Almost scammed on Craig's list 2012 MBP for $600

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zipur, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. zipur macrumors 6502

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    I found a great deal on Craigslist for a two month old MBP with 256 SSD mouse and exteran keayboard plus Ms office. I couldn't help myself so I emailed them and received this.

    "Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ MacBook PRO from Craigslist My name is Emily and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.*The MacBook is still available and I hope you are still interested.I am selling the MacBook for $600 USD. I have attached some pics with it to this email.*It’s 2.50 GHZ i7, has 8 GB of RAM, 1 GB of Video Memory and 256 GB SSD (works 5 times faster as a normal HD) of storage.*The MacBook was bought brand new from Apple a couple of months ago.*About the MacBook I can say it’s in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $600 price is everything that came with the MacBook PRO and also the warranty papers. I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my MacBook?

    I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
    It's provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with this transaction.

    They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
    The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.
    Thanks, Emily

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    Once I said yes I received an invoice which was very professional looking.
    The invoice asked me to send the $600.00 to InterParcel and then they would send the MBP to me, if accepted they would send the money to the seller.

    Then searching google I found the exact same verbiage warning people about this scam.
    http://www.jurinnov.com/craigslist-scams

    Be warned, trust no one.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yep, it is a scam, and not a very new one at that
     
  3. applesith macrumors 68020

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    The $600 price tag didn't scream scam to you?
     
  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Yeah... Thanks for the tip. I totally would have fallen for this. :rolleyes:
     
  5. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

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    If you cannot meet in person on Craigslist it is a scam.
     
  6. Liquinn Suspended

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  7. Beezzy macrumors 6502

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    This.
     
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    The best tip is dont buy it from ebay or craigslist...
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    Maybe it was a windy day and the glue was not strong enough to hold the paper-mache MBP.
     
  10. ixodes macrumors 601

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    One look at the price should have been a screaming red flag.....
     
  11. espiritujo macrumors member

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    You'd be surprised at how many misinformed buyers would fall for something like this. An acquaintance I know was looking to buy a gaming PC for her son and ended up getting scammed a good 500$ for a computer that looked too good to be true:eek: I couldn't remember the specs of the computer, but whenever she had showed me the advertisement, I knew that it was a scam. Unfortunately she presented it to me after she had gotten scammed.
     
  12. zipur thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes I could be called retarded but aren't we all to some degree? yes I knew it was to good to be true and No I didn't send any money. But my greed did peak and I imagined some young rich kid, maybe just maybe. Naw, no way..
    So I forwarded the email to the InterParel security department to alert them.


    My goal is to alert my fellow MAC friends,
     
  13. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    If you can't meet in person on Craigslist, it's definitely a scam.
     
  14. richlee111 macrumors regular

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    Not all CL or EBay sales are scams. I have sold a bunch of gadgets, electronics, and Apple stuff over the years through them. Just always remember that if something is too good to be true, it most likely is. As desperate as some sellers are to unload stuff for cash, most people aren't going to give their stuff away:)

    If in doubt, always remember local only with cash, or EBay with PayPal.
     
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  16. WRP macrumors 6502a

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    How you read that email and thought it was kosher in anyway...

    I always wonder why/how these scammers exist but wow man, I guess common sense doesn't grow on trees.
     
  17. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

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    and this is why i Used KIJIJI, much safer then craigslist
     
  18. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    The $600 price tag is the exact equivalent of "This is a scam." You needn't have taken it any farther.
     
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  20. eric.john macrumors member

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    lol, i have seen that exact same pic surface on the craigslist ads in the California section.
     
  21. Braniff747SP macrumors 6502

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    When it's to good to be true ($600) it's a scam, specially on Craigslist.
     
  22. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    At that price it is a scam. Sometimes it's interesting to see how far you can go with the seller/scammer without losing any money.

    What a person could do is to ask the seller to take a picture (and email it) of their computer with something like a black and red sharpie on the keyboard.
     
  23. Rocky244 macrumors regular

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    My goal is to one day successfully scam a craigslist scammer, after being contacted by one.
     
  24. minnus macrumors 6502

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    This serves as a good warning to the general community. These scams work because there is always someone desperate enough to ignore red flags.
     
  25. AirThis macrumors 6502a

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    That female hand is meant to reassure the potential buyer... It's part of the lure. I wonder how many fish they catch with this type of scam.
     

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