Below is what I am planning to write on the money claim online-
Particulars of Claim
On the 21st Of January an Order was placed with us (Olympian sofas) for a corner sofa by Greta Bradfield and a £275 deposit was made via bank transfer under the name of Adrian M whittaker to reserve the sofa. We were advised remaining payment would be made by Cash on the day of delivery. On the 26th of January the driver made the delivery to number 5 Longmans Lea at BA4 6RT. the driver travelled roughly 230 miles to make the delivery. Having unloaded the sofa we were told by the customer we were unable to take the money out of the bank and hence we have written a cheque and at that point the driver had not much of a choice but to take the cheque in goodwill after being assured by the customer there were funds to clear it.
On the 29th of January I myself had put the cheque in the account and by the 2nd of February we had received a letter from Natwest saying that the cheque had bounced due to insufficient funds and that it would be represented. It also advised to get in touch with the drawer of the cheque to ensure there is enough money in the account. We had got in touch with the customer letting them know the cheque had bounced and they said we will go to the bank on Monday the 4th of January and see what is happening.
On 4th January 2013 3PM we were told that fraud was done with their account and that there was no money left in the account, they also advised they had contacted the police and the bank manager. We asked for some proof or some reference to with which we could get in touch with the police to verify and they said they will send some documents over to me to prove that this was reported and that they were not making it up. At 5.30 a call was made to them asking for the evidence as they said it would be with us by 4:30PM. When I called to ask verbally for the police reference or something we could verify their story with I was hung up upon.
They then said that the money will be with me by tonight (assuming bank transfer). We then said we had waited enough you have had the sofa for over a week and we have no money and we would like to pick the sofa for it to be brought back to us. At 8:09PM the same day (4th January 2012) we recieved a text message saying "Do what you like I will not be here as we are moving to a new address). I then advised we will be suing under the Bill of Echange Act as their Cheque had bounced and they kept the goods and had no intention of returning and also for breach of contract, we also advised we will be reporting to the police for fraud. On the 5TH of January a letter was sent to them (Special delivery) advising them that their cheque had bounced and full payment is required within 7 days.
This Is what I will be writing in the letter to them giving them 7 days please check if ok--
Dear Greta Bradfield,
As we have discussed on the 2nd of January your cheque given to the driver for the sofa has bounced. We require payment in full withing seven working days and if not done will sue you and claim from the costs for breach of contract and knowingly providing a cheque that will bounce which is illegal and classed as fraud.