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Speakers Corner » Spammers and scammers! » Yesterday 3:03 pm

eezyrider
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Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but at least 2 a day on the forum.

I'm the same as you with emails, loads of 'em then quiet. I set mine to exclusive but still have to wade through the spam in case there is anything of value.

The thing is, what the scammers do is obviously illegal but nobody seems to do anything about it.

Speakers Corner » Spammers and scammers! » Yesterday 1:54 pm

eezyrider
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I'm bloody sick of 'em  ARGHHH.

A couple of months ago I was getting about 25 per day, everything from income tax refunds to account blocked ''please send your login details to unblock'', and some very authentic looking ones about Paypal. OK you might say I must be visiting sites that are dodgy, but I'm not. I don't do gaming, gambling or anything like that.

And now they've started hitting the forum as well. They are not even trying to conceal who they are such as gvvui@pharmacy.xyz etc. Me and shaky are having to spend time wading through and deleting them. I would say gen registrations are outweighed by spammers at the rate of about 10:1.

Surely there must be an internet god who has the power to put their ISP's out of business?

Help Section » Assistance and Advice (Stopped and seizure) » 19-2-2018 12:28 pm

eezyrider
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No no no!

If you are prepared to go to court put in a Notice of claim within 1 month of being stopped. Include a request for restoration. If you only go for restoration you cannot claim the goods were legally yours and challenge ownership in court.

Apply for a SAR but procedure is a pain now.

Help Section » Assistance and Advice (Stopped and seizure) » 19-2-2018 11:31 am

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Sorry to hear of your misfortune.

I don't know what percentage of travellers appeal seizures but BF must rely heavily on people walking away and taking no further action. Therefore my theory is that it's pot luck if you lose your goods or not. I would not worry about being targeted in future. We've all been told that and it does not happen. 

In this case you will need to provide calculations for usage. 8600 = 420 days at 20 per day, 210 days @ 40 per day and so on, some of which may be giveaways. If you claim to smoke 40 or 60 per day you obviously have to have a lifestyle that can accommodate that.  That is, if you work 10 hours a day in a closed environment, you are physically unlikely to have time to smoke large amounts. Of course there is also the possibility that some may be for gifts.

However I must emphasise your calcs must be absolutely accurate and stack up.

The other point which they are going to throw at you in court is frequent trips. In the past they have always said that if you are stopped carrying goods on one trip it is likely you will have purchased the same amount on all your trips. However we won an appeal at crown court last year partly by using what we call 'Shaky's FOI'. It states categorically that they do not record all stops or the amount of goods. The judge said therefore that they cannot use assumptions about previous trips that were not recorded. Search the FOI's and you'll find it.

Any other evidence you have as for the reasons you travel often will support that.

These are the main points I see as the problem area.

Hull » Latest trip Hull>Zeebrugge » 18-2-2018 8:30 pm

eezyrider
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Good info Sparky, thanks for sharing. Glad you had a good trip.

Hull » Latest trip Hull>Zeebrugge » 15-2-2018 5:31 pm

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warrior wrote:

I also used my credit card ,saved a few quid, but also got £20 cashback on first overseas purchase,  ' halifax clarity card'.

Added bonus - they can't say you've bought goods for somebody else with their own cash.
 

Hull » Latest trip Hull>Zeebrugge » 12-2-2018 8:25 pm

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Adinkerke has been a ghost town the last few times we have been. You would think Brexit would have an effect but maybe it's just the local economic climate. Lots of established businesses have been pulling out of Calais over recent months as well according to the local press.

They must make a killing on the food prices. It's too much for canteen quality food.

Glad the card worked for you and the trip went well.

Speakers Corner » No customs union after brexit » 07-2-2018 3:38 pm

eezyrider
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I would be the first to admit, lack of interest in EU matters = lack of knowledge on my part. Thanks

Folkestone/Coquelles » Pidou and Real. » 07-2-2018 3:34 pm

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Thanks for the update NoMo. Always good to know the latest news.

Didn't see any migrants in Dunkirk 3 weeks ago but I think there is a big camp near the next junction back towards Addy. It's at the back of Auchan.

No Glens last time we went so bought a case of Danoff. About £7 per bottle using the credit card.

Warrior tells me that Pidou are now displaying a warning re the free trips. If you don't collect your order they will charge for the ticket. Fair enough I guess.

Speakers Corner » No customs union after brexit » 06-2-2018 9:24 pm

eezyrider
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Personally I find it hard to see how ports like Dover can function without a Customs Union. Even with the use of ANPR they are not going to allow free passage especially to freight.

Even now you can barely get on to the check in area at Coquelles for queues.

Help Section » reaching out for help » 06-2-2018 2:55 pm

eezyrider
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I don't know why you have to post this 3 times in different threads, one of which I have deleted.

Your original post is here complete with replies

http://n2d.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?pid=16797#p16797

Other users - please do not tag onto the end of someone else's thread. This an example of the confusion it causes.

This thread now locked

 

Speakers Corner » No customs union after brexit » 06-2-2018 12:43 pm

eezyrider
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May and her colleagues have stated categorically there will be no customs union after brexit. That means no personal imports of baccy etc and a return to duty free allowances of 5 pouches of baccy and so on.

In the meantime it has wiped about 1.5 eurocents off the pound.

The cost of keeping immigrants out, but only the legal ones!

Speakers Corner » Migrants are active again. » 04-2-2018 1:41 pm

eezyrider
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France's idea of doing the right thing is do nothing.

Speakers Corner » Migrants are active again. » 04-2-2018 10:35 am

eezyrider
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And still the French allow them to gather, hoping to put pressure on the UK to allow them here.

Speakers Corner » Migrants are active again. » 02-2-2018 10:44 am

eezyrider
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We don't do PC here.

As regards the 'R' word, there's none more racist than that lot who can't get on with each other.

We should never have gone into their countries to sort their domestic problems. Just do a 'Trump' and build a big wall around them.

My views are my own and not representative of an official n2d line. The main reason I'm reporting is that it is getting bloody dangerous down there. Most of this occurred in the daytime.

Speakers Corner » Migrants are active again. » 02-2-2018 8:48 am

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They should be rounded up and put in detention camps until their future can be decided. They forego their rights when they behave like savages.

Since they are all heading to the UK supposedly, is this what we can expect in our towns and cities in 5 or 10 years time?

Speakers Corner » Migrants are active again. » 01-2-2018 9:14 pm

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Another big event today. According to local press 6 wounded by gunfire after fighting between Eritreans and Afghans in the area of the wine warehouses near Calais port. Several hundred people involved.

Sky News report....

https://news.sky.com/story/four-migrants-shot-in-calais-as-police-break-up-fight-after-meal-distribution-11232513

General Discussion » Belgium prices and credit cards » 01-2-2018 8:33 am

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Shaky wrote:

NoMoTax wrote:

I notice that the fuel seems to be set at an exchange rate of 1.10 now too.  Honestly I can buy cheaper here now than buying my fuel in cash over there.  ( petrolprices.com )  and less weight driving back with all my booze too if I fill at home rather than if I fill up over there.
 

I use that site too. Well useful although I see now that to find the stations you have to "upgrade" up for a yearly plan. I still get my regular email though so seeing as the stations very rarely seem to change who is at the best price, it's not difficult to know which one to go to.

@Eezy, just got confirmation of my card arriving shortly in the post so if the exchange rate doesn't suddenly go nuts (doubtful) i will be using that on my next trip with Warrior & Turbulent. 

French gov website petrol price checker updated daily I think.......

https://www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr/mobile/.....  ..select fuel and type in say, Calais. Cheapest at todays exchange rate for diesel is about £1-20.  I find it strange that the likes of Asda sync their in store prices but not fuel. It varies around here by 6p per litre. Cheapest diesel £1-13.7 but our local is 6p dearer.

Shaky, the exchange rate already has gone nuts, but to your advantage. €1-1465 as I write thanks to poor eco data from the EU. If it holds you may well get €1-15 for your trip.
 

General Discussion » Belgium prices and credit cards » 28-1-2018 2:01 pm

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Update - using credit cards. 

Thanks to a point raised privately by shaky I have redone some random calcs on prices. Previously you could not get close to the sterling prices by exchanging euros. However it appears the gap has closed and if you have a credit card with fee free foreign transactions it would likely be cheaper to use it. Not only do you save a very small amount, it also cuts out the security risk of carrying cash, the risk of having unsubstantiated cash seized by BF and also any doubt who paid for the goods.

It is all dependant of course on exchange rates remaining within a window. Credit cards use the inter bank rate which is about 1.75 cents more than cash exchange rates. Live rates can be found on the BBC news site or (e.g.)

http://www.currencies.co.uk/live-exchangerates/    Note the markets shut down on Friday night until Mon am and the prices quoted are not accurate during this period.

The closing rate for the pound to euro on Fri pm was €1.1393. Taking a couple of examples.........

Amber Leaf @ €10-50 or £9-40 . Bought with a credit card today would cost £9-21(.6)

Springfield @ €5-80 or £5-20 . With credit card  £5-09.

Mastercards have a fractionally better rate than Visa but it's miniscule.

It used to be the case for transactions over €500 you had to show your passport. I assume it is still so.

Furthermore you must emphasise that you want the card charged in Euros. If it is charged in sterling the shop can use any exchange rate it wants to charge you.

This works for HRT and cigarettes but not cigars. For example my Cafe Creme still attracts a rate of about €1-30.

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