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There is a person who asked for a loan (money), promised to return it in 2 weeks time but failed to return it and has taken money from several people stating that is niece is going to be killed if he didn't pay the ransom every body sympathised with him and gave him money but the truth was he have a gambling addiction and now refused to return the money he took, what can we do?

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Queensland

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

We did ask him, but refused to answer his phone, and want to know what steps can we take and is this a legal matter, because he took more than a 100k collectively

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That's all

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I am sorry this happened. You can file a police report and let them investigate and recover.You can also sue. If you sue in court you may end up with a judgment. The judgment generally allows you to levy on bank accounts, lien real estate and work with the sheriff office civil enforcement division. Many lawsuits result in settlement - which expect the judge to encourage. By being prepared and pressing your claim, the other side should feel the pressure and consider the risk of losing and legal fees. That realization can help bring about a settlement!A lawyer letter from a local lawyer can be effective in several ways. It can avoid costly litigation and help bring about a settlement. It also helps organize the claim and if it goes to court shows the judge you tried in good faith to resolve it! martindale.com and findlaw.com are both excellent lookup directories. Both highly rated. Both used by lawyers. Easy to search and find local options.
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