Craigslist Scam?

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  1. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Can someone tell me if this is a scam or not? It looks way to cheap, but also looks real.
    Thanks.
     
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    it never hurts to shoot an email, but if it looks to good to be true...
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    stay away from it

    if its too good to be true, it probably is
     
  4. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    maybe he forgot to add the 1 at the begginning you never know
     
  5. benflick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm not really interested in it, but that price seems way to good to be true! I'll email him in a minute...
     
  6. LDB macrumors member

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    That same thing is in every major city craigslist. It's a GIGANTIC 100 by 60 foot red flag waving FURIOUSLY in the breeze. Have you not watched enough tv and read enough to run at the sight of these things? Just in case anyone still doubts, I sent an email to the identical add in Houston saying:

    Let me guess, you are in Kuwait or London and this will ship to me when I pay the third party right?

    Amazingly rather than ignoring me I got the usual scam form letter back about losing the job, moving to London, can't use it because of 110 electric etc. from them.

    So, anyone ever considering responding to an ad for a basically current item for 20% of the regular price and 1/3 of what a legitimate seller would ask forget it and just send me the money instead. You at least won't be sending money to a crook.
     
  7. benflick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    LDB. you mean the same ad? or the same kind of thing. Because I am one who knows about Craigslist idiots. I did email him a nice "I am interested in your item, plz get back to me at 184-4401-69371" a counterscam, as I call it.
     
  8. LDB macrumors member

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    The identical ad, not one sort of like it. That's why in my post I said identical. I also reported the results of their reply. When you find one that's the deal of the century you'll often find it on multiple sites for the major cities in every state.
     
  9. Rokln macrumors newbie

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    This laptop is good for gaming too. With 2 GB of Ram memory you can play any Game on it!

    This line from the ad is a dead give away that it is a scam or the person has no clue about computers.
     
  10. ski2moro macrumors 6502

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    According to a warning on the Craigslist Columbus (Ohio) website...When you ask the seller about it, he says it is sold, but refers you to a site where he got it. The site is supposedly virus-ridden and if enter your email address, you get spammed.

    You can't get something for nothing. There are always strings attached.

    Don't waste your money.
     
  11. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Definitely a SCAM...:eek: It is too good to be true and this is one of many that should get flagged within the next few minutes/hours and then removed. It gives reputable sellers a bad name. :mad:
     
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Agree with the vast majority of posters; if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Don't touch it with the proverbial bargepole. Obviously, it's a scam. And don't buy something as expensive as a MBA from anyone other than a reputable sellar, irrespective of how attractive the supposed price is.
    Cheers
     
  13. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    "This posting has been flagged for removal"
    ... I guess that's the end of it then.
     
  14. benflick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Someone emailed me back from a "Laura Kisser". It says:
    Hi there,

    Sorry for my late reply but I'm currently in England, Wolverhampton. Because of the financial crisis, I lost my job in United States ( i was an IT Operations Manager ) and I had to move at my syster in United Kingdom ( here I found a good job ) .
    The laptop is still available, in perfect condition, and I will sell it only in US because here the warranty and the AppleCare are US registered.
    I can't use the laptop here in UK because it works on 110 V. I didn't know about this problem when I moved here and another reason why I am selling the laptop is because I have just received a new laptop as a birthday gift here in UK, so I do not think I will be using my old laptop any more. I don't have use for 2 laptops.
    I have attached some pics with the laptop to this e-mail so you can see the condition of the laptop. I bought the laptop 3 months ago and it still has 9 months of Apple transferable warranty remaining ( you can extand the warranty for one year on your name ).
    I hope you are still interested and we can make the deal happen right away.
    Since I can't meet you and make the exchange, I would like to use a service that will help us with that:

    www.tnt.com/tnt.express.wolverhampton.depot/third_party_service.html

    TNT is a worldwide delivery company (like Fedex, DHL or UPS). You can see from their procedure that you will be able to check the laptop before I receive the payment. If you are in a hurry, I will use 2 day delivery (on my expense).

    Let me know what you think.

    Best Wishes,
    Laura Kisser




    I was pretty sure it was a scam, just wanted to make sure...
    thanks
     
  15. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    I'd still contact a middleman to hold onto the money until you received the machine... one can never be too careful.

    I like the way she spells 'sister' ...cute. :)
     
  16. rach123987 macrumors newbie

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    My reply to this scam--

    Hi there,


    The laptop is still available, in perfect condition, but I'm currently in England, London. Because of the financial crisis, I lost my job in United States ( i was an IT Operations Manager ) and I had to move at my sister in United Kingdom ( here I found a good job ) .
    I will sell it only in US because here the warranty and the AppleCare are US registered.
    I can't use the laptop here in UK because it works on 110 V. I didn't know about this problem when I moved here and another reason why I am selling the laptop because I really need money urgently to pay my rent.
    I have attached some pics with the laptop to this e-mail so you can see the condition of the laptop. I bought the laptop 8 months ago and it still has 4 months of Apple transferable warranty remaining ( you can extend the warranty for one year on your name ).
    I hope you are still interested and we can make the deal happen right away.
    Since I can't meet you and make the exchange, I would like to use a service that will help us with that:

    www.tnt.com/tnt.express.london.depot/third_party_service.html

    TNT is a worldwide delivery company (like Fedex, DHL or UPS). You can see from their procedure that you will be able to check the laptop before I receive the payment. If you are in a hurry, I will use 2 day delivery (on my expense).

    Let me know what you think.

    Best Wishes,
    Tiffany Harris




    Just a hint. if you want to scam, get your story straight, use proper english if you are from the US, and remember you can 1 always get a converter for ANY electrical device and 2 you wouldn't be desperately needing rent money if you were living with your sister. shed take care of you.
    P.S. get the address for the company right next time.
     
  17. slapguts macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.

    I'm posting this reply before reading the thread. I'll come back and edit it if I'm wrong.
     
  18. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    Well the listing on craigslist does not exist anymore. The TNT address is legit. They are an international shipping company, and they will pick up and deliver any package to almost anywhere. I have used them as early as last month. Very fast and efficient I might add.
     
  19. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah... the Macbook Air is 100-240V, 50-60Hz capable. Doesn't it feel like scammers are getting more and more lazy?
     
  20. davedogg macrumors newbie

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    After I got the exact same email above I wrote to him:

    You can use the macbook in England, I used mine all over Europe and Asia. Sell it there for more money..
    Threr is not any way I'm going to do this with you for any price. good luck on your Scam.
    BTW the President of Nigeria just died. (for real) Time to get busy trying to get that inheritance out of the country!
    Sorry about that.
    AND

    tiffanyharris80@hotmail.com is a BIG SCAMMER on craigslist
     
  21. rnelan7 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,


    The laptop is still available, but I'm currently in London, England. Because of the financial crisis, I lost my job in United States and I had to move at my sister in United Kingdom ( here I found a good job ) .
    The laptop is in perfect condition, and I will sell it only in US because here the warranty and the AppleCare are US registered. I am selling the laptop because I don't use it anymore. I work a lot with Windows XP Pro and this one can't run this Operating System.
    Click here : Apple_MacBook_Air to see some pics with the laptop so you can see the condition of the laptop. I bought the laptop 4 months ago and it still has 8 months of Apple transferable warranty remaining ( you can extend the warranty for one year on your name ).
    I hope you are still interested and we can make the deal happen right away.
    Since I can't meet you and make the exchange, I would like to use a service that will help us with that:

    www.tnt.com/tnt.express.london.depot/third_party_service.html

    TNT is a worldwide delivery company (like Fedex, DHL or UPS). You can see from their procedure that you will be able to check the laptop before I receive the payment. If you are in a hurry, I will use 2 day delivery (on my expense).

    Let me know what you think.

    Best Wishes,
    Tiffany Harris


    All I can say is LOL. I knew this was a scam from the beginning but I thought I would email anyway. Should I continue to say I'm interested to get an address revealed? Hopefully I can report this person some how.
     
  22. KyleTroy macrumors newbie

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    Wait...Huh?

    Wow guys, I almost feel for this, something just didn't sit with me correctly, I noticed some spelling and grammar issues, and I'm new the the Craigslist scene, so I decided to google the name because I'm weird like haha, but I'm very thankful, I got this SAME email, but when I got the email I clicked the link and the page was blank so it gave me a red flag, but here is the email I got, with a link to free web hosting..with the domain http://efrainreyes.fizwig.com/Apple_MACBOOK_AIR.html

    I searched efrainreyes on googled (because I'm curious)
    and it suggest its a name efrain reyes, and there is some facebook, but if you type scam after it you'll see some stuff about this person being a craigslist scammer Like This Page, so I'm VERY happy I checked after my red flags. If anyone has more information on who this guy/girl man thing is please let me and the rest of us know.

    Guys, stay away from it but here is a link to the new listing REPORT it please! Click here for the listing

    Thanks for the post
    -Kyle
     
  23. diminiko macrumors member

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    This one has been aroud for years! Almost identical to a Craislist add I found 3 years ago when I needed a replacement for a Sony Vaio. Wouldn't touch it with a barge poll.

    Same story, same delivery method. They will take the money and you will get nothing.

    FYI there is also a different scam in the UK that a colleague fell for. He was looking for accommodation and respoded to an ad. Looked very legitimate. Was asked to send a deposit to me and send a copy of the receipt to the landlord to confirm that he could afford the place. We didn't know that Westrn Union releases the cash to anyone with only the confirmation nnumber. No ID required! When you read the fine print on Western Union website it's clear they don't give a s**t and will let anyone take your money and they are not responsible for anything.
     

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