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eBay Fraudster? What should I do?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ShadeDream, May 16, 2011.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Long story made short, back in February I bought a phone from eBay which just over 45 days after the sale, got blocked by the original network operator. I found out that the phone was reported as lost/stolen. Funny thing is that the owner sold it to me on eBay and I even have the original receipt that came with the phone with the IMEI number as well as the sellers details.

    I contacted the seller via eBay and at first he seemed clueless, hence I asked him politely to call up his network and let them know that the phone was sold if he genuinely doesn't know what has happened, I also let him know that blocking a phone after its sale is illegal and pure fraud. I was then asked to supply the IMEI number and ever since then I never got a single reply back. This was in April. It is now May and I am quite pissed.

    I contacted eBay but of course they won't do anything due to the 45 day limit. They offered their support if I decide to contact the Police. If I do so, I'll never see the phone or the money as it would have probably been kept as evidence or some bullshit...

    I am going to try and get in contact with this persons network operator but before I do, I was wondering if anyone has any better ideas?

    I suspect that this person sold the phone on the basis of getting a new one on insurance... People like this piss me off!
     
  2. angelas111

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    your only recourse would be to contact his local police department as this would be considered theft by deception. i normally leave purchases like this for craigslist since the seller is close enough to leave me with recourse. i have had misc problems buying phones on ebay before too.
     
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  3. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I will think about it as I really don't want to go to the police department. I would much rather get this solved without having to involve the police. I heard that mobile phones can be unlocked by original owners and since I have all the evidence to prove that I am the original owner I don't think that there should be a problem? I would prefer to contact the network operator, get them to unlock my phone and let them deal with the guy...
     
  4. xeninc

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    i didn't tell you this buuuut....you're effed.

    the seller wasn't the original owner.

    once out of the 60-day period to leave negative feedback, they won't care about you.

    if you can, leave a negative, do it now. open a dispute with your credit card, bank, paypal whichever one you can. report the seller to eBay.

    outside of that, any other recourse will cost you too much time and money.

    get the phone unlocked and switch networks if the phone is THAT important.

    if not, buy another phone with a 60-day warranty and from a seller with very reputable feedback and looong looong history.

    good luck.
     
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    You have proof? paypal receipt? go for it!!! sue him

    call to paypal and ask what you sould do..
     
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    First of all, I am in the UK. In the UK you don't sue left and right, and that's probably something that I don't want to get into. Second, I am 100% sure that this is the original owner as I've got the original delivery receipt from the network operator with the eBay sellers name and address. The name on the network operator receipt matches the name on the eBay and PayPal account. I can't give neg feedback as I've already given positive as everything was working perfectly fine.

    PS. Phone is blocked on all networks.
     
  7. MrSmith

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    He has to report to the local rossas that his phone got jacked/lost (funny you have the receipt) before it gets blocked via IMEI on all networks.

    You could report it to your own local rossas that you bought it via ebay, you got the original receipt and you got the Paypal receipt of payment with the bloke's name and address.

    That should set something in motion because what seller did was fraud. Though, local jakes don't really take deep interest into cases unless it involves people getting stabbed or shot (unfortunately).

    Also you won't be able to get your money OR the phone back once you've reported. Your phone is by guaranteed permanently banned on all networks. It cannot be re-used any longer.

    If the bloke doesnt live too far...go up there and brick his yard. Flippin ***t