So about two weeks ago (Aug. 9th) I pulled a trigger and thought I purchased a Leica MP from a (ryanshikaze19) at the Rangefinder Forum. Turns out I got scammed as he shipped the camera to another remote area nearby my home. The tracking number is showing that it got delivered but neither my leasing office or myself have seen the package. I felt insecure about this entire transaction from the moment I've made a payment to him through paypal and even asked for a refund the morning after the transaction. He replied back that his "wife" already shipped it out early in the morning and he would refund me my money back + shipping costs. When he provided me the tracking number (CX282760448CA) it showed "An order has been electronically submitted" on the 10th (6:14 PM) which was odd because he told me his wife shipped it out in the morning. The status remained that way for 3 days until I finally complained to him that the package was never dropped off at the Post Office. That same day several hours later after my complaint, the status finally changed to "Item accepted at the Post Office" (Aug 13th 4:08PM). He than replied back that his wife did indeed drop it off on the morning of the 10th. His story did not match what the tracking said so I felt pretty iffy about the whole situation. I asked him for his contact number so I could talk to him over the phone to clear up any misunderstanding and till this day I have not heard back from him since. I've tried emailing him and sending him PM throughout the course of this entire event but no response since Aug 13th...
So what can I do at this point? I've already called Paypal and made a claim for "item not received" but they said he used the Paypal shipping method which implies he must have used my confirmed paypal address right? But when I called USPS, they told me it went to a slightly different address but could not give that information out. I have a pretty good feeling that he already ran off with my money and now I'm short $2,500. This is the second time this year I've lost money on a transaction and now I think I've learned my lesson not to purchase anything online anymore.... Any advice would help, thanks.
Here is the buy and sell thread he started. I hope no one else got scammed during this whole ordeal.