Orlando, FL asked in Business Law and Contracts for Florida

Q: Hello, I have small photography business in FL and a potential client asked for services to photograph a wedding in FL.

They were sent a contract to hold the date via docusign, contract states it is only valid with full signature AND receipt of deposit. Deposit is only accepted via zelle, paypal and venmo(certified checks are for businesses only). They signed the contract - and didn't send the deposit (Thankfully). When I reviewed the signed contract envelope in docusign, it shows they are in South Africa! I got an email notification from paypal stating my bank could not be verified. I did not initiate this verification. This Scam client also put a fake cell number on the contract and emailed asking for my full name and address to "mail a check"(b.s) .It is now clearly a scam. My bank,venmo,paypal have not been affected. What is the best and legal way to respond to this scam client via email to stop them from contacting me further. And, since the contract states its only valid with signature AND receipt of deposit, is the contract now Void or for protection, do I send a contract with VOID written on it?

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Jane Kim
Jane Kim
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  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Contract with the purpose of committing fraud is void. Therefore, I would not worry about some signed and illegal piece of paper. I would block them so that they cannot contact you again. And most certainly, do not initiate any more contact with them.

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