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29 May 2017 @ 03:33 pm
A Cautionary Tale.  
Friends, Romans, Fl*sters, I'm here today to tell you a cautionary tale. I don't know about you, but I've always believed I was too smart to be conned, well after a recent and very expensive expierience I've discovered that I too can fall for a con man.

It all started when a lovely glossy leaflet fell out of our TV supplement, it was from a company called Anchor Mobility. It had a lovely website and it promised something we had been considering for mum for a long time, a special chair, it would recline and message her poor old aching bones. I had a little chat with the tribe and we agreed to make an appointment, less than a week later a lovely gentlemen called Mike came round with the demo chair, he extrolled the virtues of said chair and mum and Steve were smitten. Steve the most cautious man I know was so happy with this demonstration he heartily encouraged me to purchase the chair, as it would do mum the world of good. So being the good daughter I am, I promptly wrote a cheque for a lot of money (to expedite delivery) and sent it off.

Six weeks pass and we hear nothing, so I rang Anchor Mobility to ask where the chair was. I was assure that everything was in hand and it would arrive in 7-10 days, well that time passes and you've guessed it no chair in sight. I'd just come back from Asylum and was on a high,I tried to ring the thieving bastards again and stangely enough i couldn't get through. A strange queasy feeling came over me and I went looking for Anchor Mobility on line, and was suddenly greeted with poor reviews and this horrendous article.

I can't even begin to describe how I felt, as it became more and more apparent we'd been swindled. I rang the rep who eventually told me he no longer worked for the comapny as he and other salesmen hadn't been paid, of course he discovered this after he'd sold my family the chair. I even rang the bank to try and get a chargeback, but as I paid by cheque in good faith, there was nothing they could do.

The next day my boss swung into action, she and the credit manager locked themselves away and went looking. They did an N2 check and yes the comapny exists, but only from July 2016 and not the 35 years their leaflet claims. Sue decided to ring them just to see if anyone would answer, and bugger me they did! Sue pretended to be me and demanded the chair, only to be told that due to quality issues, production had been moved and it would be another three weeks.

Sue then fired off a letter giving them seven days to contact me or we would be demanding a full refund and going legal. Now dear readers as of Wednesday I will be going legal, but to be honest I don't expect to ever see a penny of my money back. Sadly we're not talking hundreds here either, I feel such a bloody fool they seemed so real. If only I'd listened to the voice in my head telling me to slow down. But mum and Steve were so excited I got swept along, I blame myself for this disaster and now I've got to try and sort it out.

I feel like I've let everybody down, although Steve has told me not to be so stupid, that we were all to blame and that its a painful and bloody expensive lesson to learn.

To end if you see anything from a company called Anchor Mobility or something similar and they trade from Kemp House 160 City Road London, EC1V 2NX I'm begging you do not have anything to do with it. Please spread the word, but leave my name out of it, my mum is so embarrased by what's happened we are telling those who know about the chair the firm went bump.

They are utter scumbags as they are praying on the vulnerable and the bloody stupid, I'm the latter not the former and one day I will recoup the money I've paid. But there are old people out there who won't ever be able to do that.

All I ask is you do not share this version of the story on facebook, as names will need to be changed to protect the innocent.Instead please feel free to use this version by the awesome milly_gal

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milly_galmilly_gal on May 29th, 2017 02:40 pm (UTC)
They are scum sucking arseholes of the highest order. I am SO sorry you got *got* but it's not stupidity it's believing that everyone has a decent bone in their body and wouldn't fleece people who are vulnerable and looking for something to make their physical life easier! *shakes head* Don't blame yourself bb, please, these things have happened to ALL of us! I've done some seemingly daft things or signed up for stuff that's clearly not legit. Give my love to Steve and your Mama, okay? ♥
sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on May 29th, 2017 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this, you just can't help but feel foolish. I know its not my fault but it just stomps all over you. Its mum I feel sorry for, the chair really would've helped her, but we'll just have to figure something else out.
milly_galmilly_gal on May 30th, 2017 01:02 pm (UTC)
They're big piles of steaming horseshit eating bastards! Nothing here was your fault!
Hermine Kurotowaherminekurotowa on May 29th, 2017 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ah crap :(

The worst thing is that these assholes aim for the vulnerable people, that would need such a chair just to make life a bit easier.
sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on June 3rd, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
There aren't the words to express my contempt for these assholes, but it's sickening they could do this to vulnerable people.
chellexxx: Hot Damn!!chellexxx on May 29th, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
What absolute bastards. Targeting the vulnerable like that.

You were scammed by someone who makes a living out of being a conman. This is not your fault, not at all. Listen to Steve, he's right you know!

Have you contacted the police? Citizen's Advice Bureau? Sadly you are probably not the first innocent this shit has conned.

Sending you good thoughts, and hugs, lots of hugs

sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on June 3rd, 2017 06:48 pm (UTC)
It's slowly sinking that these guys are good at conning people, and its making me bloody angry.

So far I've gone for the Citizen's Advice Bureau, as by rights what they are doing is not illegal, they are promising goods and then saying they have issues and they will one day deliver the chair. All i can do is keep trying to get our money back.
chellexxxchellexxx on June 14th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
Any news?

sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on June 17th, 2017 02:20 pm (UTC)
We recently decided to take them to the small claims court, and as of now the paper work is with the court.
Dizzojay's Dean Dreamsdizzojay on May 29th, 2017 09:35 pm (UTC)
That's awful - what scumbags. They're not preying on stupid people though, anyone would have fallen for that publicity mateerial - it was so convincing. They're preying on the elderly and the veulnerable, and that makes them the worst kind of slime.

It's nice that your work have been so supportive. I really hope you get a satisfactory outcome - at the very least, your money back, and preferably these theiving bastards locked up.

sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on June 3rd, 2017 06:51 pm (UTC)
Scumbags doesn't even start to cover what I've been calling them. Our credit manager has told me they are doing a great job of conning people, their website is fantastic and they have a lovely receptionist who keeps giving me the run around. I'm going to keep trying to get my money back, although I'm not all that hopeful.
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on May 30th, 2017 02:42 pm (UTC)
This is just sickening, it truly it. I hope you and your mum are OK.
sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on June 3rd, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC)
We will be alright eventually, we just feel so angry and let down.
bluestar3317bluestar3317 on May 31st, 2017 02:28 am (UTC)
That is disgusting! I hate when good people get taken advantage of. I'm sorry that happened to you and your Mom.
sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on June 3rd, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's terrible, and I feel so helpless knowing they can keep doing this.