I'm just looking for a little advice on behalf of a family friend who recently purchased a website from Flippa for $X,XXX that turned out to be anything but it's original description.
The website itself looked great and claimed a regular income with little effort, etc etc (the usual sales patter). The seller promised to provide the "marketing plan" and stated the website would continue generating sales. To cut a long story short, the website was a dud and I'm fairly certain from simple background checks it didn't generate anything. The promises of a regular income, little experience required and an automated system are very enticing for new buyers.
The transaction itself was carried out via Escrow.com, and the seller has since vanished. From my perspective I've told the victim to chalk it up as an expensive learning experience and ensure extensive due diligence is carried out should any future sales occur.
My question is could anything else be done legally? As far as I can gather the seller is located in the U.S, whilst we are located in the UK. I think it's safe to assume the money is gone, but without the sellers address (also possibly using an alias) could we reach out the authorities or is this a pointless task?
Any help is greatly appreciated.