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Old    Brett (bmcgee)      Join Date: Nov 2007       02-08-2010, 11:45 AM Reply   
Last week, I let a friend cash a check with me at my bank (his bank is over an hour away) which is no big deal, he's been my friend for years and I'd trust him with my life. Fast forward to today, I get online to check my bank statement and I am almost in the negative. I notice 2 charge back fees so i call the bank to see what the deal is. It turns out, that the two checks my friend cashed, had bounced, so the bank charged my account for the amount of the bad checks. At this point, im pretty mad about the whole thing. I give my friend a call and tell him what the deal is, so he calls the guy who had written him the checks. No answer.

Is there anything I can do to try and get my money back? I want to be as civilized as possible, even though I'm probably dealing with some low-life scumbag. If it was just a few bucks, i probably wouldn't be that upset, but its almost 300 dollars, and I'm a college student, so cash isn't exactly falling out of my pockets. My friend offered to pay up, but i want to make sure he gets his money too. Its pretty sickening, i was just trying to help my friend out and i feel like I'm getting screwed for it.
Old    Benjamin (bendow)      Join Date: Sep 2005       02-08-2010, 11:48 AM Reply   
You should most definitely take your friends offer to pay up. If I were him, I wouldn't have offered...I would just give you the cash that was taken out, no questions asked.
Old    Brett (bmcgee)      Join Date: Nov 2007       02-08-2010, 11:52 AM Reply   
If it comes down to it, i will definitely be going to my friend for the full amount of the money. I just want it to work out for both of us. He's in the same boat as me, and cant really afford to eat a 300 dollar loss.
Old    Big D (bigdtx)      Join Date: Feb 2005       02-08-2010, 12:57 PM Reply   
did he endorse the checks over to you and then you cashed them? If so then the only way you will see the money is if he gives it you.

you just learned a valuable lesson...
Old    Paul (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       02-08-2010, 1:11 PM Reply   
Get your money back from your friend first, then try and help him recoup HIS loss.

If the checks came from someone he knows(ie, not the internet or Nigeria)report it to the police. It is illegal to write bad checks.

(Message edited by psudy on February 08, 2010)

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