IMMEDIATE HELP Please! Huge scam???

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  1. jscheiman macrumors member

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    Is this a scam? It seems way to good to be true. I emailed this guy. The listing says the product is in Baltimore, MD. Hi email reply says he's in Portland, OR.

    He told me he's selling the 2.5 G5 tower for $2300, the 23" Cinema for $400 and the 30" for $600. However, if you buy all three he'll only charge $3,080 total inlcuding shipping and insurance.

    Something seems way off here. Is it just me. The line of bait really has me interested however....

    Check it out!
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51036&item=5767634508&rd=1
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Nobody would sell a PowerMac G5, LCD, and stuff for that much of a discount.

    Since Apple, nor their distributor off discounts that deep.

    It's a scam, but go for it and we'll say "Told you so..." when you get ripped off.
     
  3. jscheiman thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm sure I'll end up passing up the deal, but I just can't help be intrigued by what the auction says. I don't think I'll be taking the fall on losing that much money.
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Didn't see anything original, just a bunch of crap directly off Apple's servers (literally).

    It's 50-80% off LCDs and a PowerMac...

    Only way to beat that price is to steal it yourself.

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    Heck, they even toss in Mac OS X Server Unlimited -- and that's a $1k all by itself, not to mention the 6800 card and the rest.
     
  5. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    It's defiantly a scam. First of all, the majority of the listing is from apple.com. Secondly, the guy only has 3 feedback, and hasn't recieved any for 3 years. Third, people don't just becme computer dealers overnight. This guy has never old a computer, so why would he start now. If he really was a dealer, he would realize you could never make money on a maxed out Powermac. (That Powermac is probably worth 5 grand plus, because of the 8 gigs of RAM and 500 GB of Hard Drive space.)
     
  6. jscheiman thread starter macrumors member

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    That's why it stuck out so strong. There's more than $7000 worth of hardware there.

    Like you said, the only other possibility is that it is all hot stuff and he just wants to make a quick cheap buck.

    He really should be reported to eBay for this kind of scam, should it be true.
     
  7. Devie macrumors 6502a

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    If it is an actual product, its probably stolen... but where the hell would you steal a PM with everything maxed out? Not to mention a 30 and 23" LCD... where the hell would you even find that?
     
  8. jscheiman thread starter macrumors member

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    The guy is really trying to play it straight by replying to my email. However, like I said earlier, the listing says it's in Baltimore but his email tells me Portland....

    Here's a copy of the email he sent me:

    Hi there,

    The system is brand new factory sealed and comes with one year full manufacturer's warranty.
    The price is $2,300 for the G5, $400 for the 23" Display and $600 for the 30" Display.
    If purchased the G5 system plus both apple displays then the price for the package is $3,000.
    FedEx delivery within US takes only two days and cost $80 including insurance.
    So the total for the G5 package including two monitors and shipping is $3,080.
    Reply if you're interested in purchasing this system.

    Thank you.
     
  9. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Ask if he'll do escrow. If he doesn't, it's a scam.
     
  10. jscheiman thread starter macrumors member

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    He didn't even reply to my second email. Why people have to play these kinds of games, I don't know. I guess I figured I'd post this link so that no one else would fall into his trap.

    Hey thanks everyone for you quick replies. Now, I can no longer hold my eyes open so I'll dream of G5's in my head and hope to hear some positive things from NAB tomorrow!
     
  11. James Philp macrumors 65816

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  12. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    Look at the pics of the monitor boxes. If one is 30" monitor and one a 23" then why are the boxes the same size?
     
  13. matthewr macrumors member

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    someone BOUGHT it

    Well, someone got a good deal, but somehow I don't think it was the guy who "bought" the PM for $1000. Apparently only one person was fooled by the scam. The auction has now closed.
     
  14. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    Like the way there's no actual pictures of the computer running, or even the computer at all! Lovely big, empty boxes!
    I remember when someone bought an "xbox box" for $400 during peak time, and the poor sod got the empty box for the xbox! :D
     
  15. jscheiman thread starter macrumors member

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    He did email me back last night with this:

    <<Safest for both of us is to deal under protection of eBay.
    Provide your full name and address so I could forward your details to eBay to initiate the transaction.

    Michael>>

    It does seem like he is trying to scam to get personal information and hijack my eBay account or something.

    I obviously have passed on this offer because it sounds far from reliable. I will probably forward this info on to eBay and have it checked out. Things just don't seem to add up here.
     
  16. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    The auction was closed, so why are you still emailing this guy?
     
  17. jscheiman thread starter macrumors member

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    I had emailed him twice last night before the auction ended. I am no longer in contact with him.
     
  18. Mord macrumors G4

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    easyest way to test scammers

    ask if you can pick it up physically, if it still seems dodgy take a friend with you and see the stuff working before you buy.
     
  19. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Yup,

    Heck if that auction was legitimate, you could buy a first-class ticket to fly down and pick it up yourself and still come out ahead.
     

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