Cautionary Craigslist Tale

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by deeddawg, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. deeddawg, Nov 7, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010

    deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Ran across this on CL. I feel for the poster, he (she?) got scammed by someone who clearly had it planned out. Note: I am not the victim, I just saw this on CL and figured it would be a good reminder to pass along as we head into the holiday season (which seems to generate a higher amount of this stuff)

    Edit: To clarify, my point isn't to suggest people avoid Craigslist. There are scammers everywhere and CL can be a perfectly safe place to buy and sell stuff. What I'm getting at is that no matter what venue you use, pay attention to your instincts and if something doesn't seem to add up, there's probably a reason.

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  2. frankingmachine macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2010
    I feel so sorry for this victim. Lesson: Do not easily give your trust to a stranger! If i were the seller, i wouldn't have this guy plugged in my laptop in the back office (back door) without me. These kind of people are evil. They should be punished!:mad:
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Thanks for the info.

    Whatever I am selling do not get out of my sight until money is confirmed.
  4. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    i am also sry for the victim.. but as i read this i remembered a recent thread i just read:

    the link to the Craigslist is now gone so i do not know if the details between the stolen MBP is the same to this MBP, but yeah.

    weird huh?
    but i must say that time and circumstances make you do funny things- "karma?"
  5. DylanLovesPorn, Nov 10, 2010
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    DylanLovesPorn macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    had a similar cl story some dude wanted to buy my nikon 80-200 2.8 by cheque. he even offered to show me a slip of his recent bank balance.
  6. stevento macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I'll call that number and bug Tony (if that is his real name, probably not), just to be a jerk.
  7. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Yea, if you have his phone number, why not hand that over to the police as well? Certainly they can determine either the billing address (if a cell phone) or the home address (if a land line) and track the guy down. :confused:
  8. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    I can't imagine the number is real. i would guess a stolen phone.

    Aside of that I would never let somebody walk out with a $2000 MBP. Even if this was legit he could drop it and then say it never worked or that scratch was there before....

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