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thanks bobby k....i don't speak spanish..ronald artavia knew the person at scotia bank..so she may have been a party to the fraud..it seems i have no claim because i deposited the money into the 'escrow' account..
i put my trust in ronald artavia and he has since moved the money into another account according to the bank..
i have asked numerous people including the consulate..embassy..authorities in san jose..and jaco beach where the theft took place..seems no one can help me!!..
one lawyer wants $26,000 us..and i am certain the money is gone..i was told the country 'will protect their own'..
although it looks pretty bleak for me...thank you for the suggestion..
asked by Joy J. on 4/18/10
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BEWARE OF JACO BEACH REALTY in COSTA RICA. it is run by a person (no license is required thre to sell real estate) who is a native citizen. His name is Ronald Artavia Castenada. (He also goes by several other names. He mostly preys on Americans and Canadians looking to retire there. BEWARE OF THIS THIEF!!!
I was introduced to him by another person in San Jose by the name of Arturo Guzman. (Website Pacific Properties). Instead of my money going into a bank escrow account, to buy property, it went into his personal account. I have not been able to recover my $2l5,000 from Scotia Bank after a year.
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Wow, that is a serious amount of money...did you report this to the FTC? Here is a link if you are interested in doing so.... thanks for the warning about that guy at least now people will see this review in google.

http://www.sitejabber.com/consumer-information/how-to-report-online-fraud-and-scams
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