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Old August 9th, 2013 (6:46 PM).
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[quote]A Russian man who decided to write his own small print in a credit card contract has had his changes upheld in court. He's now suing the country's leading online bank for more than 24 million rubles ($727,000) in compensation.

Disappointed by the terms of the unsolicited offer for a credit card from Tinkoff Credit Systems in 2008, a 42-year-old Dmitry Agarkov from the city of Voronezh decided to hand write his own credits terms.

The trick was that Agarkov simply scanned the bank’s document and ‘amended’ the small print with his own terms.

He opted for a 0 percent interest rate and no fees, adding that the customer "is not obliged to pay any fees and charges imposed by bank tariffs." The bank, however, didn’t read ‘the amendments’, as it signed and certified the document, as well as sent the man a credit card. Under the agreement, the bank OK'd to provide unlimited credit, according to Agarkov’s lawyer Dmitry Mikhalevich talking to Kommersant daily.

"The opened credit line was unlimited. He could afford to buy an island somewhere in Malaysia, and the bank would have to pay for it by law," Mikhalevich added.

Agarkov also changed the URL of the site where the terms and conditions were published and hedged against the bank’s breaking of the agreement. For each unilateral change in the terms provided in the agreement, the bank would be asked to pay the customer (Agarkov) 3 million rubles ($91,000), or a cancelation fee of 6 million rubles ($182,000).

However, after two years of active use, the bank decided to terminate Agarkov's credit card because of overdue payments. In 2012, the bank sued Agarkov for 45,000 rubles ($1,363) - an amount that included the remaining balance, fees, and late payment charges, which violated the actual agreement. The court decided that the agreement Agarkov crafted was valid, and required him to settle only his balance of 19,000 rubles ($575).

The bankers had to admit the mistake, says Agarkov’s representative Dmitry Mikhalevich.

"They signed the documents without looking. They said what usually their borrowers say in court: 'We have not read it,'” says Mikhalevich.

Despite the victory, Agarkov decided to sue Tinkoff Credit Systems for fines of 24 million rubles ($727,000) for not honoring the terms of the agreement, and the decision to terminate the contract without paying 6 million rubles ($182,000) fee.

"Our lawyers think, he is going to get not 24 million, but really four years in prison for fraud. Now it's a matter of principle for @ tcsbank,” founder of the bank Oleg Tinkov tweeted.

“We don’t have small print, everything is clear and transparent. Try to open a card - then we'll talk. Stealing is a sin - in my opinion, of course. Not all in Russia think so,” Tinkov tweeted.

The next hearing will be held in September.

I give it a month before he dies of mysterious causes (aka, whacked by the Mafia)
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Old August 9th, 2013 (8:14 PM).
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That is utterly hilarious and a great example of where not reading the fine print and get you! Except this time the shoe is on the other foot I'm suprised that it was considered technically legal to do that, I mean yes they did sign it but he tampered with the document and that should have made it void. I don't see this guy getting whacked by the Mafia, but rather going to prison for fraud like the banks lawyers think. A technicality beating common sense, in this particular case it shows that legal systems are going loopy! Thanks for sharing
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Old August 10th, 2013 (5:53 AM).
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Justice has been served the other way around for negligence. Now, this guy is probably going to get hurt in taking his petty vengeance to the next level. He should be thankful for having gotten away this easily...

Now he'll likely end up in the hole because he needs to pay the attorney's fees.
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Old August 10th, 2013 (9:22 AM).
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I guess it would be fraud if he presented the altered document as an original, with the bank's name and logo and stuff like that, but it is was just a document of text then it doesn't seem so bad. I mean, when you sign a contract with some company they tell you what your obligations are and what theirs are. It's a two way street so I don't see why a company shouldn't be able to sign something someone else wrote that details what the company has to do.

If we lived in a better world this would force companies to read the fine print every time because they'd be stuck with whatever contract they sign. That, or they'd have to do away with fine print and be upfront about everything.
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Old August 11th, 2013 (1:01 PM).
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Hey, they signed the contract. It's not his fault they didn't read it. Turnabout's fair play.
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Old August 11th, 2013 (2:47 PM).
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I wish I had the lawyer connections to do this also :(

I would also try to do something like this, but even thinking about doing it literally gave me a minor internal breakdown last night :p

But I do salute this man. He is like meeeee without the "um maybe not". Although, if I got junk mail saying OMG GET OUR CREDIT CARD day after day like adults usually do, I would probably snap and do **** like this also.
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Old August 11th, 2013 (3:15 PM).
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This is legit the best thing I've seen all day. I really love a case of sassy underhandedness, even if it is a bit immoral. (But hey, if I could bite the hand of one of those credit card sharks, I would too.)

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