Scam Alert: Companies Preying on BitTorrent Users with Bogus "Settlement Letters"

Scam Alert: Companies Preying on BitTorrent Users with Bogus "Settlement Letters"
There's no question that the last decade has seen the arrival of an online war between file-sharers and the music industry fat cats, with cheap shots coming from both sides. Now, it appears there are others getting involved in the mess as well.

According to a report from Tech Dirt [via The Daily Swarm], there are a growing number of corrupt companies using the downloading wars as a perfect excuse for an extortion scam, sending out cease and desist emails that demand settlement money.

One group of alleged scammers is Nexicon, a former cigarette company which has developed an automated threat sender that scans BitTorrent for user information and fires off letters demanding a settlement of $10 per downloaded song within ten days, or legal action will be pursued.

At this point, no one seems to be doing anything about the supposed scam. Maybe once the RIAA realizes this money isn't going to them, however, they'll get on it and develop an automated spam bot of their own.