That's exactly what a bloke called Rob did when he paid $315 for an Xbox 360 he didn't receive. After a week of unanswered emails and broken promises he realized that something was amiss.
Not one to run away from a fight, Rob began trying to track down the scammer. Using peoplefinder.com he found his seller and his mother's name. Then using whitepages.com he uncovered the poor woman's address and phone number.
The first time he called, Rob landed on the seller who denied any knowledge of the affair. Not satisfied Rob called back and this time spoke with his mother. That worked very well because forty minutes later the seller called back with an apology. He also deposited $315 back into Rob's account.
Rob writes, "So, I got the m*ther f***er by calling his mom. I know she probably grounded him and then stood there and made him call me to apologize. It was great, made my weekend."
As Rob says, if you need any cyber crimes solved let him know. He'll call their mums. µ
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