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I am an attorney licensed in the State of Texas. The following information is a brief answer to your question. However, if you feel that you need further information or that you have other insights which might help me in providing a better answer, please feel free to write back.
Fraud is a false representation
of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury. Thus, you may have a fraud situation, if you can show that the seller intended to misrepresent the machine to entice you into giving them money. As you stated that the machine shown and listed in the ad is not the same one that you received, then there may be a lawsuit for fraud. You likely also have a lawsuit against the seller for breach of contract
. You can sue the seller for this as well, and likely be able to recover the full cost of the missing parts, as you are entitled to the benefit of your bargain in addition to consequential damages you incurred as a result of the breach of the contract
In regard to filing criminal charges against the seller, this might be a more difficult task. However, if you believe that this person is truly performing a criminal activity, then you should contact the FBI and make a report. If you can ascertain that the seller is in the same state as you, then you should contact your state's attorney general
office and file a complaint there as well.
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