Is this website too good to be true?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JAWWC, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. JAWWC macrumors regular

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    I found www.looksmartpro.com and the macs seem to be insanely cheep. They only take western union money transfers though.

    Think this is a scam?

    Cheers
     
  2. JG271 macrumors 6502a

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    If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. Always a put-off when they ask for western union or similar money transfer methods.
    If in doubt, best to go through a reliable source.
     
  3. JAWWC thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea it was the money transfer that was a put off. Think I'll end up ordering from apple with a friends student discount :)
     
  4. G5power macrumors 6502

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    The question is do you want to send a non-recoverable type of payment (Western Union) to a web site that was only registered at the end of June. Also that they only registered for the minimum possible time (one year).

    If you don't mind then Ricardo J Alfaro & Tumba Muerto in Panama would be glad to take your money.

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    whois looksmartpro.com
    [Querying whois.internic.net]
    [Redirected to whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [Querying whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    Domain Name: LOOKSMARTPRO.COM

    Registrant:
    ITWEB Domain Protection
    ITWEB Domain Protection (itweb@hushmail.com)
    Edif. Neptuno, Local #7
    Via Ricardo J Alfaro, Tumba Muerto
    Panama Ciudad
    Panama,-
    PA
    Tel. +005.72021515

    Creation Date: 27-Jun-2008
    Expiration Date: 27-Jun-2009

    Domain servers in listed order:
    ns2.ipnames.net
    ns1.ipnames.net


    Administrative Contact:
    ITWEB Domain Protection
    ITWEB Domain Protection (itweb@hushmail.com)
    Edif. Neptuno, Local #7
    Via Ricardo J Alfaro, Tumba Muerto
    Panama Ciudad
    Panama,-
    PA
    Tel. +005.72021515

    Technical Contact:
    ITWEB Domain Protection
    ITWEB Domain Protection (itweb@hushmail.com)
    Edif. Neptuno, Local #7
    Via Ricardo J Alfaro, Tumba Muerto
    Panama Ciudad
    Panama,-
    PA
    Tel. +005.72021515

    Billing Contact:
    ITWEB Domain Protection
    ITWEB Domain Protection (itweb@hushmail.com)
    Edif. Neptuno, Local #7
    Via Ricardo J Alfaro, Tumba Muerto
    Panama Ciudad
    Panama,-
    PA
    Tel. +005.72021515

    Status:ACTIVE
     
  5. g4cubed macrumors 6502a

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    lmao
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's a scam, man! (zib a dib a dip bop dib bop bop...)

    $500 for a 17" MacBook Pro... what the heck do YOU think?
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Get it bought! Clearly on to a winner...

    I'm also selling a 5 pound note for a tenner, any takers?
     
  8. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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  9. JAWWC thread starter macrumors regular

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    Come on people! I did think it was a scam lol. Just seeing if anyone had actually used them before to make sure!
     
  10. eman macrumors 6502a

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    I never send any money Western Union for purchased items.
     
  11. radionickhead macrumors regular

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  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No one on this planet is stupid enough to really be selling a $2,700 computer for $500 in perfect condition. There are millions who are stupid enough to THINK that this is happening. It's a real scam, if that's what you mean.

    Please prove me wrong. I'd like a 17" MacBook Pro to resell... :p
     
  13. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    And there you have your answer if these scams actually work.
     
  14. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Good advice A.

    Good advice B.

    Good advice C.

    I think that sums it up. :)
     
  15. radionickhead macrumors regular

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    http://www.gainsaver.com - I assume the laptops go cheap because they're refurbished/2nd hand/ and older mac models?
    I dont mind refurb/2nd hand, but I noticed the processor was intel core duo, and they're all with the radeons - these are discontinued models right?
     
  16. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    Search the forums for info on gainsaver. There was a thread about their legitimacy.
     
  17. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Worries me about how wide and unreachable the web is! Its scam before eyes yet we cant do anything (except not buying)!

    Seemingly the net has become one place where you can do anything and everything and get away with it in serenity as the phrase 'piece of cake'!
     
  18. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Scam Scam Scam


    Yes, it is a scam, western union is like sending cash in the mail without a tracking number.

    They might tell you something about tracking or requiring your confirmation before they can withdraw, but it's BS.

    If you are thinking about this, then send the money to a charity. Same result to you and better for the world.
     
  19. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    Funny how a company "located" in San Antonio TX would have their domain registered in Panama. :confused:
     
  20. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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    Classic
     
  21. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    The money order alone is enough. The most insecure transaction ever, barring the possible "send straight cash to a random address and hope you get a MacBook Pro in 2 weeks".

    Smart consumers don't pay by money order. Or shop at GameStop. :p
     
  22. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    NO YOU ARE WRONG

     

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