I bought a phone off Craigslist 5 months ago... the seller forgot about his account

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by andyACEcandy, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

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    This is an extremely frustrating scenario. First of all - No, I was not (knowingly) scammed.

    I bought an iPhone 5 for T-Mobile back in February and have been using it successfully on my account ever since. The IMEI was clean and was successfully activated on my account back then.

    I have the guy's phone number and text messages.

    This week, the phone was blocked and blacklisted for missing payments. I thought "weird, why would he make 5 months of payments before stopping to scam me?"
    Then, I realized he must not have known. So I am on chat with T-Mobile support and gave them his phone number. They looked it up and confirmed his account was canceled due to missing payment. But they confirmed it was ONE missing payment of a very small amount... thus leading to the assumption that he does not know about it. The rep said their collections agency is trying to get in touch with him.

    They said they cannot give me the $ amount to have me pay it off without his consent. EXTREMELY frustrating!!!
    So, I'm sitting here with a blacklisted iPhone 5 that has a payment of like $25 left on it. The buyer just didn't know about this payment when he must have canceled his account and switched to AT&T/Sprint/Verizon or something.

    I can call this number and it still rings. That's the craziest part. I get a voicemail and everything.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That's the risk one takes when buying used.
    It can happen to anyone weeks or months later.
    You shouldn't be able to get any information at all just by giving tmobile his phone number and the iPhone sold to you story. That's a big privacy issue right there to give you any info on someone's account that you're not an authorized user on.
     
  3. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    At this point I would just sell it for parts. You aren't going to have any way of knowing if he ever pays that $25. To be honest the carrier shouldn't have even revealed that information to you. Shame on them.
     
  4. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it was really frustrating. The rep said the amount is so small, but they aren't allowed to tell me how much.

    It's all extremely disappointing. I wish he would just pick up his phone! I feel like a stalker now :eek:
     
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  6. 617aircav Suspended

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    I'm actually surprised the rep gave you, a stranger information about someone else's account. That kind of info is usually private and not given out. This is a common issue with buying used T-Mobile phones. Nothing can be done about this.
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    The rep should not have given any information what so ever, not even the fact that it was only a small amount of money owed.
     
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    That's the risk with buying secondhand phones. Personally, I always ask sellers for receipt if purchased full price, or proof of the EIP if the device has been paid off.

    Unfortunately not. They don't allow it, not even if $5 was owed.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, most companies, have very strict guidelines and clearly providing that level of detail is such that it crosses the line.

    OP, sorry to about the issues, and it looks like the seller as indeed moved on. Without a way to contact him, there's really nothing you can do at this point.
     
  10. mr99 macrumors 6502a

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    Can this really happen if the device isn't on your account any more?:eek:
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    If you buy a used phone and it was under contract from the carrier, they can and will blacklist the IMEI if the contract is breached due to non-payment.
     
  12. 617aircav Suspended

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    If the carrier is T-Mobile. Att does not blacklist a phone for non payment.
     
  13. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just wish this guy would answer his phone!!!
     
  14. 617aircav Suspended

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    Try texting.
     
  15. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ha I'm 5 text messages and 2 voice mails in... starting to feel like a stalker ex girlfriend.

    Not looking good :(
     
  16. mr99 macrumors 6502a

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    I've heard conflicting statements. Do you have an article stating this or something?
     
  17. Redskinsfan10 macrumors member

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    Look up his phone number on Craigslist (type it in the search field) maybe he has recently posted something and you can get in touch with him via email? Idk
     
  18. Apple Trees macrumors 6502

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    If he's not paying his phone bill then it's possible that he cut and run to another carrier and now has a different number.
     
  19. 617aircav Suspended

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    Im going off what ive read on different forums.
     
  20. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Possibly, but I'm assuming he ported his number to another carrier and just forgot about this one last payment he owes T-Mobile. I remember the guy... he definitely was not sketchy at all. Drove a fairly nice car, was white (just for description!), and really cool. He was the one who wanted to meet me at the T-Mobile store to make sure everything was good to go and activated before exchanging cash.

    It's just a fairly odd way to scam someone. Here, let me sell you this phone today and make payments on it for the next 5 months then suddenly stop and scam you! Lol
     
  21. mr99 macrumors 6502a

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    You honestly never know..
     
  22. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    I agree I doubt it was a scam. I mean why would he pay for 5 months (waste his money) if his intent was to scam you in the end? He could have paid nothing or one month...
     
  23. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly... it's just a shame I can't get back in touch with him. My only hope now is for T-Mobile to somehow get in touch with him to get him to pay this final payment for what I'm suspecting to be like $25 which is the monthly payment for an iphone 5 I believe.

    I truly think it's a case of him switching to AT&T or something and everything finally got processed and he has one final payment left to be made to T-Mobile.

    There would be no reason for him to have made payments on the phone for 5+ months and suddenly just stop and disappear. Why not just stop and disappear after 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month? So confused.
     
  24. okwhatev macrumors 6502

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    Get it factory unlocked (it costs around $130 to unlock t-mobile) and then use it on AT&T. If you want to use it on T-Mobile, you're probably screwed.
     
  25. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    It doesn't sound like a scam to me if the seller continued paying for the phone. I guess all you can do it wait and see if they return a phone call. I mean, if they got a new number, most likely then it would say number not available or something like that when you called it....
    Maybe they're just away from their phone then.
    I would say wait a while still before giving up hope.
     

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