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crossed-over
Dec 18, 2002, 10:55 AM
I am making this post in hopes to prevent any of you from falling for a scam that I have uncovered.

Recently, I have been doing some searching through a site called alibaba.com. (http://www.alibaba.com/) If you do a search for apple products, mainly powerbooks, you will get a good amount of returns on all types of powerbooks for very very cheap prices. (1gig for $650)

Initially, I thought it was too good to be true, but wanted to uncover some more information. I went ahead and emailed a few of these so-called companies, most of them located outside the U.S., and asked them how their products could be so cheap, if they were Apple certified resellers, and if not, who their supplier is. I got several different responses: most were very fishy, some sounded legitimate, and some just avoided the questions altogether.

I wrote again asking if they would accept an escrow service such as Escrow.com for payment. Almost every one responded requesting to use Western Union, and avoided the escrow question. After repeated attempts for proof of their legitimacy, all which were avoided with lame excuses, I concluded that they must be scams.

After doing some more searching on the Apple Support forums, I found a few other instances of this type of thing, on eBay as well. (http://discussions.info.apple.com/WebX?50@227.necUaJv0eZX.2@.3bbc79d6/0)

The other reason I am making this post is to see if anyone might know a way that we might be able to catch these guys. I was very inspired by keltorsori's post in how he caught his criminal, (http://www.remodern.com/caught.html) and wondered if anyone would like to chip in and see if maybe we can catch a few of these con artists. I have come very close to cutting a deal, as far as they know, and have received information on where to direct the Western Union payment. I have emails for each of them, and a few actually have URLs for websites.

I thought about contacting Apple about this, but I am sure they are already aware of things like this going on.

Bottom line is PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THIS. If in doubt ask to use escrow and see their response.

jefhatfield
Dec 21, 2002, 08:17 AM
and the same goes with the saying "you get what you pay for"

i used to hate older people say this when i was young and looking for an angle or a better, cheaper deal

you get what you pay for, which is not only true in computers, but in health care, beer, education, whatever:D

and if the deal is too cheap, there is a catch and often it is a scam

Sun Baked
Dec 21, 2002, 09:09 AM
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