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I own a psychic related website which has misrepresented itself

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I own a psychic related website which has misrepresented itself by giving a false name and false information about myself. My services are real, however, the name and age is fake. Now someone wants to sue me. Not because of the service itself, but there was a mixup in getting the customer's refund back. I can give more details.

I offer a 60 day guarantee, and because the customer misspelled their email when purchasing, I had trouble finding their transaction. They hired a lawyer who demanded $25,000 in 'pain and suffering' over getting the refund. I finally found the transaction and refunded the $30. They want to report me for fraud and sue me. They live in Canada and me in the USA, how likely is it that this could go far? I am more concerned about the fraud part.
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Criminal Lawyer: Dwayne B., Lawyer replied 7 years ago
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Does your name have any real bearing on the service or were you just using it as an alias? In other words, did you use a name that led people to believe you were someone famous or well known?
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
I used my gf's name and said I had 25 years experience. She is not famous at all, and I do not have that much experience.
Criminal Lawyer: Dwayne B., Lawyer replied 7 years ago
The 25 years experience is an issue then, the name not so much. They can probably succeed in a fraud claim against you due to the misrepresentation as to experience, although if you don't tell them I'm not sure how they could ever prove you haven't been a psychic for 25 years since you would be the only one to know that. In addition, if the lawyer is from the US threatening a criminal prosecution if you don't settle is a violation of a lawyer's code of ethics. Another issue is the damages. It will be hard to prove that they were damaged by your "advice". You may want to have a lawyer review your website for potential issues and cover your bases by putting disclaimers in there like "this is for entertainment purposes only" etc.



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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Sorry, I just have a few more questions.

The lawyer that is pursueing this, as well as the customer, are both from Canada, I am from the USA. From what I heard, over something so minor, it really will not go anywhere. She purchased a service for $30, which she has received a refund to.

I already have disclaimers all over the website that says it is for entertainment purposes only and that my service are not to be substituted for professional services or advice and that I cannot be held responsible for any damages.

I am 27 now and the website has been open for 3 years, so as you can see it is a problem to say I have had 25 years of experience. However, I did realize it was wrong, so I removed all of that information from the website, as well as my gf's name about 2 years ago. Unfortunatley, there was an article online "exposing" me and this client found it.

I am worried about the fraud charges, what kind of penalties, if any, am I facing and how realistic is it that this will go all the way?
Criminal Lawyer: Dwayne B., Lawyer replied 7 years ago
It is unlikely it will go any further if they are both from Canada. As I said the issue about 25 years of experience is a problem, but using the GFs name isn't a big deal since many people use an alias online. It is also not likely that you would be prosecuted since you gave her the money back and since the information was removed so long ago.



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