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To name and shame someone who ripped me off?

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LookingMP Thu 10-Mar-16 12:14:16

I have a very detailed post I could put here (and I'm not sure which part of the forums would best suit it) but as it mentions the guy's name (who will no doubt be attempting to do it to others as he's a con artist), I wanted to ask if it's okay to name him, first. Thanks.

breezydoesit Thu 10-Mar-16 12:19:48

I wouldn't...I get you're annoyed but naming someone could be construed as libellous

molyholy Thu 10-Mar-16 12:20:47

Please (maybe not name him), but there may be other posters who could benefit from reading your experience.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 10-Mar-16 12:25:01

I wouldn't name him, as others have said it could be libellous, however with enough detail and rough location etc it should help others to be aware.

Scootergrrrl Thu 10-Mar-16 12:27:12

Has there been any police involvement? While you can't discuss an on-going active court case, any conviction for the behaviour you describe would be a defence in a libel case.
Otherwise, if it's just your word against his, I think MNHQ would pull it pretty sharpish. I'm sure they wouldn't want to be opened up to a libel suit, even if the bloke in question is a class A shitbag.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 10-Mar-16 12:27:22

Obviously I'm not MNHQ, but, If I had to guess I don't think MNHQ would allow it, incase there was any come back on them,, and of course naming someone breachers confidentiality, so I'm confident. They can't allow it.
You will of course be able to speak of your experience, though.
But obviously I do not want to and can't speak for MNHQ, so Id email them to ask them.

LookingMP Thu 10-Mar-16 12:37:46

Thanks for your input. I've emailed MNHQ and asked them. I'd stand by anything I said legally and am happy for MNHQ to have my details even if I didn't plaster them in this forum.

LookingMP Thu 10-Mar-16 12:38:53

And I don't want to mention any police involvement in a public forum, so I appreciate it will come across as "my word against his", and he is indeed a "class A shitbag".

MadamDeathstare Thu 10-Mar-16 12:46:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BillSykesDog Thu 10-Mar-16 12:49:34

If there is police involvement no. You could screw up any chance of him being prosecuted.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 10-Mar-16 12:49:43

Absolutely. Madam.

firesidechat Thu 10-Mar-16 12:53:15

If this was a business transaction then name and shame him on the appropriate review site. I wouldn't do it on here because it starts to look vindictive and we really have no idea if it's true. I don't think mn will allow it as it would create a dangerous precedent.

LookingMP Thu 10-Mar-16 12:55:02

MadamDeathstare - The details would leave anyone in no doubt that it's only one individual and no-one else with the same name. Point taken, though.

firesidechat - What would be the appropriate review site?

Trollicking Thu 10-Mar-16 12:55:52

Could you just describe what happened with no names and warn people to be careful confused. I'd I bought something from gumtree and I sent a bank transfer but the guy didn't turn up... Or something?.. Would that work?

If it's eBay then you can report him

Otherwise you need action fraud.

firesidechat Thu 10-Mar-16 12:58:29

I wouldn't know would I because I don't know who he is or what he did. If he's a dodgy plumber then it would be a review site for tradesman.

nextyearrodney Thu 10-Mar-16 13:12:51

He's not connected to forever living or another MLM is he? There is a whole thread over in money matters about some of the characters caught up in that charade.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 10-Mar-16 13:20:55

If he has acted illegally then go through the proper channels to prosecute him

MN will be very cautious about being seen to publish anything defamatory after the she who cannot be named debacle.

MistressDeeCee Thu 10-Mar-16 13:54:31

I would do it, but think about where is the most appropriate place. It likely isn't here

People like that regularly get away with doing wrong to others, because so many people are prepared to hold "bad secrets". I've never understood why that is.

But yes if theres an appropriate review site etc then do it there.

RebootYourEngine Thu 10-Mar-16 13:58:25

Are they a tradesperson? Could you leave a review on something like or similar?

Or report them to the police or trading standards.

LookingMP Thu 10-Mar-16 14:00:26

I thought we were going to go into business together to run a comedy club near Manchester. He turned out to be a big con artist. I just don't know where to turn. I don't want to detail any police involvement here, but I'm happy to spill all the beans to anyone who wants to listen.

LurkingHusband Thu 10-Mar-16 14:01:06

Could you leave a review on something like or similar?

Checkatrade won't accept bad reviews (he who pays the piper, etc).

Icompletelyunderstand Thu 10-Mar-16 14:07:19

Best just give as many background details as you can without naming him on the thread, tell us what happened and anyone who thinks they know him and may be at risk of being conned by him too can PM you for the name.

ImperialBlether Thu 10-Mar-16 14:25:43

That made me laugh, comparing a baby 'expert' (quotes as I don't know whether she actually is or not - hardly even heard of her) to a terrorist.

LookingMP Thu 10-Mar-16 14:27:56

Icompletelyunderstand - Which is the best forum on here, on which to name him, please?

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