Need Help with Craiglist.. Is this a scam?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blizzardnorth, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. blizzardnorth macrumors member

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    Ok so I posted my 32gb iphone 3gs on craigslist today and immediately got a response back wondering if I still had the iphone. And then it starts getting crazy.

    This buyer is telling me that she will give me my asking price ($400) plus an additional $100. All I have to do is give her my paypal email and then ship the iphone to her son in Nigeria. She says she cannot meet in person because she is leaving on a peace keeping mission to kosovo.

    Is this a scam?

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. treyjustice macrumors 65816

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    scam

    mail her a bag of poop
     
  3. swy05 macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely go for it.

































    By absolutely, I mean absolutely mail the scammer a giant piece of turd.
     
  4. ijen0311 macrumors 65816

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  5. Finz151 macrumors member

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    YES this is a MAJOR scam, this happened to me a year ago. Just google nigerian scams and you'll know what Im talking about
     
  6. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
     
  7. SaneDrummer macrumors newbie

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    haha. Thats classic.

    Yes its absolutely legit. Make sure you send her your password though cause she'll need it to transfer the money.
     
  8. Man on the moon macrumors regular

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    You fell for this BS?I hope not
     
  9. splashnader macrumors 6502a

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    The funniest part, is when she says she is on a peace keeping mission. These people who run these scams need to come up with a better back story.
     
  10. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking this post could be a joke, but just in case it's not...

    [​IMG]
     
  11. RonHC macrumors 6502a

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    BEAT ME TO IT :p

    Yea its a scam
    Key word: NIGERIA
     
  12. Krafty macrumors 601

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    Make note of this on your ad:
    • Local only
    • No shipping
    • Cash only
    • Meet in daytime (in a well-known area commonly filled with people)
     
  13. blizzardnorth thread starter macrumors member

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    No i didn't fall for it.

    I emailed this scammer back letting her know that I went onto my trusted tech website and everyone said SCAM!!!
     
  14. JajoPGH macrumors regular

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    Kosovars are trust-worthy :)
     
  15. blizzardnorth thread starter macrumors member

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    On another side note... I feel overly frustrated with Radio Shack.

    Yesterday, my iphone 3gs listed as $301 for trade in. Today I check the website and they are giving $200 to anyone with a 3gs, no matter if it's a 16 or 32. I called my local radio shack and asked if there was something they could do, as a 32 gb is worth more than a 16gb. They said it's all corporate stuff and there was nothing to do about it.

    What a great day.
     
  16. RonHC macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the era of BS
     
  17. treyjustice macrumors 65816

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    throw it on ebay you should get 300 - 400 easy
     
  18. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    I understand you want to let them know you figured them out, but be careful. If you use the anonymous email option, they don't know your email until you reply back to them.

    The best thing to do when you get these scam emails is just delete them and forget about it. You don't want to tick someone off and they start spoofing your email or something.

    Just a thought.

    Craigslist is a great service, and it has saved me and made me a lot of money buying and selling. As long as you're careful, you'll be fine.
     
  19. felt. macrumors 6502a

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    tried buying something off there and this was the reply ....

    "Let me tell you a few things about it: I am the original owner and I bought it a few months ago, along with warranty and receipt. It's in perfect condition, no scratches, dings or laid down.

    I have decided to sell it because as you already know we are dealing with a crisis and i need more money fast and this is the reason because i sell it with such a low price. Currently i`m out of town, I am in London - England. We’ve tried to develop a family business but unfortunately the things didn’t work the way we’ve expected and now I am at one step from losing my market.

    Anyway, there shouldn't be any problem. I hope you are still interested and we can make the deal happen right away. I guess you could be the owner of it if everything turns out all right and you are serious about buying.

    Let me know and i will send you more details.
    Thank you,
    Fred"


    So I replied

    "Great, I'm flying to London tommorow. Let me know where we can meet in person to make this exchange."


    ...still no reply :(
     
  20. blizzardnorth thread starter macrumors member

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    This was my first time trying to sell something on craigslist. Hopefully I will get a better offer than what Radio Shack gave me.
     
  21. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    I think anyone that asks these types of questions - SHOULD BE scammed. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.
     
  22. blizzardnorth thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea, ok, that's good logic... I deserve to be scammed because I was thoughtful enough to go online and post on an mac website about this crazy offer that I just got...

    Call me crazy, but I don't think I deserve to be scammed.
     
  23. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    Don't be a jerk. Everyone was new to something once.
     
  24. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    95% of the time, craigslist + any type of shipping is a scam. Try to avoid at all costs.
     
  25. blizzardnorth thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot all for helping me avoid this scam.

    I knew this sounded a little fishy, so I figured I'd post it on here to see what you guys thought.

    If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
     

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