POSSIBLE IMAC SCAM ALERT

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  1. Punkwaffle macrumors regular

    Punkwaffle

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    I'm in the market for an iMac G5 and have found several too good to be true deals on Ebay.
    Check this out: Ebay Item number 5554882093

    I wrote to ask questions, and this is what I get back:

    HI
    First I want to tell you that my Imac are brand new, unopened box
    all accessories included and also an 3 year apple care and international warranty.
    The invoice will come at the same time with the package.
    My price is the best you could get: 700USD(not euro), including the
    shipping and insurance taxes. We will pay them because the package
    will be delivered from Europe.
    As delivery service we use UPS2days air service or overnight (with insurance and
    15 days return policy), because it's the faster. And if you will have
    a quick payment, we must also have a quick delivery. So that's why we
    use as a payment method Western Union money transfer, the fastest and
    also very secure way of sending money.
    So, if you agree with my terms I'm sure that we can close the deal as soon as possible.
    Waiting your quick answer right now,

    THANK YOU​

    Is this a scam (shipping from Europe, Western Union Only)???
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

    clayj

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    Heck yes, it's a scam. NEVER use Western Union. Western Union is a good way to SEND MONEY to someone else, but it is in no way a secure method for transacting actual business (I send you cash, you send me goods).

    Stay away from this one.
     
  3. _pb_boi macrumors 6502

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    Never, ever use Western Union for this kinda deal. Never. No matter how tempting!

    andy.
     
  4. Peterkro macrumors 68020

    Peterkro

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    Not to mention Apple don't do international warranty on the iMac.
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Rule 1: If it sounds even halfway too good to be true, it is.
    Rule 2: If they want you to pay with western union, they are asking you for a donation, not a business trasaction.
    Rule 3: Half the "deals" for new Apple products (particularly laptops) on eBay are painfully obvious scams that sound exactly like this.

    These scams are so common I'm amazed people still even look at them.
     
  6. maya macrumors 68040

    maya

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    Plus the iMac G5 does not have an international PSU switcher box. :)


    YES, Its a SCAM. :)
     
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    If scam smells, I would be dead from suffocating on it right now.
     
  8. stubeeef macrumors 68030

    stubeeef

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    You should alert ebay to this guy, that don't want that crap around either I bet!
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

    clayj

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    Link to the auction.

    The auction ended not even three hours after it was begun... the seller ended it due to an "error in the listing". Strangely, the auction mentions that the seller prefers to use PayPal, so this might have been legit... still, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
     
  10. Squareball macrumors regular

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    I'm sure he prefers to use paypal.. when buying stuff online for himself.. ;)
     
  11. greenleaf macrumors member

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    Yeah man...anytime someone is offering a brandnew item for like 800 dollars off???its a scam.NO one is just trying to lose money and even if they say they get the computers or whatever they are for alot cheaper than retail why wouldnt they try to make the most profit possible???i look at these kinda things and laugh because its almost ridiculous that anyone gets fooled by them...Its terrible if they do but people should think before they act... :rolleyes:
     

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