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Scammers

Discussion in 'Consumer Fraud & Scams' started by Justice seeker, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. Justice seeker

    Justice seeker Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Paid for a service and not delivered! In Hayward Ca I answered an add to rent a room paid $600. Deposit. When I went to move in, scammer wouldn’t open door. He block my calls and texts.isn’t that considered a crime? Theft?
     
  2. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    Possibly, but easier to pursue in a civil court.

    Have you reported this to police?
    Regardless of the police report, you can pursue the other party in small claims court.

    However, I have a suspicion you may have paid cash and can't prove you ever made a payment, and you likely don't have a receipt or written lease to support your claim. I also suspect it is very possible you don't know the full name, or possibly the true name, of the person you paid. For your sake I hope you have something to work with.
     
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    Justice seeker Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thanks for quick response. Yes I have a receipt. I found add in Facebook. I have his name and witnesses.
     
  4. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Good. File suit in small claims court though I think CA small claims requires you to make a demand first, preferably in writing.

    Here's a link to the court self help page.

    Small Claims - small_claims_selfhelp
     
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