I bought a wholesale lot of returned items from a major national electronics retailer, and among the stuff was a Verizon cell phone that is still active. I can make calls, receive calls, surf the web, text, etc. This phone was one of the demo phones that people can play with in the store.
Now I'm assuming the retailer has a HUGE cell phone plan with hundreds of phones on it, and someone just forgot to deactivate this one. Either that, or Verizon provides a number of activated cell phones to the retailer for demo use, and this phone was not supposed to be liquidated.
Am I committing fraud by using this phone? Do I have a responsibility to call someone (who?) and tell them about it?
It gets stickier: Some of the other items in the lot were missing or misrepresented, and I'm having no luck with the retailer to make up for the problems. So part of me wants to "stick it to them" by keeping this phone active and just using it.
What would you do?