Users of the recently shut down Megaupload file locker site have been targeted by online scammers in the hope of extorting over £100 from them.
While cease and desist requests as well as those threatening legal action if a settlement fee isn't paid are hardly something new, they always come from law firms representing legitimate copyright holders like EMI, Warner or Universal. In this instance however, it's just nefarious scammers targeting scared downloaders.
The letter - posted on Online Kosten - being sent out to Megaupload users claims to be from a German law firm known as "Dr Kroner and Kollegen," saying that since the user has been caught illegally downloading files from the site, that they are now liable for fines of up to 10,000 euros. However, despite not demanding said user cease all further downloads, it offers a settlement fee of just 147 euros and the case would be dropped.
Using fake IP addresses and time stamps to further frighten the user into paying, many recipients of the communique noticed something was a bit fishy when no specific files or media were mentioned. Whenever a traditional notice is sent, the copyright lawyers always cite what exactly was infringed upon.
Have you received one of these letters? If you have, we'd love to know, but for now at least don't respond and don't worry, it's all just a scam.