scam? what's the risk?

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  1. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    i got i found this absolutely incredible deal on a unibody 17" macbook pro! it was only $700 fully loaded (everything fully upgraded). here is what i sent him after i found this great deal.
    then i bit the bait and told him i would take it if he was local and why he was selling sooooo cheap.
    this is what he then responded.
    so should i pay him the $700 what is the risk of cod?
    please help me i have been wanting this computer so bad for so long
     
  2. marksandvig macrumors regular

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    I live by the rule "if its too good to be true, then it probably is"

    Shipping from a foreign country? $2500+ off retail? NEW?

    I dont buy it, and you shouldnt either.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The DHL driver doesn't sit there and wait, he asks you for the money, counts it and hands you the package and skates away as quick as possible.

    You can still pay $700 for a brick.
     
  4. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    he wont let me open it? do you think there is any chance that he would?
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Jeez, read
    http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

    It could be a three way shipping scam where you would get something bought via stolen credit card, but they would get the money. However when the credit card is declined, you'll be on the hook for the computer and you'll be out of your money.
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. This is a total ripoff. Avoid it like the plague.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The item is only handed over once the recipient has paid the COD amount.

    By the time you find out that you've been scammed, the driver is in the truck and gone.
     
  8. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    can anyone verify this sorry sun baked i dont doubt you i just really want this to be true
     
  9. Psychmike macrumors regular

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    Isn't that EXACTLY the problem? You WANT this to be true and are devoting a considerable amount of energy and thought trying to convince yourself of how it is possible. Take a deep breath and think about all the ways this could be WRONG.

    You've gotten lots of good advice but it's up to you to listen to it or to continue buying into a fantasy that someone is clearly trying to sell to you.
     
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    DHL provides no escrow services at all, they are there to deliver the package and collect the money for the COD.

    If it is damaged, refuse it, or look at the box and pay for it.

    If you get a brick after the guy walks out, it isn't DHL's problem.
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    people still get pulled in by these things?

    seriously you can see them soooo easily that they are scams:cool:
     
  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Exactly how people lose money in scams; they want it to be true.

    Craigslist is only reasonable when you can meet the seller in person and in a public place and you can test the item before you buy.

    In Europe, the scammers say they are in the USA, which is why they can't meet you.

    Be sensible and ignore the bait.
     
  14. TheClarkster macrumors newbie

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    It is definitely a scam. Just recently this same story is popping up across Canada in all the craiglists.

    I know in Calgary there is at least 4 posts with similar stories. Just moved, transferred, school. Even the exact same story about the guy being sent to Greece.

    Don't let the price lure you in, it is a scam. Quite obvious since it's everywhere, it is not likely that everybody suddenly wanted to sell their 17" at over a $2000 discount.
     
  15. suburbia macrumors 6502

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    Do people really fall for these outright scams?!?!?!?

    A fully loaded current top-of-the-line MBP for only $700?!?!? Seller is conveniently out of the country... And from Craigslist. 3 strikes there. Please... Just. Think. For. A. Second.

    If you bite, you so deserve what's coming to you.
     
  16. trevpimp macrumors regular

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11a Safari/525.20)

    Hahaha yeah this is so real!!!!!!!!!

    Why not we all buy a tricked out MBP for $700? We can save over 2,000 dollars!!!!!

    /Sarcasm
     
  17. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    And I really want the 100 million dollars in escrow in an African country for me to be true to, but it ain't going to be:eek:

    But if that won't convince you, then I say go ahead and buy it. It'll be the most expensive lesson you've had in your life:D
     
  18. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    If you haven't figured it out yet from the above posts, this is a
    SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM. You can want it to be true all you like, but it is not true. You will lose $700 if you buy this. :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
  19. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    ONLY buy from a local buyer, face to face on craigslist. Got it?
     
  20. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    scam loose threads

    yes as i and you all suspected this was a scam. i contacted dhl today and they rep told me that as of the beginning of 2008 they do not offer cod delivers from foreign countries. also the claim that i could open it up and look at it was also false they cannot accept opened merchandise back. i was scam ( yes i actually paid money that time) for an ipod in china, but that scam was at least well thought out but this guy did not even tie up his loose ends. thanks for your help and words of wisdom.
     
  21. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You were scammed once before and you still asked here if it was a risk? Did you not learn anything????????
     
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  23. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    it was completly different which is why i will never use western union for payment again but this seemed different and i didnt know the risks of cod shipping
     
  24. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You were still thinking you could get a ridiculous deal and hoping it would work. I'd say you didn't learn from the first time.
     
  25. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    I understand and applaud you for actually listening now to others advice. :eek:

    However, I must ask you, didn't you think that with SUCH a great deal, he wouldn't offer it to friends and associates and be able to find someone who would take it, since if it WERE true, it is a GREEEEEEEEEEEAT deal!!! :p
     

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