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This may not be posted in the correct section and if not, I would be grateful if you could direct it to wherever it should be. It isn't a claim so much as a complaint/query.

Has anybody heard of Range Publishing Ltd? My elderly uncle, living in Scotland, and running a very small business is being hounded (for want of a better word) by this company who are based in Manchester. They are being verbally threatening about an invoice he has no recollection of.

Apparently they keep telling him, he verbally agreed to have an advert on their website for an entry into The Internet Safety Awareness Wallplanner. He hasn't a clue what this is? When I looked - it was there but really strange looking and certainly not particularly useful or helpful. Not anything my uncle would be interested in.

[www.rangepublishingltd.co.uk] (link: http://www.rangepublishingltd.co.uk)

My uncle's hearing is not as good as it was and he has no idea what they were going on about. They say they have him 'on record' as agreeing verbally. I know for a fact if they had him verbally agreeing he would not have known what it was all about in the first place.

Has anybody else had any problems with this firm? I have written to them on my uncle's behalf advising that he does not wish anything from them, but the effect was for them to threaten my uncle even more with all sorts including court appearances and their legal team! They will not, however, put anything in writing to him as to what he has agreed to.

I understand the firm IS logged with Companies House but surely this type of hard sales, on particularly vulnerable people, cannot be legal? If it is it really needs to be stamped out. My uncle is having sleepless nights about it all, its affecting his life in a big way as he is so worried about what they will do next, he is frightened to answer the phone and yet can't not answer because of his small business. He is also finding that other firms are constantly calling now - most of them in the Manchester area too ! I have told him to hang up and not enter into any conversation with them but they are so persistent they phone constantly especially Range Publishing Limited.

Any advice on taking steps to stamp this out? Would be most grateful.

Even some advice on where to turn next. We rang trading standards but they weren't a lot of use to be honest

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  • Ja
    Jamas Jul 16, 2017

    This Wardle character got away with this only because the guy investigating them left. I know for a fact he was scamming people and know that he used threatening behaviour to get people to pay. He did not deserve to get away with this and now he is at it again...bullying people to get what he wants is the only thing he knows.

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    Karl98 Mar 06, 2013

    agreed

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    Karl98 Feb 27, 2013

    All

    Beware the company has changed its name to Arrange Publishing. Same person, same scam. DO NOT AGREE TO ANYTHING, DO NOT PAY ANYTHING

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    Quentin C Feb 19, 2013

    TAPAS are now onto these cowards https://www.tapa.co.uk/notice-board.php?id=38 HMRC will most certainly be getting involved.

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    Karl98 Jun 08, 2012

    Hi Brenda, ring Warrington Police and report them,

    http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2012/06/the-advert-scammers-preying-on.html

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  • Ka
    Karl98 Jun 08, 2012

    I have rang crimestoppers

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  • Ka
    Karl98 Jun 08, 2012

    The mirror have doorstepped these 2 chavs, all you need to do is report them to the police in Warrington, explain they have threatened you

    http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2012/06/the-advert-scammers-preying-on.html

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    Patse Sep 12, 2011

    typical scam; find an existing company and post a crappy looking advert on your website and then call the company and demand that they pay for it - tell your uncle to ignore them and you can bet that since they won't put anything in writing they won't go to trial.
    Unfortunately, you stirred the beeshive with the letter you sent on his behalf; now they (and their other scam operations) have your uncles attention and they will most likely keep it up - if they call just state calmly on the phone 'please put your demands in writing and send confirmation of signed contract to verify the validity of your request' and just repeat over and over and over and even while thy are talking/screaming and swearing - it'll end after some months

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  • Lu
    Lukiane66 May 11, 2011
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    Was called by a advertising scammer who told us we had agreed to place an advert on a wall planner. No one in our business had agreed to this and now they are threatening us with nasty phone calls and payment demands.

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