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Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 21:57:16

Got a card posted through the door tonight when I was in. It had on the envelope a short version of my name which no-one calls me e.g. Jo for Joanne. Inside it said from Stephen something that you can't make out. Hope yar well Need to catch up soon for a chat!!! All the best 2016 Call me 07999 xxxxxx

Have no idea who the person is and no-one calls me Jo so suspect it is a scam. Googled the number but nothing much came up about it and nothing about scams involving christmas cards.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Scarletforya Wed 16-Dec-15 22:01:15

Sounds dodgy. Ignore it.

fitznmolly Wed 16-Dec-15 22:04:07

Try the number in facebook search!

Junosmum Wed 16-Dec-15 22:04:32

Could it be for previous occupant?

Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 22:09:32

Definitely not for previous occupants as have been here a long time and also know their names. I don't know how to do a Facebook search - not on FB but will try!

Theres the bit of me that thinks 99% it must be a scam but how can they know my name and hand deliver it to my door? Must be a costly scam timewise. I live in the suburbs!

BooyakaTurkeyisMassive Wed 16-Dec-15 22:11:17

It's probably just been posted through the wrong door. Just ignore it. Lots of people called Jo.

Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 22:13:15

Jo was just an example. It was hand posted through my door and none of my neighbours are called the name on it. It wasn't posted through the wrong door.

Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 22:14:06

Tried the FB search and nothing came up. Sure it is dodgy just don't see how it can work.

acatcalledjohn Wed 16-Dec-15 22:15:22

We got a card addressed to first names only at this address. Thing is, we have been here for over 2 years, the previous 2 Christmases no such card.

No return address so ignored it.

If your first name is relatively common it could just be a coincidence.

Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 22:15:35

Actually Booyaka I am wondering now if you're right and someone has just got totally the wrong address! Am going to give up and not waste any more time thinking about it. Just thought lots of people might say ... oh I've had that... it was a number in Timbuktu that charged bucket loads smile

Anniegetyourgun Wed 16-Dec-15 22:15:56

Premium rate number maybe?

Barmaid101 Wed 16-Dec-15 22:22:04

you could try calling from a pay phone

Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 22:24:13

I did think about calling from my work tomorrow but worried that if it is a big bill I will get in trouble! Think I will just bin it because if its a scam I don't want to respond and if its not then it definitely can't be for me as I don't know any guys his name or anyone who calls me that name!

MonstrousPippin Wed 16-Dec-15 22:29:55

When SIL lived with us, certain debt collection agencies would do postcards that looked personal to try and get her to ring them, but don't remember any Christmas cards. Probably just the wrong address.

BackInTheRealWorld Wed 16-Dec-15 22:31:35

Just ignore it. If it's legit and they really want a chat they'll find a way. And if you don't hVe a clue who it's from you can't want to speak to them that badly anyway.

UnderTheGreenwoodTree Wed 16-Dec-15 22:31:47

There are some scams that get you to ring a number, but the call costs you £300+

Don't call it, just ignore.

serin Wed 16-Dec-15 22:36:51

Type the number into google?

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 16-Dec-15 22:45:31

Secret admirer maybe? Does your postman have a twinkle in his eye when he talks to you? fgrin

The likelihood of it being a mistake depends on how rare your name is I would think. For example, if your name is Susan and the short version Sue - well there are loads of Sues, so it was probably meant for someone else. On the other hand, if your name was Rainbow (i.e. v unusual) and the short version Rain, then I don't see how it can be a mistake.

Viviennemary Wed 16-Dec-15 22:51:44

I qite suspicious but I think it's more likely it's just be posted through the worng door. Maybe it should be for somebody in the next street. I can't think these scams work like this.

Nospringflower Wed 16-Dec-15 23:00:46

Thanks, my name is a bit dated (60s child) - a bit like Susan/Sue and can also be male or female so am now thinking that its just a coincidence that they got the correct name through the wrong door.

The searches I did seem to suggest that 07999 numbers are normal mobile numbers and I think if it was a dodgy number it would have come up.

fruitandbarley Thu 17-Dec-15 00:30:37

Could you send a text?? No idea if it was a scam if that would cost more or normal text rate ??

Anomaly Thu 17-Dec-15 00:44:44

Could it be an over friendly tradesman? I've got a Christmas card from our plumber!

tootiredtoknow Thu 17-Dec-15 01:06:11

07999 is just a normal numbers. Why dont you just text them and find out who they are.

Iwasbornin1993 Thu 17-Dec-15 01:19:05

Doesn't really sound like a scam with it being hand posted and a mobile number. I'd probably text them asking who it was.

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