Criminal Law

Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

A company scammed my mother out of $400 for "computer

A company scammed my...

A company scammed my mother out of $400 for "computer services" my mother issued them an electronic check for the services but she didn't understand what she was paying for. I have attempted to resolve the issue with my mother's bank but they have informed me that I need to request a refund from the computer company & I am not having any luck reaching them or getting them to respond to me.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because consumer protection law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

It was in the state of Maryland

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

I have not. I have wasted time trying to get the bank to stop the payment & now have spent a few days trying to make contact with the computer company. I wasn't sure where to go from here.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I don't think so. Except that my mother knowingly issued the payment but she is not cognizant so she doesn't understand that they were scamming her.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
9/26/2017
CrimDefense
CrimDefense, CriminalDefenseAtty
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 32,783
Experience: 10+ years defending Misdemeanor and Felony cases.
Verified

Hi! I will be the professional that will be helping you today. I look forward to providing you with information to help with your question and concern

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question

Good afternoon. Can you share with me a little more regarding how she was scammed?

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of detail because I wasn't there when the transaction occurred. But they called her on the phone & offered to repair/fix her computer. She then issued an electronic check to them for $399.99. I only found out about it because I was checking her banking & saw the pending payment. I attempted to cancel the check but since it was electronic it couldn't be stopped. She only had $55 in her account so she shouldn't have agreed to the payment. I did have her return the authorization form back to them declining the services but they still cashed the check. She is on a fixed income & can't afford this payment. I have been unsuccessful in reaching anyone at the company or getting any response to the many emails I have sent.

Thank you and please allow me a moment

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question

Yes, this man be a scam, as you stated. If it was, the bank should protect her and stand behind her an address this. If she received a random call and they asked for money, it likely had to do with scammers from out of the country, who say the computer is infected with a virus and spy ware and needs to be fixed or updated. That is likely why you will not hear back from them, because they are not real and will not refund anything. You can go to the police and report this and FBI and have them look into it but if the bank will not assist and stop payment and protect her, you will have to sue and go after the thieves, if they can be found.

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
The document that they sent to my mother via email has a Maryland address on it & I've called the 800 # on the form. A person answered & said someone would return my call but that was a week ago. So it's most likely someone from another country that did this? My mother is not cognizant which is why I maintain her check book, but she issued this check electronically thru her online bank account.

You should contact the Maryland AG and file a complaint and have them step in and try and resolve this. They may be able to help. You can also file a complaint with the BBB as well, so if if they can assist.

Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Thank you - I wasn't sure which route to take at this point. I appreciate the suggestions. I would like to try all avenues to get her money back before I just accept that she was scammed & then try to protect her from it happening again in the future.

You are welcome and I do understand. Please let me know if there is anything else, as I would be happy to respond. If not, please remember to rate my help at this time at the top of this page, prior to leaving, so I can receive the proper credit, for our time together. A 5 STAR rating is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

CrimDefense
CrimDefense, CriminalDefenseAtty
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 32,783
Experience: 10+ years defending Misdemeanor and Felony cases.
Verified
CrimDefense and 87 other Criminal Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a criminal lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask CrimDefense Your Own Question
CrimDefense
CrimDefense
CrimDefense, CriminalDefenseAtty
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 32,783
32,783 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 10+ years defending Misdemeanor and Felony cases.

CrimDefense is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Your Expert advise has provided insight on a difficult situation. Thank you so much for the prompt response. I will definitely recommend your website to my friends.

NormaPensacola, FL

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

3,248 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

2,181 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including criminal law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,016 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Lawyer

1,815 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience

Nate

Nate

Lawyer

1,750 satisfied customers

Over 10 years of criminal defense practice.

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

1,640 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney with 29 yrs. exp. in criminal law

Barrister

Barrister

Criminal Defense Law

1,266 satisfied customers

17 years practicing criminal defense.

< Previous | Next >

Related Criminal Law Questions
I got drawn in by a job offer check scam. When I received
I got drawn in by a job offer check scam. When I received the job offer, the man said that he would be sending a check. I asked him the name of his business and he said Daisy's Deli and Bakery. I beli… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
I'm currently going through a Divorce and found out when
I'm currently going through a Divorce and found out when trying to change passwords to emails that my doom to be ex has had access to my iCloud and setting up emails and alerts to either go to phone o… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
I got pulled over and as i was pulling my ID out of my
Hi! I got pulled over for speeding and as i was pulling my ID out of my wallet the officer spotted my fake ID as well. I have to appear in court for "Person Displaying LIC. Not Issued", and "knowingly… read more
Ely
Ely
Counselor at Law
Juris Doctor
3,248 satisfied customers
I have a FTA on a stalking charge in Illinois. I live in
I have a FTA on a stalking charge in Illinois. I live in Oklahoma. The state has also issued a harassment by elecrronic means charge and i have not been in contact with this lady since i was issued le… read more
Colleen Grady
Colleen Grady
Assistant Principal
Juris Doctor
405 satisfied customers
What is the punishment adult who sends a naked picture
What is the punishment for a adult who sends a naked picture of a woman to a 17 year old child in ND… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
I met this girl on a social media site and she is 16 and I
I met this girl on a social media site and she is 16 and I am 21. We began talking and the conversation towards the end of the day started getting sexual. I played along but not to much but then she s… read more
Colleen Grady
Colleen Grady
Assistant Principal
Juris Doctor
405 satisfied customers
T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT COMPUTER/INTERNET SECURITY. I BELIEVE
I AM OLDER AND DON'T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT COMPUTER/INTERNET SECURITY. I BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED 3 TIMES BY PEOPLE WHO CALL ON MY PHONE OR SEND ME A POP UP TO INFORM ME THAT MY COMPUTER IS IN GRAVE… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
My name is***** want to ask about the result of ordering
Hi my name is***** want to ask about the result of ordering a fake driver license in NY state. I'm 19 years old and I ordered a fake ID online just to get into bars with my friends, but when it was sh… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
Is it a crime or an infringement of my privacy if my companion (boyfriend) searches throug
Is it a crime or an infringement of my privacy if my companion (boyfriend) searches through my cell phone without my permission? Do I have any legal recourse for his actions? He has done this to my co… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
I was contacted by this guy online telling me that hell send
I was contacted by this guy online telling me that he'll send $10,000 to my paypal account and I would then have to take that $10,000 out from paypal and wire transfer the cash to his bank account and… read more
Legal-Guru
Legal-Guru
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate
1,354 satisfied customers
My roommate used to surveys online and once in awhile she would
My roommate used to surveys online and once in awhile she would be paid for them. She was sent a check for mystery shopping approx 3800.00 and went to a bank to deposit and open up an account. She cal… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
If I own a check cashing business and a customer knowingly
If I own a check cashing business and a customer knowingly cashes a scam check they recieved in the mail, are they responsible for the check amount? South Carolina… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
Dear Sir After speaking with a Swiss-based company rep
Dear Sir: After speaking with a Swiss-based company rep several times via phone, they sent me an employee contract to sign (which I did), which included terms and salary. Part of my responsibilities w… read more
FiveStarLaw
FiveStarLaw
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
477 satisfied customers
My mom had just been inadvertantly part of a 419 Scam from
My mom had just been inadvertantly part of a 419 Scam from Nigeria. Her husband (who is nigeria in nigeria) had gone into business with her on a car export business. Two months later he said that he w… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
my live-in boyfriend stays up at night on the computer and
my live-in boyfriend stays up at night on the computer and i don't really know what he's doing. but, i found out that he got caught up in some online thing where they sent him checks, then he was to s… read more
Joseph
Joseph
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,245 satisfied customers
I believe my legal rights regarding privacy issues may have
I believe my legal rights regarding privacy issues may have been violated by my husband who installed keylogging software on our jointly owned computer to monitor every site i visit,every email i send… read more
Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
Private Practice Attorney
Juris Doctor
1,759 satisfied customers
If someone hacks into your computer and forwards emails to
If someone hacks into your computer and forwards emails to another what FCC law has been violated or what internet security act law has been violated. The person passed along attorney client privelege… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
2,181 satisfied customers
Is it legal to hack an e-mail account Please go to the ...
Is it legal to hack an e-mail account? Please go to the following website... http://www.yourhackerz.com That website is telling me it''s 100% legal ("This unique service is 100% legal and helps you cr… read more
Mr. Lofton
Mr. Lofton
Doctoral Degree
702 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x