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Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Carl-CSNM, Sep 12, 2006.
Is there anyway to trace a PO BOX address to an actual real address?
Contact Royal Mail direct...
Or, send them a letter containing a tracking device : )
I have a PO Box and had to give a 'real' address that could be disclosed to anyone who asked the Royal Mail.
Royal Mail will disclose the info if you give a genuine reason. They would also have to disclose it under the freedom of information act if the reason was that they owed you money for example.
Yup - just call RM Customer Services 08457 740 740 (off the top of my head); give them the PO BOX address and they'll give you the address behind it. You are entitled to it - though some of the members of staff may claim that you are not :S
God, that makes them a bit useless, i can understand if someone owes money or something similar, but giving it to anyone makes it pointless.
It does afford people a certain protection though. Mind you it's easy to get around that if you reaaly tried.
Depends why/how desperate you are, but google the postcode. That might narrow it down to about 8 addresses if you just want to go and pop the bloke on the nose
The PO say on their site: "We reserve the right in all cases to give the address of the PO Box holder, should it be requested."
It won't reveal the real address but the location of the PO Box!
PO Boxes are just for convenience and not a means of hiding your identity and location.
We used to have one years ago and they are so outdated now with the increasing use of accommodation addresses
But isn't that a blatant invasion of privacy on the box owner?
Data Protection Act is clear on this point that a data controller can release personal data of the Box owner in the detection of crime, suspicions of fraudulent activity, serving legal documents etc
When you open a PO Box account you are required to sign the form that you agree for your data to be shared upon request by an enquirer
Then maybe there's a business opportunity for a company to offer PO boxes that are truly anonymous - or would this violate the law?
There are now 'accommodation address' services out there that offer more or less the same service but they cannot remain 100% anonymous
So much for personal rights then. Big brother government wins again.
And rightly it should because fraud is on the increase in this rich country and UK remains a lucrative country to exploit. It only protects someone or a company using a PO Box, who do not know how to find the person/company behind it
Hear Hear! Couldn't have put it better myself. Although ther DPA can be inconvinient at times, It exists to protect people from Fraud amonst other things.