MacBookPro scam on craigslist

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shantyfolk, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Yesterday in the OKC craigslist there was a mbp for sale http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/sys/373174322.html

    I emailed the guy and got this reply:

    My name is Beck Carl* and I live in Plano, Texas .The item is new with 12 months warranty(with all standard accessories ) . It is an unwanted gift, bought for my birthday and I want to sell it asap!
    Here is how I want to go about delivery and payment for the product which will be through Chronopost and will also give you the chance to inspect the product before I receive the payment for it.
    I will explain to you step by step how this will work.
    A. First you have to send me your shipping information (your name and address).
    1. After I have received your shipping info, I'll go to a Chronopost Location and I will leave the
    product onto your name and address as the intended receiver.
    2. Chronopost will check it to see that the unit was placed with all the papers and to see that is legal.
    B. You will receive a notification from Chronopost as a confirmation that the product is in their custody and also, that the product has been tested.
    1.Chronopost will send you an invoice, and if everything is in order, they will deliver the product to your door step.
    2. After you will receive the product and you will be completely satisfied with it, you will instruct Chronopost to release the payment information to me, so I can collect my money.
    C. If by any reason, you will not be satisfied with the product, you will return the product to Chronopost with no expenses.
    I will pay for the shipping and you for fee for the transferred amount .
    Let me know if we can do this!*
    *
    *
    Beck Carl
    Health and Safety Specialist
    Office of Environmental Health and Safety
    PLANO TX 75074
    USA


    By googling "Beck Carl" I found a forum post where some people said they were scammed, but no details. My question is How does the scam work? Does he send an empty box, or what? Do you know anything more about this?
     
  2. macrumors G5

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    WildCowboy

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    They don't send anything. You think you're dealing with Chronopost, when you've actually given your money to the scammers.

    FYI, Chronopost is a French delivery company...AFAIK, they don't even offer domestic (US) delivery. TNT used to be the European carrier scammers spoofed, but they've now moved on to Chronopost as people have caught on to the TNT scam.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

    adrianblaine

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    From Craigslist's website... http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Boy are you guys PARANOID! Give the guy a chance. I trust him completely. I gave him both credit card numbers just in case there's any problem. He wanted my social security number (to help track the package, he said) so I gave him that too. He's gonna ship Overnight, so he says I'll get my new MBP tomorrow on SUNDAY! I can't wait!;)



    Yes, I'm kidding.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

    kellen

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    Wow, in Seattle this guy was selling a 12" powerbook new. I got the same response.

    My reply to his email when I got that was only two letters, F and U.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    got the same guy:

    Beck Carl <brandnewlowprice@gmail.com>
    to me

    show details
    12:04 pm (7 hours ago)

    Dear sir

    Thank you for your fast reply.No pick up !
    All is new in box with all paper, cables , and CD.
    I will send the item to Chronopost.You will send the money to Chronopost..You will receive the item ....and after you will keep the item , Chronopost will send me the money.
    Please reply me asap with your full name and address and i will begin the transaction asap.Delivery : 2 days.
    I await your shipping detaills like this:

    First name:
    Last name :
    Address :
    City/State :
    PostalCode :
    Country :

    Thank you
     
  8. macrumors 68020

    kellen

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    wish there was a way to pull a pppppowerbook on this guy.
     
  9. macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Report him to Gmail or whatever free ISP their email is at - at least let's knock off their email addresses as fast as they create them, makes it less likely that the gullible will be able to respond and get scammed.

    Report to the FBI
    http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/

    In Canada, report to the RCMP/OPP fraud hotline
    info@phonebusters.com
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Boy I hope someone tracks him this guy is slick:eek: Personally I will buying my MBP from London drugs when they get more in.:)
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Can somebody confirm this for me

    i responded to a post like this with all my info besides actually sending a money transfer, am i in the clear from threat
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    If you actually transferred (sent) money you have been totally scammed. There is a 100% chance that you have lost your money and you absolutely will not receive the item that you attempted to purchase.

    Never send money to someone who advertises on Craigslist. Only deal with local people.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    Craigslist Dell XPS Maxed out Laptop Scam TNT UK

    Hi all,

    Just want to alert everyone who comes across this scam. I live in Tampa, FL and just a couple of days ago found what I thought was an incredible deal for a Dell XPS laptop from someone on Tampa craigslist. Roughly $3,500 fully tricked out laptop advertised for $800. Sounded too good to be true, but I was intrigued. So exchanged a few emails, became suspicious, did some googling and ended up here in this forum. Defff sounded too good to be true and sure enough it is. It matches what others have posted here to the tee. Here is the first email I got from "her", ""Hazel Donald" hadonald@live.com":

    "Hi,
    The laptop it's just like new. It comes with receipt and warranty.
    There is a thing though, the laptop and I are in UK. Anyway, if you are interested in buying this I found a really good shipper who I'm willing to pay and it will also help us to by pass the fraud issue.
    Waiting for your reply" --- "she" also attached 7 digital pics of the laptop with this 1st email

    "by pass the fraud issue" can't believe "she" had the nerve to go there LMFAO

    2nd email I got from "her":

    "To avoid any problems this is the service I want to use:
    http://2days-tnt.com/tnt.express.london.depot.overseas.transactions/
    I'm willing to pay for the shipping and third party fee and you will have to pay for the money transfer fee.
    Let me know
    This is my phone number 703 184 8921"

    This all happened from about October 5th 2008 to October 10th 2008. So the scam is alive and well and if you see it or any similiar derivative of it, run like the wind before you get scammed hardcore. I really wonder how many people out there have fallen for this? So sad. I posted "her" supposed phone number, which I haven't tried calling yet, and "her" email address so if anyone wants to try finding and prosecuting this lowlife dirty rotten scammer they can. I'm also really curious about who owns and operates "2days-tnt.com" I hope by me posting this it helps someone out there avoid getting scammed.

    Have a good one! ;-)
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    Scams have gotten WAY more sophisticate and elaborate than they used to be.

    Anytime I'm ever asked for unsolicited personal information I become suspicious. I don't even confirm to the telemarketers my name or address any more especially on the ones with no caller ID. Not that these can't be faked as well.

    I'm trying to teach my kids how easy it is personal information is collected these days. It's no wonder identity theft is out the window, let alone the different scams.
     
  15. Contributor

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    I couldn't agree more. Only deal with local people or reputable outlets when buying something such as a computer. Jdwingnut is quite right to have raised the issue of protection of personal information with his or her children; it is absolutely vital, for, in a world where we all sit at a table and tap at a keyboard, it is deceptively easy to feel completely safe while the boundaries between the personal/private space and the public space are eroded, or redefined.
    Cheers
     
  16. macrumors 6502

    highjumppudding

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    total scam, i see this all the time on craigslist. also be weary to if anyone does meet someone from craigslist... bring someone with you, meet in a public place during daylight hours, choose a good neighborhood and a location that should be busy with people around. i have heard in the past that someone went to meet to SELL their computer to someone and the buyer had an additional person with them and they stole the laptop. cover yourself. if you're buying, bring a counterfeit pen to check the cash.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Mac Pro Quad Core - Scam?

    Yes, once again on Craigslist, but first noticed in Connecticut and coincidentally, the same posting on the Boston Craigslist yesterday 10/15/08.

    Mom was right !
    If anything is too good to be true... it is.

    Too bad, this baby sounded totally tricked out (so to speak)


    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Here's the email received this morning:

    My name is Baruch Henry and i live in London / Uk.The last price for this item is only 800 $.
    The item is new ,in box with 12 months international warranty .
    Here is how I want to go about delivery and payment for the product which will be through Chronopost Delivery Company and will also give you the chance to inspect the product before I receive the payment for it.
    I will explain to you step by step how this will work.
    A. First you have to send me your shipping information (your name and address).
    1. After I receive your shipping info, I'll go to a Chronopost Delivery Company Location and leave the product onto your name and with your address as the intended receiver.
    2. Chronopost will check the product, also the legal papers to see that everything is OK with it.
    B. You will receive a notification from Chronopost as a confirmation that the product is in their custody and also, that the product has been tested.
    1.Chronopost Delivery Company will verify the Money Transfer, and if everything is in order, they will deliver the product to your door step.
    2. After you will receive the product and you will be completely satisfied with it, you will instruct Chronopost to release the payment information to me, so I can collect my money.
    C. If by any reason, you will not be satisfied with the product, you will return the product to Chronopost with no expense.
    I will pay for shipping and you for the amount transfer.
    Please reply me asap with your full name and address and i will begin the transaction asap.Delivery : 2 days.
    I await your shipping detaills like this:

    First name:
    Last name :
    Address :
    City/State :
    PostalCode :
    Country :

    Let me know if we can do this.

    Thanks!
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    i have the same thing

    i have been scammed so bad i have send $800, i was thing i was buying a brand new macbook pro,2.8ghz,4gb,500gb,15" but the guy nver send me anything after he got the money......................so please if any one can help pleae do me a faver...................i have send the money from USA to UK
    this is name he give me:
    David verdes
    1445 N. Springlake Blvd
    London
    SW71DL
    United Kingdom
     
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  20. macrumors 6502a

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    For high ticket items on Craigslist, always transact in person, or use an escrow company of your own choice.
     
  21. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

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    Did anyone else notice that the scammers generally have last names that are ordinary English first names?
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    This is still an on going problem

    The following was sent to me over the weekend.
    The ad has been flagged and I reported their email address to gmail.

    Subject: Re: Apple MacBook Pro,2.8GHz,8GB,500GB,512MB,15" - $700 (Los Angeles )

    Hello

    Apple MacBook Pro,2.8GHz,8GB,500GB,512MB,15" - $700

    I want to sell my product because I need money for finish the university.The item is new in box with 12 months of international warranty.
    Here's how I go about the delivery and payment for the product is delivered through the company Chronopost and also give the opportunity to inspect the product before receiving payment for it.
    I will explain step by step how this will work.
    A. First you have to send me your shipping information (your name and address).
    1. After receiving your shipping information, go to a delivery company Chronopost location and leave the product in your name and address as the receiver.
    2. Chronopost check the product also the legal papers to see that all is well with him.
    B. You will receive a notification of Chronopost as a confirmation that the product is in its custody, and also that the product has been tested.
    1.Chronopost verify the transfer of money, and if everything is in order, will deliver the product to your door.
    2. After you receive the product and you will be completely satisfied with it, Chronopost to give instructions to release the payment information to me so I can collect my money.
    C. If for any reason, you will not be satisfied with the product, you will return to the product without charge Chronopost.
    I will pay for shipping and the amount of transfer!!
    Please answer me as soon as possible with your full name, address and I will start the operation a.s.a.p.Delivery: 2 days. I look forward to sending detaills like this:
    Name:
    Surname:
    Address:
    City / State:
    Postal Code:
    Country:

    Thank you
     
  23. macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, but that's not a UK address. No Blvds that I know of in UK>
     
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    alphaod

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    It think your be SOL. Please always remember, if it's too good to be true, it's usually is.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    You would think a scam as old as this one would at least try to appear different as to try to fool people. Thanks to this forum I too also found this "too good to be true" ordeal was the same scam that has been around for a few years. The ad was posted on Craigslist in Kansas city for a new 17" Macbook Pro for $800.

    Here is my first email back from whomever

    Hi,
    Are you interested in buying my product?The price for my item is 800 usd,all included.My item is new,in excellent condition and I am the first owner,everything is OK.
    Now I am in London / Uk, because here is my family and my university.

    I want to sell my product because I need money for finish the university.The item is new in box with 12 months of international warranty.
    Here's how I go about the delivery and payment for the product is delivered through the company Chronopost and also give the opportunity to inspect the product before receiving payment for it.
    I will explain step by step how this will work.
    A. First you have to send me your shipping information (your name and address).
    1. After receiving your shipping information, go to a delivery company Chronopost location and leave the product in your name and address as the receiver.
    2. Chronopost check the product also the legal papers to see that all is well with him.
    B. You will receive a notification of Chronopost as a confirmation that the product is in its custody, and also that the product has been tested.
    1.Chronopost verify the transfer of money, and if everything is in order, will deliver the product to your door.
    2. After you receive the product and you will be completely satisfied with it, Chronopost to give instructions to release the payment information to me so I can collect my money.
    C. If for any reason, you will not be satisfied with the product, you will return to the product without charge Chronopost.
    I will pay for shipping and the amount of transfer!!
    Please answer me as soon as possible with your full name, address and I will start the operation a.s.a.p.Delivery: 2 days. I look forward to sending detaills like this:
    Name:
    Surname:
    Address:
    City / State:
    Postal Code:
    Country:

    If you are interested please answer me so that we can make for a good transaction!

    Thank you and I`m waiting your reply,
    Daniel Sanchez


    and a response email after a few questions

    Hi

    Thank you for your fast reply.No pick up !
    All is new in box with all paper, cables , and CD.Chronopost is a shipping company like as TNT , UPS or FedEx.Chronopost will check the product.The item is in mint condition and working perfectly.
    I will send the item to Chronopost.You will send the money to Chronopost..You will receive the item ....and after you will keep the item , Chronopost will send me the money.
    Please reply me asap with your full name and address and i will begin the transaction asap.Delivery : 2 days.

    I await your shipping detaills like this:
    First name:
    Last name :
    Address :
    City/State :
    PostalCode :
    Country :

    Thank you


    Same scam, different day :cool:

    Thanks again to this forum, for posting this warning:)
     

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