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Ebay and craiglist scams please be advised.

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by zipur, Aug 7, 2012.

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    I've been in the market for a MACbook pro. I found an out-of-this-world deal for a two month old MacBook for $600.00! Which is over $1100.00 savings. So I emailed the seller. She replied informing me that she was out if town, she received it as a give, an just wanted to get ride of it. . She sent me another picture. And the suggested we use a "Sales broker" who would ship the pc and then once I approve of the product, they would give her the money. This would protect both of us. Sounds good, safe and the company "Interparcel" is a company on the web.

    Then I found that it is a scam which many people get taken by. Per the website http://www.jurinnov.com/craigslist-scams
    I found the exact same reply verbiage I received from my seller. Even the photos and story line were the same!

    I contacted the real Inter-parcel company and forwarded all the email exchanges. I hope they track down this scammer.

    I know this is not a IPad issue but I wanted to share how I almost got scammed so you won't. By the way I hope no one takes this idea as a career path. The thing you do will come back to you.
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    What sounds too good to be true usually is.
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    I wonder about those Craigslist ads sometimes. Somebody locally is selling a brand new 64gb 4g Retina iPad for $520. I'm afraid to even call cuz I don't want to get mugged. That's because I read a story last year about a college kid who was robbed at gun point when he met up with someone selling a Macbook Pro. They were even meeting at a public place.

    I've heard that as many as 1/3 of Craigslist ads are bogus. Too many dishonest people these days.
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    Thanks for posting, while I have managed to successfully buy and sell stuff on Kijiji, it is always worth a reminder that vigilance is the price of doing business on the Internet.
    It's a shame that these people can't apply such creative thinking to something more mundane, you know, like an actual job.
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    This scam is well known on eBay as well. There is no computer, only a scammer out to steal your money. This is a variation of the classic Kubota tractor scam.
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    If I had a brand new iPad like that I would sell it to a vender on amazon. I bet I could get that much or more. Scam.
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    I've know some pretty bad criminals in my day. I would always tell them "if you applied all those thoughts to a design or a business you would be a millionaire" They would always say "this is easier"
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    Exactly.
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    Meet at a local police precinct.

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