Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Finance/banking/taxation  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 27.04.2020, 12:30
me.anon's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: thun
Posts: 2,155
Groaned at 47 Times in 32 Posts
Thanked 2,852 Times in 1,380 Posts
me.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond reputeme.anon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Received a late invoice

Quote:
View Post
Did you try asking them how they made such an error and why it has only come to light now. Ask them for an explanation before deciding it is fraud. Fact of life many small businesses are awful at bookkeeping but it doesn't make them crooks
a) I did not say that it was definitely fraud. However, I have certainly not ruled out the possibility. A fraud would only be transparent to someone who was in a position to see a systematic fishing attempt, involving a large number of ancient bills, where it must have been clear that at least some has already been paid. Obviously, I am not in that position.

b) I did not ask them for an an explanation. I did not need to. They presented this as such:
===========
Vielen Dank für Ihr rasches Abklären. Dank dem genauen Zahlungsdatum haben wir die Zahlung nun auch bei uns gefunden.

Ich bitte höflichst um Entschuldigung für die entstandenen Umstände. Die Zahlungserinnerung können sie vernichten.

Nichts für ungut.
===========

This is exactly what I would have expected them to say.

The date of my payment was 11 days after the date on their bill. The transaction amount was SFR1000. So quite a lot must have gone wrong if I am to believe it was a genuine error.

The obvious other questions to ask are:

Did you send out many other such old bills ?
What proportion of the recipients produced evidence that these had already been paid ?

I am not going to ask because, even if they answered, I would not have confidence in those answers.

Anyway, I am not doing this to attract attention to myself, or for sympathy. It is simply a warning to others regarding such risks and the benefits of some record keeping. As I said before, the distinction between fraud and incompetence would hardly matter to someone who was unable to demonstrate that they had already paid the bill.
__________________
If you have difficulties with a post which contains a link to a site in one of the Swiss languages, use Google Translate or your own favourite translating browser.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 27.04.2020, 14:17
NotAllThere's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Baselland
Posts: 13,265
Groaned at 216 Times in 191 Posts
Thanked 19,342 Times in 7,873 Posts
NotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Received a late invoice

Quote:
View Post
The transaction amount was SFR1000. So quite a lot must have gone wrong if I am to believe it was a genuine error.
Not really. It's not that much money in the scheme of things.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
late invoice




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dentist bill received 5 years late- do I still need to pay it? lauratigger1 Family matters/health 14 31.01.2018 12:26
Invoice for damages received from landlord 5 months after leaving! shazbo Housing in general 50 06.03.2017 08:52
Ipads bought online - No invoice received telandy TV/internet/telephone 1 03.01.2013 21:34
Health Insurance never received the invoice from the hospital! Nessuno Insurance 2 14.03.2012 20:23
Translation requested: Received a late letter about my Pension Fund hollisterb Finance/banking/taxation 19 08.01.2011 14:46


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 21:57.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0