I was scammed. I am in CO. They sent me a check for something I did for them and it bounced. I spent the money fir them

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Customer: I was scammed.
JA: Because consumer protection law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: I am in CO.
JA: Have you contacted the seller or manufacturer?
Customer: They sent me a check for something I did for them and it bounced. I spent the money fir them out if my account
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I was supposed to be a mystery shopper, so I bought 1200 dollars worth of gift cards , with the fake check they sent me which I deposited to my own account. Then their check bounced, after I sent them the required pictures of the gift cards and the receipts.
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Joycelaw, Expert

Hi, my name is Joycelaw.
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Joycelaw, Expert

Did they initially contact you via the Internet or by phone ?
Customer
I applied for a mystery shopper job online, then I got a certified envelope in the mail from Michigan , which I have at home, then I was given instructions in the letter which included a check to go shopping with the check which I was to deposit in my account, so I did, I sent them pictures of the gift cards, and then the check bounced today .
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Joycelaw, Expert

This might be a scam.
Customer
It IS a scam
Customer
I am out 1200 dollars.
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Joycelaw, Expert

You can file a complaint with your local Police.
You can also file a complaint at the FBI at ic3.gov.
Customer
Is that all I can do?
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Joycelaw, Expert

You can also file a complaint at the Federal Trade commission at FTC.gov. Eventhough they work on Consumer Complaints, they handle work from home scams.
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Joycelaw, Expert

Unfortunately, Scammers use gift cards to scam others because they can't be traced.
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Joycelaw, Expert

Also, banks will make funds available prior to the check clearing, that's what scammers depend on.It's always wise to check with the bank and make sure that a check actually cleared prior to spending the funds.Do you have any other questions?
Customer
It did clear,at first then two days later it bounced
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Joycelaw, Expert

That's what I mentioned. The bank makes the funds available usually the next day, before the check actually clears.
Customer
Next time I will know.
Customer
Why cant I sue them
Customer
I have a phone no .
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Joycelaw, Expert

Beware of job opportunities that ask for you to cash a check and buy items on their behalf. Those are usually a scam.If you can find them, you can file a complaint in Small Claims Court. You can add your Court Costs and Serving Fees to your complaint. You can also add your other expenses.The problem usually is that the number is ***** and they are difficult to find.
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You can do a reverse lookup at Whitepages.com.
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Joycelaw, Expert

You can so a reverse lookup using the phone number.
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But beware, alot of time the scammers use an Impersonator in their phone and it shows a fake number or a number that belongs to someone else.
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Joycelaw, Expert

Do you have any other questions?
Customer
Thanks for the info.
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Joycelaw, Expert

My pleasure. Please don't forget to rate me (hopefully a 5 star rating). It won't cost you anything extra and this is how I get paid for answering your questions.This page will remain open for several days after you rate me, so that you can ask additional related questions.
Thank you.
Customer
You're right. I reverse looked up the number as nd the number belongs to a guy named David in Texas.
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Joycelaw, Expert

If that's him you can sue him and turn him into the Police and FBI.
Customer
Should I call him?
Customer
I'm scared
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Joycelaw, Expert

You can call him and request that he pay you the money. However, the scammers may have used his number and he's not involved.
Customer
I know
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Joycelaw, Expert

Good luck.
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