Are you willing to be interviewed by the media ?

  • Kaupthing Over ...
  • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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Posted: Wed, 15/10/2008 - 20:17

Newspapers, local press, radio & television are always looking for 'newsworthy' real stories of hardship & suffering endured by people as the result of a calamity that has befallen them, especially when this involves apparent mal-administration on the part of official bodies in whom they have put their trust.

So if you are willing to be interviewed, here is your opportunity to put yourself forward.

Please give here the following:
- which formats you are willing to participate in: (ie: national or local newspaper, radio, TV...or ALL of them)
- your status (eg: British UK resident, UK expat, etc.)
- where you live (eg: London, UK County, France, ... Australia, USA, etc..)
- whether you are retired or working
- whether you pay taxes in the UK (eg: on a pension)
- what you deposited with KSF IOM (eg: over £10,000... over £50,000.....)
- how you/your family have been affected by what has happened
- your current or future position as a consequence of not being able to get at your money

You may be contacted direct by someone on behalf of the Forum's Action Group if it is felt that you could help our cause to get our money back.

NB: The media can not contact you directly. However to be contactable from within the Forum you need to have ticked the box Personal contact form.. (click on the "my account" link on the left, then click the "Edit" tab, then check if you have ticked the "Personal contact form" checkbox.. Then other Forum members will be able to send you a message, which will be forwarded to your email box

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PANORAMA

  • conned
  • 13/10/08 n/a (free)
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  • Tue, 21/07/2009 - 17:48

Not one to bleat, I have reluctantly bared my thoughts on my struggle through life for the sake of everyone. I think if the programme goes ahead we will not be individually probed for our innermost thoughts on this fiasco, probably we might get a soundbite each. We could probably cope with that. Some of us still think, 'one for all and all for one,' Let's do it. !!


Needed URGENTLY for PANORAMA programme

  • Lucky Jim
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  • Sun, 19/07/2009 - 13:26

Right now please see my blog on the proposed BBC PANORAMA Programme.
We need a number of members who are in crisis NOW due to the KSFIOM debacle to offer to appear on this Panorama programme.

Either contact www.ksfimdepositors/contact
or mail me in confidence: from-jim(?)hotmail [dot] com

LJ
(DST Support Group)


panorama programme

  • mr lynton
  • 27/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Sun, 19/07/2009 - 14:45

where is PRONTO? His story is surely the best for panorama if genuine and he is willing to be shown on tv?


Calling PRONTO...calling PRONTO...are you receiving?

  • Lucky Jim
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  • Sun, 19/07/2009 - 14:56

ThanksMr. Lynton for this suggestion! I hope he will come forward ! ( :


What happened to Matt Walker?

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  • Sun, 19/07/2009 - 19:39

(Hope I have right name), I remember he had a desperate story - very deserving of media follow-up if he would be willing


Re. Matt Walker

  • ng
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  • Mon, 20/07/2009 - 00:12

I exchanged email with Matt a week or so ago. He's alive and well (relatively) and does post on this site from time to time using an anonymous name.


Matt Walker

  • jmf
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  • Mon, 20/07/2009 - 12:20

I recommened Lucky Jim try to find Matt Walker. He is a really deserving candidate. If you have any sway ng please try and persuade him to volunteer. If he is filmed anonymosly his unenviable circumstances will be made apparent. I sincerely hope his life is improving.


Matt Walker

  • ng
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  • Mon, 20/07/2009 - 14:01

Well, I'll try, but he didn't respond to my last email - I think he has only occasional internet access.


Panorama Programme

  • jr
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  • Tue, 21/07/2009 - 16:07

Perhaps it would be a good idea for the DAG Team to email registered members about the Panorama opportunity as some might not go to the website regularly, but may well check their email every day.

I have found that emails from DAG make me aware quickly of important issues.


media contacts

  • banna
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  • Mon, 10/11/2008 - 15:26

Have already had articles in the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph. Also done interviews on 2 local radio stations and BBC South Today. Also done an interview for You & Yours on Radio 4
Age 60's with 87 year old mother - loss between us over £600k. Both widows and UK residents declaring IOM income here. My mother came to live with me because she cannot live alone any longer. This cash represents our life savings and what we rely upon to live. Without it we do not know what we shall do when she needs to go into care - as she will one day. we could not finance that without the IOM money.
Quite happy to do national newspaper, radio and tv interviews. Live near Chichester SE UK.
With the worry of this situation I fear for my mother's health- she has almost stopped eating.


my own painful story

  • southofdaborder
  • 02/11/08 31/05/09
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  • Sun, 02/11/2008 - 11:21

It looks like I am on my way to loosing exactly 7 years of savings (from 1993 to 2000), amounting to STG472,000 to be precise before any potential FSA compensation of STG50,000 I read. This money represents basically my cash bonuses and salary savings (net of income tax paid to the UK IR at an effective average rate of 38% over the period). Being a French national working in the UK at the time, I thought it would make sense to put the money in the Derbyshire Isle of Man, paying a withholding tax on the interest generated by the deposit. The idea was to sleep well at night knowing that this money, although generating boring returns in comparison to any other asset class over the period, was completely safe and would allow me to retire earlier rather than sooner. I have never had any "moral shame" about my plans as i had worked so hard for these savings, wasn't gambling on the stock market or real estate with them, taxes were paid and I never wanted to be a multi-milionaire prefering to retire early to enjoy simple things ( making my job available to someone else in the meantime). I have always believed that the UK banking system was one of the the smartest in the world. I obviously didn't pay too much attention when Kaupthing took over Derbyshire IOM. I'm not so sure what sort of lesson i should take from this whole mess... buy gold and store it in a hole in the garden, keep cash under the matress (higly recomended and applied strategy by my grand-mother in 2001 when we changed francs for euros), don't trust Icelanders? never trust the UK or IOM again?... im very confused and so upset!!! I realize i still have my health, a roof on my head
and still employable (i think) and therefore perhaps not in the worst situation. I the interest of full disclosure i will conclude with the most ironic part of my story: the savings in question were generated from my employment with Lehman Brothers. I'll keep the story of my LB share "savings" for another blog but you probaly know the end of the story. There you go....


Willing to be interviewed but am in Beirut

  • Equus
  • 14/10/08 08/06/09
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  • Sat, 01/11/2008 - 06:11

We have been made destitute by this situation. We are retirees in our sixties and because of my health problems decided to move to south west France where it is a bit warmer and also the cost of living is lower. We put the money from the sale of our flat plus savings (cashing in of Isas and an inheritance) into Kaupthing IoM on recommendation of financial advisers and because we no longer have an address in the UK. We moved six months ago and were renting a small house while we looked for a property to buy. We had found a house and we had given notice to Kaupthing in August to close one account (3 months' notice account) and the proceeds to be sent to us at the end of November to pay for the house and provide living expenses for us until June next year when the interest on our 1 year fixed deposit account would be available. We have no other savings or pensions. Although we are British born we have only lived and worked in the UK for the past 14 years where we were self-employed. We lived in Zambia and Zimbabwe because our parents went to work for the then colonial government there when we were children. We left Zimbabwe in 1982 with nothing (our house was 'bought' by the then Zimbabwe minister of justice but never paid for). We were young enough to start again then (worked in Malaysia and New Zealand) but now we are old and ill. We are currently in Beirut because our only daughter lives here with her husband and family. They paid for our fares out here, but they are in no position to assist us financially for any length of time. We are returning to France to sell all our possessions on Nov 24 and maybe buy a gun and shoot ourselves - what other option do we have?


Don't give up hope !

  • Lucky Jim
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  • Sun, 09/11/2008 - 10:58

All is not lost. Remember, after Pandora opened her box all hell was let loose -- but she shut the lid before HOPE escaped!

There is still the possibility that you will get your money back.

I assume you have deposited over £50K. IF you don't get it all back you will have some compensation - £50,000

I take it you are willing to be interviewed or tell your story to a newspaper. Several English newspapers in SW France might be interested.

Have you joined the French Group? I am in it. Presently It's only 27 strong but we are chatting to each other through the Group... joining might help you to feel that you are not alone.

Au revoir !


My offer to be interviewed

  • carlosherbane
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  • Fri, 31/10/2008 - 13:59

Hi ,

I would like to offer myself to be contacted by the media.

1) I am a 37 year old man who lives in Gateshead. I am a secondary school teacher. I have lost my life saving (£116,000) and £20,000 which I had saved up for my mother (aged 72) for her ruby wedding.

My location is Gateshead and I am willing to particiapte in TV, Radio, Print or any other format.

Kind Regards,

Carlos Herbane


My offer to be interviewed

  • barrona
  • 17/11/08 31/05/09
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  • Mon, 20/07/2009 - 05:29

I am a UK expat living and working in the Middle East. My savings of between 100,000 and 120,000 pounds were earmarked for a retirement property in France or Spain for my wife and myself.

I had hoped to reture early because of ill-health but because of this debacle, I will have to work longer. I still pay UK tax on UK income although I left the UK for good, thank God, at the end of 1985.

I am more than happy to be interviewed by any medium and the more of us that do this might just bring shame on the IoM/UK governments, although between them they don't appear to have a decent bone in their collective bodies.


Volunteers required CASE STUDIES FOR THE PRESS

  • teapot
  • 13/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Fri, 31/10/2008 - 14:08

Thanks Carlos. Could you write a short paragraph outlining your situation (past and present) and send it through to me 'Teapot'. We are getting lots of media requests for case studies and if you could include your telephone number and email address plus a note of whether you are happy to be named or wish to remain anonymous that would be a great help. We have already used a lot of people with the papers but need a library of more to keep up with requests (they don't like to use someone who has featured elsewhere) so please if anyone else feels able to reveal their situation to the press, please let me know. Thanks. TEAPOT.


case studies

  • Yoda
  • 21/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Sun, 09/11/2008 - 11:15

My husband sold his company of over 20 years and put the proceeds into the Derbyshire which then got taken over by the KSM IOM.
£250,000.000 stolen.
We are UK citizens, have always paid tax on the savings etc.
It is worse than day light robbery - it is an abomination!

Very willing to expand our situation, if anyone wants to listen!
Ive even witten to Prince Charles!!!!


Media coverage.....

  • Mikey
  • 20/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Tue, 28/10/2008 - 14:58

Would like to offer myself for interview on any medium from 5 Nov to 13 Nov in London or southern UK.

Ex RAF pilot who, amongst other things, flew Thatcher, Major and Blair plus the Royals out of Northolt in London. Was a loyal servant of my Queen and country for 28 years. Put my life on the line many times to protect ALL British citizens where ever they may have been. The Falklands is an excellent example of this type of service. We protected the interests of British people in far off places. I expect nothing different now. Recently left the RAF and am working in the Gulf. Lost my life savings and retirement fund. No working life left to replace it. Retirement is not far away. I am an expat, but am a current UK tax payer on various incomes.

If "Teapot" or "Sleepless" are listening, I am prepared to return my commissioning scroll to the Queen in that I have kept my end of the deal by giving a lifetime of service to her and my country. The country has not honoured their end of the deal. Now, my Government is abondoning British people like myself in favour of others. This is not right. We all deserve protection from our own country no matter what our circumstances.


Ex-Serviceman or Vetran

  • mikepapa
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  • Fri, 31/10/2008 - 15:25

Dear Mikey,

Thanks for your post.

As an ex-serviceman in the same situation as yourself, I agree with your sentiments entirely.

I believe there may a few more ex-servicemen or veterans [as I believe we are now called] on the site, so it may be a ggod idea to set up a Group to bounce ideas?

Cheers

NOTE FOR: Ed/Mat/ng
Can you please set up a Group for Ex-servicemen please?


Media case studies

  • teapot
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  • Fri, 31/10/2008 - 14:11

Mikey please send me through a brief summary of your situation/details. Thanks Teapot


Business Loss- Business Group?

  • Nixi
  • 20/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Fri, 24/10/2008 - 22:08

I am a director of a small company.. Turn-over well under £1m.
We put 220k dollars earned from US sales into KSF IoM because we wanted:
a) To earn some interest (which our normal "high street" bank were not paying)
b) to be able to operate the account via the internet (without paying extra to our normal "high street" bank)
We were actually very fortunate that a BACS payment to a supplier went through on 7/10 for about half of it.. although a CHAPS payment I put in on 6/10 didn't. If that BACS payment had not gone through we would have been in severe difficulties.. as it is, it's survivable. Aparently, however, HMG will still want us to pay corporation tax on any money lost because it is a "capital loss" and not a business expense !!****!
The compensation arrangements for small business remains a mystery.. How the IoM government can take it away in favour of higher compensation for individuals AFTER the money is frozen, beats me. (Although I don't in any way begrudge individuals compensation!.. Just feel that small businesses should come in the same catagory.)
I have writen to MPs, The Times etc. contacted the Federation of Small Business.
It would help to know if there are many other small businesses caught in this.. could we have a Group?
Nick C


What we lost

  • BarbaraR
  • 24/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Fri, 24/10/2008 - 14:55

I am writing for my daughter and myself. We both had savings in what we thought was a rock solid bank in a rock solid location. Mine was 6k and I do have other savings though at the age of 64 will have to go on working; I did want to have things a bit easier! My daughter's was 80k and included money from her granny which was earmarked for her son's and my grandson's education. Granny had scrimped all her life to provide for her family. Like so many others we saved and worked hard for a better future. And we were robbed. And I feel very angry; not only that we were robbed of our money but that we were robbed of our illusions that hard work and saving pays. And robbed of the illusions that my British upbringing and indeed the Christian churches teach. We now know that greed and treachery is good and it's stupid to give any thought to other people!
My father, grandfather and father-in -law fought for their country.
For what?
We are ex-pats living in South Africa and are perfectly willing to speak to anyone.
Barbara


Pension moneys invested with KSF

  • sgebbett
  • 20/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Tue, 21/10/2008 - 20:58

I invested pension savings earnt over a 38 year career, initially through the Derbyshire Building Society on IOM..as many other British Banks and Building Societies do not accept pension deposits!
KSF then took over the Derbyshire in Dec 2007, and beacause my money was in a fixed term deposit I had no choice but to stay with the Icelandic bank.
To add insult to injury, as pension moniess have to be deposited , buy UK law, through a Pension Trustee account, this is deemed to be outside an "individual" account, and therefore not subject to the ION Compensation scheme.
Its Northern Lights robbery! Steve Epsom


Media interview

  • Sophie
  • 16/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Tue, 21/10/2008 - 12:31

This is mainly aimed at Teapot. Please contact me by email if you want any more.

I am a retired British Civil Servant. In the 1980’s I was seconded from HM Customs & Excise to the MOD Cyprus in the Sovereign Base Ares Administration. My position was as a UK salaried Civil Servant paid and taxed in the UK. I was, at that time, having problems with the high street bank I was with, mainly lack of flexibility in dealing with me while I was overseas, and joined the Isle of Man branch of the ‘old’ British Merchant Bank – Singer & Friedlander. I have remained with them ever since and found that their service and assistance far surpassing any of the British high street banks I have ever had the misfortune to deal with.
A few years ago Kaupthing took over S&F, but that made no difference to the quality of service I received so I stayed with that bank.
At this point I should point out that the bank provided me with a current account within the British banking system. It had a British Sort Code, made direct debits and standing orders within the UK as well as sending and receiving British and foreign interbank transfers, etc.
After five years I returned to my home department in the UK and my salary continued to be paid into the S&F bank – UK tax paid. Later I was again seconded by my department to an EU Customs project in Latvia. Later, and after being retired from HMC&E, I worked for the British Government (DFID and the F&CO) on various Customs projects in various countries including Mozambique (after their civil war finished) and Kabul in Afghanistan (immediately after the NATO invasion).
I was also recruited by DFID to work for two years with the UN in Kosovo and I became the Deputy Regional Administrator in Mitrovica immediately after NATO / KFOR secured the town. I was in the middle of all the ongoing troubles between the Serbs and the Albanians. This was not a Customs job.
Through all this and up to the present day I have banked with K S&F. Their service continued to be excellent and I was able to easily move (electronically and telephonically) my living expenses and salary through their bank to where ever I was working and / or living. During this period I managed to accumulate a modest amount of savings which I retained with KS&F as well as continuing to use my current account with them. The money I accumulated was hard earned and taxed at which ever country my wife and I ‘permanently resided’.
I / we now need this money to support our retirement. But we no longer have it. All our money (£120,000) is ‘wiped out’. The consequences are that we have to try and live on a small pension - and own no property. At the age of 64 years I am now looking to have to work again in areas and countries that are not my own, some being very dangerous, in order for us to be able to try and live comfortably again – hopefully back in the UK. That is if I can find any work at my age!

20.10.2008


Your story needs to be pushed

  • Captain Mainwaring
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Your story needs to be pushed , after all ex HMCE don't tax evade, do they?


Your story needs to be pushed

  • Captain Mainwaring
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  • Tue, 28/10/2008 - 15:26

Your story needs to be pushed , after all ex HMCE don't tax evade, do they?


interviews

  • matti
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  • Mon, 20/10/2008 - 14:41

My story isn't as heart-rending as others I;ve read but I'm happy to do interviews if it helps.

I finally moved my savings to KSF IoM just a few weeks ago, on my financial adviser's recommendation. I only did so because my job had brought me to The Netherlands and it was difficult to find a UK based bank that would take me.

Since moving here, I have been made redundant and was/am dependent on the 40K in the IoM account to live. As a charity worker, I've never earned a large wage, I have no savings, this cash was inherited from my father when he died (and yes, I had paid UK tax on the inheritance and intended to continue to pay it on the savings in the IoM).

I had planned on using this money to move back home to find work but am now penniless and stuck, thanks Gordon Brown. I only hope there's no afterlife so that my father can't see my predicament - or what's happened to his hard earned cash!

[Print, radio, online]


Community Nurse NHS 33yrs Service

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I have had to recently retire out out of my Nursing Job due to Occupational Injury, Trying to NEGOTIATE Permanent Injuries Benefit with NHS pensions, also recently divorced ater a 21 yr marriage put the proceeds of the Sale of my House of Mainland UK into KFS IOM after much deliberation of where to put it BOY what a MISTAKE...., just wanted a good return from a Fixed Term Account, intended to put the funds toward another property in March NEXT YEAR. when the Bond Matured could not withdraw...

£91.500 LOST!!!!!!!!

My Future is NOW looking pretty Grim!! what do I do??

I am 52 cannot Start Again too Late! and my Children will get Nothing!!

I am in Dispair with it all... was only trying to do the right Thing!
I know there are so many people who are trying to help Here and my appreciation is paramount to you all!!
THANK YOU!!!!
Dawn Richardson.
Southampton UK

Media PRINT only


I am willing to help in any way I can.

  • carlosherbane
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  • Sat, 18/10/2008 - 20:55

I lost £136,000. Im 37 a schoolteacher. Still have the house but gutted. Dunno how I can help. I have written to The Guardian and my MP. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

God bless us all.


next target

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How to help?

  • Rave On
  • 15/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Sat, 18/10/2008 - 08:16

We are willing to march, protest , sit on Gordon Brown's doorstep, sign petitions etc
We have mailed MP's, Debyshire, Kaupthing, Iceland, Aiden Doherty etc, all with no reply, spoken with PWC
Should we be writing / e mailing anyone else
Just tell us clearly what to do to help


Flash Gordon (Brown's) doorstep...

  • Elpasout
  • 10/10/08 31/08/09
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  • Sun, 19/10/2008 - 10:35

would be the most effective for sure. He pushed the button that caused this chaos and HE must be MADE to sort it out. He is a Superhero and has just saved the world after all so this should be a piece of cake!


INTERVIEWS: can anybody

  • sleeplessnight
  • 10/10/08 30/06/09
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INTERVIEWS: can anybody willing to be interviewed please contact me so I can take your details for potential interviews as result of press release mail out.


Interviews

  • difficulttobelieve
  • 11/10/08 31/05/09
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Am willing, though am not in UK. Teacher abroad - probably fairly typical story of expat working abroad, couldn't use onshore bank, . responsibly saving to make own future provision etc. Had also been with Derbyshire for many years. Money in theory should be covered by Comp scheme, but all this talk about changes to scheme, time periods etc, along with all the general instability and problems with things (e.g. 'guarantees') being honoured already, does make me extremely worried about what may actually be involved in getting it back even if it came to that, and it's everything I have. Don't know if story = 'out of ordinary' enough to be of interest, but there if anyone wants it.


interviews

  • tsunamivictim
  • 11/10/08 n/a (free)
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  • Sat, 18/10/2008 - 08:22

willing to do anything...I live in Sri Lanka but happy to do phone interviews...until phone gets cut off when I cant pay the bill!!


willing for interview

  • Rave On
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contact us at Info(?)silkpurse [dot] uk [dot] net


Willing to be interviewed

  • Rave On
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We are in our early 60's and because of serious illness in the last few years we have suffered a massive loss of income and savings. The balance of our remaining moniies were invested with the Derbyshire Building Society. Funds were invested carefully with attention paid to guarantees and ratings. We are both working at the moment but at our ages how can we recope what we've lost?


Ok to interview

  • sabdel200
  • 17/10/08 31/05/09
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I am based in Birmingham, and am happy to be interviewed. Married with 3 children, and an average type of guy. Lost £59K in the debacle, and am worried that I will not get it back. It has sunk in now, which jas spurred me to get up and demand my money.

My great grandfather was awarded the VC in France, hand to hand fighting....And look how I now get repaid. GB has the power to sort the matter out; the problem is that he has deep pockets but short arms.....The double standards of the man is unbelievable. Guaranteed his not getting my vote this coming general election, and mind you he wanted elected as PM but his leadership arose as a result of a deal he did with Blair.


Volunteers for interviews

  • Julienne
  • 16/10/08 31/08/09
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  • Thu, 16/10/2008 - 14:30

I am willing to do anything to help the 'cause' - I don't think I would be eligable for a 'hardship' interview although we have lost £300,000 which is the majority of our 20yrs savings.
We had to move to the Far East to find work when the clothing manufacturing industry began collapsing in the UK over 20 yrs ago. Since then we have worked and saved hard for our retirement which we were expacting to begin in the next 2-3 years. We could not take advantage of the pension schemes as they were back then as we were ex-pats so have saved in many different ways to build up to this sum. We do still have our Uk house (unmortgaged ) so we have a roof in the UK but these funds were to be our retirement investment, so quite how life will pan out is a mystery!
I am willing to be interviewed if required by any form of the media. I live in St ALbans, Herts.


Two Tsunamis

  • tsunamivictim
  • 11/10/08 n/a (free)
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  • Thu, 16/10/2008 - 13:01

I am ready to help if being interviewed will do anything for our cause
I moved to Sri Lanka to retire in 2004 and settled down to what I thought would be a quiet life. I built my dream home on the beach...completed it December 23rd 2004. We all know what happened next. On December 26th there was the Tsunasmi...everything was devastated including my beautiful new home and my village. I almost lost my life but I was one of the lucky ones. I survived. But...I pulled myself together and started all over again.
One aftermath of the tsunami was homeless pets so I started taking in stray dogs. Now I have more than 70...its a lot of work to keep them well fed and healthy but I manage because I used, until a few days ago, the interest off my lifes savings to support us. After the Tsunami it seemed a quiet new life.
Of course, you can guess what happened next...I was banking with Singer and Friedlander in the Isle of Man!! I had been with them through a range of name changes etc for over 20 years…they used to have an office in Manchester. I trusted them.
On Monday I made a routine call…...I dont have Uk newspapers or television here/./.I had no idea what was going on.
When I heard the stories but was told that everything was backed by "a parental guarantee" I was concened, so, following a discussion on the phone with The Managing Director Aidan Doherty, I arranged to transfer all my savings here on Tuesday. He was extremely helpful. He wrote personally and confirmed that everything had been transferred on Tuesday, I was thankful , especially when a couple of days later, the bank collapsed!
But, as yet, nothing has arrived. I doubt now that it will as its probably held in a Clearing Bank somewhere. Sadly, this also affects cash machines …I cannot get any cash to live on…
Now I am here with no money except enough for this weeks food. Then what???? How do i live and feed my dogs. What is the future with no pension and no security…do I have to watch my animals slowly die because I cant afford food or vets bills.
I had almost 190,000 Sterling pounds with the Isle of Man Singer and Friedlander...no pension...just that. Its my life savings.
Its held somewhere in limbo and I am just praying that you can find a way to release the savings of thousands of people like myself who didn’t waste their money, but saved diligently in a Bank!!!
Barbara Segal


mail on sunday

  • dave
  • 14/10/08 31/05/09
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please look at my post on general discussion


Of Course ....nothing to hide!

  • Jas III
  • 14/10/08 31/05/09
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  1. UK

  2. ***** ALL FORMATS******

  3. Part of the Story, (As written in other forums)

I am an American expat working in the UK. I lost most of my retirement savings and deposits and family funding for my childrens education. We do not have access to public funds or benefits in the UK. I have UK bank accounts and pay UK and USA taxes on my income and interest. Funding put aside for education and also for my return home to the USA was placed in IoM and interest is reported to and taxed by USA Treasury Department.

Any money remitted to the UK goes into the UK economy. If there is any interest accountable with those deposits the UK gets 40% of that by law, compared to 20% taken by HMRC from UK interest bearing accounts.

For the record: I started transferring my saving on Sunday night Oct 5, leaving enough in the accounts to be covered for IoM compensation scheme. 5 transfers took place on Monday Oct 6. The first two were to the UK, CHAPS and BACS for saving accounts here to cover schools fees. The next was a £GBP CHAPS to HSBC Douglas, that cleared. Lastly there were two foreign USD transfers, that both cleared vis Deutsch Bank, New York.

The UK transfers arrived in the Uk but were not forwarded. They are in the hands of UK government, but they will not guarantee them forward or return them. I am afraid it will be too easy to say now that there is no credit for this transfers. The issue is that there was when they were made anbd stopped in route. If not funding was not availible for these transfers to the two subsequent transfers to USA that cleared without a problem.

STORIES:
1) Why are the Liquidators not addressing this issue?
2) Why is the Tax Heaven and Avoidance appearently sideling the real issue of KSF IoM money that is held in the UK, and leaving out the (IoM) depositors claim to it, while Kaupthing Edge (UK) are getting these funds, which appearantly can be shown to come from the KSF (IoM) depositors and Bond funds?

I am one of hundreds. Is this a press worthy story,... or is too sensative too polically sensative to address?

Please........


Suitable interview stories

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One of the most unfortunate stories I read was at the weekend (either on here or moneysavingexpert forum, not on motleyfool though same person may well have posted there and elsewhere) of a services gentleman who lost an arm and suffered shrapnel injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan. His injuries' compensation was deposited with K IOM ...........
Don't think from the way it read that he's a British citizen. Possibly from Pachtun (spelling ?), Afghanistan. Possibly posted as "pashtoon" (could this be user name ?)

[How's the morris dancing ?]


Count me in. I moved to

  • expatfrance1
  • 15/10/08 31/05/09
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Count me in.

I moved to France and after selling my house in the UK the only place I could deposit my money was offshore.

I have lost 35K in Kaupthing and 50k in Landsbanki Guensey. doh!

As I live overseas there may be a problem with face to face interviews but I am prepared to be involved in whatever comes. I have already spoken to some newspapers about the issues


Yes - available for interview

  • andy3858
  • 14/10/08 31/05/09
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Had multiple accounts - very small personal account, but also several more substantial company accounts and a charity account. None of the company or charity accounts are eligible for ANY compensation - so very happy to talk about that.


Count me in

  • Wanda
  • 12/10/08 31/08/09
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  • Wed, 15/10/2008 - 20:46

As I said in my earlier post under "Media Involvement" - I'm ready, willing and able to step forward and put my money (er...what's left of it!) where my mouth is and tell my story to whoever is willing to listen. As hard as it is to step into the harsh glare of media publicity, I truly believe that if people stay hidden in the safety of the shadows we will soon be yesterday's news wrapped around tomorrow's fish 'n chips (rather apt in light of the Icelandic connection!).


Media Involvement

  • podather
  • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Wed, 15/10/2008 - 20:37

I have already appeared on Local TV,(BBC North West) National TV,(Channel 4 News) local Newspapers(manchester Evening News) National online newspaper editions (Daily Mail Online) and national radio ( 5 Live ) trying to get our cause across.
I am in this for $525,000
I hate having my photograph taken, let alone seeing my face in glorious splendor on a TV screen and everythime I have to speak about it I start to choke up but at times like this you need to swollow your pride and fight for whats right.
I think I may have done sufficeint but will do more if requested
come on you guys/gals help me spread the word about our plight before its too late !!!
Here is the latest one

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1077680/Familys-dream-U-S-destro...

Lets get this story out there...............


podfather E2

  • IsleofMuppets
  • 13/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Wed, 15/10/2008 - 20:43

were u planning to enter the US on an E2 visa? why does the article refer to a mysterious regeneration scheme?

i have seen all your interviews - good job, and thank you.


podather E2

  • podather
  • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Wed, 15/10/2008 - 20:48

EB-5 Visa


eb 5 e 2

  • IsleofMuppets
  • 13/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Wed, 15/10/2008 - 20:52

thank you i am looking at sites now, this is of great interest to me as i was considering e2 myself.