They called me too, and am now receiving post from them to track and report back.
Its a fairly easy process - you receive post and log it on a sheet and send it back to them.
So far I've received 3 pieces of post from them, not much to report, other than things seem to be arriving with me on time.
There's no particular mark on the envelopes to alert royal mail that they are research letters, they vary between hand written envelopes or printed, and look just like ordinary post.
If there's anything else to report I'll post it here.
My bank has just stopped one of my cheques that had been made out for the sum of £9,600.62p - (luckily) my account had insufficient funds to honour the cheque. It turns out that the cheque is from a new cheque book sent by post to me in November 2003...but never arrived!
I reported this incident to the Police earlier this evening, and was told that they are getting four or five of these incidents reported to them, every week!
I have noticed a few more SE1 addresses amongst my test items for the central postal survey, must be some of you lot! This week I have though ironically enough been without any mail at all so far- also the package for this week's test items to send is missing. Just when I thought it was Ok around here... my regular, reliable postie must be on holidays or something.
I have been reading this thread with great interest,
The post seems as bad as ever here,
I had a letter sent with postal orders in that didnt arrive, trying to find out if they have been cashed.
an important letter from work never arrived, and nearly every card i recieve has been tampered with. Getting to the point I m panicking about anything important being sent.
A letter posted yesterday arrived promptly this morning bearing a bar-coded sticker which read: 1st/2nd class recorded delivery, must be signed for.
The people who sent it obviously required confirmation that I had received it. I never signed for it.
I moved in December to this area and have my mail redirected to my new address. Yesterday I was in my old neighbourhood and decided to have a look in the main hall of my former apartment building to see if there would be some mail for me there. And, yes: more than 30 letters, bills, magazines etc were waiting for me and were not redirected. I have paid the Royal Mail £32 for this, but they obviously can't deliver.
Time Out now sends me the issues in a neutral brown enveloppe and in stead of a week late, it now arrives 2 days late, i.e. on Friday rather than Wednesday. Still not good.