I would like to submit a complaint, to join the ones from numerous other people, against an online company called www.ukimmigrationbarristers.com. On 09/09/2013, I completed an online enquiry form to their website and shortly afterwards received a phone call in response, following which, I was passed to an individual called Meena who represented the firm, she then followed a procedure that I can only describe as exactly like that listed in numerous complaint revealed in subsequent internet searches, namely, being placed on hold, supposed consultation with a barrister at the premises, and then was assured that the firm could provide help and a solution to my initial enquiry, which was, professional assistance in obtaining a British Passport for my Polish civil partner. I was given a case number 148755. I was told the fee would be a total of £705, being made up of legal fees of £650, plus a further ‘home office’ fee of £55, payable at a later date, and I was asked to transfer £650 to their account, which I did by electronic bank transfer. The account details I was given to transfer the money to are, K Chambers. (20-07-74) 20140554 I note from my internet searches this seems to refer to Kings Chambers. I was told I could cancel the transaction, less an admin fee, within 7 days. The next day, being surprised not to have had any email acknowledgement from them of the proposed contract, or acknowledgement of their received fee, I became suspicious and started to search the internet beyond the immediate reviews, and discovered to my alarm they seemed to be a firm of known internet fraudsters. I contacted them by phone and attempted to cancel the arrangement/contract, I was subjected to the usual procedure of being placed on hold, passed from one person to another etc., then was promised my cancellation would be passed on to their finance dept.’ who would issue a refund. All subsequent phone calls and emails to this firm have been completely ignored, and of course I have not received any refund. I am convinced that like many others, I am the victim of a sophisticated internet fraud, and have lost £650. The website is extremely professional looking; gives the impression they are affiliated to a government body, and contains many glowing reviews that I now realise are bogus. In addition the website receives high indication on a Google search coming up first on the search engine, this gives additional credence to it being a reputable company, which is simply not the case. It’s a pity Google condone the inclusion of this known scam site and have apparently received complaint regarding this. I realise that unfortunately I may never get any money back from these fraudsters, but am anxious to add my voice to those others who have been similarly ‘conned’ into parting with hard earned money, and who have also made a complaint against what is clearly a dishonest organisation operating a sophisticated and wide ranging scam, in the hope that they can be investigated, prosecuted and the organisation and website closed down.
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