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    • you will also need a copy of the CCJ and the particulars of claim on the claimform as... you'll need the particulars of claim as we don't know the judgement sum nor if post judgemental interest was allowed. did you defend it? did you ignore it? did you not get it?  did you know nothing about it?   its very rare on welcome debt either taken to court by welcome (doubtful in 2013) or a DCA (more likely)  i will suggest the debt was already at £18k before the CCJ so nothing bar court charges were added   please advise  i love bashing welcome and DCA but we can't help until we know our actual target and who did what and when.                
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    • I am sorry not to have responded in time to your thread. I have an awful lot going on.   I am hoping that you still haven't sent off your WS  as I have just seen a copy of Southend Airport  ByeLaws 2020. which will help you no end.     https://d1z15fh6odiy9s.cloudfront.net/files/board-approved-london-southend-airport-byelaws-100220-d14ca659.pdf   If you go to Section 5  the headline reads 5. Prohibited acts on parts of the Airport to which the Road Traffic Enactments do not apply:   In other words the roads on the airport are either governed by the Road Traffic Act or the airport Byelaws- neither of which are classed as relevant land. Therefore PoFA DOES NOT APPLY throughout the airport.   Take a copy for the Court and point out that the VCS WS is somewhat lacking in accuracy. It is inconceivable that VCS have not read the Byelaws since they are operating there.    So looking at their WS it reminds me that a good few years ago it was said about the WSs of  parking companies that they and their lawyers simply do not care about the truth and are content with regularly supplying false information to the courts, happy that they will not produce a witness to defend their porkie pies, and that nothing bad will therefore happen to them.   This practice should stop since were the authors to have to appear in Court and challenged, their perjury would not only be clear to see but it would put a stop to the practice. If they don't turn up in Court they get away with their lies and are able to repeat them ad nauseam. And this WS is full of lies and misdirections -not that you can say in Court they are lies but you can point out where there is contradictions shall we say and let the Judge decide.    The WS says in point 31 that they robustly deny that their sign is prohibitive.    You could point out that  District Justice Glenn  in Parking Control Management (UK) Ltd v Bull & 2 Others (B4GF26K6, 21 April 2016), at the High Wycombe Court said    “If the notice had said no more than if you park on this roadway you agree to pay a charge then it would have been implicit that PCM was saying we will allow you to park on this roadway if you pay £100 and I would agree with Mr Samuels’ first analysis that essentially the £100 was a part of the core consideration for the licence and was not a penalty for breach.   The difficulty is that this notice does not say that at all. This notice is an absolute prohibition against parking at any time, for any period, on the roadway.   It is impossible to construct out of this in any way, either actually or contingently or conditionally, any permission for anyone to park on the roadway.   All this is essentially saying is you must not trespass on the roadway. If you do we are giving ourselves, and we are dressing it up in the form of a contract, the right to charge you a sum of money which really would be damages for trespass, assuming of course that the claimant had any interest in the land in order to proceed in trespass.”   And of course VCS cannot sue for trespass as they are not the landowners.  
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      Sorry for only updating you now, but after your guidance with submitting the claim it was pretty straight forward and I didn't want to unnecessarily waste your time. Especially with this guide you wrote here, so many thanks for that
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7 out of 10 for me. Seems I'm too suspicious and the test is americanised - no idea what FDIC is for example - nor do I get an url at the bottom of my emails as per the test (so no idea what that url relates to).


I take issue with number 7 though, Chase Bank: Test says this is legit and says the reason for this is 1) it blanks out the account number and leaves the final four, 2) it uses your real name 3) link is legit.




1) This is a test so the number doesn't exist so I can't check it against a non-existent card - I've had phishing emails with random numbers you're meant to not pay close attention to - it makes it look real at first glance and will be there to hook people with similar numbers, just needs a few successes out of millions of failures to make it worthwhile. Who knows their numbers of by heart and who will go get their bank card out to check? With that scrutiny the phisher has probably failed already.


2) The recipient's email address is THEIR NAME @gmail ! I've an email account with my name as the address and so a lot of phishing and spam uses this name taken direct from the email address!


3) The name on the email doesn't use a capital for the surname - futher sign that the name has been gleened from some other available information without human oversight, such as at the bank (you wouldn't expect your name at the bank to be stored in lower case would you?)


4) You can easily make an email display a legit looking url but for it to go off elsewhere - depends on the email program you're using.


I personally wouldn't trust that Chase bank email or any of the links contained within.



If I were really interested in whether something was real, I'd do an IP lookup on the originating IP address in the full header which will often tell you if it's from a country you wouldn't expect.. Otherwise I'd just ignore the links in an email and log on to a service directly via the browser - being lazy by clicking on links in an email from an unknown source is unnecessary risk.

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I got an (almost) convincing email regarding a job opportunity. A brief description of the £30K PA position with only basic experience required send CV to someone called Whitefield Chantay. Sure enough typing was fine (other than the misspelt email address) and there was no request for any personal information or rush to get the CV they requested in, but using Outlook as a forwarding email? That and there is no record of a business with that name registered at Companies House. I really wanted to post it here (minus personal details of course) but had already pressed block as phishing. I got a job that pays almost that much so don't need one but oh well

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