Did anyone else purchase an iPhone 6/6 Plus from Futu_Online via promotion https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/200301
Just had the Police come in to take the phone from us saying it's an ongoing investigation and it's "stolen goods"
Now not sure what to do? I assumed Futu_Online was reputable seeing as the other retailers in the promotion are also big and reputable.
They have come in and told me they have purchased phones fraudulently and on sell. Now I'm out of a phone + $1000+.
What are my options seeing as the police said I may get the phone back? Anyone else in the same boat and share how to get the phone or money back?
5/8 - Police rock up literally to house. Shock ensues. Phone is seized into a "police bag" for further investigation. Phone was reported as stolen. They are collecting much more phones than mine and doing their rounds.
Filed PayPal dispute. Thinking what else to do? I know. Post on OzBargain.
Contact made by Futu_Online on working to clear this up.
6/8 - Head to police station to give statement. If no documentation I would have been interviewed as a suspect. Luckily I have documentation - receipts and emails proving I purchased iPhone from Futu_Online eBay. Police assure I am not in trouble. Phone is seized and is up to court to determine rightful owner. No timeframe to appear in court.
7/8 - Contact made by Futu_Online. Good news. They talked about what happened. The police talked to them too. It seems like it's a bad supplier issue and it is not in their interest to sell stolen things. Their stock is Australian and not grey imports. Offered replacement or refund. I went with replacement as that's what I was really after and if it were to happen again then it truly is gameover for them. If it's a good replacement, hopefully they learn to be more careful about their suppliers and offer better bargains for OzBargainers.
Changed title of post as I can't assume they knowingly sold "stolen items"