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Received sim card addressed to someone else at my house

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BananaRepublicBananaRepublic Forumite
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As above, my address but not my name. A local told me criminals will purchase a sim card or phone, and give the wrong address. They then call round asking to pick it up. I’m wondering what to do.

No way was it sent to my home by mistake. I assume the name is fake too. Maybe I should ask for proof of ID if they come round. 🤣

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  • stragglebodstragglebod Forumite
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    J_B said:
    Write on the envelope "not known at this address - return to sender" and put it back in a postbox
    This. Whatever you do, don't hand it over to some stranger that knocks on your door. Sim card? No idea what you're talking about mate. No, nobody's sent a sim card here.

  • Manxman_in_exileManxman_in_exile Forumite
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    Do at least what the two previous posters have said.  I would also open it to see why it's been sent to my address.  It's an offence to intercept the post before it's delivered or with dishonest intent.  But if it's been addressed to your house and delivered there to someone you do not know, you are not intercepting it after it's been posted through your letter box, you are simply protecting yourself against any potential ID theft, and you have no dishonest intent.  Tell the sender they are being involved in fraud.  Keep copies of everything.
  • chisterychistery Forumite
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    Could also just be a PAYG SIM and someone's selected the wrong address when requesting it. 
  • BananaRepublicBananaRepublic Forumite
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    chistery said:
    Could also just be a PAYG SIM and someone's selected the wrong address when requesting it. 
    Unlikely as noone with that name lives nearby. 
    J_B said:
    Write on the envelope "not known at this address - return to sender" and put it back in a postbox
    Thanks, sounds good. 👍🏻 Should have thought of that myself. 
  • Boa21Boa21 Forumite
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    I would not be sending it back like that. I would open it and call the phone company. If someone is trying a scam you and they want to know about it. If an honest mistake, no harm done.
    The force is strong in this one!
  • Carrot007Carrot007 Forumite
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    chistery said:
    Could also just be a PAYG SIM and someone's selected the wrong address when requesting it. 
    Unlikely as noone with that name lives nearby.

    More logical is they put in the no right and got the postcode wrong so would not have to be be nearby depending on whihc one was wrong.

    I would have destroyed it by now and not told anyone asking nothing arrived. Name is not part of address so it is correctly delivered. It's just a sim so they can send another out if the idiot notices what they did. No loss sim's are free.


  • DCFC79DCFC79 Forumite
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    Do the same with anything else in the same or another name.
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    Boa21 said:
    I would not be sending it back like that. I would open it and call the phone company. If someone is trying a scam you and they want to know about it. If an honest mistake, no harm done.
    I open everything that is posted through my letterbox and has the address of my house on it.  I make a particular point of opening and examining the contents of anything sent to a name I do not know.  (Last one I opened was from a firm of solicitors to their client, who had just moved in a few doors down and whom I hadn't met yet.  I made a mental note never to use those solicitors again.)

  • nick74nick74 Forumite
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    Which network is it from?
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