.....you are just having fun with this thread, right? If so that is OK if you make certain it can't be mincontrued in another way. I am certain you are happy this did not happen to you and if so you would wish you could do those things, I certainly did. Just be careful what you post and make certain we all understand what you mean my friend!
If you receive a communication saying you would be made whole or partially whole, it is another lie. It is true in the few threads I read that a total of three out of maybe ten have been made whole......maybe it was only two as its hard to keep all those threads straight....this scammer knows the ropes and does not want to use up his first time offender.....make a deal.....get out of jail card for only a notebook....I am sure.....BUT HE IS LIEING AGAIN. Start your campaign and do not stop.
If you make an agreement with him then that is your decision. I tried to make a deal with mine but he kept lieing to me for six months.....only problem for him is I was insistent on where to ship......and I was lucky enough to to get his good address (though bad name) because he was so greedy that he gave in while we negotiated.....Most scammers are smarter. Please contact the local PD of the town you shipped your notebook immediately-the longer you wait the less chance of success-internet is great in getting info of the LE agency-names of departments and supervisors-rosters-general info for making conversation because towns have websites and there LE department must make a web page-use this to your advanatage and research it before calling to help with your conversation and dropping names while you talk-I did not have that, or think of that for my campaign, but others did.
The local PD maybe busy at the time of your call but you can make an appointment for a later call and you will be surprised how friendly they are and if you get the right guy how much they want to help if you are calm, patient, and deliberate. As I said if you are willing to take the time.....Also be prepared with all you documentation, emails, threads, shipping receipts, if any was done by USPS that was critical in the deal, that is as good as gold, hopefully you saved the letters and old envelopes. If you are persistant and request to press charges then at a minimum if you get a good invetigator, they will attempt contact and do a background check and attempt interview in person or by phone, but only if you spend the 20-30 hours documenting well and making it very presentable to the LE to convince them to spend time as well. If you are obviously sloppy and do not spend time then LE will be the same way and spend no more time than you did, as I learned.
I was very successful at this intitial contact stage because I had an address, and because my documentation had an obvious alias to the rell person it did cause an initial intersest. For me my scammer was clean, and apparently answered the initial interview questions well-so I guess from what I was told when I called two weeks later asking for the current status. He was then free to continue stealing from the innocent and did so. But it was this apparent but not real success that made other interested, and they, not me, pushed it to conclusion.
THIS MAN IS A LIAR, if you agree to back off, do so only after you are made whole, if the notebook is damaged but you are 75% whole you are way better than most of us. Do a deal with the Devil if you want. If the Devil does a Deal with you its only because you can hurt him. If you can't then its just more lies.
I will once again say if you know what city you shipped to contact that cities LE department. If they are sluggish contact the county LE. Keep doing so till you find a LE officer or investigator who instead of saying "we get this all the time....kiss your notebook goodbuy!..." actually wants to help. This will be based upon the info you give him that gives him hope at success. I was excited at this stage since I had a good address and initially felt I had success till I learned otherwise.
This is really about you working hard like the scammer did at working you. I have to believe you have an address you shipped the notebook to that can give you something to work with. When you contact the local LE be firm but polite, ask there name and how long they have been with their department, then say thankfully you are glad you were able to work with such an experienced individual/investigator.....let them know you need their help .....and show how hard you have been working at this.......think how the scammer worked you......do the same......be nice and tell the investigator what he would like to hear to get his interest. Since I am certain the scammmer is to far from you to do an in state civil action you are at the mercy of whatever LE agency you can get to help you.
HE JUST LIED TO YOU AGAIN, why take that, spend time putting a good complaint together and have LE visit him. You might get lucky, he may be stupid and have a warrant for something else........he may have something else illegal going on.........who knows.........I had so many ups and downs on mine.........I would not recommend that for anyone and to just move on and chalk up your loss as experience. If you are prepared for more then its upon you, not just posts at forums and vents but action. Collect all info you have and start using it to your advantage. And seriously if you can get a hold of his parents or employer you will be shocked to learn that works good. My interest in scamming..... ---from my experience has led me to read alot of these things and two occasions where the victim made it personal and contacted the sammers friends/relatives/employer, or so I was told in emails/posts and with one some phone calls.
But to be fair I get it wrong sometimes too, like at this forum where I posted on a members transaction who said his wife had a miscarriage, I will not comment on that exact statement but he did come through with payment according to the dealer, and thats all that counts-right?. That same statement of miscarriage was made by the scammer who got me and others, as well as children dieing so when I see that on deals its like fighting words.
As you can see I was really hurt by my scammer, not for the modest sum he got me for, but for being a sucker and biting back and hurting those who wanted to help me and now thought what a jerk I was to them. It took me 6 months to accept before I accepted no more lies. I hope it takes you less time than this.
This is going to be about how much time/effort/money you will devote. In the end the best you usually get is hurting the scammer and not being made whole.
It maybe best to just chalk this up as a loss, put ego and pride aside. What is most important in your life right now-your parents-a really great girlfriend-your studies to help you make enough money to buy 100 of these notebooks. You must decide. I chose to fight, I would not choose that again but without that experience I would choose that. I needed that experience to help me know getting scammed is not that important in the great scheme of things.