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I am posting this on behalf of Jack Tucker because he doesn’t have a Magic Café account -

“Hi everyone, Jack here, hope you all are doing well. I was recently scammed by a fellow magician and I want to know if there’s anything I can do about it.

In February, a magician named Akshay Badiani told me for £50 he'll design my business card with a prediction. I needed a new business card design so I sent him the £50 on PayPal. After that, he sends me this pathetic unprofessional design with even my name spelt wrong: http://prntscr.com/nhcakn

Needless to say I was disgusted. PayPal couldn’t refund me as I had paid him as “Friends & Family”.
I requested Akshay for a refund but he said he couldn’t refund as he paid it to a magician named Rob Scott who designed it. Then Rob said that he never got paid!
After I showed Rob’s comments to Akshay, he said he paid a 2nd designer named Phil Shaw. Phil said he never got paid either: http://prntscr.com/nhcdbl
The whole thing was nicely summarised by Karan Singh: http://prntscr.com/nhcpfq

The design obviously didn’t need 3 designers and wasn’t worth £50. Debjit Chaudhuri even started making the same designs for everyone for FREE just so that more people wouldn’t get scammed by Akshay: http://prntscr.com/nhcq1q

I confronted Akshay with all this and he sued me for defamation for £1300:
http://prntscr.com/nhcfzi
http://prntscr.com/nhcgcg

I posted the above screenshots on Facebook and a real Lawyer commented the reasons why Akshay had no grounds for a defamation suit: http://prntscr.com/nhcha2

After all this, Akshay was promptly kicked out of both the magic groups where these discussions were taking place on, DFB and Magicians Only: http://prntscr.com/nhcpnl

I kind of figured I wouldn’t get my money back anymore. But that’s when a friend of mine showed me something which shocked me! Akshay was taking donations for a fake Indian school at this crowdfunding site: http://prntscr.com/nhdc9k

The campaign looked like a scam as he didn’t mention any name, address or contact info of the school. And the worst part is, he had already collected thousands of dollars for this. I immediately contacted the Just Giving website: http://prntscr.com/nhcm9r
After their investigation, they took Akshay’s page down: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/indiaschoolproject

I can live with me getting scammed out of my £50 but this is all too much. How can someone even do this!? I am deeply disturbed and am wondering if there is anything we can do.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.”
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How can someone pay a stranger using Friends & Family then complain when it goes south?

Caveat Emptor works better than Abracadabra when buying online...
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On Apr 27, 2019, Mike Gainor wrote:
How can someone pay a stranger using Friends & Family then complain when it goes south?

Caveat Emptor works better than Abracadabra when buying online...


But still no way that guy should have charged 50 pounds for that garbage
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Paypal will bend over backwards to protect their customers IF they use the tools in place...
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On Apr 27, 2019, Mike Gainor wrote:
How can someone pay a stranger using Friends & Family then complain when it goes south?

Caveat Emptor works better than Abracadabra when buying online...


Akshay told Jack specifically to pay with Friends & Family so that he won't have to incur PayPal fees. Jack trusted him and honestly didn't even know that refunds aren't allowed when you pay as Friends & Family.
But that's not the topic of debate. Just because PayPal can't give him a refund, does the service provider have no responsibility of giving a good service? Doesn't the whole thing sound scammy to you?
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Sure, but I wouldn't have done it myself.

This isn't the first existence of a scam (Note: we don't know Akshay Badiani side of it) and a bit of education/caution would have gone a long way here...

You may wish to pass on to Jack to hold off on sending those funds to that Nigerian billionaire as well.
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On Apr 27, 2019, magicianbrady wrote:
Debjit Chaudhuri even started making the same designs for everyone for FREE just so that more people wouldn’t get scammed by Akshay: http://prntscr.com/nhcq1q


Haha yeah I ended up making a LOT of business cards. But it didn't take too long, just pasted people's contact info under that Superman picture Smile

I did witness everything happening in the group but I wasn't aware of that crowdfunding thing. I have spoken to Akshay on a number of occasions so I'll ask him about it.

I think what we can take from this post is that we should never pay strangers on the internet as "Friends and Family".
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First I'd like to commend Jack on that detailed post. I'm sure it must have taken a long time to get so many screenshots Smile

Second I do feel sorry this happened. Sadly there are a lot of people out to make a quick buck and all we can do is just be aware enough to not fall into their traps.

Third I think the bigger matter here is that donation campaign. Someone should really get to the bottom of that and see to it that Akshay actually refunded the money he collected.
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Third I think the bigger matter here is that donation campaign. Someone should really get to the bottom of that and see to it that Akshay actually refunded the money he collected.


This is Akshay's facebook if anyone wants to ask him: www.facebook.com/AkshayWork2
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On Apr 27, 2019, warlocklevel50 wrote:
Third I think the bigger matter here is that donation campaign. Someone should really get to the bottom of that and see to it that Akshay actually refunded the money he collected.


This is Akshay's facebook if anyone wants to ask him: www.facebook.com/AkshayWork2


I did try but he didn't reply. If someone does find out anything, please let us know.
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