Not sure if this is where this goes.
My parents were looking to put up a fence and were recommended a guy that had put up all the fences in the neighborhood.
They talked to him and got a quote several months back and called him up about 2 weeks ago to get on with it. A couple days later he calls back and offers a discount. My parents accept and pay a $600 down payment and agree to pay the remaining $1600 when the project is completed. They have a quote and "receipt" from the guy and it looks decently legit. He says he'll come out first thing Monday morning (Monday this week) and get started.
Monday comes and goes and no fence guy. We call him to check everything out and his phone is disconnected. We give a few days on account if rain and possible emergence etc. We decide to call the builder (guy that recommended and built all hisses in the neighborhood) and he says he'll go over to his house. Apparently the fence guy had completely disappeared. House empty, phone disconnected, and no appearances. Fence guy has also borrowed $1000 from the developer (not builder).
What are our options? I figure we'll have to file a police report but will it do any good?
tl;dr: Guy takes deposit for building a fence and ghosts. What are options?