This person, one Darryl Matlen, advertised a vehicle for sale on Craigslist. I thought it looked like a good deal and it was in price range I had been looking for. Unfortunately, my spouse was unable to accompany me to look at it in person at that time and would not be able to for another 5 days or so. I was up front with this information from the start and asked if Mr. Matlen if he would still like me to come by to prove I was serious in my interest. He confirmed he would.
I went to look on my own and advised that while I really liked it, I couldn't spend several thousand dollars without the approval of my spouse. (He wouldn't spend several thousand dollars without my approval either) I said to him, and I do quote, "If somebody comes by in the mean time with the money, go ahead and sell it to them". I was ok with that. I just wanted him to know I wasn't leading him on in my interest in purchasing it. He then replied "I'll tell you what. How about a 'good faith deposit' to hold it until your husband gets back? Say $250?" In "good faith", I agreed to making a deposit to hold the vehicle, gave him the money to hold, took the receipt he handed me, and headed to work.
I was not able to convince my spouse to go look at the agreed upon time when he came home. Naturally I was upset, but I thought I would still be able to convince him to go look and agree it was a great vehicle. I figured in the meantime, I shouldn't make Mr. Matlen wait any longer in case other people were offering. I sent him a message stating I was unable to get a response from my spouse as to when he would go look so I would come pick up my "hold deposit" in case anyone else wanted to buy said vehicle.
Mr. Matlen's response shocked me to the core. He stated that my "receipt" said a "non-refundable deposit toward the purchase of vehicle" and he was "so sorry it wasn't working out". That wasn't what we agreed to at all! I Never, and Would Not Ever have agreed to that! He told me while one thing while writing down another. My stomach clinched, and I started to cry. I can't afford to "just give someone $260" because they took me for a sucker (Which obviously I am).
I called the police who told me there was nothing they could do as "it's a civil matter". I told them I didn't agree to it and that Nowhere on his "receipt" does it state that I agree, consent, or allow for this to happen. When I informed Mr. Matlen I would file a Civil Suit to get back my money, he advised he would be leaving the state in a few days and the police could serve him there. (How convenient for him to steal $260 from me then leave the state)
I never, ever, ever agreed to what this "receipt" Mr. Matlen is hiding behind is not signed by me, does not state that I agree to those terms, and does not obtain my permission at all. The only thing it states is that He Agrees to those terms. He wrote something completely different from our Verbal Contract. He asked me for "good faith" which I extended. He obviously had "good faith" that I would believe him.