Am posting this way too late (as some may say) but pls read on and i hope to get some feedback though i think all hope is lost.
So, back in Sept 2012 i chanced upon an AP grail on the 'bay (at what now seems to be a 'too good to be true' price) and so i bit the bullet after negotiating with the seller and gotten a copy of all related docs and proof of pictures for the timepiece. Unfortunately for me, i dealt via a wire transfer and outside of the 'bay and all seemed well and fine at the point as we maintained frequent contact and i got the shipping details once all funds cleared.
However, the wait for the item seemed never ending from thereons as apparently the shipping faced problems and was travelling to all other locations but mine so i had the seller look into it. Mind you, he was still maintaining contact with me throughout this process which took approximately 1 month plus. So he then informed me that after visiting the post office and making a report of this issue, the watch was en route back to him in Spain for him to then re-route it onwards to me. Then came the silence which had me worried as i kept up with the emails to check on the status. So, approximately 1 week after, i received an email from what seemed to be his wife stating that he was involved in an altercation with a postal officer and was subsequently detained and put in jail and from what she mentioned it was going to be for a duration of 3 months or so (according to the timeline, it was supposed to be till Dec 2012). I was relieved to hear from him/her at that point but to be on a safe side, i mentioned in my reply to her of how unfortunately the turn of events are and hoped for a refund of the money i paid to her husband while this was being sorted; and that was the last i heard from either of them.
So while i feel and kinda know that the money is gone for good, i hope to still get some much appreciated advise from fellow forumers on what can be done to validate the situation or pursue further with the authorities in Spain about this. I have all the banking details(removed due to sensitivity as noted by a fellow forumer) of the person if it helps but all other details are as shown below -
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Really would appreciate all the input i can get on what steps that i can take and if there's any spanish forumers, appreciate if you could chime in.
Thanks a lot,