SKINHEADS OFFER TO CHASE DEBTORS; Bully Boys Use Psychological Warfare to Collect Cash

By Lowry, Kevin | The Mirror (London, England), October 11, 2000 | Go to article overview

SKINHEADS OFFER TO CHASE DEBTORS; Bully Boys Use Psychological Warfare to Collect Cash


Lowry, Kevin, The Mirror (London, England)


A DEBT collection agency that uses tattooed skinheads to frighten debtors into handing over cash is targeting companies in Scotland.

In a faxed advertisement sent to Scottish businesses, Crucial Input Ltd claim they can send round their teams of "obnoxious and arrogant collectors to your debtor's business or home".

The Liverpool-based company say their staff are persistent, persuasive and professional but insist they do not break the law.

But their sales people tell prospective clients that they use "psychological warfare" to recover debt.

A sales-pitch littered with four-letter words says: "We are not letter writers and do not use the courts.

"We use psychological warfare and are very persistent. Our guys look like Mike Tyson.

"If you are woken up at 7.30 on a Saturday morning with a hangover by a guy wearing a suit you are not going to be scared.

"But what if you are woken up by two of our burly skinheads covered in tattoos staring at you?

"We do not break the law, but how does the debtor know that?"

The company's move to entice firms north of the Border to use their service was yesterday condemned by senior politicians who demanded a probe into the company's tactics. …

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