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illbilly Avatar
banned2y, 6d agoPosted 2 years, 6 days ago
Had first initial then last name. No return address so opened it to get the first name and found a £10 game card. Got on Facebook and found who I thought it was in my area but no reply, message a relative no reply. How long do I wait, it's been a week.
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banned2y, 6d agoPosted 2 years, 6 days ago
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Your message on FB will have gone to their 'Others' folder which they won't be able to access if they use the Fb app or receive notifications on desktop. You would need to add them as a friend, have your friend request accepted and then they would get a notification of your message.

Aside from that, you do know it's illegal to open mail intended for another recipient?

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#1
Your message on FB will have gone to their 'Others' folder which they won't be able to access if they use the Fb app or receive notifications on desktop. You would need to add them as a friend, have your friend request accepted and then they would get a notification of your message.

Aside from that, you do know it's illegal to open mail intended for another recipient?
#2
For goodness sake, they are trying to do the right thing! No return address, so it had to be opened.

As a final push I'd try & request them both as friends on FB & see if you get any success. As your best intentions by sending a message won't be getting through. You can't say you haven't tried.
#3
they can't be that great friends if they don't update their addresses with each other?!
#4
Keep it and deny all knowledge.
#5
You should have sent it back to Royal Mail with 'Not known at this address' . Yes it's illegal to open someone else's mail.oO
#6
Luscious_Lips
For goodness sake, they are trying to do the right thing! No return address, so it had to be opened.

No, it didn't. You mark the envelope not at this address and put it back in the post. The Royal Mail has a National Returns Centre in Belfast where they deal with it.
#7
dereklogan7
You should have sent it back to Royal Mail with 'Not known at this address' . Yes it's illegal to open someone else's mail.oO


And the Royal Mail would return it to sender how exactly?

I bet they'll be launching the helicopter and riot van any minute now....
#8
ceres
Luscious_Lips
For goodness sake, they are trying to do the right thing! No return address, so it had to be opened.

No, it didn't. You mark the envelope not at this address and put it back in the post. The Royal Mail has a National Returns Centre in Belfast where they deal with it.


Deal with it = open and spend it...
#9
Only illegal to open if you are acting to the intended receivers detriment.

Postal Services Act 2000

“A person commits an offence if intending to act to a person’s detriment and without reasonable excuse, he opens a postal packet which he knows or reasonably suspects has been incorrectly delivered to him.”

If the OP uses the gift card then it could be argued that they are acting to the intended receivers detriment, but as they are trying to located the person then they are doing the opposite.

The act is there to protect people from post being intercepted or used fraudulently.

I'm no law expert and wouldn't normally post to argue with something like this but it seemed a bit off how people were jumping on the OP to tell them they had done wrong when they were doing their best to help and as far as I know did nothing to go again the Postal Services Act.
#10
Do all the good people of this thread also return £1 to the police if they find it on the street? It is theft you know. (_;)
#11
Dyslexic_Dog
How long have you been at the address, you could try contacting the estate agent who you dealt with, they may be able to help with making contact if you explain the reason why?
#12
nbuuifx
Only illegal to open if you are acting to the intended receivers detriment.

Postal Services Act 2000

“A person commits an offence if intending to act to a person’s detriment and without reasonable excuse, he opens a postal packet which he knows or reasonably suspects has been incorrectly delivered to him.”

If the OP uses the gift card then it could be argued that they are acting to the intended receivers detriment, but as they are trying to located the person then they are doing the opposite.

The act is there to protect people from post being intercepted or used fraudulently.

I'm no law expert and wouldn't normally post to argue with something like this but it seemed a bit off how people were jumping on the OP to tell them they had done wrong when they were doing their best to help and as far as I know did nothing to go again the Postal Services Act


Exactly! Nowhere does the OP hint at spending it. Seems you can't try to do good without a minority quoting petty legal arguments.
Keep trying OP, it will be worth the sniping when you hand it over to the birthday boy or girl!
#13
Game maybe able to help if the gift card was paid for by card, and may even give you a little something by way of good PR if you do it via Facebook or Twitter. ;-)

Something along the lines of

Can you help? Card received for previous owner containing one of your gift cards, but have no way of getting it to the sender or recipient. Is it possible to get it back to either of them?



If you use it, it's theft.
#14
Do you still have a record of the previous owner's solicitor?
#15
Dont know what you mean by 'how long do I wait'? Wait for what? I got mail for last person at my address for 3 years after I moved in and I just handed it straight back to P.O. I would never have opened their mail.
#16
Good post i have received a letter with no return address and someone elses name not sure what to do, should i open it put it in the dustbin or send it back to royal mail.

.....Ah Decisions...
#17
allowed
Good post i have received a letter with no return address and someone elses name not sure what to do, should i open it put it in the dustbin or send it back to royal mail.

.....Ah Decisions...

What a muppet question........ Have you actually read the replies to this thread???? Why would you bin it when you have contemplated sending it back to RM? Do the decent thing and return it to royal mail!
banned#18
Well with the police it's 3 weeks and you get to keep it, really wondered what other people would do. How many honest people are on here. Returning to Royal Mail isn't really a sensible idea, it's got no address on it and I can't see them using there heads to look for this person in my town. My house was previously rented out for over 6 years so there have been lots of tenants. Had people coming round threatening bailiffs. House was on market for £1,200 pm, but our mortgage is less than that.
banned#19
GrantG182
Your message on FB will have gone to their 'Others' folder which they won't be able to access if they use the Fb app or receive notifications on desktop. You would need to add them as a friend, have your friend request accepted and then they would get a notification of your message.Aside from that, you do know it's illegal to open mail intended for another recipient?

I didn't know that, cheers. I did wonder what it meant by other folder but just assumed it would still show.
#20
illbilly
Returning to Royal Mail isn't really a sensible idea, it's got no address on it and I can't see them using there heads to look for this person in my town.

Yes it is. They have a centre just for that purpose with people who know what they're doing. At worst, it will go to charity if they draw a blank. Tape it up, mark it 'Not at this address' and put it in a postbox. Job done, your hands and your conscience are clean.
#21
i had a letter put through my door witg my address but just had dad written on it so i opened thinking it might be for my other half and out drops a postal order with £100 on it and a letter..realised it wasnt for us and sealed it back up and put not known at this address but they keep reposting it to my house do think i might do the same and go on face book to find the sender..dont know what else to do..ive had it back about 5 times now.and its alot of money for someome to lose.
#22
least they tried to find who it belongs to.
#23
i had a letter posted to mine with dad on the envelope but my address so i opened thinking it was for my otherhalf and a postal order for £100 fell out.after reading the letter realised it wasnt his so resealed and put not known at this address on it but they keep sending it here..so i might go on facebook and c if can find the sender..its a lot of money to lose aint it
#24
I'm watching the FS section ;)
#25
mjccam
I'm watching the FS section ;)

£5 delivered here.

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