Think I'm being scammed.... have you seen these MBP pictures before?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by WilliamG, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I found someone on the Interwebs who wants to sell me a MacBook Pro, and he e-mailed me these pictures. Based on a hunch, I don't really believe he has the system, and wanted to see if anyone had seen these shots before anywhere on the internet.

    Thanks guys...

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  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Ask that he take new pictures with his name (Internet name is fine) and date either typed on the screen or on a piece of paper laying on the keyboard.

    This is an easy way to prove frauds.
     
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    ask the seller to take a photo from a very specific angle, eg just slightly off from side view.
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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    If its too good to be true...it usually is. Trust your instincts
     
  5. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure it's a scam now. He even wants me to Western Union him money. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Those shots aren't anything special. This can be easily achieved using a 50mm fixed lens with a decent SLR and proper lighting.
     
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    If you want to be a little more stealthy about it, tell him they are really nice pictures and you're curious about the camera he used, and ask him to send you the original photo files (if he hasn't already). You can use EXIF-O-Matic (a free app) to check the photo details, which will tell you when and what camera was used to take the pictures and see if they match his story...

    Those pictures look vaguely familiar to me, but I've seen so many pictures of the new MacBooks that I'm not positive...
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Just tell him you found some people on MacRumors that want to stop by his house and check the machine out.

    And if you can get his home address so we can stop by.
     
  10. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    Haha yeah really. The shots aren't anything special, but may be from an unboxing some of you had seen. Anyway, avoiding like the plague.
     
  11. Whorehay macrumors 6502a

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    I've done that a couple of times :) works pretty well!
     
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    You can get the same info from Preview by pressing Command-I.
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    and just make sure you're not that buyer.....:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Western Union should only be used between people that know each other.
     
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I'd only use ebay with a credit card (paypal has a dollar limit on protection from fraud) or craigslist mano e mano. Otherwise, you may as well give your money to first Nigerian you see.
     
  17. TheSVD macrumors 6502a

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    lmao, i do agree but that mad be seen as a tad racist/stereotypical :p
    Not saying it offends me, but it might offend someone haha ;)
     
  18. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    Fixed :p

    There is never a good reason to use western union.
     
  19. Benguitar Guest

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    I personally wouldn't purchase anything from that seller. It seems like it is a scam. ;)
     
  20. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    One way you can tell it's fake: perfect photographs.
     
  21. NickM macrumors 6502

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    That is hardly true...actually it is not true at all.

    Is this transaction through eBay?
    If it is, use PayPal and you are 100% protected and will be reimbursed if anything goes wrong.
    Just because the guy HAS that computer and can write his name on a piece of paper, does NOT mean that he will actually SEND you that computer.

    Once again, if it's through eBay, USE PAYPAL to protect yourself!:D
     
  22. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    My first thought those pictures were taken from a review site..
     
  23. jazz1 macrumors 65816

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    Proof Of Life...Picture with Today's Newspaper

    Proof of life. Well they could have it and still not send it to you.
     
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