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Scam Alert: Email Preference Service

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Although this post mentions the above "service", it's also a general warning about similar schemes. Whilst looking for details related to a data protection issue I stumbled upon The Email Preference Service, it made me realise that there's not a lot of information available to counteract these rather suspect services.

Well there's two - one recommended by the DMA (the eMPS) and managed by them, and a second service which seems to be unaffiliated with anyone (including any company or people).

The only trace is to a single person, who appears to have shuttered the whole operation as dormant in 2015. Whether or not this was a data scraping mechanism or not is unlikely to be known and the person answering the phone claimed to know nothing about EPS.

First lets set the record straight though - there is no email preference service. There's a telephone PS and a mail & fax PS, but no EPS. Any service claiming to offer this is not mandated in the same way TPS is…

Scam Warning - CTO DTO (Updates)

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Updated March 2017  Accountancy practises seem to vary and I'm in the middle of moving my own corporate accounts to a new firm. There's so many accountants that it can be difficult to choose so you really have to define your objectives and ask some searching questions of each practise you review.

After spending a few weeks getting a list of practises I've just about whittled down the list of possible candidates to under five and am also planning a system migration in parallel.

One thing that is immediately obvious is that if a firm is too busy (over allocated with too many books to manage), works on more generic approaches or has very thin borders with tax avoidance schemes you should steer clear. Any firm that actively cold calls in this sector should also set off alarm bells.

I received unsolicited marketing from one such firm in Q4 2015 - at the time called Contractor Tax Optimisation - who claimed to be able to give me an 82% take-home income specifically a…