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Signed over Car title but buyer's check bounced


Old 06-20-07, 10:09 PM
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Signed over Car title but buyer's check bounced

Even worse, the check was from an account that is no longer in existence.

Secondly, NO, this was not the Nigerian scam -- the buyer is/was a young guy that lives in my area. I already spoke with him about returning the car until he can provide valid funds; however, he refused.

And, yes, I know signing over the title before securing the funds was an absolutely foolish judgment. Harsh lesson learned.

What possible recourses does one have in this situation? Especially to keep the car from being re-sold.

Thank you in advance for your kind advice.

Last edited by scrwrtr; 06-20-07 at 10:22 PM. Reason: clarification
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Old 06-21-07, 04:06 AM
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I believe you can have him arrested for check fraud.
Old 06-21-07, 04:35 AM
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Take an hour out of your day and visit the local District Attorney's office.... quite often, they are happy to help out by getting charges filed against people like this. "Theft by check" - "Check Fraud" - "Grand Larceney" come to mind.....
Old 06-21-07, 04:36 AM
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In Illinois, writing a check from an account that is known to be closed at the time the check was written is theft by deception. Call the police.
Old 06-21-07, 05:16 AM
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Shouldn't be tough getting a warrant out for his arrest. The fact that it was a closed account pretty much should make it a slam dunk as to intent to defraud.

Do it NOW, if you haven't already, to avoid further complications (like his reselling it for cash to support his crack habit).

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