So last week, when i was walking in a supermarket, a guy approached me and ask if i can withdraw $200 of cash for him because his card doesnt work. So I got his detail and withdraw 200$ for him and he transfer the money to me online. I did manage to get his name and phone number. But after few hours i still dont receive the money from him so i texted him and he say he will get the cash and give it to me the next day. But the next day he made an excuse and did not appear. Then this happen again for the next day. What can i do? This guy is from the same university as me but i dont have his address. He seems to reply and and dont reply and unwilling to give me his address in order to get the money from him. This happens in England. Can i report to the polis? Thanks in advance
Did i get scammed?
Maybe but its not entirely clear that you are the victim of fraud. For fraud to occur, the perpetrator must have intended to deprive you of your money at the time they asked for it and we have no evidence of such an intent.
Legally, it appears that you have an agreement (possibly a contract) that you would lend the person $200 (if you are in England, why this isn't pounds rather than dollars I can't imagine) and they would repay you the next day. What you have is a delinquent debt that is proving difficult to collect. Not paying your debts is not a crime, so it is of no interest to the police.
All you can really do is keep chasing the person down and asking for your money. You could sue them but the costs of doing so will be far greater than the amount concerned.
Worst case, $200 is relatively cheap for a valuable life lesson - don't lend money to strangers.
Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be
Polonius, Act 1, Scene 3, Hamlet