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YOU'VE BEEN WHACKED!; The Whack.

THE Whack continues its attack on junk mail with news of two offenders already well known to readers - Jeremy David Gower Isaac and his mate Bruce Marcus Alexander Law.

The pair generate a variety of junk mail as directors of UK Prize Club, Winning Streak. And their mystical Astrologic Ltd is also eager to pocket your cash.

Isaac and Law are also directors of Chartsearch Financial Services and publishers of the authoritative publication Penny Share Focus, aimed at investors who like to dabble in the stock market.

Recently Chartsearch placed an advert in a leading broadsheet newspaper announcing that the editor of Penny Share Focus was working on a porfolio of shares most likely to double their value in 1998.

A chance for investors shrewd enough to follow his advice to make a killing?

Would-be subscribers were invited to fill in a form to get Penny Shares Focus for 12 months at an introductory price of pounds 15.

And, said the advert, it was hoped to offer further interesting opportunities from reputable organisations.

This prompted The Whack to write to Messrs Isaac and Law asking the following:

WHAT is the correlation between UK Prize Club, Astrologic, Chartsearch Financial Services and Penny Share Focus?

DOES the advertisement's reference to further opportunities include UK Prize Club and Astrologic?

WILL subscribers to Penny Shares Focus receive copies of Winning Streak and special offers to win super prizes with UK Prize Club?

WILL Christina Treville and Mr Wu, mystics on Astrologic's books, join in with advice?

Jeremy Isaac replied: "Bruce Law and I are directors of UK Prize Club, Astrologic, Chartsearch Financial Services and Penny Share Focus.

"These companies all offer products and services by mail order and operate within guidelines laid down by the Mail Order Protection Scheme, the Data Protection Act and the Mailing Preference Service.

"Members of Penny Share Focus do not receive offers of a competition or astrological nature.

"We do not send mail to the public at random, only to those who have shown interest by responding to similar offers in the past.

"I very much hope this letter answers any concerns you may have had regarding these promotions.

"I would again like to draw your attention to the high levels of customer satisfaction, to the list of winners enclosed and our unconditional money-back guarantee."

Mr Isaac forwarded a list of prize winners for the period October-December 1997.

Of eight winners, two won pounds 10,000, one pounds 2,458, and other prizes were a mountain bike, a camera, a camcorder and two microwaves.

Mr Issac refers to the high level of customer satisfaction. The Whack prefers to highlight the mountain of mail on his desk from the couple's host of unhappy customers.

Here's a deal. If any reader is upset about an experience with these companies please let me know and I will personally forward your complaints to Mr Isaac and Mr Law.

I am certain they will be happy to give you "a satisfactory response".

People

power

works

THE generosity of The People's loyal army of readers never ceases to amaze.

People power can work near miracles for sufferers like young kidney victim William, whose heartening story I reveal alongside.

You can help to make 1998 a better year for all the needy and suffering in our midst

Make a donation now, no matter how small, to: Man of The People Fund, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AP.

Remember, every penny goes to a worthy cause with NOTHING deducted for administrative costs.

Go on, dig deep.

THERE is growing hope for all who hate being bombarded by junk mail:

THE Data Protection Bill is to be beefed up this year and this should make it much more difficult for junk merchants to exploit mailing lists.

It will give individuals the right to object to being hit by direct- and tele-marketing. And it will widen the scope for compensation claims over breaches of the new law.

IF you get unwelcome junk mail why not follow the advice of reader David T Dodd of Northants? He suggests that the words "Unsolicited Mail" should be written across envelopes before dumping them back in the post box.

EDDIE

Simmonds, of Kilburn, North London, has a similar idea, except he marks envelopes: "Postage to be paid by the addressee." This means the entire cost is met by the mailer and, says Eddie, the method is 99 per cent effective.

MR W E Wright, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, stopped subscribing to a well-known animal charity after discovering that his name and address had been passed on to others. When he gets junk mail nowadays he sends it straight back.

I MENTIONED a few weeks ago how former Durham Cathedral choirboy William Dowell, 13, was being kept alive in Coniston, Cumbria, on a giant dialysis machine, loaned by the NHS. But the size of the machine meant William was tied to the house.

He couldn't take it with him to stay with a friend or have a holiday break. His mum, Helen, 48, told me about an pounds 8,000 portable machine - the size of typewriter. I sent pounds 200 and readers sent many hundreds more. The new machine has now been delivered and William has started the New Year on a high note. Helen said: "More important than the cash were the kind thoughts from your readers. They worked wonders for William's morale.

"I have been overwhelmed by hundreds of cards and notes. We are really touched by people's kindness. It's absolutely lovely and I want to say a big, heart-felt thank you."
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Petrie, Tom
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 11, 1998
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