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#272854 20-Jul-2020 15:48
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We keep getting mail delivered to our house in Christchurch for addressed to someone  who lives in the North island. We are the only people who have ever lived in our house so it isn’t a previous owner.  It started during lockdown getting letters from NZTA requesting payment for bridge tolls and now it has grown to letters from other govt departments too. 

 

I’ve RTS the letters and even emailed NZTA who have replied that there is nothing they can do as only the person named can change the address. 

 

 

 

what other options do I have?

 

 

 

thanks. 


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  #2526073 20-Jul-2020 15:50
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You say you've tried to change the address... so the address is yours, but the name is wrong? Or is it the wrong address too, and somehow ending up with you?


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  #2526079 20-Jul-2020 15:56
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Are they physical versions of this?

 

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/online-services/report-a-phishing-scam/latest-phishing-scams/

 

 

 

I had the same problem, did a return to sender a few times. Now I just do a return to sender via the rubbish bin.. I've found that new approach to be just as effective and takes less time.





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  #2526084 20-Jul-2020 16:02
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I am not surprised.

 

 

 

Many official addressing systems think our house is in Ponatahi, which is about 20km away from where it actually is.

 

 

 

I cannot find anyone who will accept responsibility for correcting the error.








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  #2526090 20-Jul-2020 16:15
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Behodar:

 

You say you've tried to change the address... so the address is yours, but the name is wrong? Or is it the wrong address too, and somehow ending up with you?

 

 

 

 

the address (my address) is correct but the name is wrong. 
who ever they are, live in the north island as they are bills for using the toll bridges.  


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  #2526092 20-Jul-2020 16:24
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I find it helps to collect these in a sturdy metal receptical.


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  #2526096 20-Jul-2020 16:37
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muppet:

 

I find it helps to collect these in a sturdy metal receptical.

 

 

That was my soultion for the junkmail.

 

 

 

SWMBO decided it wasn't right though and went nuclear on sending companies instead..

 

I still feel like the trash can works better.





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  #2526097 20-Jul-2020 16:44
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I had the same issue,

 

I phoned NZTA and told them that there is no such person at my address. They can't change the persons' address but they can mark it as bad and stop sending mail.


 
 
 
 


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  #2526108 20-Jul-2020 16:57
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Neighbour had a problem with this, getting bank letters and demands for someone who didn't live there any more. They eventually fixed it by contacting the bank and telling them to readdress the mail to:

 

 

$persons_name

 

Waikumete Cemetery

 

4128 Great North Road,

 

Glen Eden,

 

Auckland

 


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  #2526110 20-Jul-2020 17:00
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This is fairly common for the less the savoury characters who do not want the government to know where they live. It has been a while, but IIRC NZTA can, and should, up date the vehicle registration details to reflect the address is wrong. This would mean that police could blue sticker a vehicle, if no action is taken on a blue sticker then the vehicle is impounded.



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  #2526122 20-Jul-2020 17:40
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So I ended up just flicking him a message on FB messenger turns out we have very similar street names, and I’d imagine the wrong address was clicked on when it auto fills. Said he’d sort it out. 

 

although on the other hand, considering they’re toll bills and letters from the police it could be a case of an unsavoury character doing it deliberately. 


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  #2526354 21-Jul-2020 09:18
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Same issue here. Still getting voting/election documents for previous owner...even though last time I returned to sender and called election NZ to advise. In the wheelie bin this time.

 

I am almost convinced that NZ Post are not performing the return to sender.


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  #2526375 21-Jul-2020 10:20
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Mahon:

 

I am almost convinced that NZ Post are not performing the return to sender.

 

 

They try, but they can't even do that right. Twice now I've received letters already marked "Return to sender" on the envelope for the next door neighbour's address. So the postie put it in the wrong letterbox, but it shouldn't have been going there in the first place as it was marked RTS!


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  #2526400 21-Jul-2020 10:45
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We keep getting mail from NZ Police for someone who gave our address. Never been anyone by the name at our address, and its always addressed to just the street number, not the "unit" - two properties at the address.

 

Keep sending them back with "no such person" and they keep coming. 

 

Waiting for a debt collector or cop to knock at door to collect..... but its been years ;)

 

 





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  #2527747 23-Jul-2020 13:11
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"Return to Sender, Not at this address" or similar doesn't seem to work

 

Was getting endless bank statements, subscriptions, etc addressed to previous residents, and wasn't diminishing over a period of a year.

 

I now do a "Return to Sender, Addressee Deceased".

 

Took a few months, but now no more previous resident mail ...

 

I can imagine the consternation when the addressee contacts the bank, etc looking for their bank statements, etc .... " But, but ... aren't you deceased ?"

 

AFAIC, they had plenty of time to redirect their mail ..

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  #2527881 23-Jul-2020 19:13
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We're considering getting a redirect with the target being IRD's address. They don't seem to care about return to sender.


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