I think itâ€™s a scam. To get the gullible and frightened to pay up for an easy life and not want to fight them. If they have demanded money by e-mail, register it as spam.
In the Uk we have many solicitors who are crooks and abscond with funds , or the latest one in today's TIMES NEWSPAPER July 30/2010 a Bent Nigerian Lawer 55yr old Michael Adelasoye and a Bent Vicar 61yr old The Rev Alex Brown were in league with Eastern European illegal Immigrant Gang conducting 300-400 bogus weddings with eastern European women with false documents to illegal Nigerian immigrants. This gave the illegalâ€™s an apparent legal right to be in this country. Of course lots of money changed hands, Tarts were paid Â£3000 for a 10 minute stand up in front of the vicar to be photographed with somebody they have never met before.
Donâ€™t send them E mails. Just letters. Emails could be coming from â€œNigerian 319 Scamsâ€.
Keep your personal data private - e mail etc
Open a Ring Binder file and be prepared for lots of threatening letters, copy them just for safety.
Firstly do Nothing, a scammer will see a response, as your being concerned.
You will know from Day 1, if it is a scam or not.
Head any reply WITHOUT PREJUDICE (in English Law) This will to some extent protect you should you make any admission as to your guilt to make an offer to settle, to end the matter
If you did use their service, You can chose to do nothing, and let them consider if it is worth suing you. I doubt it for a single use which could have been just curiosity. But there is risk of escalating costs. Donâ€™t make lawyers richer that needed.
If you want to respond say - After a curious look at it, and you did not like it so it was destroyed, Say this. (Say it was crap and why). I would most probably do this if they are right, I took their property.
If it was part of the Medea Junk that attaches itself to your computer.and leaves a trail, If you use a good security system, you will know you are followed by Microsoft- google-whoever and your visits to wherever data is recorded and sold on to advertisers or reported back.
Say, please send to me all the details you have of your goods or service you are claiming for and how you value your claim. And where I can be expected to examine and purchase if I considered it suitable, as there is an increasing pile of Media Junk to sort through on the internet, all claiming use me! Use Me! Me!.
Your claim is inordinately expensive for the goods/ services you are claiming for.
You are obviously seeking to impose a Penalty or Fine in this country ABC this is the prerogative of the ABC Legal Courts.
Your illegal and unjustified penalty is obviously BIG BUSINESS for the expected innocent examination of your product to consider whether to purchase it from an authorized dealer, (Find One, if they exist, Copy advert) where it can be purchased for XYZ dollars, pounds whatever unit claimed.
(It may be it is expected to be Examined before purchase and there is nowhere else to examine the goods.) Ie. They expected to trap you, and exploited your actions as the only way to see their goods.
I value your product in good condition as being worth XYZ.
Please accept my cheque (Check) enclosed for XYZ as Full and final settlement of your claim and your costs for your product. Add What a bank charges for a letter for their costs W.
It could be the data has self installed itself if your computer is always on.
It maybe you have innocently looked at something, only you Know.
If you have not received the goods Wait before you feel compelled to write and say I have no record of you and the your alleged goods or service. (This may be true if you curiously perused and destroyed later)
(I have never obtained or requested your goods). Of course donâ€™t tell lies because, if you get into court you will lose. They will keep your replies, proof you lie!
How you have linked my data to your service gives me cause for concern about the integrity of using the internet for any personal data.
For a relative small sum they are not going to do anything than send you threatening letters for a time and then sell the so called debt to others. Always be patient, and polite, because you should always asked for further and full details of their allegation. And file all documents, because if they persist. request they take you to court, and say you will strongly defend their claim, and will seek to recover all your costs from them.
Only after they have served you with a notice to appear in Court can you consider paying their claim and their costs up to that time. if you really took their property and consider the games up, you could pay into court what you believed to be its value and their expenses and costs.( recently changed in English Law) Just the Offer to settle.
Bill Pool of Abergele. North Wales UK