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“Pay now to avoid legal proceedings”

16 April 2019

Why do I need to pay? And what for? You may ask these questions when you receive an intimidating email purporting to come from a bailiff. This particular message threatens legal action and a bad credit-rating with the Central Credit Registration Office for failing to pay for an app which you ordered in late 2017. The app cost 1.80 euro only, but total costs, including a fine and administrative fees, have now run up to over 177 euro.

You will be summoned to court and have your bank account will be seized if you fail to pay by 17 March. That doesn’t look right, does it? After all, it’s April and the email is datelined 15 April.

There are more red flags in this scam email, because that’s what it is. The message includes a lot of legalese and some strange sentences. Besides, the amount you are told to pay is preposterously high in comparison with the price of the app download. Ignore this email, don’t pay. It’s a blatant attempt to fleece you out of your money.

Here’s an example (click to enlarge):