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Good day Sir. Yes I actually met him physically and he is from the same state as I am from Nigeria. He runs an auto repair shop in Houston and is a licensed auto auction purchase agent. I know the address of his workshop. He was introduced by a lady I know very well who was his friend. When I visited his workshop, I saw many cars which he claimed were bought from auction sales; his workshop repairs and resells such vehicles. In fact he showed me how the auction deals are carried out. I saw a TUNDRA van advertised for sale and I participated in the bidding with his computer but we lost the deal to a higher bidder who was faster in announcing his price before the final call for bids. Thereafter, he said he will bid for new offers for me that will come up. 2 days after I left the USA and returned to Nigeria.
He called me a few days after that he has seen another TUNDRA car for auction and we agreed that he will bid for me after he sent me the pictures. Later that day he confirmed he got it for about $6,150 but after adding his commission it came to $6,450. He said that if I don't pay after a certain time his account with the auctioneers will be debited and charged interest for delay possession of the car. So I quickly wired the money to his advised account. Afterwards he estimated the cost of the repairs which came to about $1,800. The money was sent to him in January this year and later I sent him the cost for shipping the car to me in Nigeria in Feb/March. From then on he wasn't forthcoming with progress of the car,
I began to send messages through relations who also know him and through the Nigerian Community associations to which the guy belonged. With so much pressures he began to respond and said he has sent the car to the shippers and that it will arrive Nigeria 23 Sept 2013. He asked for my international passport number and postal address to send the bill of lading. I gave him all the information and he has gone quiet again.
My suspicion is that he may have sold the car and misappropriated the proceeds. I sent my relation to him to show him the car in July but he didn't take him to where the car was. I am wondering the best course of action that is effective and that will help me recover the money or the car
Thank you for your time. Please note that my card has been debited already even without the said satisfaction survey after getting your expert advise
Thank you very much. Can I know your name, at least first name. I think the advise is helpful. From what you said I can:
1. Report him to the police as a scam by filing a report. Please how can I contact the police online? can I do that through the US Embassy in my country? Would like to have an online police contact address to explain the fraud and give details of the payments I made to him. I have all his contact information: workshop address, house and phone contacts as well as bank accounts that I wired the funds.
2. Sue him and still report to the state and claim legal fees. you are right; he thinks because I have left the states I may not pursue the case. How wrong he is! I have multiple US visa that can carry me till Feb 2014 which I can still renew for another 2 years. But court cases will require my presence in the State when the case comes up. I work in a bank and doesn't have such time.
I will like to pursue option one and would appreciate all the possible information to enable me lodge a complaint as soon as possible. If I didn't get satisfactory out come from that measure I will then sue him under option 2. But one thing is certain: I must seek redress to recover my funds or the car no matter how long it takes. I hope I can claim damages for loss of use of the car or lost interest on the funds?
I will use my brother in Houston to file the complaint to the nearest police station and follow up for any developments. If I need to travel in connection with the case I will sue him and claim for the additional travel cost.
Thanks once again. I will complete the rating grid
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