Scam Fees: Con Men At Work. There's inumerable sites
where one can freely download free software; but con men too could
set up sites where they hide download fee, & send
you a bill later.
A German court ruled against deception ( see here), but there's a world
of national laws & languages out there. Plenty of
scope for other cons in in other places &
languages etc. Take care. PS If you, an innocent do
get caught by such a scam, some ideas (though IANAL =
I Am Not A Lawyer):
- As well as consumer rights bodies, & normal
national legal defence re hidden charges
- There's possibly another way to hit back: See
if what you'r downloading is licensed for the site
to distribute. It could be eg with things like
OpenOffice or Mozilla Firefox that maybe the
licence only allows distributors to make a
reasonable charge, & not an unreasonably high
charge, so you may also be able to come to an
arrangement to represent the software consortium
that issued the software free, to counter sue the
distributor for breach of licence & damages.
German law also seems to allow people to sue on 3rd
party's behalf, without 3rd party even knowing,
till they collect, far as I can figure (that law
too got abused by at least one dodgey lawyer who
ended up doing time (2 years as I recall); Maybe
other countries have similar scenarios.
- If you'r eg a German caught by a scam .de web
site, run by eg a foreign ie English Ltd company
(perhaps owned by Germans?). Don't despair, don't
think just because its
quite easy to open an English small company ...
that does Not mean you have no recourse: A director
whose firm is "wrongfully trading" or behaves
criminally can be
banned for 2 to 15 years , see UK companies
house who also have pages in
French & German).
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