3rd party reported phone stolen/lost
I recently purchased a phone, opened but brand new in box. Sticky labels still all over the phone. It was working fine for 11 days but it looks like the previous owner has reported it lost/stolen as it gets no network now, SIM works in old phone, and the IMEI comes up as blacklisted on checkmend.com.
I contacted the seller and he now claims he purchased the phone used and didn't like it, despite telling me he never used it before. I bought it on facebook marketplace. Always a risk I know but my last 6, maybe 7, phones have been from there and it's saved me well over £1000 by now (even after this loss).
I have his reg plate, is there any point reporting this to the police or chalk it up as the inevitable FB scam?
I'm assuming little will come of it and worst case, they might take the phone as evidence or something. I could always get it "un-blacklisted" from one of those questionable phone unlock shops (phone will be completely wiped before and after if I do). I've heard some people have success with them.
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