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Scammers Squeezed Cash From File-Sharers

Scammers Squeezed Cash From File-Sharers

Added: Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
While law firms are sending out thousands of letters to accused illegal file-sharers and demanding settlement, scammers also want to earn some cash doing nothing. They use emails which appear to be sent from a famous rights owner represented by respectable law firm and contain a familiar message. The letters demand suspected infringers to pay a small amount in cash if they don’t want the things to get worse.

Everyone knows that vulnerable file-sharers have always been an easy target for those willing to generate easy money. BitTorrent networks have largely been free of this corruption, but they are not completely immune either – now lots of torrent websites contain lots of “fakes” that encourage users to visit different sites or to install suspicious codecs. However, in recent times BitTorrent users have been targeted by a more advanced threat – highly controversial but perhaps legal “pre-settlement letters”.

The law firms like ACS:Law claim to be operating a legal business of tracking and requesting cash settlements from illegal file-sharers. Meanwhile, to most of the innocent victims it’s just more of a scam, which is unable to be distinguished from other scams travelling in the Internet.

The new scam scheme is titled “Investigation Against You”. These are letters which at first glance appear to be sent by a well-known law firm, notifying the file-sharers that they’re in trouble.

The emails usually contain the text, explaining that it is sent by the respectable Rechtsanwalt Florian Giese law firm, representing the Videorama GmbH, a 40 million euro legal German company. The receiver is notified of being caught at illegal file-sharing, with the list of IP addresses they used and a number of illegally uploaded and downloaded files.

Then, the letter gives the accused a hint that today copyright violation cases in court tend to lead to large cash fines and expenses. Therefore a victim is proposed to avoid things getting worse and to settle out of court for as much as 100 euros paid in cash or transferred via some of the banking systems.

Rechtsanwalt Florian Giese made an official statement, saying that it isn’t responsible for the fraudulent e-mails, and neither Videorama GmbH are. There have been a huge number of such emails sent out, so many of the file-sharers are in danger.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

October 26th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET lover (2010-10-28 11:45:42)
onra666 avatarYeah...had one of this letters too..a while ago...I called him up and he confirmed the scam....bunch of idiots...but more those who pay the 100 euros...

posted by ET loverKitty (2010-10-29 16:49:25)
greymongel avatarlol yea best thing to do is just ignore any of those Emails......only way u gonna get me to stop is to pyhsically have the police klickl my door down and unpklug my computer......but i dont see that happaening to millons of people anytime soon ;> thnx for the article

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