I have a dilemma and I'm not sure which way I should go. Approximately 1 year ago, I entered into a contract to purchase an internet business. The purchase price was $40K, $15K down and the remaining $25K over a 5 month period, with the first month being a grace month while things got ramped up. It was written into the contract that if the business was not making a profit of $10K per month after 90 days, I would receive my investment back. I won?t go into all of the specifics of everything that happened, but the main points are these. The seller disappeared several times during that first ninety days, claiming different things: he was busy, he was involved in a car wreck, etc. It was to be his responsibility to get the marketing up and running during that first 90 days, however, with the exception of a magazine ad, nothing was taking place. As the end of the 90 days approached, he disappeared again. When I finally was able to raise him again, he gave me a story about his brother, who was also his business partner, had left and taken all of the money, including my funds. I was left with a choice, should I trust that his intentions were honest and work with him or take him to court? I was pretty sure that he didn?t have any money. I decided to help him build a few sites with the strict understanding that when he received money, I would be paid back. Unfortunately, the past 6 months have just been more of the same. The last message I received from him about 10 days ago mentioned needing money for advertising. There is no way I would put another dime into this, nor would I ask someone to do the same. Yesterday, I received a letter from the District Attorney for the county where he lives. It states: ?Our office recently received a complaint from an individual who had invested a substantial sum of money with this business after seeing an investment opportunity ad in a publication; he has not received any promised return and is unable to contact the person offering the investment. We have traced our complaint?s monies into a particular bank account and find that there is a similar deposit from you. We are curious as to whether or not you might also be an investor in this same program, and if you are, have your dealings with the investment opportunity been successful or not.? So, as I see it, I?m left with 2 choices: 1. Contact them and explain exactly what has happened to me. At this point, I can pretty much kiss my money goodbye. There will never be any contact from this individual again should I sign a complaint. 2. Disregard the letter (it is only an inquiry for information) and see how everything plays out. If what they say is true, then I could be possibly enabling him to scam someone else down the road. You might be thinking that if I cooperate and he is convicted, then restitution would be in order. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. (Keep in mind also that fraud is very difficult to prove) In most circumstances, there is nothing left of the original money and a scammer is generally not talented enough at anything except scamming to make any money to pay you back. I am, unfortunately, speaking from experience. A few years ago, I was scammed big time, high six figures, and was completely wiped out and left penniless. I was trying to rebuild when this happened. Even my experience here on bhw has been less than stellar, I signed up for the programming and marketing apprenticeship offer from jaeden a few months back. So, should I go ahead and contact the DA to cooperate or wait it out and see what happens? Either way, I don?t see a winning choice for me.