Equiniti letter re "holdings" of mine – beginnings of being scalped or … ?
… am I the heir to some eccentric gazillionaire’s estate ?
Wasn’t aware that I ever had any independent share holdings – beyond ISAs etc
The letter is very vague. I’m supposed to write to them within 28 days with proof of my address and then, presumably, just wait for the gold bars to start arriving
knowcare to guess what’s going on ?
thousand acres of prime forestry land to the winning reply*
*T&C may applyPosted 5 years ago
[crosses Jamie off beneficiaries list]
[looks sideways at Wallace an’ all]
Equiniti (based in Lancing) are at least implying that I’ll be in for some long-lost cash from shareholdings if I write to them. Letter has no more detail really than I’ve given, just takes several paragraphs to say itPosted 5 years agoBreganteSubscriber
I’ve had a similar one from a firm called prosearch. They are “legit” but will charge a comission from what you are owed for what amounts to little more than a phone call. There’s a fair bit of advice on moneysavingexpert etc to the effect that you should try to find out who the investment is with and then kindly refuse and do it yourself.
I’m owed several hundreds from Friends Provident from about 15 years ago apparently.Posted 5 years agopolarisandyMember
Had the same letter.
Abbey national shares. Equiniti are actually part of Santander from what i recall, but they only admitted this on very direct questioning….
Both they and Abbey charge you a lot for reuniting you with your past dividend payments.Posted 5 years ago
They charge a variable percentage of the cheque amount to issue ‘each’ cheque and very quickly you can loose a lot of money.
I skipped the middle man and went straight to Abbey.
When i complained about the charge for issuing each check , which can be upto 40ish%, they waived all the charges but one.
That phonecall was the quickest money i ever made.polarisandyMember
Yes, went through to share division, had to put in writing a request for “statement of shares” (or some such thing) and confirm my old address/new address.
Then the cheques started arriving, when i saw how much they were taking off i rang them up and said oi!
They said, hmm ok and sent me some more cheques as a refund for the cheque issue fees.
Ignored the Equiniti letters.
I too was very suspicious of the original letter.Posted 5 years ago
ah, bregante – I had a friends prov account years ago that turned into shares producing some pitiful dividend every year (I assume this means I had very few)
FP in turn bought out by another co and I think I should have some shares in the new co – need to look for the certificate I guessPosted 5 years ago
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