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I paid a man who said he ran a business selling cell phones about a 1000 dollars and he sent me 2 rocks in a box. I contacted him and he apologized and said he was out of phones so he sent me a refund for too much.i deposited the check and waited 3 days and sent him the overpayment back another 1000 almost and his check bounced so I’m out a total of 1950 dollars now he put himself on my car insurance I got him off it can you help my local police said it happened on the internet so I call the police in that town where he lives and they said it had to start in my town my lawyer said try criminal charges he can’t help right now I contacted the bbb and they said he has no business license

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

North Carolina he in south carolina

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

Police and lawyer and bbb no help from anyone

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

No I’m going to bed now can we talk later

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 3 months ago
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If you know where he is located you can sue him for breach of contract and fraud. If you prevail on the fraud claim you may be entitled to punitive damages and attorney fees, in addition to your actual loss.
Since the claim does not exceed $7500, you can file in SC small claims court. Small claims court is designed to be a "user friendly", simplified process, so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court. You can get the necessary forms to start from the clerk of the court.
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