Yep, the deaded day has come, iPhone I bought off gumtree has been blacklisted after the original owner claimed it 'lost/stolen'.
Wondering if anyone wants to chuck any advice! I'll go through the lovely story but will try to keep it short ha. Bought from Gumtree in Sept, got the sellers telephone number, name, I went to her house to pick it up and met the family, and we wrote a paper receipt which we both signed. It came with the box and accessories (IMEI number match box and phone). All seemed well!
Until last week it wasnt working for texts and calls (Although I'm still using it for internet, its like a mini 3g ipad haha). I called up orange and they said its blacklisted and she'd try get it sorted. 10 minutes later she called and said it had been reported as lost/stolen. The original owner had orange insurance and she told me the story of how she 'lost' it in tesco. The orange rep also told me the iphone/security team could quite clearly see she hadn't put that sim in an iPhone since around the date I purchased. So apparently they will send her a charge now for the handset that they sent her as a replacement. However, the security team wouldn't be back until monday to help me further. No issue, I just slapped the sim in an old phone.
Last night the rep dealing with me got sent home due to snow so I haven't had proper contact but the only person I did speak to at Orange read the notes and told me to go to the police! Has anyone gone down this route? What do I need to show them as proof? The orange rep said it was effectively theft as she had sold me the phone and now stolen the IMEI. Do the police even bother with this stuff? I can print emails, give her information to the police and so forth. Is the receipt we made and signed actually of any value though? Seems all I have is that Orange can back up the fact her sim hasn't entered that phone since Sept and all the dates will add up along with this paper receipt.
It seems rather daft she's done this yet I've got so much info about her! Expecting to lose the money to be honest so don't worry about being honest in replies. I can't sell the phone a 3g ipod can I? It's only sellable as for parts I'm guessing! Have sent the girl a text and email but don't want to talk as I'm hoping to have her replies in writing!
Cheers for any replies!