Following a number of emails from angry customers of flat rate internet service provider (ISP) Connect25, it has emerged that the company has in fact pulled the plug on its service and is possibly on the verge of liquidation.
Natalie Rossa, Connect25 company secretary, today revealed to vnunet.com's sister title Computeractive that the company's database may be sold to offset debts owed to creditors.
She went on to blame incompatibility between Windows Me and 2000, together with newly installed software, for recent connection problems experienced by Connect25 users.
Rossa added that the final nail in the company's coffin was when credit card company WorldPay refused to forward subscriptions.
Customers of the ISP found they could not connect to the internet on their dial-up three days ago. They have since been trying to contact the helpdesk by any means possible, but phone, fax and email have brought no response.
Leicester Trading Standards has been investigating Connect25 since October last year, after being inundated by complaints. The company's demise leaves thousands of users out in the cold.
However, insolvency firm Elwell, Watchorn and Saxton (EWS), the appointed liquidator for the ISP, refused to comment on Rossa's statement concerning the database, saying it was too early to know if there would be any assets which could be sold.
A spokesman for the firm said the company was still collating a list of all creditors - both consumers and businesses - to whom Richard Elwell, the official liquidator, would be writing over the coming weeks.
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