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Company claiming to sell ads on my site. and my site runs no ads

     
9:22 pm on May 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I came across an email at the end of last week from a niche aggregator company claiming to sell ads on a website which I own. However, I don't have an agreement with them for anything. In fact, I don't have ads on anything. (I used to run a few Google Ads on static redirects, but this company isn't Google or related to Google Ads.)

The bozos were dumb enough to send me the email directly (well to my Gmail). It said that it was from my website (but with their email address), that my site is part of their "network", and then concluded with the name of my website and a street address that was c/o them and their business premises.

I own all the close URLs for my website, and am the only one worldwide using name or other variants. (I've been using it since 2004.)

The company doing the claiming is large enough to be sued (turnover probably $28-30 mil a year), but any ideas on what steps to take/ laws they might be breaking/ etc, etc?

Any and all feedback welcome....
10:39 pm on May 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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They'll just say they made a mistake. "So many invoices, too little help..."

Bury it and move on.
8:14 am on May 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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but any ideas on what steps to take/ laws they might be breaking/ etc, etc?

If you want legal advice you should seek it from a professional adviser in the appropriate jurisdiction.

Your first step is to verify that the email is genuine and not a spoof for phishing purposes.
11:00 am on May 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, you should do all that too. I guess.

You can also email them back and say "who the hell are you anyway? Billing me..."

Huh?

Get redneck with them. Forget lawyers.. forget law period.

WHO ARE YOU?

See what they've got in their pocket.

Bill them for billing you and taking up your time.

I would. I'd do it in a minute.
4:20 pm on May 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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How about calling their bluff? Suppose you knew to a moral certainty that some unknown third party was yanking both your chains. Wouldn't ordinary human decency call for a polite e-mail from you to them, pointing out that someone's been spreading disinformation about the both of you?

Can't hurt, and might have interesting results.