I think he’s trying to scam me! - Posted by beck4353
Posted by beck4353 on October 03, 2006 at 14:52:15:
I am currently rehabbing a house. I have done all of the work up until now. I brought a contractor in to mud/sand the drywall for the whole house. He quoted me $800 and said it would take 3 days.
After a few days of excuses etc. he is still working on it 8 days later (maybe 2 days of actual work).
Anyway, I gave him a $250 cash deposit, he gave me a receipt. When I talked to him last, he told me that 4 of the 20’s ($80) I gave him were counterfeit!
I got the money from my brother, who owed me $950. He gave me the money in an envelope that he got straight from the bank. I gave the contractor this money right from the same envelope, which leads to 2 possibilities.
He is lieing to me to try to get an extra $80 out of me.
The bank gave my brother counterfeit money.
I believe #1 is WAY more likely.
How would you guys handle something like this?
I’ve asked for the counterfeit bills back to look at, but he hasn’t brought them yet.
Kelly is right on. If he tried to prent them to his bank and they discovered it, the bank would not return it. However, there would be a trail. Now if he tried to present them to a store, merchant, etc and it was discovered, I am not sure what would become of it. Regardless, I would not take his word for it. I would make him prove it. Now having said that, if he comes back from his bank with documents stating that it is infact being investigated, he still could not prove that is the bills that you gave him. However, you would need to determine how you would want to proceed. I suppose that you could play tough and say that he can not prove those are his bills. Frankly, if I like that guy’s work and wanting to use him again, I would probably pay the guy. But certainly not before he presented some proof.