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Another fine thread

I have read some of the posts on here, and they all mention about not telling the company who the driver of the car was, but:

a couple of months ago, I went to a ticket machine, which wouldn't accept my £1 coin, I went back to the car to swap it, and there was a woman there entering my details into her handheld computer, I explained that the machine wasn't accepting my coin, and that I was trying to pay for a ticket. She told me the machine has been playing up, and to try another coin. I went back over and this time it worked. The woman was behind me saying that she'd already entered the details, and I should send her fine and my ticket to head office and it would be cancelled.

This all happened on the 3rd Feb '11, I emailed them straight away with an explaination and attached images of both tickets (and requested a delivery notification). I didn't hear anything back until about a month ago, when they said the charge had gone up, I ignored that letter, and now have a letter from solicitors (Geoffrey Parker Bourne) for £78

Do I carry on ignoring the letters?


  • peter_the_piperpeter_the_piper Forumite
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    Yes, unless you hear anything about court. With a circumstance like yours they would not dare to progress to that point. You will get a couple more threatening letters then they give up. Who was the Parking Co.?
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  • bcfctrevbcfctrev Forumite
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    LPS from Stratford
  • edited 31 May 2011 at 7:55PM
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    edited 31 May 2011 at 7:55PM
    bcfctrev wrote: »
    LPS from Stratford

    Absolutely ignore them, and the solicitor's letters (in the absence of real Court papers which will not come).

    A number of solicitors have jumped on this bandwagon as they are falling on hard times with the lack of movement in the property/investment market. They sell their 'services' which in this case is effectively working ONLY as a 'debt collector' issuing the usual threatograms only on scary 'solicitor' headed notepaper.

    Please look at the top thread for typical threatogram letters, including some from other solicitors playing the same 'game' (Graham White being a prime example of a debt collector/solicitor):

    If you feel you want to, could you keep your letter-chain and pm Crabman (the top thread starter) with copies of your letters in due course? Just blank out dates and ID details, it's the appearance and wording of the letter-chain that we need to show others. Or just reply on that top thread (not here), attaching your anonymised pictures.

    I don't think we have this one on file but it's no different than the other scams. Thanks in advance, nothing will happen except the usual letters we are certain.

    P.S. I have just seen this thread with links, looks as if this poster is further along the letter-chain than you are which may help you with a preview of what to ignore from LPS and Geoffrey Parker Bourne (also confirms what I have said, it's all typical threatogram letters):

    PRIVATE 'PCN'? DON'T PAY BUT DON'T IGNORE IT (except N.Ireland).
    CLICK at the top of this/any page where it says:
    Forum Home»Motoring»Parking Tickets Fines & Parking - read the NEWBIES THREAD
  • bcfctrevbcfctrev Forumite
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    thanks for the reply, I will keep you up to date with what goes on
  • bcfctrevbcfctrev Forumite
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    just to let you know, it's no 26/07/2012 and I'vre heard nothing off them for about 12 months.
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  • pogofishpogofish Forumite
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    Glad you came back and confirmed the scam for all to see! :)
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    bcfctrev wrote: »
    just to let you know, it's no 26/07/2012 and I'vre heard nothing off them for about 12 months.

    Thanks for telling us
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  • Thanks for the update. Now please tell as many people as you can about this awful scam so that they don't pay PPCs either when they try and steal from them.
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