I sent the letter to Lowell's which I quoted above in my first post in this thread, via email courtesy of my gmail account and also 1st class post last night.
I just received a very strange phonecall. Maybe I am being paranoid, but I suspect it was Lowell's trying to use underhand tactics.
It was supposedly from my local liberal democrats party, who asked to speak to me. They then enquired whether I would be voting Liberal Democrat in the next local elections - I responded that I didn't even know there were any coming up and I certainly had not received my ballot card.
Anyhow, the lady then enquired who I voted for in the last election. I replied that I didn't as I was living out of the country and that the last election I voted in, was the General Election of 97 whereby I voted Labour.
She then quickly finished the call and hoped that I would vote Lib Dem in the forthcoming locals.
Now I have just done a 1471 and the number was with-held
Why on earth would a political party do that? Also, I am not aware of any party being allowed to cold call over the phone, especially as we have signed up to the BT thing, which prohibits us receiving cold calls.
I am now thinking it could well have been Lowells, who could quite easily get my phone number off the BT Site ( we are not ex directory ) - to try and see if I was lying about the fact that I had lived in Spain for over 6 years, prior to our return in October.
Perhaps I am being paranoid. Yet I have not had a response other than an auto generated reply to my email which I sent yesterday afternoon - and by now they would have received the actual letter that I sent yesterday.
This kind of tallies up with a weird phone call I got just over a week ago. Whereby a BT coldcaller phoned up asking if I had broadband. This was after he asked to speak to me and I confirmed my name. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but why would BT phone me trying to sell me broadband, when we have already got BT Broadband :?
I really do think that the above 2 phonecalls actually came from Lowells. One to check I actually lived at the address and the call just now to get confirmation that I have actually been out of the country for 6 years, having just returned in October 06. Otherwise, why would both calls have been number witheld.
Anyhow, I am chomping at the bit for them to try any more crap with me, having already prepared my next letter which will be fired off as soon as a written response is received from them.
Has anyone else got a view on these calls? Do DCA's stoop so low as to impersonate other organisations to try and coerce information out of people they are harrassing.
Or am I just being overly paranoid?