Tracing PO BOX

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  1. Carl-CSNM

    Carl-CSNM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi,

    Is there anyway to trace a PO BOX address to an actual real address?

    Thanks,
     
    Posted: Sep 12, 2006 By: Carl-CSNM Member since: Apr 9, 2006
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  2. bwglaw

    bwglaw UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Contact Royal Mail direct...
     
    Posted: Sep 12, 2006 By: bwglaw Member since: Apr 8, 2005
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  3. DuaneJackson

    DuaneJackson UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Or, send them a letter containing a tracking device : )
     
    Posted: Sep 12, 2006 By: DuaneJackson Member since: Jul 14, 2005
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  4. Carl-CSNM

    Carl-CSNM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    lol :rolleyes:
     
    Posted: Sep 12, 2006 By: Carl-CSNM Member since: Apr 9, 2006
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  5. Carl-CSNM

    Carl-CSNM UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks! ;)
     
    Posted: Sep 12, 2006 By: Carl-CSNM Member since: Apr 9, 2006
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  6. sparklyscotty

    sparklyscotty UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I have a PO Box and had to give a 'real' address that could be disclosed to anyone who asked the Royal Mail.
     
    Posted: Sep 12, 2006 By: sparklyscotty Member since: Apr 21, 2005
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  7. PI Guy

    PI Guy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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.
     
    Posted: Sep 15, 2006 By: PI Guy Member since: Jun 20, 2006
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  8. starsgazing

    starsgazing UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: starsgazing Member since: Apr 12, 2006
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  9. lex

    lex UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    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.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: lex Member since: Jun 22, 2006
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  10. PI Guy

    PI Guy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It does afford people a certain protection though. Mind you it's easy to get around that if you reaaly tried.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: PI Guy Member since: Jun 20, 2006
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  11. earner

    earner UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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."
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: earner Member since: Sep 16, 2006
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  12. bwglaw

    bwglaw UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: bwglaw Member since: Apr 8, 2005
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  13. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    But isn't that a blatant invasion of privacy on the box owner?
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: Cornish Steve Member since: Jul 4, 2005
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  14. bwglaw

    bwglaw UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: bwglaw Member since: Apr 8, 2005
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  15. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    Then maybe there's a business opportunity for a company to offer PO boxes that are truly anonymous - or would this violate the law?
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: Cornish Steve Member since: Jul 4, 2005
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  16. bwglaw

    bwglaw UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Violate...

    There are now 'accommodation address' services out there that offer more or less the same service but they cannot remain 100% anonymous
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: bwglaw Member since: Apr 8, 2005
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  17. Cornish Steve

    Cornish Steve UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    So much for personal rights then. Big brother government wins again.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: Cornish Steve Member since: Jul 4, 2005
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  18. bwglaw

    bwglaw UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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

    Jonathan
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: bwglaw Member since: Apr 8, 2005
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  19. PI Guy

    PI Guy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    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.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2006 By: PI Guy Member since: Jun 20, 2006
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