MSE News: Avoid the copycat websites that charge for free services

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This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"Not only do some firms charge, but they can be a pointless extra layer of bureaucracy, and create security risks ..."

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  • JimmyTheWigJimmyTheWig Forumite
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    Why does the numbered list start at zero??
  • TimothyEBaldwinTimothyEBaldwin Forumite
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    A major part of the problem is that the goverment operates websites that are not within .gov.uk. If they did not do so it would be obvious anything outside those domains was not run by the government.
  • YpaymoreYpaymore Forumite
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    A major part of the problem is that the goverment operates websites that are not within .gov.uk. If they did not do so it would be obvious anything outside those domains was not run by the government.

    Not much good for USA visas though, or NHS sites who use NHS. UK.
  • Richard_WebsterRichard_Webster Forumite
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    LAND REGISTRY. They charge for providing copies of title registers etc but the amounts are small .e.g £4. There are sites that you will find among the sponsored links etc at the top of Google with similar looking names who will add £20-£30 on tot he cost and provide a slower service!

    Only ever go to http://www.landregistry.gov.uk
    RICHARD WEBSTER

    As a retired conveyancing solicitor I believe the information given in the post to be useful assuming any properties concerned are in England/Wales but I accept no liability for it.
  • tacotacotacotaco Forumite
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    If you're travelling to the United States, and you do not need a visa, you must still fill out an online form before you travel to ensure you are eligible to enter the country.

    Correction: This is not applicable to those travelling on US or Canadian passports. They require neither a visa nor an ETSA registration.
  • following on with the website charging theme.

    Beware if booking driving theory tests online.

    If you Google theory test the top sites are sponsored links to sites that charge a "booking fee" bringing a £31 theory test to around £50.:mad:

    Make sure that you use a .gov site to book these tests and make sure its only charging £31 (as at todys date)

    mick-adi
  • edited 14 July 2010 at 8:14PM
    peterbakerpeterbaker
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    edited 14 July 2010 at 8:14PM
    Martin will love this one (NOT!)

    www.moneyclaimingexperts.co.uk (moneyclaimingexpert.co.uk is already parked by some overenthusiastic :doh:fan of course)

    Money Claiming Experts is apparently a trading name of Client Connection Limited which is apparently licensed by the Ministry of Justice number CRM16588 to call me up at xx:xx hrs in the recent past and ask me whether I have claimed for misselling of my PPI Insurance, and to tell me their name and licensing details and website as above before we agreed there wasn't much to talk about.

    In partnership with Experian's CreditExpert too, eh? God help us all.

    Go get 'em boys and girls, they ain't moneysavers, they are surely the worst kind of bandwagon copycats though :mad:

    Edit1: Further Companies House Info:

    Name & Registered Office:
    CLIENT CONNECTION LIMITED
    PRINCESS HOUSE
    PRINCESS WAY
    SWANSEA
    SA1 1SD
    Company No. 06637623
    Status: Active
    Date of Incorporation: 03/07/2008
    Country of Origin: United Kingdom
    Company Type: Private Limited Company
    Nature of Business (SIC(03)):
    9305 - Other service activities
    Accounting Reference Date: 31/10
    Last Accounts Made Up To: 31/10/2009 (TOTAL EXEMPTION SMALL)
    Next Accounts Due: 31/07/2011
    Last Return Made Up To: 03/07/2010
    Next Return Due: 31/07/2011
    Last Members List: 03/07/2010
    Previous Names:No previous name information has been recorded over the last 20 years


    Edit2: Time of call altered to in part protect the poor unfortunate part-timer who called me ... like the other 7,000,000 part-timers in the country, they probably need the job badly...
  • MobeerMobeer Forumite
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    Why does the numbered list start at zero??

    Sign of a programmer at work? - they do this all the time.
  • geordie_joegeordie_joe Forumite
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    Dave_HA wrote: »
    If you are looking for good honest advice check out our website

    Where you will find Dave, who clearly can't read the rules, or has read the rules and completely disregarded them.

    It's your choice, do you want advice from someone who can't read the rules, or someone who ignores the rules?
  • AntispamAntispam Forumite
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    Accept Dave HA from that crap site likes to spam forums
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