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UK Users Hit With Fake Copyright Enforcement Letters
Scammers Target Government's Upcoming Three Strikes Plan
by Karl Bode 07:58AM Monday Jul 23 2012
As ISPs here in the States begin to act as the entertainment industry's Internet baby sitters despite significant problems with their new enforcement plans, a UK scam highlights yet another potential pitfall of these system: scammers. With the UK set to start implementing a three strikes system in 2014, scammers are already hard at work conning users out of cash by using fake copyright violation letters. The poorly written scam letters (did you know that's usually intentional to help weed out smart folks?) claim to be sent by the "Digital Econnomy Act," warning recipients the must immediately pay a £50 fee.

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I did not know that was intentional

Interesting tid bit for a Monday morning

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Where there's money to be made...

This doesn't surprise me in the least, and will hopefully be short lived.

Considering that a lot of people don't really know what's going on, on their PCs, I'm sure a some folks who haven't committed an infringement will pay up, amongst other things.

On a side note, I liked the link about why these letters are poorly written... sometimes these guys really are a step ahead.
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Re: Where there's money to be made...

Yeah, I've read several articles about that. One thing they didn't mention here is that another reason the e-mails are poorly written is because those who would fall for them would expect the writer's English to be bad, so the e-mails fit what they'd expect to receive from someone in Nigeria. Also, it's a way to make the mark believe that they're smarter than the writer and can therefore take advantage of his perceived ignorance. It makes them think that they have the upper hand when they're actually the one being played.
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You have the Professional cons, like the RIAA & the MPAA and now the Amateur cons are getting a piece of the action...Sad....

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Re: Where there's money to be made...

said by cableman0327:

You have the Professional cons, like the RIAA & the MPAA and now the Amateur cons are getting a piece of the action...Sad....

Arguably the **AAs are doing what they do within the legal system, and are not mis-representing themselves though.

It's *almost* extortion but there's no doubt about who's coming at you.
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I wonder what the AA's are going to do about the "fake" problem?
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Sue the scammers for copyright infringement on there business.....

where

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where business?

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said by David:

I wonder what the AA's are going to do about the "fake" problem?

They're already on it. They are contacting the scammers and demanding only 75% of what they bring in. And they get to stay in business.

Otherwise, they bring in their thugs and make things very uneasy for them.......
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