I've just had an intriguing letter from a company called ProSearch, who claim that they've been appointed by "a major corporation" to locate someone in connection with "unclaimed entitlements".
They cite my name (correctly, apart from the second capital M in my surname) and former address.
They appear to be genuine - a quick bit of web research suggests that their parent company Equiniti is apparently the UK's largest share registration company and was part of Lloyds TSB a while back. But the letter looks so like the prelude to a junk mail bombardment (it's signed by a squiggle without a real name, for instance) that I hesitated to reply.
I've tried searching for "ProSearch share scam", and come across a few stories where they've reunited shareholders with unclaimed dividends, but only at the cost of most of the dividends claimed. So they're not doing anything that's actually illegal, just indulging in a bit of legal sharp practice.
Has anyone ever come across them before? At the moment I'm inclined to confirm my identity and see what happens next, unless anyone's had any experiences which suggest that would be a bad thing to do.