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Ambulance chaser clones and the DPA

Posted in Venting, Vermin with tags , on February 15, 2008 by Apollo

I have a deeply entrenched disgust for, and despise those who seek to make money out of the misfortune of others, especially where that gain is made by exploiting those who have suffered in some way. There’s the further problem caused by this sort of rubbish, as it generally introduces additional costs or constraints that genuine claimants would not have had to bear had the con artists not practised their filthy art.

We already have the ambulance chasing scum that operates on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, and can afford to take the most trivial of cases to court after convincing punters that they are due compensation. As if we need the courts filled with cases such as the one where a claim was raised when some of this filth made a claim on against a shopping centre on the basis its floors were too hard, and their client had got sore feet as a result.

While the Governement deserves to be brought to account for the farcical way they take care of peoples data (especially as the keep reassuring us that we can trust them with our personal identification data that they want to place in a National ID Database to go along with their vile ID Cards, there is no excuse for legal firms to be conning individual out of their money on the basis that they are due compensation as a result of the Government’s present unacceptably poor data security.

While the information regarding the DPA (Data Protection Act), and the criteria for compensation when data is lost, is freely available on the web, it seem the scummy end of the legal business is out to make a fast buck out of this ‘opportunity’, and is offering £5.99 packs that they claims will help some of the 25 million victims of the HM Revenue and Customs data loss last year make a compensation claim.

It doesn’t take the greatest brain in the world to work out that with the business infrastructure already in place, any organisation promoting these packs will turn a tidy profit even if only a small percentage of that number of ‘victims’ is attracted, and parts with £5.99.

The beauty of the scam is that these con artists need do nothing after they have sold the pack, needing only to inform the potential claimant that there is no point in proceeding, so they don’t even need to have the staff available to follow up. And who knows, there still the potential for a little Gold Mine in amongst a potential 25 million clients, as there is a possibility that at least one will have suffered a claimable loss, so it’s win/win.

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Consumers warned on data loss compensation packs