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    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 12th Apr 19, 10:03 AM
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    Ambulance Chasing Calls
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:03 AM
    Ambulance Chasing Calls 12th Apr 19 at 10:03 AM
    Recently involved in a non-fault accident, my car is booked in for a repair.

    I'm used to the speculative "have you been involved in an accident that wasn't your fault" calls, but this is something new.

    Got a call from 07858 826 406 calling from a generic company name asking why "I hadn't made a claim" for some third category of compensation. They had details of the date of the accident, and my cars registration number, and that a hire car was booked. When pushed on where they got my details from, they hung up.

    Got another call today from 07858 826 382 from "Simply Solutions", this time they got my details from the "motor insurance bureau". When pushed, they hung up again.

    Both numbers are nearly sequential, both go to GiffGaff voicemail when called back.

    The only people that have my number are my insurance company, the third parties, the repairer and the hire company.

    Someone's clearly sold my details on - but I'm sure no-ones going to own up to it.
    Nothing I say represents any past, present or future employer.
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 12th Apr 19, 10:19 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:19 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:19 AM
    Hire companies often sell them on.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 12th Apr 19, 10:23 AM
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    • #3
    • 12th Apr 19, 10:23 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:23 AM
    I had similar, plus one telling outright porkies about what I could claim. It goes on for months unless you block the numbers as they each try.

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5894305&highlight=ambulance
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • Goudy
    • By Goudy 12th Apr 19, 10:33 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:33 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:33 AM
    I went through a period of getting lots of those type of calls and I was never involved in any accident.

    They'd ring up and say "We're calling about the accident you were involved in"

    I'd play along for a while and when they asked about the accident I would ask them how they knew, as I hadn't told anyone.

    Then I would start to describe it.
    " Well I was on my way home and it was late, very dark out on the road and a bit wet, when suddenly I felt something, like a big loud rip"

    " I didn't quite know at first, I was certain it was a fart, but it turned out some poo came out as well, how much can I claim for that?"

    Never had one stay on the line after that!
    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 12th Apr 19, 10:49 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:49 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 10:49 AM
    I went through a period of getting lots of those type of calls and I was never involved in any accident.
    Originally posted by Goudy
    I'm used to the speculative "have you been involved in an accident that wasn't your fault" calls, but this is something new.
    [...]
    They had details of the date of the accident, and my cars registration number, and that a hire car was booked.
    Originally posted by Jakg
    ..........
    Nothing I say represents any past, present or future employer.
    • littleboo
    • By littleboo 12th Apr 19, 11:28 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 11:28 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 11:28 AM
    I had an at fault accident last year and have been plagued by these people. I believe the accident details are shared by the insurer
    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 12th Apr 19, 11:46 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 11:46 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 11:46 AM
    Another call!

    This time played along to see where it went... as soon as I asked for the address of the company, they hung up.
    Nothing I say represents any past, present or future employer.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 12th Apr 19, 11:55 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 11:55 AM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 11:55 AM
    When you get the next call from a similar number, answer it with "Hello, <Local Police Force Name> Insurance Fraud Division. How can I help you?".
    Diary of a madman
    Walk the line again today
    Entries of confusion
    Dear diary, I'm here to stay
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 12th Apr 19, 12:27 PM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 12:27 PM
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    • 12th Apr 19, 12:27 PM
    A couple of times I've played along with them, see how long I can keep them on the line for. When they get to the part about asking how badly you were injured in the accident, I usually say "Very badly. In fact I was killed. Luckily I'm a Buddhist and got reincarnated". For some reason they usually hang up at this point and spoil my fun :-(
    I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.
    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 16th Apr 19, 3:27 PM
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    Another call. They have the address the hire car was dropped off to. I'm guessing it was someone at the hire company who's sold on my details.
    Nothing I say represents any past, present or future employer.
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