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  • rach29
    Jester I would personally do nothing & let them see you in court. They won't of course, it wouldn't be worth there while. If (and it's a big if) your father owed them money then his estate will now owe it on his behalf. If they did try to take you to court they must first provide documentation to the court to show that the debt is outstanding. ie. a copy of the cheque and any order made by your father. Just ignore them would be my advice. They're trying it on.
    Thanks to all who post comps
  • TimeWarper
    ....
    It turns out they are data management company and call centre. They not only process all orders for Vital Beauty but they also manage incoming mail by opening it and entering it onto computers.

    I am considering sending a standard letter to the PO Box addressed to Vital Beauty and a Recorded Delivery to Emery Fulfilment requesting the removal of address details under section 11 of the Data Protection Act.
    ....
    Originally posted by TimeWarper
    An update for those still bombarded with mail from VB.

    After my original post (#41, 18/11/2007) I thought I should let you know how I got on. I copied a standard 'cease & desist' letter (possibly from Trading Standards site) and sent three almost identical letters recorded delivery to Vital Beauty, Swiss Home Shopping, and Emery Fulfilment - all at the same address!!
    The letter:
    Dear Sir or Madam

    Notice under section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998 to cease or not to begin processing personal data for the purpose of direct marketing.

    As Emery Fulfilment are the data processors and fulfilment provider for AMA Belgium (t/a Vital Beauty and Swiss Home Shopping in the UK) I am requesting that under the above act you cease, or cause to be ceased, all processing of personal data held by Emery Fulfilment for the benefit of any third party who has entered into a mailing and fulfilment agreement with you.

    For legal purposes the following has been included:

    I {name deleted} of {address deleted} require you to cease processing personal data relating to me for the purposes of direct marketing as soon as possible and in any event within 28 days of the date of this letter.

    If you do not normally handle these requests for your organisation, please pass this letter to your Data Protection Officer or another appropriate officer.

    Please note that if you fail to comply with this notice, I can apply to the court for an order against you under section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

    Yours faithfully

    As was to be expected, nothing happened. Even popping the mail back in the box with "Receiver Deceased" did not stop them.
    Not actually being able to afford to take them to court, an evil plan began to form.....
    The mail from VB/SHS is processed by (iirc) DHLMail, so I started saving the mail. It wouldn't take long to fill a carrier bag - at which point they ALL went back into a single postbox marked as 'Return to Sender'. It took 4-5 months, but touch wood, 4 of those carrier bags seem to have done the trick.

  • mandy up north
    thought my luck was in
    recieved one today saying i had won 21,500 (could of done with that) so glad i came on to check as could see no catch shall recycle and put it to good use.
  • OAP87
    I have received something in the post to tell me I have won around 6000 in some kind of prize draw. I've read and reread the letter to check all the small print, but doesn't seem to have a catch. Has anyone had any dealings or won anything like this. I sent the details off, so I've got my fingers crossed.
    Originally posted by 07311022

    Don't keep them crossed for to long, i have had at least half a dozen " you have won", of 14,000, 16,500, 17,000, 22,000, De Dah Deh Da !!!

    I am still Waiting in antisipation for at least 1 of those amounts to arrive. :confused:
  • janetozolns1
    vutal eauty cheque verified
    has anyone had a letter with brochure telling them they have definately won two cheques for 8000 each common sene tells me this is a con to order anyone else had this mailshot
  • twinkle6
    Thanks for the info on this site re-Vital Beauty.

    I have recieved notification that I have won......wait for it..........17,500

    Guess where the letter has gone, yes in the shredder.
  • LOCHHEAD
    I Have been scammed --a fortnight ago I sent a cheque for 10 with one order from thier catalouge and was guaranteed a 23.000 cheque within a 48Hour period but the cheque never came.I chose a 1month delay option so its the bank i go to and stop the cheque and if the order comes soon I am sending it back to these unscrupulous people.
    If I can be misled by these scammers then so can almost anybody .
    These crooks need to be stopped and very soon before they do any more damage.So dont get involved with --Vital Beaughty.
  • SSTEPHANIE
    Well I have been promised a cheque for 19,500.00. Thanks to one of the above comments I now know NOT to order anything or even waste time and energy looking at the pamphlets. Just fold it up, pop it back in the envellope and post it back to him completely blank. With any luck postal service will charge him.
  • stevenhp1987
    Got one of these today...

    Third one in a week!?

    Yet another marked at return to sender...
  • Belitacan
    I think I must be special - my prize is 24,000!

    These !!!!!!!s are a disgrace, if only some philanthropist would take them on. My 83 year old aunt has had her hopes up several times. She ordered a couple of catalogues as she doesn't do computers. Now she is receiving at least 6 catalogues a day in the post! What a waste of time/paper/resources/postage.
  • vitalinfo
    Vital beauty scam
    It seems there is no stopping this company!

    - it clearly states I and only I have won 25,000 - BUT reading the small print is says "this game may appear in different forms and under different names during the whole period of it's validity"

    "The winning entry for the first prize will be that which is sent before the closing date and encloses the document entitled Prize Claim Receipt.

    "AMA reserves the right to cancel the Prize Draw."

    So - here it is
  • mazza21
    I have been with vital beauty for a year now and ive had letters telling me ive won large amounts of money. I have not recived
    a penny. I get these letters at least 4 times a week i reply but they just keep sending me more and more. some of the products are good like the make up remover, but the roll-on headache stick does not work. I think all the people that have had letters like this should take vital beauty to court. With all the letters i get there are pictures of two elderly people these are the winners and on every letter i get its the same faces. if anyone has won any money from them please let me know. also if any of you have had the winning letters with the two elderly people that are winners on id love to hear from you. WARNING DONT LET THEM TAKE YOU FOR A MUG. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY IN REPLYING TO THEM. these are the names of the companies that send you winning letters PHYDERMA, VITAL BEAUTY, SWISS HOME SHOPPING. the address is the same for all of these.
    Last edited by mazza21; 26-06-2010 at 6:48 PM. Reason: left a few things out
  • sceptic2
    It's a Scam
    I have received something in the post to tell me I have won around 6000 in some kind of prize draw. I've read and reread the letter to check all the small print, but doesn't seem to have a catch. Has anyone had any dealings or won anything like this. I sent the details off, so I've got my fingers crossed.
    Originally posted by 07311022

    This is a Scam run by A.M.A. Mail order, based in Belgium.
    The company concerned has been reported to the Office of Fair trading, but are still scamming.
    All correspondence from them should be Binned!!
  • rose54
    vital beauty
    my mother is 80 years old and has been told by this comapny for the last 9 months that she is 'sole prize winner' & amounts gradually increasing the amounts to now 25,000 ...at Easter they asked her to send her photo for publication as she is the 'only prize winner'.... they phoned back a couple of months later to ask when she would be 'at home' in order for them to deliver their cheque.....still nothing ....neither have they responded to any correspondence. How can they prey on the very elderly and not pay out! why ask for a photo and when she is home, if they are not going to deliver the goods???? where can we report these terrible people.








    My mother recieves this nonsense all the time. She is always falling for it. She has recieved many such notifications telling her she has won 6000, 10,000, and above and to date she has only recieved 2 1.00 vouchers which are not really cheques but can be used the next time you order something from them. It's a very clever scam and it may even be legal as they word it very cleverly.

    They will often send you a document named "Notification of the Allocation of a cheque". Then " It's confirmed! This unique prize winning number is undeniably yours" Then "The value of the first prize is 16,100.00" Then "Congratulations! You are the winner of a verified prize." (but not THE prize) "Reply within 9 days and if you order we'll send your prize cheque to you within 2 weeks."

    My mum has even had a couple stating, "...Yes, Mrs RB Maw, thanks to your number 500 260 602 you have really won a cheque for 16,100.00. Yes all this money is definitely yours. Well done!" (She hasn't recieved a thing)

    However she persists in replying to them everytime in the hope of a miracle that the people behind these companies might grow a conscience. Fat chance I'm afraid.

    There products may well be good but they are extortionately priced and your local Holland and Barratt could sell it to you for a third of the price.

    The wording is designed to get you excited and act without looking at the small print. They put catchy phrases near each other like; Confirmed winner of a cheque, 1st prize is a Cheque for 10,000, Winner of a verified prize, You have won! (But usually not in the same sentence and there in lies the deception) They don't tell you that the verified prize is a voucher worth 1.00 redeemable with your next purchase.

    If you read the small print, you can of course enter the prize draw without buying their products and you send your entry in a plain white envelope with "Service Without Order" written on it. These envelopes go to a different processing department that looks alot like a bin.

    My dear mum is sweet natured and utterly gullible. Don't be sucked in!
    Another such company is "Swiss Home Shopping".
    Originally posted by mmaw
  • robert gardiner
    Hi My wife has been bombarded with mail saying she has won 23,000
    which I found from your forums is a scam.She has now received a letter from
    THE BRITISH AWARDS COUNCIL along very similar lines.I cannot find
    them on the internet has anybody heard of them ? I am very concerned
    that this is also a scam
    robert gardiner
    Last edited by robert gardiner; 02-09-2010 at 12:58 PM. Reason: words missed
  • GetItSorted
    Vital Beauty con merchants!
    My hubby and I have been clinging to the hope that the 23000 he'd won was for real. Having just 'Googled' Vital Beauty, are hopes are now well and truly dashed. When is our beloved Government going to step in and put a stop to these con merchants? We should've known it was too good to be true, but the dream was nice whilst it lasted. It's a cruel trick to play on people, especially in this economic climate when people are so strapped for cash that they will try anything to get a bit of extra money.
  • sailorboygreen
    Hi All , just recieved confirmation I have won :- wait for it , 40,097.38 , not bad hei, just been to window to see if there are any PIGS FLYING , (NONE ) shame ,

    Merry Christmas ALL .
  • ayeaye1
    Vital SCAM
    I also got quite a few YOU'VE WON letter from Vital beauty for various amounts ranging from 20k to 66+k.
    After 3 months of waiting for the mystery cheque to arrive ( whilst it clearly states that if you order from the catalogue you'll get your cheque in 2 weeks with your order) i have made the mistake of making a few orders hoping and waiting, only to get another letter along with the product, more 2-4 weeks later, with yet another YOU'VE WON, blah blah blah.

    What I've won and im sure lots of others have won, is an annoying I TOLD YOU SO, A BIT LESS MONEY TO SPEND, SHAME FOR BEING SOOOOOOOO FOOLISH AND MORE LETTERS TO PUT IN THE RECYCLING BIN!

    I GOT FOOLED BY A FOOL SO SHAME ON ME!
    Plus no company charges 4.90 for a second class post.
  • wendj72
    scam!!!
    hi all, yes u guessed it lolIn course of 1 month - i had brite life won 30,000+ verified/certified/ guaranteed lol
    vital beauty-won 2 cheques of 23,000+ verified/certified/guaranteed
    then wait for it
    swiss home shopping -43,000+ vertified/certified/guaranteed
    WOW I'M RICH !!! I WISH
    To top it all off i have MS and wud love that kind of money to adapt my home for my physical needs. AND WE ALL COULD DO WITH OUT THESE SCAMS DEPRESSING US ALL MORE.
    SOMETHINGS GOT TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS , ONLY THING IS OUR GOVERNMENT CAN'T SORT COUNTRY OUT SO NO CHANCE THEY WILL SORT THIS.
  • sargeo
    Anybody receiving these mails should contact the consumer protection govenment agency on 08454 040506. They were very interested in my call, set up a case number and will be advising our local trading standards about them, these companies include Vital Beauty, Phyderma and Swiss Home Shopping, all the same company preying on old folk. If everyone does this maybe they will feel pressured enough into actually doing something about it. My 89 year old father has been inundated with this junk and is convinced he is about to receive several cheques, all of which never arrive.
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