When most of us get unsolicited credit card offers from Visa (V -0.54%) or American Express (AXP -0.91%), we toss them out. But one Russian man got a little creative with his, adding his own conditions to an offer in small print. Dmitry Agarkov didn't like the terms initially sent to him from Tinkoff Credit Systems in 2008, Russia Today reports. So he wrote in a few changes -- zero interest, zero fees and unlimited credit, mainly. He then took it a step further. On the contract, he changed the URL of the website showing the bank's terms and conditions. He also stipulated that the bank pay him $91,000 for each change in the contract and $182,000 to cancel the deal altogether. The bank approved the document without looking at the changes and sent Agarkov a credit card. Perhaps most amazing is that Agarkov then proceeded to use the card for two years before the bank caught on. Last year, the bank sued him for nearly $1,400, which included his balance, fees and late-payment charges, Russia Today reports. A judge looking at the case sided mostly with Agarkov. A contract is a contract, after all. The judge ruled that Agarkov just needed to pay his balance of $575. You get the sense that Agarkov is enjoying this. Now he's suing Tinkoff for $727,000 for not honoring the contractual terms that he added. But the bank is furious at this point, and founder Oleg Tinkov is suggesting on Twitter that Agarkov could go to prison for fraud.
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Friday, August 9, 2013
Reading the Fine Print
If a bank doesn't read the fine print shouldn't it be just as liable for the consequences as you and I are?
Posted by Spikessib at 8:15 PM