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A few years ago I was scammed by an individual via Facebook.
They made out they were selling a ring for a substantial amount of money over 1,500 , I was looking for this item as a gift for my daughter.
This individual had me pay them using friends and family which I later found out through Paypal was a 'GIFT' payment. I found this individual online recently using the real email they gave me to pay, they contacted me on a ⊗⊗⊗⊗ facebook account before, long story short would the police be able to sort this years on if I reported it?

I've phoned Paypal over the years with no help or assistance, they said the police won't get involved as it's a civil matter. I never stated what I was paying for in the description either when I sent payment. :(
The Facebook account was ⊗⊗⊗⊗ that the person communicated me on.
Not sure what others think. Help.
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You're in the UK, I'm in the US, so thing are different. BUT, you can try.

Did you file a report with the police?
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You're in the UK, I'm in the US, so thing are different. BUT, you can try.

Did you file a report with the police?

No , this was a few years ago now so not sure if the Police will get involved now
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I seriously doubt there will be an legal recourse for you years after the fact.
Why do you say that?
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Why do you say that?
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Why would you wait a few years to file - that's kind of what phaz might be alluding too.

You should have taken action right away.

Also, this forum is not meant for legal advice so contact a lawyer or the police and see what they can do but I think you waited way too long here
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I think that for 1500 police will try to find out the scammer...
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I think that for 1500 police will try to find out the scammer...
If the police even believe OP there's going to be little to nothing they can do since the alleged fraud took place years ago. This is the kind of thing you need to start taking steps to fix immediately after you realize you've been scammed - not 2-3 years down the road.

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+ that guy might used VPN,etc...
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sadly, even though you never got any item,the police would probably consider it buyers remorse and do nothing, especially after so much time (You said years)
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Why we see so many cases when police arrest young ladies or finds them days later after they steal like 20-30$ in a coffe shop or in a club?
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I don't know that we do see "so many cases when police arrest young ladies" for $20.

How many hundreds of cases are you talking about? Got a link to those 'so many cases'?

If the OP had filed a report at the time, maybe, but $1500 isn't even enough to interest the police these days, sadly.
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sadly, even though you never got any item,the police would probably consider it buyers remorse and do nothing, especially after so much time (You said years)
Not sure how you mean? The Police would probably consider it buyers remorse?
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So do you think years on the Police would do nothing ?
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sadly, even though you never got any item,the police would probably consider it buyers remorse and do nothing, especially after so much time (You said years)

How do you mean Buyers remorse?
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I don't know that we do see "so many cases when police arrest young ladies" for $20.

How many hundreds of cases are you talking about? Got a link to those 'so many cases'?

If the OP had filed a report at the time, maybe, but $1500 isn't even enough to interest the police these days, sadly.
Almost weekly. See them in my local newspaper.
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So is there nothing I can do, I know where this individual lives, should I approach them directly?
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So is there nothing I can do, I know where this individual lives, should I approach them directly?
Intimidation can work.

UK doesn't have statue of limitations the way the US does apparently, so go to the police. Bring proof from the sending/purchase.
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you can contact actionfraud, the delay of years severely weakens your case.
My guess is nothing will come of it, but you lose nothing if you pursue it....
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Default Re: Paypal Scam (Advice)

The fact that you didn't do anything when it first started speaks volumes here....
This makes it almost impossible for you to do anything.

So without expecting anything, you might as well contact Paypal, FB and your local police and just tell them the story. Not sure if they'll do anything about it, but I highly doubt I would.

At this point it's like you got nothing more to lose.
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Because you sent it as F&F instead of an actual transaction. And being that so much time has passed, they would probably think that you got something for not saying something earlier. file an IC3 report then contact paypal and then show paypaL. Sometimes if they feel law enforcement will be getting involved they will just bite the bullet and give you back your money.
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I just feel it's a nice loophole for scammers to use as Paypal will not doing anything about this person and they could be doing it to loads of others and what recourse have the buyers got when f&f means it's a gift payment which can't be disputed?
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I just feel it's a nice loophole for scammers to use as Paypal will not doing anything about this person and they could be doing it to loads of others and what recourse have the buyers got when f&f means it's a gift payment which can't be disputed?
This has been a known scam/issue for years.
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