Folks, the next time the postman or courier guy comes to deliver a registered letter, a certificate of posting letter or parcel, do the following:
a) Check who is it from?
b) If you do not know the source, reject it.
If you accept it without knowing the source, the following has happened and can happen to you too.
There have been cases where lawyers have mailed AR registered letters to people on behalf of their clients for some court case matter but the envelope consisted of brochures promoting sale of new real estate or some car model or just an empty A4 size paper inside.
In normal circumstances, when one receives an empty letter or junk mail, they will just tear and throw away,
BUT here lies the danger:
a) You signed the AR registered card and it is returned to the law firm that that letter was delivered and the signed AR card is proof of delivery and will be used against you in court.
b) Same applies to the so very convenient "CERTIFICATE OF POSTING" mail.
When the grace period for you to respond is over, they quietly go to court and show proof that an AR registered letter was sent to you as a reminder and you did not bother to defend it and thus convince the court officials and get a judgment against you.
Next another AR registered letter is sent to you asking for damages approved by the court, or just another empty envelope and you discard it once more and this time the white collar crook will go to the court quietly and seek the assistance of the court to seal your property to recover the amount given by the court and soon the court bailiff will be at your door step to execute the order .
What happens next? You frantically call your relatives in disbelief and seek legal advice.
You are at a loss, not knowing what is happening. Anxiety, stress, palpitation, sleepless nights cannot be compensated as this is a reality check.
You engage a lawyer, spend a few thousand ringgit polishing their pockets for paper work and appeal to the High court to set aside this matter.
What are your rights?
a) You have every right to reject any mail / parcel that comes from unknown sources, be it a debt collection company, law firm or some individual.
b) You have every right to ask the postman or the person delivering it to open the mail and let you see what is inside and the contents of the letter.
c) REJECT it if you are not comfortable or ask them to deliver to a law firm that you know.
d) If you have inadvertently signed and collected the empty AR mail, lodge a police report and also report to the Bar Council as this will protect you if the matter goes to court.
Eye opener isn't it?
Crime is beyond house break-ins and snatch thefts. Most of the time thieves get a few hundred ringgit BUT here you spend thousands of ringgit, many hours spent travelling to court or to your lawyer's office, not forgetting the stress, anxiety, sleepless nights, etc.
These days, crooks come dressed in suits, so beware and be smart.
Do inform your family members, parents-in-law, grandparents, maid, children, hubby ...
DO NOT SIGN ON BEHALF OF ANYONE ... let them leave a card, go check at the post office, or if not comfortable, just reject it or ask the postman to open and show you what is inside.
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Source: From the Net