« on: 27 April, 2016, 01:07:34 pm »
Sorry to drag this topic up again but as some of you know, I was recently suckered by a property scam, and lost a lot of money (and more importantly, had a cherished dream of living on my own patch of countryside shattered).
I reported the guy to the police, but nothing has arisen from that angle so far (and judging by all my previous experiences with the Irish guards, nothing will arise either, I'm afraid).
However, a friend of mine in a certain civil service job has tracked the guy down. I have access to his last known address and his last known car reg; which may well still be his current ones. The problem is, I'm not supposed to know this information, and if I disclose it, my friend's job may well be jeopardised. I also don't believe the gardai would do much about it even if they had this information - I have had some very bad experiences with them in the past; they really don't seem interested in small-scale crimes like this - they already have what I now know are his actual car reg and bank details, and have so far done nothing.
A friend suggested a polite, registered letter to his address, acknowledging some 'crossed wires' and asking that my money be refunded through Western Union (the underlying message being, of course, 'I know where you live'). The guy doesn't know where I live, but he may well still have my phone number (though to be honest I doubt it; given that he seems to have discarded whatever SIM he was using).
This has been my preferred option so far - there is always the possibility that he's part of a gang, or even some IRA branch, which is a frightening prospect. All I want is my money back (a bonus would be the knowledge that he won't do it to other people, but that might be asking too much).
Any alternative ideas?