FALSE MEMBERSHIP CLAIMS BY a U.K. COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE
We have been informed of a commercial enterprise that persists in claiming it is allowed to use our logo despite the fact that it is not, and never has been, an IFOCAS Member. They (Custom Aquarium Company Ltd, formerly JustMarine.co.uk and also formerly OceanAquariums ) have never signed up to membership and have never applied .
15th June 2012
Unit 1, 23 Salisbury Grove, Mytchett. Camberley, Surrey GU16 6BP UK
or Unit 6 Beechnut Industrial Estate, City Aldershot, Hampshire
or 42 Giffard Drive, Farnborough,GU14 8PX
Ultimate Aquarium Company Ltd,
Aquarium Company Ltd,
The Birds Eye Aquarium Europe Ltd
Custom Aquarium Company Ltd Registered Office ,2 Woodberry Grove, North Finchley, London N12 0DRDirectors Ira Turner, Sarjo Gibba, Danial Paterson
We had cause to complain about your use of our association members' logo on your website over two years ago. It seems that you are still unlawfully displaying our membership logo on your site which can be construed as imbuing your site with a status that it does not possess.You now have seven days to remove our logo.
To which their peculiarly non-commercial responses (primarily threatening and insulting) cannot be repeated here - this is a sample of the less rude variety.
"I have checked your web site Sir, and I note that your IFOCAS memberlogo doesn't even have a link to it. My inquires indicate that you have nothing to do with the organisation and just one of the few nut cases on the Internet. Unless you can provide a valid reason I will just ignore you.best regardsPeter Newman" plus
"I have met some pretty stupid people in my life but you must be without any doubt the most thickest Ive come across. tracking cookies/viruses hacking into computers one of the very sad peoples whose lives are so boring and useless they have nothing better to do.Co organiser yes I'm sure you are but pretty thick if you ask me. just as well it detected the e mail before i opened it.don't play games unless your quite sure your going to win. Any further e mails will be deleted now I know who you are.get a life my friend. been tracking you for some time Ive just sent the e mails to the police. good luck"
SO, If you need to confirm that any company is a BONA FIDE member as opposed to making an unsubstantiated claim to membership please just ask IFOCAS, and DEMAND to see their current membership certificate. This matter itself has now been passed to Surrey (and Hampshire) Trading Standards for their perusal.
STOP PRESS: Mr. Newman has
admitted theft of our
intellectual property ie. The IFOCAS logo and is refusing to remove it from his
website. Good news for our Legal reps! Bad news for his hosting company
(Simply Design ) who are still hosting this stolen material despite having been informed by us of
the website content.
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