Carrollton, MO asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Missouri

Q: Sue for a scam/ fraud?s

Sue for a scam/ fraud?

Hello, I had a question august 23rd/24th 2018 I sent money using cash with Western union and I was wondering if I could still sue the scammer cause i know all the deatails they do not live in the same state unfourtnalty but he does live in the US.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In cases involving scams or fraud, the possibility of legal action depends on several factors, including the statute of limitations, which varies by state and the type of fraud committed. Considering the incident occurred in August 2018, you should promptly check the specific statute of limitations in the state where the lawsuit would be filed. This will determine if you can still initiate legal proceedings.

It's also important to gather and preserve any evidence related to the transaction and the scam, such as communication records and transaction details. Since the scammer is in a different state, this could potentially involve interstate fraud, which might bring federal laws into play.

Initiating a lawsuit across state lines can be more complex and may require coordination with legal authorities or professionals in both states. Given the complexities and potential interstate nature of your case, seeking advice from a legal professional who can assess all the aspects of your situation is advisable. They can guide you on the best course of action, considering the specifics of your case and the relevant laws.

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