The Mortgage Mole

TOUR DE 4

Good luck to Legal & General Mortgage Club managing director Ben Thompson who is in training for an epic 1,800-mile cycle ride in aid of charity Rethink Mental Illness.

Thompson and 10 others will make up a list of friends and industry colleagues who will be cycling from London to Africa in June.

“Severe mental illness and depression affects many people and these people often suffer in silence with no help,” Thompson told Mole. “Support for people that suffer in this way is nothing compared to what it arguably should be, hence we have chosen to invest our time and money into organising this event.”

To support Thompson and his team in their efforts go to: www.justgiving.com/tourde4

TOUR DE HELL A FAKE

Mole was concerned last week to receive an email from Intermediary Mortgage Lender Association executive director Peter Williams with the ominous sounding subject line of “Bad Moment…”

“I am sorry for reaching you rather too late due to the situation of things right now,” the email began.

“My family and I had a trip visiting Manila Philippines, everything was going on fine until last night when we got attacked by some unknown gunmen. All our money, phones and credit cards was stolen away including some valuable items. It was a terrible experience but the good thing is that they didn’t hurt anyone or made away with our passports.”

Phew! But it then went on to describe how as a result of the robbery they required a small loan of £1,500.

It was at this point that Mole started to smell a rat and after a few phone calls discovered that Williams’ email account had indeed been hacked into and he was not being held for ransom abroad.

If you’ve already sent funds to the fake address and are looking forward to an emotional reunion with Williams for assisting him in his hour of need, prepare to be disappointed.