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Old 07-10-2015, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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If there's criminal intent it's wire fraud. It has nothing to do with state or local authorities unless it's in the same state. Call your local FBI office. There's no guarantee that they will be interested. If they are, however, they will provide you with the necessary help or refer you to the appropriate federal agency if they don't handle it themselves.

Busiesses that engage in this sort of behavior generally count on the consumer's giving up or the lack of interest by law enforcement.
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:13 AM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Are you blind? Or did you not see that I said I called.

Also, that's not how it works with selling cellphones, they quote me on price, but they have to make sure they cellphone is as requested.

Thanks for the input, though. Next time try reading other posts.
Didn't you noticed that I posted just one minute after your post. I didn't see it while I was typing. Geez ...
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I drove from Richland WA to Portland OR to "visit" the seller in such a case as this. He made a lame excuse and gave me my goods back.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:43 AM
 
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A summons from small claims court (usually a minimal filing fee) is sometimes the wonder drug to spur the most stubborn entity along. There's no guarantee you'll collect without a fight, of course, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Also, flex your muscles via the BBB who will follow up on your behalf, file a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General's consumer complaint division and make use of websites such as "Complaints Board".
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:49 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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https://www.usps.com/help/claims.htm
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Didn't you noticed that I posted just one minute after your post. I didn't see it while I was typing. Geez ...
My response was rude. I apologize.
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:02 PM
 
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Guess it depends, our police dept has a fraud division. They help people, especially seniors, determine if they have been a victim of fraud and get the post office involved in cases where it's warranted.They also work with other police depts in other states. I work in retail, we frequently contact the police to help victims who have been involved in scams using green dot cards purchased at out store.
I agree that the police will investigate fraud. Unless you can establish an intent to defraud, it is a civil issue. On its face, this case is a failure of one party to meet the terms of the agreed upon contract, which makes it a civil issue.
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:56 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I am suspicious by nature, especially when I hear so many stories from people who have been scammed. My first reaction to 'send us your phone, then we'll send you money' just causes my scam radar to go off unless it's a well known, established business.OP says they aren't getting any kind of response at all and the phone line is constantly busy, so yeah, call me paranoid but I don't trust it.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:54 PM
 
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I am suspicious by nature, especially when I hear so many stories from people who have been scammed. My first reaction to 'send us your phone, then we'll send you money' just causes my scam radar to go off unless it's a well known, established business.OP says they aren't getting any kind of response at all and the phone line is constantly busy, so yeah, call me paranoid but I don't trust it.
Around here the malls have kiosks where you can get cash immediately for your phone.
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:00 PM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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The police aren't going to do anything; it is a civil issue. Call the consumer affairs division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office and see if they have any complaint on file about the company. You can also file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and they will try to mediate it for you.
Yes, what this person said ^
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