Expensive Item Buyer, Beware!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Basilius, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Basilius macrumors newbie

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    I have recently been looking to buy a macbook pro for a reasonable
    price. However, what I have learned recently is that there are lots
    and lots of scammers on the internet just waiting for the unsuspecting
    bargain hunters to fall into one of their well planned traps. In the
    past couple of weeks I have come across at least 6 dodgy people trying
    to take my hard earned cash. What has taken me by surprise is how many
    scam merchants are out there lying in wait for the naïve internet
    user. There must be many thousands of newbies being scammed for large
    amounts of cash everyday.
    Ebay, craigslist, yahoo auctions and classifieds, I have come across
    them in all of these places. I have now come to the conclusion that
    the internet is infested with these people. So BUYERS OF EXPENSIVE
    ITEMS, LOOKING FOR A GENUINE BARGAIN BEWARE.

    I replied to this ad on craigslist yesterday evening:

    MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo - £780

    Reply to: sale-295490916@craigslist.org
    Date: 2007-03-17, 12:38PM GMT


    Product Family: MacBook Pro
    Processor Type: Intel Core Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Memory (RAM): 2 GB
    Hard Drive Capacity: 100 GB
    Operating System: Mac OS 10.4, Tiger
    Screen Size: 15 inches
    Condition: New

    Welcome to my auction. I hope this is the item you have been waiting to find.


    This MacBook has all that you need in a portable computer. It has a
    2.16GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 256MB Video RAM, 100GB Hard Drive,
    Airport and Bluetooth 2.0.
    computer is genteelly used and is in pristine condition. I am selling
    this beauty because I have purchased the current Core 2 Duo version of
    the MacBook Pro's.


    This computer comes with Mac OS 10.4.6.


    This MacBook is great for any student to any Professional.


    I have included the new accessories from my new MacBook Pro so
    esentially this is virtually a new MacBook Pro.

    Link to ad: http://london.craigslist.org/sys/295490916.html

    I received this reply a few hours later:


    Richard Ferguson to me 4:05 am (13 hours ago)
    Hello,
    The mac is still available.
    I am out of the country for busines but the mac is already at the
    shipping company.
    We will do the transaction with a secure and authorized shipping
    company: www.truckingcorporation.com. If you want to do the
    deal through them send me your full name and address.
    First name:
    Last name:
    Address:
    City:
    Postal code:
    Country:
    You will have 7 days to inspect the mac.
    Once you will have the tracking number you will verify it and then you
    will go and provide the payment. You will send the payment details to
    the company and only after you receive the item to inspect for 7 days
    i will be able to receive the payment details for picking up the money
    and only if you want to keep it...
    Reply me soon!
    Thank you!

    I went straight to whois to check out truckingcorporation.com. Here is
    the whois info on the site:

    Registrant:
    WhoisProtector Inc. (truckingcorporation.com)
    550 Burrard Street, Suite 200

    Vancouver, BC V6C 2B5
    Canada

    Registrar: DomainPeople, Inc.

    Domain Name: truckingcorporation.com
    Created on .............Fri Mar 23 05:04:59 2007
    Expires on .............Sun Mar 23 05:04:59 2008
    Record last updated on .Fri Mar 23 06:05:08 2007
    Status .................LOCK

    Administrative Contact:
    WhoisProtector Inc.
    WhoisProtector Inc.
    550 Burrard Street, Suite 200

    Vancouver, BC
    V6C 2B5, CA
    ()604-688-8974
    ()
    truckingcorporation.com@mail1.whoisprotector.com

    Technical Contact:
    WhoisProtector Inc.
    WhoisProtector Inc.
    550 Burrard Street, Suite 200

    Vancouver, BC
    V6C 2B5, CA
    ()604-688-8974
    ()
    truckingcorporation.com@mail1.whoisprotector.com

    Domain servers in listed order:
    a.dns.hostway.net 66.113.129.243
    b.dns.hostway.net 64.26.0.115

    (truckingcorporation.com)


    The domain name was created on 23rd March 2007, 5 days ago. the sites
    design looks professional, but this is obviously another scam website.
    I will be posting this scam in as many forums as I can in the hope
    that someone will read this before they part with their cash to these
    people.
    Although, I may be able to expose this site on forums like this, they
    only need to change the domain name to hide themselves again.

    My reply to scammer, alias Richard Ferguson, to which I have recieved no reply:

    4:05 am (14 hours ago)
    Basilius to Richard
    Hey SCAMMER,
    I can't believe you'd think I"d be stupid enough
    to trust a 4 day old "shipping company".
    I WILL BE TAKING FURTHER ACTION
    REGARDING YOU AND YOUR SITE!

    Here is an earlier scam I found, whilst searching for the same item:
    http://www.resellerratings.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125739
     
  2. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

    richard4339

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    Its more fun to play along. Tell them that it looks like a great company, and send them bad information, like the address for your local police station, or something similar.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Well, if you want to buy a stolen MacBook for a deal far below market -- just make sure you can pick it up from the local fence and take it home that day.
     
  4. rdowns Suspended

    rdowns

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  5. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    Austin, TX
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    You beat me to it! Awesome story. :D
     
  6. Zwhaler macrumors 603

    Zwhaler

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    That site has some hillarious pranks! Bookmarked... everyone needs to check this out!
     
  7. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

    CRAZYBUBBA

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  8. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    deadpixels

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    the guy's trying to make a living :D , what's wrong with that? :eek:
     
  9. MiniMini macrumors member

    MiniMini

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    NY
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    The "PP-Powerbook" was so brilliant!!
    I laughed my head off! That is a GOOD ONE!
    I've always thought of sellers being the scammers, not the "buyer". Thanks for the link! :)
     
  10. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

    richard4339

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    I'd forgotten about that prank. It is by far the best one I've ever seen anyone do.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
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    The RCMP in Canada have a mailbox specifically for reporting frauds
    <info@phonebusters.com>
    and Advance Fee Fraud (419-"nigerian" scams)
    <wafl@phonebusters.com>

    Is there a US reporting address for fraud (mail fraud, interstate commerce fraud, whatever),
    rather than plain spam <spam@uce.gov>?
     
  12. ready2switch macrumors 6502

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    My first stop would probably be the Better Business Bureau, as they have a fraud protection area (www.bbb.org).
     
  13. iJawn108 macrumors 65816

    iJawn108

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    I don't' buy online(unless I have no other choice for software, and only from reliable dealers Parallels,rouge ameba, apple and no one else), let alone shop at wheeler dealer stores. I will not set foot in my local apple reseller they have absolute garbage service so I don't shop there. You get what you pay for, and if you support stolen good and ***** businesses they keep living on. Good to hear you didn't ripped.
     

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