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Shady firms ‘squatting’ on small biz addresses

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Mike Rowe, who runs salon ‘Mr B’, is inundated with unwanted correspondence meant for a claims handling firm which uses his address in Fulham, West London.

‘The Money Expert Services’ has printed Mr B’s address on its notepaper, contracts and website – yet the authorities appear powerless to act.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Rowe has contacted an exhaustive list of regulators including the Ministry of Justice, the police, trading standards, the Information Commissioner and Consumer Direct, all without success.

His experience spotlights an apparently huge hole in legislation that leaves small businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers vulnerable should someone pick their address to use.

Rowe has operated Mr B from the same address for 40 years. He told the Mail: “It’s not just my reputation. I am concerned that I might get people calling round saying that I owe them money when I don’t.

“It doesn’t say much for the system that there is nothing anyone can seem to do. Every place I rang gave the same response: I was told it wasn’t their responsibility and no one could help.

“It’s incredible that someone can claim to be based at my address and there is nothing I can do to stop it.”

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