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That was very early April 2006, and basically I was working, so it was during working hours, and an individual called me and claimed to be from the Royal Mail and said that they had a parcel for me coming from Europe and that the label has been -- had been torn away, torn off, and as a consequence they could not deliver the parcel, but amazingly my mobile number was on it, so they were enquiring where they should deliver the parcel.

Although at the moment I felt the request was rather strange, the story didn't ring very good, but I volunteered my address without thinking, really, because I probably thought it was someone from my family who probably did this, and I just hung up. But the way -- the individual said thank you, and the way he said it was suspiciously jubilant, given a Royal Mail employee, and it sounded like he had a victory out of that call.

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