I am posting this web page as a general warning of a fraudster and a crook.
Mr Ian Balmforth placed a large order with our company in February 2005, sending us a cheque to pay for the goods straight away. He then stopped payment of this cheque, and has since refused to pay for the goods that we supplied.
He runs a company called "INSAFEHANDS SECURITY", which is laughable when you consider how he has behaved. They are supposed to provide security guards to jewellers in the Hatton Garden area of London.
He seems to use various addresses and contact telephone numbers. He is very evasive and often ignores phone calls and letters. When he does answer his phone, he makes promises of payment which are never kept.
May 2006 Update: If Mr Balmforth does not pay me very soon, he will be made bankrupt and may have to sell his house. For a debt of less than £3000! Hope it was worth it, Ian!
Insafehands Security Specialists Limited (also Insafehands Security
Matrix Business Centre
Tel: 01322 277123 (this appears to have been cut off recently - he probably
never paid the phone company either!)
Fax: 01322 225592
30A HATTON GARDEN
ST. COLUMBAS CLOSE
80 Beacon Drive, Bean, DARTFORD DA2 8BG
He rented a house in Essex, and then did a runner from there, after illegally subletting the house to an innocent victim, telling them it was HIS house to rent out, and taking their deposit!
August 2007: Apparently he has changed his name by deed poll from "Ian Balmforth" to "Ian Langley".
There is a possibility he has moved to Australia. Although he may simply have told people this to stop them chasing him up.
Anyone with any more news, hints, tips please call me on 07973 147257.