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Scenario: Internship provider mentions a sum of money to be paid as collateral/ security deposit against delivery of laptop and mobile for the job at hand. Stated that the said collateral/ security deposit will be refunded as soon as laptop is set-up and registered upon delivery by the candidate/ applicant.
However, upon payment of collateral/ security deposit, the internship provider mentions that an additional sum of money is to be paid for logistics. Candidate cannot and does not wish to pay the additional sum for logistics as was not mentioned before payment of collateral/ security deposit.
Internship provider then mentions that since the payment of collateral has already been done and the payroll/ registration process has been initiated, candidate upon opting out of the internship will not be refunded said initial collateral/ security deposit already paid by him.
Candidate points out that no term sheet containing "terms and conditions" for the non-refund was provided, nor does any such written and duly signed agreement exist. Following this, internship provider mentions that on grounds of "company good faith" they will process the refund withing 90-120 days from date of opting out.
Note:
1. Candidate opted out on same day the collateral was paid and communication of the internship rules was conveyed.
2. Internship provider does not professionally respond to emails. Tone of response is rather rude and can be personally attacking.
Kindly assist with:
1. Remedy for recovery of collateral/ security deposit.
2. Reporting such shady activity to respective authorities under prevailing laws.

From India, Bengaluru
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