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Question DetailsAsked on 10/23/2017

landscaper took $1250 deposit and won't answer calls

landscaper is licensed used before for cutting grass, thought he be good for larger job. Came over gave estimate required 50% down gave $1250 said he be over the following Thursday never showed refuses to answer any phone calls, e-mails or texts or even social media

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I would send him a certified mail, return receipt, signature required letter (keep copy and mailing receipts of course) telling him you are cancelling the job because of his non-performance, and demand return of the full deposit within 3 days.

You could also contact the police department or local district attorney's office to find out if they have a record of this guy in their fraud files for taking deposits and not showing up - might give you an idea of whether this is likely a scam, or maybe he is just sick or such.

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Answered 2 years ago by LCD


One other thought - if you paid by credit card you may be able to challenge the charge on the basis of fraud (you did not receive the service you paid for) and get you r money back from the credit card company while they investigate your claim.

Also - if you think this is a true fraud case or you do not get your refund within the specified time, file a police complaint/report, check your credit report (free once yearly from each opf the big 3 credit reporting agencies) and notify your bank if he was paid by check so they can put of credit fraud alert on your account in case he tries to access your account using info from the check. They will also notify the bank he deposited the check at (assuming he did not cash it at YOUR bank) and possibly freeze his account

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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