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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? CA


I recently made an agreement with someone for a set of golf clubs through a golf forum. The set was for $600. After numerous emails, i agreed to send the guy a Money order to Midlothian TX, which is a suburb of Dallas. I am in Southern California.

I sent the money order via express mail the next day. He received it and said that he will send the clubs out right away.

I never received the clubs. After emailing back and forth numerous times, he agreed to make a claim on the clubs (he said he got insurance on them)..

a week later, i asked him about the status of the claim. he answered that he would just refund my money via money order and he would settle the claim on his end. i said thanks, and expected the money order.

i have not received the money order at all. I have tried contacting him, but he refuses to answer my phone calls, and doesnt answer his emails. I sent letters, which were not answered as well.

I had a money order inquiry sent, and received the response with a photocopy of both sides of the money order, including his endorsement. I also received a copy of the signiture for the express envelope i sent him with the original money order. I have since submitted a mail fraud compliant form, which i have yet to hear the results of.
i have detailed copies of all correspondence between us, including personal messages on the golf forum, and all emails. Also have copies of the money order, receipts, etc.

How can I get my money back? Can I sue this guy? what are the steps involved? If i have to travel to his state to sue him, can i sue him for the expenses as well (plane/hotel)? Can I sue him from my home in CAli? how about costs of pursuing the matter (like costs of money order/money order inquiry/time/etc)....i have a sister in dallas, tx.. can she sue him on my behalf? or can i transfer my authority to some in dallas or something?

Thanks in advance!


Senior Member
Your sister can file the suit in TX if you need to. Do you have the tracking # from the shipper? If so, follow the trail. Since you paid for the items and he shipped with insurance (which you actually paid for in your price), why didn't you file the claim? Maybe he got reimbursed, maybe not. The tracking info will include some data on that.


Junior Member
He never gave me the tracking number. After he shipped it, I asked for a tracking number, but he said he shipped it USPS Priority, and that they dont provide tracking numbers for that, only express.

LAter, when I said that I never received the items, he mentioned that he got insurance, so we would be okay...
But now hes not repsonding, his email is closed, and doesnt answer his phone..

Should I sue via small claims court?

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