Tampa, FL asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida

Q: Is it illegal for a person to tell me that I'm hiring his boss for services, but never met the boss?

Alongside not meeting the person who was supposed to be hired, the money was accepted from me but services were not rendered. No receipts were given at all when asked multiple times for them, only promised to give them as i would tell him 'i need a receipt for this' but then would never give one to me. Months later when I spoke to his mother (the persons mother who hired his boss for me) said he doesn't have a boss like that. Only refered to his "boss" as mr.computer man and would reveal true identity. Using fear as leverage against me to continue gaining money from me. Even going as far as saying I needed to move away, saying he was in a credit program to buy a house, he would put my name on the house. There was no house there was no credit program and the total he got from me was 15,000 dollars. Is what happened to me illegal?

2 Lawyer Answers
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Sounds like you've been scammed, as well as extorted. You should have promptly sought advice when you did not get receipts, but seek help now - schedule a consultation with an attorney. You likely have a potential civil claim for money damages (though you might have a collectibility problem), and the facts might also show that you are a crime victim. If you are a crime victim, contact your local law enforcement agency (police or sheriff). When someone tell you that they are going to do [bad thing] to you if you don't pay them, they might be committing the crime of extortion, a very serious crime.

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Jonathan Blecher
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Coral Gables, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Perhaps you should make an appointment with a local attorney for a consultation. Good Luck.

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