Is a spam letter to a stranger at my exact home address suspicious? This morning I received a piece of sales literature addressed to a mysterious Miss Nazmin Subhan at my home address.  Sent via a DHL mailing service, it could, of course, be a clerical/ computer error, whereby her name has accidently been connected with my precise home address.  Equally plausible, is the possibility that a stranger has used my home on one of the multitude of forms people are asked to complete every day.  This entry on a database somewhere has now found its way onto the commercial market, where direct marketers can pay to use it.

So what are the possible routes through which this data has come together?  The electoral roll has recently arrived, and it only referred to my family members. Could a credit application have been made; or perhaps an application for local authority or central government benefits? An online purchase and registration is definitely likely.  Maybe a totally benign use has been made of my address, where Miss Subhan selected mine at random, rather than use her own.  Whenever I complete any form, I always add customised middle initials, to identify the source of the data, when I receive spam marketing messages.

So how do I declare that this person doesn’t live here? Would credit agencies entertain such an assertion?  Would anyone else?  Is it even possible?

Where are you Miss Nazmin Subhan?

Stephen O'Donnell is a lifelong recruiter, internet enthusiast, fadgadget and peripatetic writer.

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