Thames water opened an account in my name without my knowledge and chasing me for payments?
I'm looking for some advice, I've had a number ringing my mobile over the last couple of weeks, as it's a number I don't recognise I ignore it, plus I can't answer my mobile while working. Today the same number called while I was on a break so I answered, turns out to be Thames water which was a surprise to me as I've never had an account with them, the chap advised me I owed money on my account from September 2019 for a property I used to live in with my parents, I grew up in that address (25+ years) untill I moved out with my partner in 2020. My parents still live at this address, when. I started working I would pay rent but I was never responsible for bills so I'm shocked Thames water is chasing me for payment.
I asked the chap how he got my details and how an account can be opened in my name if I've never spoken to Thames water, he advised if money is owed on an account then they can obtain information on people living at that address through credit agencies, this doesn't seem right and very unfair. I advised him that although I lived at the address at that time, the bill wasn't my responsibility, I never had an account with Thames water and that I've since moved out of the property so it's not my problem. The chap advised it was my problem as the account is in my name (even though I've never provided my details to Thames water) and if I don't pay up, it will affect my credit rating. He did advise If i could proof of moving out in 2020 (council letters/bills) then they could investigate the issue but I'm reluctant to provide any further information in terms of my current address as I suspect they will just use this information to send balifs to my house.
I did ask why are they not following up or chasing the overdue bill at the address of concern and if they have access to see who lives at an address then they should see my parents have lived at that address for 30 plus years.
How have Thames water been able to open an account in my name and obtain my details without my consent or permission, this doesn't seem fair at all, any help/suggestions please
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