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I stupidly paid these people money upfront in November last

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I stupidly paid these people money upfront in November last year and havent heard a word back from them. Not sure what I can do now?You blue box on my screen wont let me type into it
Hello what did you pay for exactly?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
They asked for £985 for translation fees and then said that after that the papers could be prepared for a court hearing. I've heard nothing since.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
They said they could get my money back that I had lost through IAP Global, they said that the Spanish government have a compensation scheme for these sort of things. It sounded like something to try as everything else I have done to try and get the money back Ive lost has failed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The company is Fastline Legal Services in Malaga, Spain.
How did you pay them?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Paid using a credit card
Looking at the company, they have been previously flagged up by the Financial Conduct Authority for providing financial services without the legal authorisation of the FCA. They have also been discussed in a number of forums as being quite likely illegitimate: The good news is you paid by credit card and you should have some protection through your card provider, who would be jointly responsible for any fraud or breach of contract. Instead of pursuing the company, which could be a waste of time, take this up with the credit card provider and ask them to initiate a Section 75 claim for this transaction. I hope this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (3, 4 or 5 stars) as that is an important part of our process and recognises the time I have spent assisting you. If you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have been reading up about the Section 75 claim and it seems to suggest that there is a 180 day limit on this when you can make a claim. I paid this money in 2014 so over a year ago so does that make me ineligible?
If it was over a year ago it may make you ineligible but you have nothing to lose by contacting them to ask if you are still covered, If you are not then unfortunately you will have to pursue the company directly and that can be rather difficult and in the circumstances I will be minded to say you write this off rather than spend more time and money pursuing something you are unlikely to recover
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I had a feeling you might say that. It just seems awful that there are people out there who would take your last penny without a conscience, and even worse thing is they get away with it. Anyway thanks for your help/advice/
I fully empathise, I have seen so many different scams where people's life savings have been taken (I am talking in the region of five figure, even six figure sums) but unfortunately it does happen. I am sorry I had to break bad news but it is important you know realistically where you stand rather than wasting more money and still get nothing. If your original question has been answered I would be grateful if you could please quickly rate my answer by selecting 3, 4 or 5 starts at the top of the page - it only takes a second to do and is an important part of our process. I can still answer follow up questions afterwards if needed. Thank you
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