Am looking for a bit of advice here.
I bought a Nokia E51 off trademe about 3 months ago. All was good until a couple of weeks ago when Sim Card Registration Failed message appeared on the phone. After an awful lot of chasing around with phone calls, sending the phone to Nokia Care Centre etc., it turns out the phone is blacklisted. This means it has been reported stolen or lost.
I took the phone to the local police station who looked it up in their system and told me it was not present in their system as lost or stolen. This probably means it was reported lost or stolen overseas.
The trader from trademe says it is nothing to do with him, he has never sold a stolen phone and it must be a mistake, he doesn't have the money to refund me and it is nothing to do with him.
I have written the phone off as a bad experience but I want it reflected on the trader who sold me the phone. Trademe told me to take it to the disputes tribunal which is like the small claims court, however I don't have any proof that the item was stolen as it is not in the police database. Can Vodafone provide written confirmation that the device is blacklisted? Are there any other options?