What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? NY State
I'm new to this forum ( ive never really had any legal issues in my life ! )
Back on the 24th september I received an email out of the blue that I assumed was a spam / junk email that I normally glance at and then disregard, it was from an adult webcam site, the email contained a login and password for their site to be able to use their services, it was an email like the email you get when you sign up with a credit card, however I didn't ever sign up for the site, Just was provided with an email address and login, so I assumed it was a promotion or something, so I logged in with the information provided and used their site, It is a pay per use site so there is a charge that was shown everytime I signed in, which foolishly I thought was just part of the promotion.
About 10 days later the login didn't work anymore so I didn't think anymore about it, then a couple of days later I got an email containing this
They are threatening me with Credit Card fraud, even though I didn't ever use a credit card to sign up for their site, after exchanging numerous emails with them they state that the IP address used to login and use their site and the IP address used to sign up for their site are the same which is impossible as the first contact I had with their site was the one containing the login information, however in the initial email I received from them with the login information this was in there
"Greetings, ben! Your member account has been activated. Remember you have to login from [url=http://www.brazzersnetwork.com/members]Brazzers Members Login[/url] to get access to all Brazzers sites!
Approval: APPROVEDTrans Date: Wed 2008-Sep-24 06:09:54 GMTType of Card: MCCard Number: xxxxxxxxxxxx3017Exp Date: 0811"
My name isn't Ben, and I don't have access to a Mastercard, its almost as if someone registered for their site but used my email address to send the login information
What do I do, will the local law enforcement really contact me about this if I don't pay this amount ? yes I did use the account, and technically I did incur the charges, but I wasn't aware someone was actually being billed and thought It was just a spam / junk email that I got lucky on because It worked.
Do I just pay it, what is the worst that can happen, what Can I do when they're stating that the IP address used to sign up for the site is mine when I KNOW that its not and its almost as if they're lying, I've asked for written proof and all the relevant information regarding it so I can decide what happened but they're refusing without a Subpoena and I don't want to hire a Lawyer for a $300 charge as it would be cheaper to just pay the charge, however I don't want to pay the charge if this is a scam designed to dupe people into using their site.
Any advice / help would be greatly appreciatedWhat is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?