Portland, OR asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Education Law for Oregon

Q: Can I ignore a state university that is trying to fine me if they do not have my SSN or address?

I considered attending a state university and then never followed through. I had made an email in their system and got no further. They later contacted me via this email and said that I owed them $5,700 for a room and board that I never reserved. They only have this email and my name and they do not have my address or SSN.

This reeks of bureaucratic error by some lazy student volunteer in the office. A scam seems unlikely due to the size and prestige of the university. I am appealing the fine and do not currently intend to give them anymore personal information.

Can I ignore them because they only have my name?

1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Answered

A: If they know your name they can easily find out everything else they need to sue you; and they might, do that because of the large amount involved. Accordingly, I do not advise you to start ignoring them now. Your decision to appeal the fine has already pushed them far enough to continue with the appeal and then take it farther, perhaps even getting a default judgment against you. Hire a good lawyer to write investigate all the facts and then send them a fiery letter.

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