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Spacehappy
post Jan 14 2004, 09:07 PM
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Ok some of you are very internet savvy, and i need your advice. My problem is i purchased some "virtual items" (as in game items(yeh geeky i know)), off an internet site and have so far been ignored by the people selling them. I have now entered the disputes process with PayPal, but i want to get this persons site shut down, and if PayPal can not recover my money, sue the B******d.

The money is not alot of cash, but if he does this to alot of people then it adds up, now i know he is an AOL user and i think his site is also hosted by them. So i need to know the following.

1. Is there a way for me to shut his site down?.
2. How do i go about the above?
3. This is the hard one, what is the legal stance on suing over non delivery of "virtual items"?, on a trans atlantic basis?.

Thanks for any advice the main one getting the site shut down.
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post Jan 14 2004, 09:26 PM
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You can get him shut down. Contact AOL, explain the whole situation to them with as much proof as possible, and more than likely, they'll cut his service. They may be able to prosecute him themselves for misuse of service. I don't know about you getting your money back through any international internet court, though...
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post Jan 14 2004, 10:13 PM
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I'm certain you can get the site shut down by contacted whoever hosts, since it's a scam to get people's money. The non-delivery thing is tricky, and I think "virtual items" would count as a service rather than goods, but if you can prove you had an agreement and he hasn't fulfiled his end you may be able to get something done. I'd recommend trying to scare him with the threat of legal action first.


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post Jan 14 2004, 11:05 PM
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You should report him to AOL. I think they might listen to something serious like that.


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post Jan 14 2004, 11:15 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Jan 14 2004, 10:12 PM)
I'm certain you can get the site shut down by contacted whoever hosts, since it's a scam to get people's money. The non-delivery thing is tricky, and I think "virtual items" would count as a service rather than goods, but if you can prove you had an agreement and he hasn't fulfiled his end you may be able to get something done. I'd recommend trying to scare him with the threat of legal action first.

In the process of the fraud thing with Paypal, they are trying to recover the money i just dont want others to be duped into paying for stuff there not going to receive. I'll let you know how it goes with AOL.
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post Jan 15 2004, 07:44 AM
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Well, if worst comes to worst write out a very heavy letter threatening everything from legal action to debt collection agencies. Freak them out, because if they're pulling such a moronic scam as this, they would probably panic and start sending you cheques left right and center. Pulling off scams on the internet is pretty easy, but by the sounds of it these guys have picked one of the few ways that is completely illegal. So yeah, don't worry, just do whatever you have to.


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