure the agent would appreciate the trip ha ha


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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Hi

    I got one of these postcards in the post this morning addressed to my husband. We have a dmpicon through CCCS which includes an egg debt which I think this postcard refers to. I just wondered if anyone has ignored the postcard as suggested in previous posts and what happened as a result? I'm worried that the heavies are going to turn up unannounced when I'm home alone with 3 very small children.

    Any advice?

    Thanks


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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by moomoo248 View Post
    Hi

    I got one of these postcards in the post this morning addressed to my husband. We have a dmpicon through CCCS which includes an egg debt which I think this postcard refers to. I just wondered if anyone has ignored the postcard as suggested in previous posts and what happened as a result? I'm worried that the heavies are going to turn up unannounced when I'm home alone with 3 very small children.

    Any advice?

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    First of all Moomoo, don't worry, if anyone turns up they have no legal powers at all, tell them to get off of your property or you will call the police.
    These so called doorstep collectorsicon have no more right to ask for money off you than I do if I knocked at your door unannounced.
    Just keep the postcard for reference and wait to see what else turns up, they will write again eventually, just remember that a DCA is similar to a school bully, they pick on the uninformed and vulnerable and if you stand up to them, they'll eventually move on to someone else who have not yet found CAGicon.
    When/if you recieve anything else, start your own thread and advise will follow.
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    Default Re: Hillesden Security Services-Who are they?

    I've just had my 6 monthly demand fo 1864.85 off these chancers. Remember Direct Auto Finance? I do. Now nearly 5 years ago I returned a car under the halves and thirds rule. Direct Auto Finance found a bizarre loophole and took me to court. I paid the full amount immediately. Three months later they threatened me demanding more money. They even broke the DPA giving my details to a finance company suggesting I take out a loan to pay the imaginary amount. DAF went 'bang' but resurrected itself as Hillesden securities. Remember. If it quacks, has got webbed feet and waddles its a duck!!!! It seems to me as time passes the only people they are kidding is themselves.



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