Dealing with Deadbeats
Unless you're lucky, you will eventually get a "deadbeat" customer. Whether or not you will ultimately receive your money depends on how they scammed you.
If they knowingly wrote you a bad check, your chances for getting your money are reasonably good because that is a criminal offense. But if they stop payment on a credit card or ignore making good on payment from a Purchase Order transaction, receiving your money is more dicey.
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