Example of a typical Craigslist Scam

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kbjeff, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. kbjeff macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2009
    A) Too good to be true
    B) Seller emails back to say "I'm currently out of the country"
    C) Seller wants to use escrow company

    The listing:

    Here's the email back from the seller (jp3inbox@gmail.com). From what I'm seeing, almost all the scammers doing this use almost the same verbiage:

    The item is brand new in box with all accessories.
    I am now outside USA so i can only ship the item to you.The shipping is free and i will also ship with insurance
    So we can be both protected i want to use an escrow company if you want to continue with the deal.In this way the transaction is safe.I ship the item ,the shipping company will inform you that the shipping was made and will instruct you how to make the payment.The payment will be sent to the shipping company not to me and will be release to me only after you will get the item and inspect it.You have 3 days to inspect it and only after if you decide to keep my item you will give your approve so i can get the money from the shipping company
    I think this is the best way
    I have 5 available.I can offer a disccount if you buy more
    If you agree let me know as soon as possible
    Have a nice day
  2. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
  3. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
  4. kbjeff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2009
    Ha! Well I guess this is old news. Yes, I'm new to Craigslist... but figured my finding might offer something useful to the discussion here. (Since I'm totally new to the Mac and am just imbibing all your great information here with nothing to offer in exchange :))

    Probably should amend the title to say (for total newbies)!
  5. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    You should amend it 'for total newbies who don't search before they post' :rolleyes:

  6. greg555 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2005
    D. The item

    These scams almost always mention "the item" rather than the camera or the computer or whatever. So that's a red flag in my eyes.

  7. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    How's the view from up on your high horse? Give him a break--he was only trying to help.

    Also ironic that your link produced nothing useful.
  8. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    Trying to help, how? By wasting bandwidth?
    First of all this is Macrumors Forum not Craigslist Forum. You can go to Craigslist and easily find out the info about scam's. It's usually front and center.
    Second, obviously Macrumors only allows a search result to last for a certain period, my link did provide something useful when I posted it, I just did a new one: http://forums.macrumors.com/search.php?searchid=18568041
    All I did was enter 'craiglist scam' and got several hits.

    How hard is that to do, even for a newbie, before posting something that has been explained ad nauseum before?

    Btw, please don't insult horses, they have more intelligence than you :p
  9. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    Thanks for posting this I was about to ship off my iPhone to nigeria.... He said he would pay double and use an escrow service but now it seems a bit suspicious thanks for posting
    btw I'm joking ;)
  10. kbjeff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2009
    Enough already. I'm sure there are newbie questions that deserve more of your attention. Is it possible for me to delete a post here. Geesh.
  11. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Don't mind MacrumorsMaster. Clearly, he's a master, and we all pale in comparison to him. He's such a "master" that he put it in his forum name, along with the name of the site, just in case we forget what he is the master of.

    Seriously, I wouldn't be bothered by his comment. At least you were trying to help. Not another "when do the new MBP's come out" thread. If you're new to forums in general, you'll usually get ragged on for posting something redundant, and so it's usually a good idea to do a quick search before you start a new thread.
  12. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    OP thanks for the reminder on scams. Sometimes its easy to miss these things.
    I appreciate the heads up.

    And Welcome to MacRumors.
  13. uuaschbaer macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2009
    Ugh, never mind the pretentious Almighty Defenders of the Forum's Neatness, you have been very considerate and should be thanked, not scorned. I mean really, bandwidth, come on.
  14. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Who's actually wasting bandwidth here?

    My point was the wisea$$ 'holier than thou' snide remark on your part was completely unnecessary when a simple suggestion would have sufficed.

    There must be a character limit on username length because I can't seem to read the 'Moderator' in macrumorsMasterModerator.
  15. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    Lets try to dispel the bandwidth cost.
    I think I pay about $30 per month including tax.
    I think my upper limit is 200G per month, but I don't think they track it.
    So $30/200,000,000,000 = $0.00000000015/byte.
    Say a wordy post is 1000 bytes.
    The cost of the post is $0.00000015 or 0.000015 cents or 15 millicents.
    Anything less that 1 cent is pretty close to valuesless.

    Hence this post is worthless!:D
  16. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
  17. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    Oh stop it!! That's absolutely ridiculous..

    To the OP- so many people are getting scammed on Craigslist that you bringing it up was worth the "bandwidth" (lol) if it brings attention to one person that might send money.. It's not completely far fetched for someone to fall for that.. Some people will say they're an idiot for it and blah, blah, blah- but it happens enough that I'm sure some good people have gotten taken..
  18. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Did they say they were Amy, Amanda, or Andrew currently living in the UK? It seems they always use a name starting with 'A'.

    If you respond to the ad, you may as well fly to nearest large city and give your money to the first Nigerian you see.

    Sometimes you can find incredible deals on CL by people hard up for cash or not fully realizing how good mac resale values are. These people are in your city. When that happens, you have to pony up the cash and meet them immediately before someone else snaps it up. And by immediately, I mean within an hour or two of them posting their ad.
  19. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    Given the amount of threads I see with "Is This a Scam?!?!" I found this thread kind of refreshing.
  20. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008

    For not searching before posting?

    Obviously that was not done.
    That's why this forum gets flooded with duplicate or close to duplicate questions all the time. To all you who encourage it, I wonder how you'll feel in a year when there are hundreds more of these 'just wanted to warn everyone, who has never touched a computer and never heard of craigslist or visited craigslist.'

    Right on the FRONT PAGE of the City of your choice on the side bar is a link to AVOID scams and fraud.

    I was simply helping the OP by pointing out the useful search function :p

    Never mind my link, obviously search results link don't last long.
    Just type 'craiglist scam' and click Search Forums and you'll get the plethora of results.
  21. PeckhamBog macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2007
    What we are trying to suggest is that while your reply post may (does) have substance, its 'bedside manner' is unattractive, especially to a beginner who is genuinely trying to contribute to the forum.

    Please don't attack me, I'm a sensitive soul, but by all means reply to the point I'm trying to convey. :eek:
  22. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    One disturbing trend I have seen is when a "recruiter", sometimes from a very well known company, gets an ad on Craigslist but then puts a salary/wage too good to be true. They get you to sign up and either sell your information, and if not that, don't always pay you on time. What the heck is with that?

    I am not aware of all the rules on Craigslist but false advertising can't be legal and paying people late cannot build an atmosphere of good faith.

    This scares me more than an individual common criminal who doesn't have the backing of a large well known company.
  23. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    This is becoming more prevalent on CL, and I hate it!

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