‘No Company’ wants more information from woman
Ted Hubert

The letter Betty Poorman of Cameron received was enclosed in a official looking window envelope with “Computershare” in large red print from a post office box in Providence, Rhode Island.

The letter opens with “Dear Sir/Madam”, yet, the letter is properly addressed to Betty Poorman. Why didn’t the sender place Betty’s name in the greeting? Could it be that the sender had several generic copies to mail out and the addresses of those on his/ her list of potential victims were added?

Next is “ Document I.D: 13298WF00760544 and a Reference NOCOMPANY/0002868256/2/.

Have you heard of a company called NO COMPANY?

Body of the letter begins thanking Betty for contacting Computershare. Betty never contacted Computershare. The No Company was unable to locate Betty’s account with the information provided. (Betty did not provide any information.)

Then Computershare gives their disclaimer:”If your inquiry involves an account being held by a broker or a financial company, we would not have access to specific account information.

We suggest you contact the broker or financial company for account specific inquires.”

This statement gets the No Company off the hook because they have no clue what account numbers exists and this gives a good excuse for not knowing specific information regarding Betty’s non-existent account.

Betty is asked to provide Computershare with the name of the security and/or stock.

The name in which the account is registered, exactly as it appears on the statement and/or certificate; Account number; the stock certificate number (“If Known.”).

The CUSIP number as it appears on the certificate (“If Known). [Investopedia’s definition of CUSIP is: “An identification number assigned to all stocks and registered bonds. The Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures (CUSIP) oversees the entire CUSIP system.]; And Betty’s social security number or Tax Identification number associated with the account would be helpful, if she were willing to submit these numbers, however, this data should not be sent in an email for security reasons. This advice makes the v ictim f eel m ore t rusting o f the offer. It gives the impression that the company is concerned about protecting her best interest.

On the flip side of the letter is the signature of the representative. The cursive writing is difficult to read, but it seems to be signed by David Goodian. Sending this letter to a possible client is a bit sloppy to be honest.

This has all the earmarks of a scam. This is not to say that Computershare is involved in illegal activities. The company cannot stop crooks from using its good name.

It is odd but true that company names used in scams and individuals names is sort of a left-handed compliment. Only the names of the successful and well established will be used.

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