Same thing is happening to me right now! I had to return a leased device which has spent its whole 2 years with me in a hardy case with screen protector. Not a single scratch, worked perfectly, returned with the charger and headphones in perfect condition.
I got an email and text saying that my leased device has been assessed and is either damaged or not in good working order, and that I have to pay a damage fee or $305 to keep my device. Also, if have to respond with paying either of these fees, or in 5 days time, the damage fee will be automatically taken from my account.
This is a total scam. I think they send this out to everyone who has returned a leased device, in the hope that people won't follow up on it, and just pay the fee, or the fee will be automatically taken and people won't notice.
Super frustrated as I can't get any customer service people to actually help. They promise they will follow up and send me a photo of the damage in an email, but the email never comes. Soon it will be 5 days since I received this threat, so the fee will be taken and then I will be chasing a reimbursement. Total scam. Shame on you Optus.
I am experiencing the same thing! This is actually the second time this has happened to me as it did on the previous year as well. The last time I did this I got the same message saying there was damage and I had to pay $300 to have it fixed. I didn't see the message for past the 5 days so was not able to contest it.
This time i was so wary of trading up again that I took photos and videos of the phone turned on and off showing that its in absolute immaculate condition, there was nothing wrong with the device not even scratches as it was in a hard case. Then today I receive a message saying that I have 5 business days to pay a $275 fee for damage... What damage? I asked optus and they cant tell me.
If you are charging someone $275! you should at least have the cutesy to tell them why? I have been told they are following up with the "warehouse" as everyone else's posts mention and I will have a response in the next two business days.
I will not be paying for this as its an absolute sham!
I have some follow up news regarding this problem.
Every customer service person (on the chat) told me that they had to email through to the warehouse to get them to re-check what was wrong with my returned leased device, but of course I never heard back. So every day for a week I messaged again and again to follow up on it.
Two separate employees told me to keep chasing this issue, as Optus have poor tracking system on returns, so it is very likely to be a mistake.
What I could not believe is that Optus does not have a system in place where a returned leased device is assessed when they receive it, and if deemed damaged, they should take photos or videos of the damage as proof, and save that proof in the customer's account, so it can be easily brought up when you ask about the damage.
So, they had to find someone who could literally go and find my device in the warehouse to check it over again. Needless to say this did not happen.
I finally received a phone call (I know! Lucky me!) explaining that there has been a mistake, and my returned device is in good condition and not damaged.
Then I had the issue of getting this charge removed from my bill.... They promised that I would not be charged the $229 damage fee and there is now a note next to my account not to charge me. Surprise surprise I have since been charged the damage fee, despite Optus agreeing that my returned device was not damaged, and that they had made a mistake. I am now battling to get this charge reversed. Grr. Huge scam!! This is happening way too often for it to be genuine mistakes!!