iPhone 3G from Canada/Payment to England Scam?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by paingod, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. paingod macrumors newbie

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    guys,

    I saw this posted on a website:
    http://dubai.classifieds4me.com/For_Sale/Electronics/14942.html
    Posted in: Dubai - For Sale / Electronics
    Reply To: ben_overmars99@yahoo.com
    Date Posted: Sep-15-2008
    Posting Id: 14942


    Below are prices of our phones.
    Blackberry Curve 8310 Crimson Red ....$200
    Blackberry Pearl 8120 ...$200
    HTC Touch Diamond .....$300
    HTC Touch Cruise ...$250
    BlackBerry 8320 Curve ....$200
    Nokia N95 8GB ......$210
    Nokia N95 16GB ......$230
    Nokia N96 16GB ......$300
    Nokia 8800 .....$200
    Nokia 8800 Arte ......$250
    Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte ......$300
    Nokia 6600 Slide ......$250
    Nokia 8600 Luna ......$250
    Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 ......$299
    Sony Ericsson G900 ......$240
    LG KU990 Viewty ......$200
    Samsung P520 Armani ......$200
    Samsung U900 Soul ......$220
    Apple iPhone 16GB ....$300
    Apple iPhone 3G 16GB ....$350
    Apple iPhone 8GB .....$250
    BlackBerry 9000 Bold ......$250

    If you are interested in other products that is not listed then let me know so i can give you the price. Shipping is free and delivery takes 48hours after payment confirmation.
    We accept payment via Money gram.
    Get back with your complete order and shipping details.
    Email me on: ben_overmars99@yahoo.com
    Regards,
    Ben

    Of course being an apple fan (I plan to switch to MBP after more than 10 years on windows), I emailed the guy and he confirmed the iPhone 3G 16GB is USD350. That all said is a dream come true.

    I did transfer money his accountant Martins Dixon who he mentioned is in England (nobody use that word these days). I wired the money (via Western Union, he wanted MoneyGram initially) and next thing you know, he mentioned the guy who packed screwed up and packed up to 10 iPhone 3G 16GB all together and now it is stuck at shipment. Initially he wanted me to pay USD 2450 for the other 7 phones and his boss will compensate me with 2 phones, later after a long discussion, he sez he'll front the other 4, his accountant fronts 1, I front for one more, and the remaining one he'll do something about it.

    Is this a scam? Cause he did send a proforma to me and it sez his shop is in Canada @ 70 Don Mills Road Toronto, Ontario, M3C IT3 Canada. (can n1 check if this place is legit, the shop is called Ben's Mobile Gallery Ltd:))

    I sooooooooo want this to be true but half of me is telling its a scam and get outta it before I lose more money. I'm in Dubai btw, and he said he can get the shipment over in 48 hours.

    Thx guys!:D
     
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    You're in Dubai, you can stand to lose the money if it's a scam. I'm sure you can afford to lose money in several scams.
     
  3. paingod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    LOL, I'm from Malaysia, working in Dubai. Just a marketing exec, struggling through here
     
  4. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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    I live in toronto and have been in the guys area a few times, there are a few stores there but im 95% sure there isnt a cell phone store around 70 don mills road, im pretty sure it was a scam.:(
     
  5. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    you shouldn't really use western union... Paypal or a verified escrow service is much safer.

    Anyway it sounds like the classic nigerian scam. I wish I was nigerian sometimes. People would be sending me crazy amounts of money.
     
  6. paingod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hoping it is true

    oh hell, and there I was hoping I stumbled onto the source of unlocked iPhones. Can n1 drive and find the place :p
     
  7. iphone3gmods macrumors newbie

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  8. paingod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wishful thinking

    guess I might as well just cut it. If it is legit, I'll get my phone in a month or so he says, otherwise I'm just sending more money to burn. I might as well get the new 32GB touch than sending money to this dude again.....But thanks guys, my gut feeling told me it might be a scam, but well, u always hope for the best ya know?

    so.....ny1 knows where I can get an iPhone either in UK or Florida with no contract? thing is I might have to head to Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and UK sometime soon
     
  9. paingod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Factory Unlocks iPhones

    n1 knows where to get those factory unlocked iPhones and how much would they costs? Last I heard was Hong Kong but that's a whopping USD 1260 for a 16GB, and I just notice Singapore has it unlocked, but I'm not sure of the price tho
     
  10. Maury macrumors 6502

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    Dunno, but according to Google Maps 70 Don Mills Road is a bridge over the Don River. South of that there's a few houses and nothing else. North of that is the Ontario Science Center, at 770 Don Mills. Between the two there's two schools, some high-rise apartments, and a few small plazas.

    But the real question is this: how did he get a 3G phone without a plan? You can't. Scam. Western Union payments? Scam. Shipping and billing in different countries? Scam. Pay before shipping? Scam.

    Maury
     
  11. paingod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    he mentioned he got it from the factories, as I know after the famous iPhone 3G girl, most phones are manufactured in China, or could this be a secret factory :eek:
     

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