Purchased Laptop on Facebook Marketplace. Paid Money to Person Who Had Stolen Someones ID
Last edited 12/07/2019 - 19:17 by 1 other user
Hey guys, apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong section of the site I'm just not quite sure what my best options are regarding being a victim of online fraud/theft for a deal that took place on Facebook marketplace (go figure)
For convenience sake I will refer to the person who has frauded me as "Larry" and the person wHo has his identity stolen as "Barry"
I recently sent funds to a bank account for a new laptop however it has since turned out that
1) the seller was using a fake profile and had stolen someone else's ID. (I had asked for photo I.D with address and he had sent me photos of license and passport of the person's identity he had stolen)
2) the seller has since blocked me after receiving funds
3) I managed to get in contact with the person whos identity was stolen (Barry) to which he has confirmed that he had made a mistake on his own end and sent photo ID to Larry as it turns out that Barry had previously sold aforementioned laptop to Larry and Larry had requested ID to which Larry has since masqueraded as Barry online.
4) I have since managed to obtain what i strongly believe to be Larry's address given Barry had previously sent the laptop to this address.
Given that I have Larry's bank account details as well as his address and his real name (it is vietnamese if that helps..?),evidence that fraud has taken place via screenshotsof measages (i am considering printing these out to build my "case") as well as evidence from Larry thT he has had his identity stolen by Barry, is there any way I can get the money I've transferred back?
I've previously been a victim of fraud before and the most my bank could do was "request " the funds to be transferred back from the other bank (NAB) to which the criminal on the other end can simply just refuse the request and the case is then closed. That's it.
So given that this time both Larry and I are with Commbank, what is the best way for me to get my money back?
I have considered paying a friendly visit to Larry but his house is quite secure and is a 2 Storey house thus not as convenient..)
Any input would be greatly appreciated, thank you:)