Andrew Crossley, the disgraced lawyer behind ACS:Law, has told law firm Ralli Solicitors that he did not send emails to two individuals in Greece demanding payments of £1,655 for alleged file sharing.
The news came after Ralli admitted that it is representing clients who had received the payment demands, but Michael Forrester, a solicitor at the firm, said that he was unsure of their authenticity.
"The recipients of the emails do not know how their email addresses have been obtained, nor why it is alleged that they have infringed copyright," he said.
"Normally an internet service provider would not release their customers' contact details without a court order. We have no information about a relevant court order in these cases."
Given this, and other issues such as ACS:Law's bankruptcy, Forrester believes that the letters are most likely fake.
"It is also unclear how ACS:Law is continuing to operate, despite purporting to close earlier this year and the sole principal recently being made bankrupt. We have advised clients that we may be dealing with an imposter."
It has also emerged that the recipients of the letters were asked to send cheques to 18 Hanover Square in London, which longer exists owing to extensive Crossrail building work in the area.
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