0800 387177 Prize Draw Scam
0800 387 177
Your phone rings, the digital readout reads 0800 387177, you pick up the phone and the line goes blank. Has that happened to you? It happens in our office at least 5 times a week. Occasionally, the 0800 387 177 automatic dialer rings us and we get to speak to a salesperson, and we have fun winding them up, but they soon suss us out and simply hang up. It doesn’t stop them from calling back two hours later!
Craftmatic Adjustable Beds
The 0800387177 number is used by Craftmatic Adjustable Beds. The Craftmatic sales pitch, (if one of their sales people happens to choose one of the 20 or so numbers that the automatic dialer dials for them for each sales call) is along the lines that you have completed an entry to a competition a couple of months back and you’ve won £500 blah, blah, blah, before they try and do a survey with you and then on completion of the survey, they try to arrange for a direct salesman to call at your home and pitch you on buying a bed from them for four hours.
Hey, everyone has to make a living and if I received a call from 0800 387177, I answered it, someone was there, they pitched me and I said no thanks and that was the end of it, I wouldn’t much bother. However, the automatic dialer is a damn nuisance and like most direct sales companies, they probably go through staff like I go through cups of tea, so nobody is ever going to think, “Oh, I’ve spoken to this number before, I won’t waste my time speaking to them again”.
Craftmatic don’t have a great reputation in the direct sales industry either. They have appeared on BBC’s Rogue Traders, and have been subject to investigations by the Mail on Sunday and Which Magazine.
If you want to contact them, here is some information that you may find useful:
A Contact Form: http://www.craftmatic.co.uk/free.shtml
Address: Craftmatic UK Ltd Craftmatic House, Fyfield Wick, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5NF
Telephone: 01865 823400
Fax: 01865 823404
Craftmatic Solicitor: Anthony Fiducia of Brian Cave LLP, 88 Wood Street London EC2V 7AJ
Tel 44 20 3207 1100 Email email@example.com
The ironic thing is, I’ve slept in a Craftmatic adjustable bed and it was really comfortable - but if using the prize draw scam and a four hour sales pitch is their chosen method of selling them, it’s not for me - and I personally can’t see that any bed is worth three grand anyway!