I messaged the number given to me by the broker, with regards to the unit owner, just to inform him I paid the amount, but never got a reply.
Fast forward to the day when I have to move in to the unit, she gave me a lot of excuses(broker), that she will have to get the key from the unit owner's daughter since the wife of the owner died and the place cannot be rented anymore, so she said she is recommending me a different unit which was the friend of the unit owner(unit A). I smelled something fishy already, but since I did not have much of choice that day when I was moving out from the condo and moving in to the new place, I got the different unit she recommended me(Unit B). Now I called the admin the ff. day to verify my suspicions and found out that:
1. The phone number she gave me of Unit A owner is fraud. I got the original number of Unit A owner and found out that everything was a lie, including the story she made with regards to the wife of the owner who passed away. And Unit A owner never had any idea I payed to the broker or that I confirmed I wanted the place.
2. That there is already someone renting Unit A a few days ago.
So this case is fraud, and I want to know what is the legal punishment for this??
Moving on, I am now renting Unit B. Since I have not met the owner of Unit B, since broker just gave me the keys to this unit the day I moved, I asked the admin for the real number of Unit B owner coz it turned out broker gave me another phony number and I could not reach unit owner B.
Guess what, Unit Owner B said they got a check(which they thought came from me) which the broker gave. There was even no contract yet and they received a check of the 2 months deposit 1 month advance from the broker. The 1 month advance was paid to broker for broker's fee.
There are points here to consider:
I paid cash to the broker for the 1 months advance 2 month deposit. And now, the 2 months deposit which should be in the hands of the unit owner, cannot be encashed since it bounced! It was the broker's own check that was used and the cash money I gave was used for her own self. Unit Owner B wants me to pay the 2 months deposit regardless if I was fooled or not by the broker, they do not give a damn at all! She even said that they will padlock the unit A if they do not get the money. I said they received the checks without knowing whose is it, and with no contract, then they are blaming me for it. They said it was my problem to solve if I got fooled by the broker.
So now I am running after the broker for the 2 months deposit but the second time she gave a check, it bounced back again. I am sick and tired of it so I am planning to file a police report as of this writing. Oh and by the way, I am one of her victims, as I found out she had numerous victims already with this kind of thing, I might have been the fourth one, but they just resolved it in the baranggay, not in a police station. One of the cases she did was she tried to imitate unit owner's signature and had the unit owner's place rented without the lessor not knowing this, By the time the lessor opened the unit, behold, there was someone renting his unit without his knowledge. But that's a diff story already.
I want to know, if ever she pays the remaining money, can I still file a case against her for fraud and estafa? How much will it cost for court case for this? How long will it take? She lives in the same village as I do, and has a thick face doing all this. If she cannot pay, is it possible for the sheriff to get some of her stuff(possessions inside the house) as payment for this? What is the fine for her for estafa and fraud? Any legal advice is much appreciated.