I have signed a form under the impression that I was signing a form for a free exhibitors listing guide from a company called Construct Data. They have since sent us invoices for payment for the listing that was in the fine print I admittedly did not read. Due to this company being from Slovakia my finance manager since researched the company on the net and has discovered it is apparently a scam. They now continually threaten me with overdue letters and have since sent an email to my business email address threatening legal action. Am I obligated to pay this account even though I believe it is a scam? This was the contents of there last email:
In reference to the above subject matter and our communication dated 3 October 2013, we again inform you that thus far you have continued to ignore this matter and your company’s overdue commercial debt.
We remind you again that your company is in breach of contract.
As stated in the terms and conditions of the attached contract, this matter will be either:
- litigated in the jurisdiction of our corporate offices. Should you fail to be represented in the applicable court, a judgment by default will be received and enforced in your local court under the regulations for the jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, at which point you will not be entitled to a hearing and would have no possible recourse to prevent such enforcement
- or we will exercise our right to transfer rights and obligations related to this order to third parties
Your company has until the 24 October 2013 to settle this delinquent account, failure to comply may result in substantial additional costs for your company. Please proceed with the settlement of your account without any further delay.
Terms of payment: 5% discount if invoice is paid by credit card, please use attached form (we accept payments via MasterCard and Visa).
Jonathan Fisher - Senior Contract Specialist
Legal Department / for and on behalf of Construct Data Publishers a.s.
Construct Data Publishers a.s.
Suché Mýto 1
811 03 Bratislava
Phone: +421 (2) 32 114 113
Fax: +421 (2) 33 010 334
What can I be subjected to should I not pay? Can they have a third party in Australia carry out legal action and request me to go to court in Australia? as the above email implicates?
Your earliest advice would be much appreciated. Kind Regards Jason