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Australia The Almighty Buck The Courts

Australian Mobile Phone Provider Sent 1000s of Fake Debt Collection Letters 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the show-me-the-money dept.
Bismillah writes "Excite Mobile in South Australia also set up a fake debt collection agency, and a fictional complaints body for late-paying customers. The company sent fake debt collection letters to 1074 customers, even going so far as threatening to confiscate the toys of their customers' kids if they didn't pay up. From the article: 'South Australian mobile phone provider Excite Mobile has been found guilty of false, misleading and unconscionable conduct by the Federal Court after the ACCC took action against the company for faking a debt collection agency, creating a fictional complaints body, and misrepresenting scope of mobile coverage.'"
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Australian Mobile Phone Provider Sent 1000s of Fake Debt Collection Letters

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  • Carriers (Score:5, Interesting)

    by geek (5680) on Monday April 22, 2013 @01:23PM (#43516905) Homepage

    I'm convinced that phone carriers are the spawn of Satan. The ones in the US aren't any better than this and may in fact be worse on many levels. I've worked for two of them and the shit I've seen still keeps me up at night.

    I tend to lean more libertarian but every time I recall my past experiences with these fuckers I start screaming for regulation. Just the fact I pay 3 times what Europeans do for half the service is enough to make me want to hang the bastards from trees and through rocks at them.

  • Re:BS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Linsaran (728833) on Monday April 22, 2013 @01:31PM (#43516951) Homepage
    True, but a corporation can only be this evil because there's no specific accountability to the people who own the corporation. Corporations act as a shield for individual liability, that's their only real purpose. If the people who own a corporation were exposed to the same legal and financial risks, they probably wouldn't do half the shit they do.
  • Re:BS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by neminem (561346) < minus caffeine> on Monday April 22, 2013 @01:42PM (#43517057) Homepage

    Put succinctly by Leverage: "If you and I kill a guy, we go to prison. If my *company* kills a guy, pay a fine, that's the cost of doing business."

  • Re:BS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by doconnor (134648) on Monday April 22, 2013 @01:45PM (#43517077) Homepage

    I doubt most of the owners knew or approved of this, put specific people who worked for the corporation did. They should be the target of criminal charges. Having them go to jail would be a better deterrent then some financial liability spread among the owners.

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