MORE victims of a mail order scam have contacted the Gazette after receiving threatening letters demanding they pay for goods they never ordered.
Last week, nine readers commented on our Acton Community site on a story about Isobel and Ted Mealing, who lost hundreds of pounds to the company, saying they too had been targeted.
Most of the recent victims where asked for £5 while one reader was charged £6.99 for the non-existent goods, all were threatened with legal action.
Some knew immediately it was a scam, while others were left worried, wondering whether to pay up.
Carol said: "I received a letter from Vitamail asking for a balance of £5 that I owed and if I didn't pay it they would get the debt collectors. I knew more or less straight away it was a scam, I knew I had never bought anything from them, but unfortunately some poor person can be really frightened by the threat of a debt collector and pay this money.
Hazel said: "I have also received a letter demanding £5 and do not have an account with them. What should I do?"
It follows the experience of Ted Mealing, 78, of Park Royal, who sent cheques for vitamin pills enticed by promises he had won thousands of pounds in a prize draw and just one more order was needed to claim it.
Even when he stopped ordering after his wife, also 78, got involved, the couple were plagued with letters and automated calls promising they had won more cash.
They contacted the Gazette in August after seeing a story about Daphne Magee, 78, Hanwell, who had scores of orders, made against her will and about £6,000 taken before she could close down her bank account.
The company has a number of foreign PO box addresses but no other contact details.
The Gazette was unable to contact Vitamail, which also operates under other names, including Tips of Our Grandmothers and Promondo.
But in a response to investigative reporters from the Daily Mirror last week, Vitamail said the threatening letters were an administrative error and should have only been sent to one customer.