The police actually helps you when you get scammed
We were located in different cities but she said she was going to come to my city later in the week. The thing was, she was not willing to hold the item for me until then. So to ensure I get the item, I sent her money in advance as it was such a good deal and she made me trust her by making me feel safe and comfortable.
Ever since I sent her money, she had lied, made so many excuses and ignored my messages so many times. She never came to my city. She also seemed to have an anger issue so whenever I tried to confront her about the situation, she would always send me back this long messages saying she doesn't have any responsibility for this whatsoever and I'm the one who should be blamed, blah blah.
She definitely saw me as an easy pushover and I was because I was so afraid of losing my money without even getting the item. I had been too nice with her even when she sent me those nonsense messages. (I even apologized.) When I asked her to either ship it or refund my money back, she said she was not willing to refund me at all until it was sold to someone else, and mocked me for asking for a refund, laughing and saying who would try to get a refund on Kijiji.
I had no choice because it was so obvious she would never contact me if I just decided to wait. So I asked her to ship the item. Since then, I had to deal with so many lies & excuses and being ignored again. At that point, already a month had passed. I was so tired of the whole situation and couldn't be an easy pushover anymore. I gave her a notice if she doesn't give me my money back by this period, I am going to report her to the authorities. No response for a few days. I actually reported her to the local police and CAFC. I sent her messages and screenshots of the approval email for my report. Still, she was absolutely ballsy, saying the police wouldn't help me so stop contacting her and people don't even get refunds on Kijiji. I was so hopeless but I didn't give up and did everything I could do for my report in order to persuade the authorities. I tried to specify the event objectively and collected and organized my evidence professionally. And after a few days, I got a text message from her saying how sorry she was and she would ship the item right now. The officer actually went to her house and even investigated if she really had the item.
Now this whole thing is finally over after 40 days, I have to say people on here tend to say 'just move on' very easily. When I tried to find anything helpful for this thing, all I could find was just 'move on.' Well, I know I was very lucky that the police actually helped me, but they can actually help you if you provide them with enough evidence. So if you got scammed, focus on getting as much information as you can and start your own investigation. And who knows. So good luck everyone and never send money first on Kijiji even if you feel safe!