Craigslist Scam

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  1. MBP13 macrumors 6502

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    I answered an ad on Craigslist for a free MacBook in a town over from me. I finally received a reply from the poster, but the reply says this:

    Is it safe to say that this is probably a scam? I really wanted this, but if it's a scam, it's not worth risking my identity.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Look at what I bolded. That should answer it all.
     
  3. MBP13 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Depending on the neighborhood they might be looking for a Gimp.
     
  5. R94N macrumors 68020

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    You don't get nothing for free these days! *shakes fist*

    Seriously though, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. This is such a case.
     
  6. MBP13 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I wrote back to the CL ad person and told them I'm not interested in being scammed.

    Darn it! I so wanted a free MacBook.
     
  7. AustinZ macrumors member

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    Forgive me for my ignorance, but if the product is free and going to be picked up why would the seller need the buyer's credit card information at all?
     
  8. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Who doesn't? :D
     
  9. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    I don't have anything nice to say, so I won't say anything at all *slaps forehead so hard the room shakes*
     
  10. MBP13 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didn't know they wanted that because I didn't bother seeking out the deal once I saw that fake CL page.
     
  11. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Do everyone a favor on CL and report the email as spam/fraud and the add as spam/fraud.
     
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  13. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Upper right corner. Spam/Overpost.
     
  14. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Also if the email is sent through the craigslist server there should be a link at the bottom of the email to report it.
     
  15. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    He just needs to know where he lives, so he can break-in while the pooch is on his road-trip. He may even live in the same town, to give him more time to case the joint. ;)
     
  16. Ryy macrumors member

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    Best reply of all time! :D
     
  17. Looon macrumors 6502a

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    Here's a good rule to go by not just on craigslist but in all life: if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
     
  18. JetBlack7 macrumors 68020

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    I'll tell you an old saying from my country: "Quando a esmola é muita, até o pobre desconfia."

    Translated is something like this: "When the tip(money given to a homeless person) is too much, even the homeless person suspects something."

    It's exactly what I think you should think.
     

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