I was sold a stolen Samsung Note 4 mobile phone. I got it off Ebay last August and I've only found it in the this June that it was reported stolen in London in Jan 2015. While you may think I'm stupid and should have done a Checkmend report 1) I wouldn't expect a person to have the b*lls to think they could get away with selling a stolen mobile 2) I would expect a stolen mobile to be blocked when I got it or shortly afterwards. Infact to this day, it isn't blocked according to EE and yet still after doing a Checkmend report last month and getting a call from the Met Police, I've handed it in to the police station. The search for it caused it to be flagged up to the Met Police on their system.
I'm too late to claim money back via Ebay or Paypal. I paid on a Visa debit card and Nationwide refused a Chargeback claim as it's a stolen item. The CAB have mentioned small claims court. Would this be appropriate ? I have been in contact with the guy I got it off who said he got it off PC World Currys Ebay outlet store. He's known for 2 months that it was a stolen mobile (not stolen by him I assume) as he claims he bought it June 2015. It's supposed to be contract free and yet EE say an account is linked to it. I have not directly asked for money back from the seller but have asked him to chase it up with PC World Currys Ebay outlet and it seems he isn't making any effort.
Would be grateful for any advice ? I'm not confident that Checkmend reports are accurate anyway.
Thanks very much