Hello fellow OzBargainers,
To prevent unhelpful and useless comments, let me start by saying that I know that I'm stupid, I'm an idiot, and that I shouldn't have trusted a stranger, and finally that I deserve this. Now that this is out of the way (hopefully trolls won't find another reason to comment), let me explain what has happened.
So I was looking for an iPhone on Facebook marketplace for a few days and I finally found one with a decent price (still not very cheap though). The seller had a real Facebook profile with all his family members and friends (who are also real) commenting on his post even back to 2014. I messaged the guy, organised a time to meet, and went to meet him. I paid him, got the phone, he said he's in a rush and took off like he was in a drag race.
That was my first clue that something's not right. Since I was in a rush myself, I left for home and when I arrived and opened the phone, I realised that I've been scammed into buying a very cheap Android phone that is not even working. I tried to message the guy but he had deleted his Facebook account, I gave him a call and he didn't pick up. I sent him a text telling him that if he doesn't return my money, I'll go to the police. He didn't respond.
I went to Instagram, found his profile (still a real profile with all his family members being tagged here and there). I messaged him, he saw my message, didn't respond. But he didn't delete his Instagram profile.
I went to the police and gave them all the details. I even printed several photos of him. But the police didn't even bother to call him. They said I have to file a report and that they will investigate. And we all know what that means. Nevertheless, I made a full report.
Now, since VicPolice is absolutely hopeless, is there any other way that I can get my money back?
Please please don't troll. If you don't have anything helpful to say, don't comment. I'm already feeling like shit, I don't need you to make it worse.