Craigslist Robbery

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lifesuxsbad, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Lifesuxsbad macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    I buy things off of Craigslist all the fact I bought a iPhone 4 about a week or so ago...well was on craigslist today and freaked out when I read this ad!! Makes me feel lucky my transaction went flawless. I have sold a couple things on there in the past months as well as bought some things. Just be careful when you use craigslist!! Whoever this person was should of never went to someone's house!! I always meet in the daylight as well as a public place!!
  2. revildab macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
  3. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Unless its a well-known decent neighborhood, never meet at someones house.
  4. eye macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    No idea why anyone would need to go to a residence to buy a cell phone. There's this thing called the mail...

    Or ebay, like a normal person.
  5. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    How can you possibly suggest that it was the buyer's fault? Yes, you shouldn't trust people, but doing a craigslist deal doesn't mean people are permitted to rob you. It would be the same as if this happened on a city street.

    As for the "mail" comment, you are more likely to get scammed on craigslist if you don't deal in person, and in cash. I try to meet in public places, like starbucks for most of my exchanges.
  6. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    He should've met up with the people in a public place, e.g. inside a mall.
  7. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    There's been a few instances where I've had to travel to a residence to get a great deal. That does NOT make him responsible for what happened. Walking down a city street doesn't entitle robbery.
  8. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    my friend was robbed of his 2 iPhones he was selling on craigslist....he was in a grocery store parking lot before 8 pm

    I tell people to meet me inside the malls food court when doing transactions on Craigslist
  9. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    Sometimes being in a public place isn't good enough. Last September I met up with two teenagers who wanted to buy my DSLR. After about 20 minutes "checking it out," they ran off. I chased them for about 4 blocks, but it was pitch black and they hid. Filed a police report, etc...nothing happened. One of them was stupid enough to give me his real phone number, which I was able to use to find his myspace, and other craigslist ads for obviously stolen items (think Rolex and plasma TVs.) None of that mattered to the police, and nothing has happened a year later. I even have pictures that he took of himself in the mirror using MY camera :eek:

    The moral of the story: use your gut to feel out situations before you get into them. Be informed, bring people with you, meet in ENCLOSED public locations with verified security, and when available, take note of license plate #s. I know it seems excessive, but being smart has made me problem-free for a year.
  10. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I hope he also filed a police report and not just a post on craigslist. He had lots of info to give them obviously. It's like he's asking some crazy citizen to go in and take care of this thief instead of just warning people.
  11. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    Not at all his fault, I agree with you 100%.

    However, you can avoid risky surroundings when you're purchasing and selling items through Craigslist by meeting in a public place, not a house/apartment.
  12. Lifesuxsbad thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010

    Yep I hope they called the police also. You would think they would of but he didn't give any details about it if he did.
  13. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    Inside a Starbucks or a police station are good places to meet. Never someone's house or mall.
  14. simple20 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    There's some seriously pretentious people out there who think this is the buyer's fault.
  15. Shanewilliams macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    I sold my unibody macbook on craigslist this past friday. I had to take my kids downtown to church, so i had the guy meet me there. The parking lot is covered with security and I went ahead and met the guy in the parking lot with security within 20 feet of me on each side. Its always best to do a craigslist transaction in public and with plenty of witnesses. not to mention somewhere that you know for fact has CCTV(which this church did, i put it in awhile back and wouldve had access to the DVR should something have happened) Honestly Craigslist is getting pretty scary,youve got to worry about getting robbed, getting counterfeit money, and many other things! I guess as long as you take the right precautions it definitely beats Ebay!
  16. cipher29 macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2009
    This is pretty much why I only buy new and generally only sell my stuff to people I know. Too bad the world is the way it is. :(
  17. circularforward macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    If you don't mind, what public place did you meet at? I'd like to know just to know more to avoid such a potential situation as I do a few CL transactions here and there. I'm sorry that it happened that way. =(
  18. BoxerRumble macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Dang, now I'm a little scared. I'm posting my phone up on craigslist soon. I tried to email my local police department to see if I can meet potential buyers in their lobby or something, but they haven't gotten back to me. I must just do it anyways?

    It makes sense to let us go to police stations to do the exchanges as we are preventing crime from happening. But I can see the argument that the police station is not designed for goods exchange and that they might interfere with the daily workings of a police station. If too many people are using it, then it could become a safety issue for them. So I don't know, any thoughts?
  19. solius macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2010
    Decatur AL
    This is why I always carry my pistol to these things :). Legally of course.
  20. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    I'm all about citizen's right to conceal and carry, but if the other guy pulls a gun first, you can bet you're going to get shot no matter what if you try and get yours out after. When 2 people are face to face with weapons, and one is intending on committing a crime, I don't see how that can be a good situation.
  21. nwbusa macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    BC, Canada
    So you can do what if they run off with your whatever?
  22. XciteMe macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Shoot them! Kill them DEADER DEN A SKUNK! That's what Bush said I could do. Darn tootin'!
  23. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    I buy and sell off CL all the time. Rule #1 is no meeting at a private residence. If that's required, walk away. Not worth the risks. Even for small items like books, if I choose to sell them, I'm making a 2 minute drive to meet at Borders, StarBucks, etc. I actually like the local Grocery as they have a bank right next to the coffee area and I know there are cameras that cover that spot. Yes I asked.

    I've never been scammed or remotely bothered. I have had several folks not want to meet there for one reason or another. I simply tell them that's okay but thank you for the interest. I actually won't use eBay unless the buyer or seller is local. IMO, it's not worth the chance, even if it's small.

    I also always use my google voice # when I give out my cell. Nothing is fool-proof, but it helps with my peace of mind.
  24. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    I wouldn't say it was 100% the buyer's fault, but this does remind me of the "gut check" I was taught about in my CCW class.

    Say you're about to walk through an area and you see two guys hiding behind a dumpster in what your gut tells you is an ambush position. Do you have the right to proceed anyway? Sure, but you may end up "dead right" for ignoring your gut feeling.

    Public place (like the good 'ole Starbucks) and if possible bring a friend (get him a $7 coffee and sit him by the door) to stop a runner.

    As for CCW, it isn't about stopping a runner or trying to pull a "John Wayne". Leave that for the movies. A CCW is only for the worst possible scenario and if you've followed your gut up to this point, you're not likely to experience that today.

    Remember, if your gut tells you something is wrong, "Eject! Eject! Eject!"
  25. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    You shoot to kill, which is well within your rights in Texas.

    On the left coast, you just let them take your property or face jail and/or a lawsuit for violating the theif's rights.:rolleyes:

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