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Thanks to the Tring IFA

Thanks to the Tring IFA who sent in this week&#39s submission for the Diary&#39s No S*!t Sherlock award, which goes to Liverpool Victoria.

We all know that IFAs can occasionally be a bit lax when it comes to filling in application forms but the friendly reminder on Liverpool Vic&#39s life protection form goes a bit far.

It reads: “WARNING. Please be aware that if you do not provide the name and date of birth of your applicant, we may not be able to process the application.” You don&#39t say.

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