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Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

Hi,
I need some advise please.


I have received a letter from Contractum.eu London stating I have to pay them CHF 294.43.
Their letter written in german (which I translated to English, thanks to google translator) states, I have made this offence in Hungary. Contractum / Hungary Traffic department is stating they have sent me two letters.


I have not received any communication. No information so far that I had a speeding ticket or some thing like that.


I have posted a message on Contractum.eu website giving the same details. I received a reply saying my case is not on hold.


Should I go ahead and make the payment?? What are my rights. Even if I receive no notification from Hungary, are these debt collectors can force us to pay?
I am a Brit living and working in Zurich.
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Old 29.11.2017, 12:40
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

For starters, have you been to Hungary and driven?
In a car registered to you at the correct address, etc

Then, have you actually Googled the company name and Hungary?
Quite a common complaint.

And is it a legal fine or just a shakedown? Based on Google results...
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

well a UK company can't legally chase you for debts here. they can just keep sending you letter with various threat levels, check the dartford crossing threads on here

adding extra 'fines', charges and late payment fee's is also not allowed, so you would only have to pay the original speeding fine.

personally i'd ignore it.

ETA a quick google seems to suggest they are totally toothless, just fishing
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

Does photographic proof exist for this alleged offense?
Ask for it.
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

Just received an email from EPC/Contractum. They have attached some pictures, but I can't make out any thing from the pictures.


They are saying they have sent me two letters. I have received none. As per Contractum, both are registered letters.
As per contractum, it doesn't matter whether I receive them or not. The evidence that they have just posted me is good enough to make money.


Also, I was away on an international trip during the period they have said they posted me the letters. So I have attached this evidence and replied back to them.


I am not sure if the above argument that it doesn't matter, I received the fine or not as long as they have the evidence of posting, is valid or not in Switzerland.. This I don't know.


Can anyone advise if this rule is valid in EU / Switzerland??


Thanks in advance.
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Old 06.12.2017, 18:17
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

EPC have no legal rights to demand money here, your first big mistake was contacting them! check the dartford tunnel thread, all the info is on there.


https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...2014-a-10.html

we received dozens of letters from EPC / Ecollect various threats, then offers, then threats again, absolutely nothing happened, they have no legal rights to make you pay, they are scum bags.

Personally I would ignore them and wait for them to register the debt (they won't) then deal with it.
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

In Hungary the governemnt sometimes employes private collection agencies to collect payments from people residing outside the EU.

It happned to me as well, but that was not a fine but taxes over a business thing I did there.

But my agency had a different name.

But maybe they use several agencies.

So yours could possible be legit.

But it could also be a scam.

Google them , check location and time as well as you can. If still not convinced, contact the police HQ for the province where the incident occurred. Most Hungarian policemen can speak passable German or even English.
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Re: Demand from Contractum.eu for a speeding offence that I am not aware

Sounds like a scam to me...

I'm also unclear if you've actually been to Hungary on the day they claim.

Without proper photos or really anything to back up that "claim", I have my doubts this is legit.
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