Disclosure: I’ve by no means accomplished something like this earlier than, sure I used to be being naive. Please do not inform me this, I want recommendation on what to do now.
Discovered an iPhone eight plus on Provide Up for $350 (first crimson flag), despatched the individual “Nick” a message that I’m . The individual Nick tells me to textual content them as a result of they don’t seem to be getting the notifications from Provide Up, so I mentioned positive (second crimson flag). I must level out additionally the individuals profile was a “man” named “Nick” with an image of a white automobile. I texted and requested for the IMEI, which was supplied to me. It got here again clear. I requested twice if the telephone is unlocked and I used to be instructed sure.
Met up with “Nick” in a public place. Seems “Nick” is a feminine and she or he confirmed up in a black Pontiac. I instructed her, I used to be anticipating a person named Nick, she laughs and says, Oh I’m going by Nikki (third crimson flag).
We go inside the general public place and she or he activates the telephone and exhibits me it is working. My fiance takes a take a look at the telephone and notices the display screen is frozen and tells her. She takes the telephone and does one thing and it appears to be working tremendous after no matter she did (fourth crimson flag). We observed she had all her photos within the telephone nonetheless, which appears bizarre in case you are promoting it why would not you delete every thing earlier than assembly me up.
Looks like every thing is okay to me (ME BEING NAIVE) and I give her money for the telephone. We go on our manner. Two days later I get the SIM card for this second line I made. I put the SIM card in and it says the telephone is LOCKED. I textual content her instantly and she or he responds. I ask her what’s the provider for this telephone because it seems to be locked. She says Dash. I referred to as Dash and ask them to unlock the telephone they usually inform me they can not until I’ve the earlier homeowners data. I inform her to name Dash and to unlock it which she says she does and it takes 1-15 days to unlock. I’m pissed off as a result of why is the telephone locked??? My buddy tells me it would not take that lengthy to unlock a telephone (three days max).
Every week goes by and the telephone continues to be locked. I textual content her and ask for a refund which she agrees to fulfill me on Saturday. I get a textual content from her that claims “okay see you Sunday.” I textual content her as we speak and say, “you imply Saturday?”
She blocked my quantity. I’m extraordinarily upset and may’t consider this has occurred to me. I’ve some associates that attempted to name the quantity and they instructed me it’s a burner telephone or telephone quantity.
I have somebody do some researching and we truly discovered her actual title, LinkedIn profile, office, and one other telephone quantity below her title.
OfferUp tells me to file a police report. I meet up the police officer on the place the place we had the transaction and supplied particulars and the police officer took photos of all the knowledge I had: I had display screen shot of her LinkedIn profile, display screen shot of her Provide Up profile (which she has deleted).
The officer asks me if I need her arrested? I mentioned, no? I would like my a refund. The police officer offers me the report quantity and that is it. I give this data to Provide Up, however I do not assume they’ll do something.
I have no idea what to do. I had my telephone provider take a look at this telephone and they instructed me it’s just about nugatory and appears like she did some repairs to it and changed some issues.
I am naive I do know. I believed it was legit as a result of her profile had 5 stars and over 30 opinions. I really feel like crap as a result of I instructed this psycho that this telephone is for my youngster and my child is happy. This individual took benefit of me. What ought to I do? Is small claims value it? Do I name the police officer again and ask if they’ll do one thing?