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I have been contacted over the phone by people who claim they can get me compensation for - inconvenience/pain due to a car accident. They say they can get the money from a gov department. I didn't ask for this, but now I am worried they might want to put pressure on the other party, who, I am sure has no money. (I got insurance from the RAA). Is this a scam? but what would they get out of it, since they didn't ask for bank details?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because consumer protection law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

My accident was in SA. They called from WA

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

No, I never asked for compensation. They just called out of the blue

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No, just if that could be fair dinkum or a scam, and how could it be determined it is a scam, for after all being money offered is tempting.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Australia Law
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Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 6 months ago
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Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

yes you need to be careful of the calls.

The best way to find out if you are entitled to compensation is to either ask a question on just answer with me or call a lawyer's office.

Protect yourself from scams is getting harder these days.

do you need help with a compensation claim ?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No. I just want to know if these people are for real, offering compensation for inconvenience, and who would it be payi8ng the compensation, because I myself do not wish to inconvenience the person who caused the accident.
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

from what you have said, I consider they will be some form of a scam.

does this answer your important question today ?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
sorry, I done't seem to be at the right address.
The RAA thinks it is a scam. But how, what would be in it for them?
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

ok then that makes sense.

its best that you do not communicate with them.

have I answered your question today ?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Sorry, I realize it's only conjecture; still I was hoping for some ideas there. Good bye.
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

you are doing well

there are other options, would you like to talk on the phone ?

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