I would like to assist you with your legal issue today. Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with specific legal advice (I cannot form an attorney/client relationship, nor do I have sufficient facts to form a complete legal opinion), but I can provide you with general legal information to assist you with evaluating your situation.
Regarding locating a corporation
, every state has a Secretary of State which keeps track of corporations
incorporated in that state (California's is very easy to use, find the Sec. of State's website and use their Business entity search - most other states are like this, we use these to track down businesses for service of process regularly).
With regards XXXXX XXXXX credit card purchase, sometimes there is a way to get assistance or compensation through your credit card company (part of the high interest rate goes towards a type of guarantee on certain sales), this is fact specific, but it is worth checking into.
You say that you are going to meet with the individual you believe defrauded you. I have no information on this individual and cannot provide you with any advice on this. I can tell you the following: (1) you will not compromise your claim by either avoiding the meeting or going to the meeting; (2) you can compromise your claim by entering into a second contract with the individual, a new or ratified contract will take the place of an old one; (3) sometimes it is easier to negotiate a settlement
that you can live with as opposed to what you believe you are entitled to as opposed to litigating a matter through to a judgment.
None of the above is meant to say that you do not have a claim (I cannot tell from the facts, nor can I give you that advice from this forum). If you do have a claim and wish to pursue it, I would advise you to consider 3 things (1) the value of your claim - how much you expect to get back (2) how much it will cost you to go to court - attorney's fees costs etc.; and (3) how much it will cost you if you lose.
I hope the above is helpful, please let me know if you need further information. If I did fully answer your question, I would appreciate it if you would rate my response, my performance is graded based on your input.
Best regards, XXXXX XXXXX of luck. I am sorry to hear of your unfortunate situation.