The Thoughts Of Mr Bloggy



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Right now every business in Great Britain is asking the same question. “How is Brexit going to affect our trade?”

There now seems to be a likelyhood that there will be a future tariff or tax on imports and exports from Great Britain to and from the E.U.

Those organisations, mainly larger ones who have the financial clout will by now have brought in advisors to help with this question. But what about all of the others, the smaller organisations,  what plans and preparations should they make?

Most people now realise that the manufacturing industry in G.B. has been on a steady decline over the last few decades. To survive Brexit, our manufacturing industry must have a chance to reverse this trend before Brexit Day, otherwise it could be unable to cope with the extra burdon placed on it.

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A Warning from Morrisons

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Ink Factory


If you are looking to purchase any ink cartridges for your printer – read this first!

  • I ordered cartridges for my printer from Ink Factory.
  • The money was taken from my bank account ok.
  • I waited for the cartridges to arrive.
  • I continued waiting.
  • My printer ran out of ink, so I had to buy cartridges elsewhere.
  • I emailed Ink Factory asking where my order was.
  • Their reply was asking me to wait longer, or they would arrange a refund.
  • I thought that they would eventually send my order, and these cartridges would be handy as a reserve, so I continued waiting.
  • I still continued waiting.
  • Today, 5 weeks after placing the order, it still hadn’t arrived.
  • I again emailed Ink Factory and asked for my funds to be returned to my account, informing them that I would enter a bad reference on their reviews.
  • I tried to get onto their reviews and found that the only way to have a review entered is to conclude a transaction. This means that if your goods don’t arrive, you are unable to make a review.
  • We now know why reviews for Ink Factory are indicating it provides a good service.
  • You can’t enter a bad review!
  • A very clever trick Ink Factory.
  • I will see how long it takes for them to return my payment!
  • After sending another reminder e-mail asking either for the goods or my money back – they finally sent the goods!

Their review service is run by: eKomi, a specialist feedback company.

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I have eventually got a negative report logged through Trustpilot




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Alert: Cold calls from fraudsters claiming to be from the Home Office

12th February 2018

Fraudsters are purporting to be from the Home Office and cold-calling victims to claim that there is a problem with their immigration status.

Fraudsters are calling victims from what appears to a genuine Home Office telephone number 0207 354 848 – which has in fact been ‘spoofed’. To spoof numbers, fraudsters use software that allows them to display any number they wish on a victim’s phone.

Fraudsters tell victims there is a problem with their immigration status and in order to rectify this issue, they must pay an up-front fee. They are asked to confirm personal details, such as their passport number and date of arrival in the United Kingdom. If a victim starts to question the call, the fraudsters point out the ‘spoofed’ number to make the request seem legitimate.

In 2017, 305 Action Fraud reports included the Home Office number 0207 035 4848.

Victims mainly Indian

Many victims who have been targeted by this fraud have had an association to India. The fraudsters often state that the victim has outstanding criminal charges against them in India, or that their official documentation was not completed satisfactorily upon their arrival into the United Kingdom.

Victims are left with three options – either face deportation; face arrest and imprisonment; or pay the up-front fee.

Victims are asked to pay the fees through a variety of methods, including; Bitcoin, money transfers via a Money Service Bureau or by purchasing iTunes vouchers before relaying the voucher code to the suspect.

Fraudsters usually attempt to keep the victim on the phone until the payment is received, which can be hours at a time.

How to protect yourself

  • The Home Office, Police or any UK Law Enforcement Agency will never ask for money over the telephone.
  • Government agencies do not use non-secure payment methods such as a transfer via a Money service Bureau, iTunes voucher(s) or cryptocurrency e.g. Bitcoin.
  • When receiving unsolicited calls, be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always ensure you know who you talking to. Ask for the details of the organisation the caller represents and call them back yourself on the officially published numbers rather than the numbers the caller may try to provide you with.
  • If you have any concerns regarding your immigration status, please visit the to speak with someone regarding your specific immigration issue.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by using the online reporting tool.



The Thoughts Of Mr Bloggy



Buy British 1

How is British industry going to be able to meet the requirements which will be placed on them as a result of the impending Brexit?

I think everyone realises that the British manufacturing industry is in a sorry state at the moment. If it were asked to deal with an increased workload as things are, then we must accept the fact that it could not be met.British Egg 1

One way to help industry would be to start a “Buy British” campaign now, regardless of what the EU says.

If we start a campaign now, we will be supporting the national manufacturing industry by enabling them to gradually increase their turnover, allowing them to prepare for the forthcoming post Brexit demands without having a last minute panic to handle the increased demand.

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Phantom Debt Fraud Alert

Phantom Debt Fraud Alert – January 2018


Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.


The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website;
Protect Yourself
  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
  • If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.
You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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