Crystal Segments T/a Event Domain (eventdomain.co.uk) and Clear Debt Solutions Ltd (CDS) – scammers or terminally stupid?

Unlike most things I write this doesn’t really have much relevance to the same day courier industry but these scamming fools have annoyed me so much that I’ve got to write about them somewhere – and this is as good a place as any.

Back in March 2009 I added a free listing for my business on the eventdomain.co.uk website – “Web Directory for the Conference, Hospitality and Event industry”. Almost three years later these scammers are pursuing my company for an alleged debt for advertising on their site. I’m not the sort of person to be taken in by scams like this, so they won’t be getting a penny from us. Hopefully anybody else who’s being harassed for non-existent debts by this shower of conmen will find this article and be armed with the information they need to avoid being harassed into paying up.

At the time we registered on their site it displayed a clickable ad: “Add your company for FREE – Register Today”. Clicking the ad led to another page containing the following text:

Standard Listing

Drive targeted Event-sector visitors to your business

A standard entry with Eventdomain gets you the following:

It provides the first stage in advertising and gives you basic internet presence
It’s a low cost way for you to be found
It will help in ranking you in the search engines

It also mentions an enhanced ‘Sponsored Listing’ at a cost of £40 for 13 months.

Being a cheapskate and not being the sort of person who would ever pay to advertise on some tinpot directory site with a very limited presence I entered our details for the Standard Listing. I received the following email from them (links disabled deliberately) on 08/04/2009:

“Advertise on event industry’s number one site

Your targeted advertising just got better. With hundreds of categories featuring business-to-business suppliers to the Event industry, EventDomain is the website of the event and hospitality industry. The site – at www.eventdomain.co.uk –  features categories such as Catering Equipment, Clothing, Photography, Graphics & Signs, Gifts & Incentives and Venues.  Infact, we have 6000 businesses who use our services.

EventDomain is a true one-stop shop for your industry. A Sponsored entry will put your company in front of thousands of event organisers looking for your product or service – whether it’s stand supplies or a marquee.

Take out a Sponsored entry and you’ll get full web stats, including clicks to your website, page views, and can view your stats in your own private area, called My EventDomain.

Testimonials:

“Seen your editorial in the Daily Mirror Biz Bureau section. Great website!”
Regards, Roger
www.societywine.com
More testimonials

A sponsored entry puts you above the standard listings, making you stand out and increases clickthrough by 50% – Guaranteed!    And EventDomain is highly specialised. It’s a site specifically created for people to find services just like yours.

Can you afford not to advertise on EventDomain? To book your slot, just go
online at http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/users.php?action=login –  just login as normal and click the Paypal button to pay.   Once your payment is accepted, your upgrade will activate at once – so there’s no worrying waiting times – just clean, clear target driven exposure.
Once done, your entry will be at the top of the search results, like this one:
http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/subcategory.php?subcat=1055

Advertising is even more crucial now, don’t make the mistake of reducing your ad spend, we can help a lot with our targeted exposure.  £40 for 12 months targeted exposure on Eventdomain is amazing, we just spent £3000 ourselves because we needed the customers – you do too.
Kind Regards
Chris Given
Director
www.eventdomain.co.uk

Obviously I ignored their kind offer – as I don’t pay to advertise on tinpot directory sites run by liars and criminals.

Liars and criminals? Well I think so – I certainly can’t find any record of an Eventdomain Ltd a Crystal Segments Group Ltd or anything similar at Companies House, nor any sign of a Chris (or Christopher) Given listed as a company director. Of course if the website and the emails contained the business disclosures required by law under the Companies Act 2006 and the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 then it might be easier to track down exactly what ‘company’ he’s claiming to be a director of. But I digress.

On 28/05/2009 I received another email:

Dear Client,

During this recession people are still buying untargeted advertising on websites, and others cancel working adverts, while many don’t buy at all – this is insane. Cutting advertising is preventing the flow of visitors to your website – resulting in fewer enquiries and sales.

The whole point of Eventdomain.co.uk is to make your company stand out, gone are the days of endless searching for unrelated websites – born is a vertical, targeted search and advert platform that guarantees results!

Benefits of Sponsored advertising with Eventdomain:

Put your company in front of thousands of Event Planners
You get full web stats
Free extra month on us (13 months for the price of 12)
Free weblink
Highly targeted/Specialist sector advertising

Online Advertising Attitudes Report found 56% of ABC1 adults go to specialist niche sites

Typical results for our clients (for 12 months basis) can be viewed here:

http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/blogs.php?id=25

Can you afford not to advertise on Eventdomain?

To get your sponsored listing, just Login to your MyEventdomain client area and press the PayPal button (located on the far right), then pay by credit/debit card to activate your listing for 13 months. You will recieve a reciept from Paypal on completion.

It’s only £40 and well worth it considering the targeted traffic we send.

Thanks for your time and for using Eventdomain.

Kind regards

Christopher Given

www.eventdomain.co.uk

So on 28/05/2009 I was offered the chance to take out a subscription for 13 months at a price of £40, paid up front by PayPal. I wasn’t interested, so I ignored it.
On 12/08/2009 I received a further email:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m just checking your listing and noticed your 1 month sponsored listing on Eventdomain.co.uk has now expired, and wondered if you wish to extend it for a full 12 months?

On renewal/extension, you get an extra month on us, so it’s 13 months for the price of 12, and your standard listing you still get for free.

Typical results for our clients can be viewed here:

http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/blogs.php?id=25

To renew your sponsored listing, just Login to your MyEventdomain client area and press the PayPal button (located on the far right), then pay by credit/debit card to activate your listing for 13 months. You will recieve a reciept from Paypal on completion.

It’s only £40 and well worth renewing considering the targeted traffic we send.

Thanks for your time and for using Eventdomain.

Kind regards

Christopher Given

This email confirms that my free 1 month sponsored listing has expired (some months earlier as it happens) and again offers me the chance of taking out a 13 month subscription for a sponsored listing at a cost of £40, paid up front by PayPal. It again confirms that “your standard listing you still get for free”. I again ignored the offer and forgot all about the ‘company’ and their website.

These emails are clear confirmation that no contract for services had existed between my business and whatever business is behind eventdomain. It further confirms that they were offering to do business with us in return for a prepayment of £40 for each 13 month period.

Over 2 years later, on 2nd November 2011, completely out of the blue, I received a letter from CDS – Clear Debt Solutions Ltd:

VERY IMPORTANT DO NOT IGNORE
Re: Crystal Segments T/a Event Domain
Amount Due: £195.00

I write to confirm that Clear Debt Solutions Ltd has been instructed by Crystal Segments T/a Event Domain to recover the above outstanding debt. Please could you contact Clear Debt Solutions Ltd on 0871 423 6088 as soon as possible.

Should you fail to contact us we will seek instructions from our client with regard to proceeding with further action against you. Such action could include the arrangement of one of our field agents to visit your property to discuss the situation or the formal commencement of legal proceedings.

Therefore, in the circumstances I urge you to take the opportunity to resolve this issue amicably by contacting Clear Debt Solutions Ltd on 0871 423 6088 and making an arrangement to pay the stated amount.

Yours faithfully,
Steven Wilkinson
Debt recovery Unit
Clear Debt Solutions Ltd

I was frankly astonished to receive this letter, having at this stage no recollection at all of any dealings with ‘Crystal Segments’ or ‘Event Domain’. A search of my archived emails for both names revealed nothing so I returned to the letter again to get the contact details for CDS (Clear Debt Solutions Ltd). I don’t like dealing with matters like this over the telephone, it’s far too easy for them to deny what’s been said and anyway they’d only provided a premium rate phone number on the letter – and with no indication of the cost of calling it at that, so I emailed them at the address given at the foot of the letter enquiries@cleardebtsolutions.co.uk:

Re: Crystal Segments T/a Event Domain
Case Reference: XXXXXX.XXX

Dear Sirs

I refer to your letter dated 20th October 2011 and received this morning.

We have no knowledge either of your client or of any outstanding debt due to them. We have certainly never received any invoice or request for payment from them as this would have been either settled within our usual 3 day turnaround or queried immediately.

Please provide copies of any contract which your client believes exists between us, details of when the contract was formed and who at our company authorised it, copies of any outstanding invoices and details of when and where they were sent and full details of any services or goods which your client may claim to have provided to us.

We are quite willing to settle any genuine outstanding debt without any further delay but I do not believe that any debt exists.

Any further communication from your company or from your client will be ignored unless it contains all the requested information.

Yours faithfully
etc.

I didn’t receive any response to my email but on 08/11/2011 I received an invoice for £150 from Eventdomain.co.uk dated 28/10/2011. Leaving aside the fact that the original letter claimed that an outstanding debt of £195 existed 8 days before the creation of this invoice there was still no evidence of any contract existing between us. The only ‘supporting documentation’ was a printout of a webpage at eventdomain.co.uk as it appeared at the time it was printed – 04/11/2011 – presumably intended to support their claim. And the webpage does indeed currently indicate that it costs £50 per year to advertise with them.

Now I had the name Eventdomain.co.uk I was able to find the emails I’ve reproduced above confirming that there had been no contract between us. I was also able to find screenshots of the actual wording of the site on the day I entered my details on it – confirming that the offer I had accepted was for inclusion of our details on this website at no cost.

I replied to both Eventdomain.co.uk (admin@eventdomain.co.uk) and CDS (enquiries@cleardebtsolutions.co.uk) on 08/11/2011:

Dear Sirs

I refer to recent requests for payment from Clear Debt Solutions Ltd and to your invoice XXXX, dated 28/10/11 and received today.

I include below my reply to Clear Debt Solutions. To quote myself: “Please provide copies of any contract which your client believes exists between us, details of when the contract was formed and who at our company authorised it, copies of any outstanding invoices and details of when and where they were sent and full details of any services or goods which your client may claim to have provided to us”. You have failed to supply any of the requested information except for an invoice dated after the letter received from CDS.

I appreciate that it will be difficult for you to provide this information as no contract exists or has ever existed between us. During the period you seem to be claiming that you supplied us with some sort of advertising service you had contacted us apparently inviting us to renew or extend some sort of trial period and requesting that we pay for this by Paypal. The fact that we neither made payment nor agreed to any type of renewal or extension of this trial, that you have waited over 3 years to request payment for a service we never asked for and that you only produced an invoice for this ‘service’ at our request would tend to suggest that this is some kind of a con designed to part unwary companies from their money.

If this is an attempted fraud then you’ve failed. If not then you’re incompetent. Now run along and waste somebody else’s time.

Yours faithfully
etc.

Again I received no response. I did however receive further harassing letters from Clear Debt Solutions Ltd (CDS) dated 02/11/2011, 11/11/2011 and 23/01/2012 demanding that I contact them on their premium rate telephone number. I ignored them.

On 01/02/2012 I received a call from 01772 333340, which turned out to be from CDS. I’d been monitoring calls from this number carefully in order to make a complaint about them – they’d rung repeatedly in October and November, each time ringing off after 2 rings. I was surprised then that somebody actually spoke when I answered the call. She gave her name as Lisa Smith and was an extremely ignorant and unpleasant person, apparently unable to discuss this matter sensibly without trying to talk over the top of me and adamant that they had ‘checked with Trading Standards’, who had apparently confirmed that we had entered into a contract with this eventdomain ‘business’. From what I could work out (and she didn’t appear to understand the argument she was attempting to make herself, so she obviously couldn’t explain it to me) somebody at Trading Standards had agreed that it’s possible to form a contract by clicking a button on a website. She didn’t seem to be able to grasp that the mere fact that somebody could form a contract that way didn’t mean that I had formed a contract that way and that it was up to them to prove that I had formed such a contract by clicking a button (I hadn’t) and that I intended to form such a contract (I didn’t).

The essential elements of a contract are:

  • Offer: This scam fails at the first point – the ‘offer’ was for a free service. Subsequent offers for paid services were ignored.
  • Acceptance: As above.
  • Consideration: No paid-for service was discussed or agreed to.
  • Capacity: A ‘business’ with no contact or ownership details on its website is committing a criminal offence and doesn’t have the capacity to form binding contracts through that website.
  • Intention: We did not wish to form a contract.

This ‘contract’ fails on all points.

At the time this ‘contract’ was alleged to have been formed the site contained no Terms and Conditions at all, no contact details and no indication that taking up their free offer would form the basis of a contract. The site has subsequently been changed and a Terms & Conditions page added. http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/terms-conditions-eventdomain/ I’ll reproduce it in full so that any A Level law students who come across this page can have a good laugh:

Terms & Conditions | EventDomain

Advertiser relationship with Eventdomain

1.1 Your use of Eventdomain search engine is a legal agreement between you and Eventdomain.co.uk, which is part of Crystal Segment Hospitality Media Group.

1.2 The terms form a legally binding contract for both users and advertisers and you are advised to read them.

Accepting the Terms & Conditions

2.1 To use Eventdomain, you must agree to the Terms.

2.2 You can accept the Terms by simply using the services. Advertisers that freely submit their company details and who benefit from Eventdomain are considered clients of Eventdomain.co.uk.

2.3 Trading Standards and BusinessLink.gov both agree:

Contracts that are formed via the internet are legally binding and enforceable providing that the following conditions are satisfied:

offer – one party must contract with the other

acceptance – the other party must expressly accept the offer

Acceptance of the offer of advertising on Eventdomain is proven by:

1. Creation of a username and password & confirmation of those details

2. Submitting via a security Captcha tool

3. Pressing a submit button to create an advertiser account

4. Creating a Listing within your account

You should note that there is no general requirement for contracts to be in writing or for the parties to actually sign a contract. (Source: Trading Standards & BusinessLink.gov website.)
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Eventdomain Client Accounts

3.1 In order to advertise on our search engines, you will have to create an Advertiser account.

Account. For security purposes you must keep your username and password and email secure.

3.2 You agree that you are solely responsible for any activity under your account, this includes all usernames, passwords, company and website information and descriptions of products and services.

User & Advertiser Submissions/Listings/Adverts

4.1 You agree that your submissions and/or adverts are owned by you and is your responsibility to ensure they aren’t illegal or break any UK/Worldwide advertising laws.

4.2 You agree that Eventdomain is not responsible for the content of individual advertiser submissions.
4.3 You agree that you will not submit content of the following nature: Defamatory, abusive, pornographic material, threatening, harmful, libellous, infringement of copyright.

Eventdomain.co.uk shall not be liable for any third party claims or losses of any nature including, but not limited to: loss of profit, direct, indirect, special damages arising from third party use or inability to use this website.

4.4 Eventdomain sometimes uses debt recovery services. Under UK law, there is a statutory right to charge interest under the late payment legislation and this can be applied to outstanding debtors on an individual case for case basis.

“We will exercise our statutory right to claim interest (at 8 per cent over the Bank of England base rate) and compensation for debt recovery costs under the Late Payment Legislation Act 1998 if we are not paid according to our agreed terms.”
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Intellectual Property

Eventdomain – 2011

The content, design and categories of this website are copyright of Eventdomain. Our website may not be copied, reproduced or downloaded.

It is forbidden to reproduce, alter, modify, or incorporate the content of this website in whole or in part, for use in other documents or in other websites.

2005 – 2011 © Eventdomain. Terms and Conditions apply.

So users are now apparently bound by a contract, the actual terms of which are entirely secret apparently, merely by entering their details on a website. Shouldn’t the actual terms of the contract appear somewhere in the Terms & Conditions maybe? Anyone would think that owner of this site was deliberately trying to trick people into unwittingly entering into contracts. Odd.

And now we come to “the owner of this site”. There are no ownership or contact details at all on the site, apart from misleading ones. The site’s owner is variously described as Crystal Segment Hospitality Media, Crystal Segment Hospitality Media Group, Eventdomain, eventdomain.co.uk, Crystal Segment, Crystal Segment Media and Chris Given.

Chris Given himself is variously described as MD of Crystal Segment Hospitality Media, MD of Eventdomain and just ‘Director’. He doesn’t appear to be any of those things.

The website’s registrant is given in their whois entry as Christopher Given, a UK Individual who alleges that he’s a “non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service”. Now that’s a breach of Nominet’s rules so I’m just about to report him for it. Done.

At the foot of each page of his site there’s a link to another site (Venuedomain.com) registered by him – I say a ‘link’ but in fact he’s so inept that the text ‘Venuedomain.com’ actually links to a non-site at venuedomain.co.uk. Well done.

The Whois for venuedomain.com site reads:

Christopher Given
14 Merten Rd
Romford
RM6 6EH
christophergiven@btconnect.com
07944150075

I’ve also found the number 02085976768 which seems to belong to him.

Now I don’t know exactly what’s going on here but I don’t appreciate people trying to scam me and I don’t appreciate being harassed by debt collection companies for non-existent debts. I’ve wasted far too much time on this already but I’m going to make sure that this scammer is brought out into the open and exposed for the low-life, scamming fool that he obviously is.

Posted under Advertising, Courier Scams, Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 6:13 pm, February 2, 2012

40 Comments so far

  1. Alec added on  February 2nd, 2012 at 19:29
  2. Nicholas added on  February 3rd, 2012 at 11:31

    Hahah this was a funny read. The guy in question ‘Chris Given’ is something of an odd ball if the truth be told. I agree entirely about the company info, he’s made it all up lol. The site is a dead end directory that no one has ever heard of. I would be surprised if he gets anywhere near the traffic he claims, or if many people pay for a link from the site… hardly SEO gold..

  3. Alec added on  February 3rd, 2012 at 17:26

    Well my emails don’t seem to be stopping the flow of demands from CDS on his behalf – I’ve received yet another letter today – “URGENT ACTION REQUIRED” apparently. So I took some action and phoned him. He hung up on me as soon as I asked “Is that Chris?”. What an odd way to run a ‘business’. Coward.

    Maybe I’ll pop round to see him over the weekend, or send one of the drivers round with a message for him. There doesn’t seem to be any other way of me stopping this harassment by him and his agents.

  4. Alec added on  February 4th, 2012 at 12:01

    So my driver popped round to see him a few minutes ago, he only lives around the corner apparently. It seems that rather than the West End offices suggested by the false addresses listed on various websites, this ‘business’ is run from a scruffy little semi in Romford. The driver didn’t knock on the door because, as he said: “It looks like he lives with his mum or something, I wouldn’t want to scare her”.

  5. Alec added on  February 4th, 2012 at 17:20

    What a prat this ‘man’ is. Rather than just answer my emails or reply to the points I’ve made on this page he’s been to the police to report me for threatening him.

    The ‘threat’? I sent him a message on ukbusinessforums.co.uk saying

    I’m fed up of being harassed by your debt collection company for non-existent debts. You’re a conman and a criminal and you’ve annoyed me now. You’re going to regret it.

    Try googling for eventdomain scam

    Well Chris, you are going to regret it. Firstly you’re paying a debt-collection company to chase a debt which you KNOW doesn’t exist – you’ll regret that. Secondly I’m going to carry on plastering details of your fraud and your lies all over the internet – you’ll regret that. Thirdly, since you’ve gone running to the Police, I’m probably going to be reporting you to them myself for fraud when I get round to it – you’ll definitely regret that.

    If either you or your debt collectors showed any interest in resolving this sensibly then I might believe that it was all an honest mistake. But since I know you’ve read this page and can see the evidence for yourself then I can only assume that you’re a particularly inept fraudster who believes that he can extort money from innocent businesses just by employing a disreputable debt collection company.

    Well that sort of tactic might work with pathetic gimps like you who hide behind made up businesses on the internet, but I’ve run real-world businesses for nearly 30 years, dealing with thousands of suppliers and customers. A freaky-looking, second-rate con-artist like you isn’t going to get the better of me.

    I notice that this page is currently ranking third on Google for Crystal Segments and 15th for Eventdomain. Maybe I’ll see if I can’t get that bumped up a bit.

    Have a good weekend won’t you.

  6. Sarah added on  February 6th, 2012 at 21:17

    Here are the site stats eventdomain currently claim http://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=1872774&postcount=8

  7. Alec added on  February 6th, 2012 at 21:36

    “You cant just invent those credentials……”

    Oh my word, what planet does this fool live on?

    “I’m one of the top start-up entrepreneurs in the Country” Of course you are Chris. That’s why your 7+ year-old business doesn’t have a high enough turnover to have to register for VAT and you have to resort to blatant fraud to make an extra £150 here and there. Impressive credentials.

  8. This page is now first on Google for ‘Crystal Segments’ and 7-8th on the first page for ‘Eventdomain’. That can’t be doing your ‘reputation’ much good can it?

    Maybe you should respond to my emails now?

  9. And I see that Nominet have responded to my complaint about your site’s Whois entry. Next you can expect to hear from Trading Standards about your fraudulent business methods and the lack of contact details on your website.

    Are you getting the picture yet? You picked the wrong person to try and scam.

  10. Spencer added on  February 14th, 2012 at 15:15

    Alec, we’ve had exactly the same thing (with pretty much exactly the same dates and contact details)

  11. anymore updates?

  12. sarah added on  February 19th, 2012 at 13:22
  13. Gerard added on  February 24th, 2012 at 13:28

    CDS are after me too – exactly the same as you have outlined. Just been on the phone the lovely Lisa Smith. I’ve had enough of this farce and have spent far too much of my time – have you complained to OFT?

  14. Gerard added on  February 24th, 2012 at 15:25

    Perhaps we could have a hands up if your company is being chased? I’ve got my hands up twice as both my companies are being persued.

  15. Andy Farrell added on  February 26th, 2012 at 09:32

    Us too. Exact same thing, last night my girlfriend told me about Event Domain and a debt recovery agency pursuing her for supposed web advertising dating from before she launched her business.

    How have others handled it? I think this may be one for the police.

  16. Gerard added on  February 26th, 2012 at 11:28

    From my further investigations, I believe it should be fairly easy to put a stop to this guy and recover any money he has received from any vulnerable or other company he has actually managed to scam money from. The wheels are in motion…

  17. Gerard added on  February 26th, 2012 at 22:44

    Andy, firstly advise Clear Debt Solutions in writing/recorded delivery that the debt is in dispute and they will be in breach of OFT guidelines if they continue collection. There are standard letters on the internet.

    Unless proper proof of debt can be produced by eventdomain, all they can do is take you to Court and we know that they would lose without proper evidence. They will know they will lose so wouldn’t want to incur that cost of court proceedings anyway.

    I’m in the process of contacting other ‘advertisers’ on eventdomain to guage the full scale of what is going on.

  18. Gerard added on  February 26th, 2012 at 22:47

    I am also investigating a possible criminal investigation, although I believe the guy is just severely misguided. Regardless of whether this is a scam or otherwise, the distraction and harassment this guy is causing has to stop.

  19. Gerard added on  February 27th, 2012 at 13:11

    Just received advice from Consumer Direct as follows:

    1. eventdomain’s actions are caught by the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971.
    2. A letter should be sent to the business address entitled “Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971”. This letter should outline the facts including the amount owed, what is wrong with their actions etc. It should ask eventdomain to confirm in writing within a reasonable timescale that no money within is in fact owed and non compliance with this request will result in a report to Trading Standards.
    3. A copy of this letter should be sent to CDS requesting them to withold collection as the amount is in dispute.

    If you haven’t reported this issue to Consumer Direct, you should do as they will pass details to OFT, so I’m sure the more people that do this, the more likely OFT will take notice.

  20. We’ve had dialogue with our local Consumer Direct, including directing them to this page, and they say they’ve passed it all on in various directions – presumably to the OFT and certainly to Lancashire Trading Standards re CDS.

    One thing I discovered was that CDS’s consumer credit licence as Debt Collectors has lapsed and their application for a new one is “pending”; upon passing this to Consumer Direct they came back saying yes Lancs Trading Standards already aware of the company. 🙂

    You can find the register online at http://www2.crw.gov.uk/pr/default.aspx

    Compiled a load of other info too – web.archive.org can be used to show Event Domain’s website at the time of their claim of a contract… in our case it handily shows a large Free Ads invitation whereas the current one says no free ads. This combined with a whois report about our website domain showing we didn’t register our site till after Chris Given’s claim to be advertising us, is rather damning of his claim.

    Consumer Direct’s advice to us is not to be too concerned about sending them letters or anything; that the “Doorstep Visit / an operative will call” threat is likely just scare tactics designed to intimidate people into paying.

    Bizarrely, Consumer Direct managed to speak to Christopher Given and he was maintaining his claim of a legitimate debt – though he hasn’t followed through with his promise to forward them his supporting documentation.

    Had a good chuckle at the “high flying entrepreneur” claims he makes – the Event Domain website is laughable.

  21. Gerard added on  March 2nd, 2012 at 11:13

    Cheers for the web.archive tip. I’ve got all I need now!

  22. I too have been harassed by this guy, are their any updates on this.

    Cheers

    Ian

  23. sarah added on  April 29th, 2012 at 16:03

    he’s still happily posting over on http://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk

  24. Gerard added on  May 2nd, 2012 at 09:53

    Just received my formal letter to him sent by recorded delivery returned by the PO as it was not collected (I wonder why?). Looks like I will have to hand deliver them next time I am in the area – certainly will be nice to meet him at last.

  25. sarah added on  May 5th, 2012 at 17:42

    maybe his Mother wasn’t in to sign for it!

  26. matt added on  May 21st, 2012 at 13:09

    We have also had this issue and are unable to contact eventdomain and keep getting passed from pillar to post with clear debt solutions. Any update to the situation above from your end would be gratefully received.

  27. denis added on  May 22nd, 2012 at 19:38

    I have had the same problem with my events company over the last year. if you have strong evidence then maybe you should contact Event magazine, Conference and Incentive magazine and also Meetings and Events magazine and Square Meal as these are the leading publications and therefore can spread the word about this scam. I also think that CDS are more into this then they let on.

  28. Me too. I have just received an email from this guy, Saying I owe him 200 quid from a FREE listing from 2005!!

    When I suggested to him that is sounded like an email scam he went bananas!!
    This guy needs stopping fast.

  29. Spencer added on  July 4th, 2012 at 13:30

    Seemingly Clear Debt Solutions have had a winding up petition issued against them on 3rd July. Whether this will stop event domain who knows

  30. Gerard added on  September 28th, 2012 at 14:37

    CDS are now Guardian Recovery and still chasing the debt. Time to get the police involved.

  31. sarah added on  October 3rd, 2012 at 07:59

    How are you getting on with this Gerard? Did you go to the police?

  32. Caroline added on  November 5th, 2012 at 14:27

    Have you seen the hilarious ‘testimonials’ clearly left by cheap seo drones leaving links on his blog
    http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/testimonials/

  33. Just read through this after looking through his website. Any updates? Good luck anyway.

  34. sarah added on  January 19th, 2013 at 11:10

    I notice he has posted up a comment on his blog regarding this website – http://www.eventdomain.co.uk/blogevent/

  35. Alec added on  January 19th, 2013 at 11:32

    Did he really have nothing better to do on Christmas Day than post a worthless message on his blog? Worthless because the comments he quotes do nothing to support his claims:

    “I can confirm that in many cases contracts do not have to be in writing” – true but they have to be CONTRACTS and have to have been AGREED. We certainly didn’t agree to take any paid service from this fool or his imaginary business.

    “With respect, I believe you are well aware of what you are offering to businesses”. I agree with this comment from Sue Wiseman from Barking TS; I’m sure he’s absolutely aware of what he’s ‘offering’ to businesses – nothing except a scam. Does anybody ever start a sentence with “with respect” unless it contains something the other party is likely to take as a criticism or insult?

    So it seems we now have a contact at his local Trading Standards office who is already aware of his activities:

    Sue Wiseman
    Trading Standards Enforcement Officer
    Environment Department
    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
    Roycraft House
    15 Linton Road
    Barking
    IG11 8HE

  36. Gerard added on  February 27th, 2013 at 14:00

    You report fraud online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ – I would encourage everyone to do this to stop this joker.

  37. jonnycooper added on  April 16th, 2013 at 17:56

    So glad I came across this Article(totally by chance)thank,s Gerties Cafe.I was just about to use Eventdomain,s (free) services but upon doing a little more digging after spotting this article,I am absolutely convinced that the man and his alleged company are total CON ARTISTS,and my advise for what it,s worth,would be to Steer Well Clear of E D.

  38. Roger Watts added on  June 10th, 2013 at 13:19

    I understand that this post is a little ancient, however I wish to make it very clear (excuse pun) That Crystal Clear Debt Solutions are a legitimate ,licensed company operated out of southampton. We have no, and have never had, any connection with any of these mentioned companies or activities and will action further comments from this date forward, now that we have disclosed this information.

  39. Alec added on  June 10th, 2013 at 13:30

    As you’re the only person who’s mentioned ‘Crystal Clear Debt Solutions’ feel free to take any action you see fit, against yourself.

  40. SIX YEARS FURTHER ON and this silly little man is posting false and derogatory reviews about my business on the likes of Freeindex and Yelp.

    What a sad person.

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