Rofl, yes people, I realize that X, Y, or Z could happen. North Korea could also drop a bomb on the phone that is sold to you as well, and checking their receipt would be meaningless. The phone could also be built to self-destruct, and the information on their ID would be meaningless.bomber17 wrote: ↑Sep 28th, 2017 11:03 pmThe guy could've shown you a fraudulent ID that he used to activate the phone to begin with. A lot of people doing this type of fraud aren't regular people. They don't have a steady place of living and are probably renting one place to the other. They could care less if you go to the address as they probably don't live there anymore. And tbh, they probably know you have no legal recourse so they simply don't care if you do go straight to their house. You can call the cops, but fraudsters can say they sold the phone as is and anything that happens to it later on is on you.
The point still stands, buying on a classifieds site is a risk, and you just need to take as many steps to safeguard against being scammed as possible. This includes getting phone numbers, names, IDs, receipts, license plates, etc. This doesn't necessarily have to be for legal recourse, but just as a way to gauge the trustworthiness from the average buyer. All these systems can be beat, yes, but if there was another means to safeguard yourself against scammers, we'd all be doing it.
Nothing is foolproof, but you do what you can, and if that risk is simply too much for you, buy it from an authorized (re)seller.
Usually for items where a purchase is made under someone's name (i.e. sports/concert tickets, phones), people are usually amenable to showing an ID if requested (in my experience).