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Is the scammer located in the US?
You can report the scammer to the local police and pursue criminal fraud charges.
You can also seek civil charges against the scammer.
You can and should speak to them to see if a settlement is possible.
Chicago, to start.
Yes, but it is a start to forcing him to cover your loss.
They may. It is more likely that you will be able to sue him civilly. You can also make a complaint to the Illinois Attorney General.
The object is to put as much pressure on him as possible.
I would report it to anyone who would listen. IC3 is more associated with internet scams like dating websites and Publisher's Clearinghouse advance fee scams, but file a report with them. Come at him from all sides.
Are you still online with me?
Then file at www.IC3.gov
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