I've been scammed, any ideas?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dorthyinoz, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. dorthyinoz macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2006
    So I found a used mac website (usedmac.ca) and found a powerbook g4 12" for a fair price. Was in contact with the owner and talked for about 2 weeks. Anyways after talking and emailing serveral times a day, I decided to buy. So I sent him the money and then didn't hear from him for a few days. He emailed me back saying his internet was down and that it was shipped but with no tracking number. Its been two weeks and I haven't been able to get a reply from him and the computer hasn't come. I had to sell my other laptop to get this one and now I'm at a loss as to what I should do. Any advice would be great, and I don't need posts telling me how dumb I am lol
  2. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    sorry to hear this happened to you. unfortunately it's not the first and probably won't be the last scammer story we hear.

    perhaps you should contact the usedmac.ca folks to try to get more information about the seller. i would also continue sending the seller e-mails inquiring about the shipment.

    i don't know enough about the law with regards to these transactions to further direct you, but i would look into contacting the police in your jurisdiction as well as the seller's.
  3. dllavaneras macrumors 68000


    Feb 12, 2005
    Caracas, Venezuela
    :( That sucks... I hope you get that worked out soon.

    You might consider adding your experience to ResellerRatings. Always look there before you shop online :)
  4. B.A. macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    I'm actually going through a similar situation right now. I have contacted the FBI, and tomorrow will contact the PA and NY state attorney generals. I'm going to call as many branches as I can.
  5. dorthyinoz thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Keep me updated on what you find out. I'm in Canada and delt with someone in canada, but any thing you find out may be helpful
  6. CaptainHaddock macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2004
    Nagoya, Japan
    Print out his address and personal information (whatever you used to pay him with) as well as all your e-mail correspondence with full e-mail headers turned on. Make copies, submit them to the police, and file a report for fraud.

    I'm not saying the Canadian police will lift a finger to help you (they did nothing both times my friend had his car stolen), but you never know. If you know a cop, all the better.

    Edit: it is possible he's just a procrastinator and didn't send the machine promptly, or only paid for ground mail. Find out from him how he sent it, and contact the courier or post office directly in search of proof that something was sent. It's too bad you didn't ask for shipping insurance, since that would certainly leave a paper trail.
  7. iJawn108 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
  8. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Where was this guy? If he's in LA I think I know him, I can't remember if that was his EXACT email though. But I do want to say that mailing stuff to Canada is a heartache and might as well be a slow boat to China. Customs on Canada side nightmare. Get me the info on him I will check the website now.
  9. dorthyinoz thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2006
    He is in toronto....a 2 hour drive from where I live, so there really is no reason why its not here. Ugh
  10. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Eek :eek: If it was that short a journey I would have driven to pick it up, but as someone who was scammed out of €2000 for a powermac in 2005, I can only offer my sympathies and best wishes in getting some resolution.
  11. TheGimp macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    anywhere, usa
    Use those internet detectives to track him, then pop up one day unexpectedly, possibly at a family gathering? With all civility of course..
  12. bsolomonny macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2007
    Did you use your credit card? Some cards have insurance. In the future, try to use your American Express card for any big ticket item. They are the only credit card company that truly takes care of their customers in situations like this. Good luck.
  13. dvader macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2007
    Keep us posted. I hope they catch the scum (if he/she did in fact scam you).

    Hopefully it's just procrastination...but I have a bad feeling it's not.
  14. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2006
  15. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Did you pay through paypal? If so they can sometimes fix it.

    Also, what made you trust this guy? There must've been some reason why you handed him over your $$$ trustingly?
  16. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Yeah, if you paid with paypal they should be able to help you.:D

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