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There. This is a slightly unusual approach. I am a police

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Hi there. This is a slightly unusual approach. I am a police officer trying to assist an elderly victim of an investment fraud. They invested £70k in diamonds in a typical boiler room scam subject to criminal investigation.
The diamonds, if they exist are likely to be worth a small fraction of this price. Part of the scam involved a storage contract with a third party company based outside the UK who may or may not be an innocent party to the scam but in any case their involvement was a key part of the mechanics of the fraud , i.e. distancing the victims from whatever they have paid for.
The third party storage company have now instructed a UK debt collecting company to chase victims for storage fees. The debt collecting company appear legitimate and confirm instruction by 3rd party company.
Is this likely to be a legally enforceable debt? No county court summons have been issued although threatened. The debt collecting company initially asked for £1500 but are now asking for £800 to go away. There may be further issues if diamonds do exist an are returned to UK as duty will be charged at purchase cost and refunded if valuation much lower.
I can't advise on whether or not this is a civil debt or not and police solicitors will not get involved saying this is a matter for the victim to take independent legal advice which I've done. I would like to think that as the 'debt' was a result of fraud it would not be classed as legally enforceable. I have an 86 year old who is very tempted to pay more money to get the situation to go away.
A quick steer if possible would be appreciated. Unfortunately I can't pay!
Kind regards
Pete
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 7 months ago.
What was being stored by the company?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Diamonds i.e. two diamonds sold to victim for £70k ...allegedly
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Jo. Any update?
Pete
Expert:  Jo C. replied 7 months ago.
Im very sorry but I've noticed above that you said you cannot pay and I cannot answer for free.I have opted out for others.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Jo. Did sign up for £18 payment but got cold feet when system said I was signing up for £18 a month. Sent a message to cancel but still don't know whether I've been charged a one off or not. Is this another site that's taking advantage of people trying to get an honest bit of advice? Just trying to get a straight answer but I should know better!
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 7 months ago.
Hello,
I am a moderator for this topic.
JustAnswer is not a scam. Currently you are not signed up for any membership plan and there are no monthly charges, although you have paid a question deposit.
We also offer a refund on request if you are not satisfied at any point.
Thank you,
Nicola
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Apologies for confusion but payment options confusing when I thought I was paying a one off and then get faced with monthly payments options. May not be a scam but sly marketing to get people to sign up to nobly payments like many other businesses.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
For nobly read monthly :-)
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 7 months ago.
Hello,
I understand. Would you like to continue?
Thanks,
Nicola
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Nicola. I won't continue. I was just trying to get a quick answer for an elderly fraud victim but am not that dedicated that I'm going to spend my own money. Cheers Pete
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Please can you refund my £18.00

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