This sounds/smells like a scam, kind of...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Tachikoma, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Tachikoma macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2005
    Ok so I found a guy who's willing to sell me a good quality slightly used PowerMac G5 for around $1400. Sounds good? Ok. Here's where it starts getting funny...

    He claims to be in Greece right now, living with his wife...

    He wants to do the deal through Square Trade. I don't know anything about this site but it seems fairly legit. Is it an escrow service? He claims that if I ok everything he'll send the PowerMac, I send the money to Square Trade? Then after I inspect everything the money goes from Square Trade to him.

    Does this sound legit? I'm not 100% sold yet...
  2. Tachikoma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2005
    Hah it is a scam...

    "SquareTrade Never Takes Payment on Behalf of a Seller:
    Scam emails will often request the consumer to pay via a money transfer service, such as Western Union or Money Gram, an escrow service, or by money order. BEWARE! SquareTrade will NEVER act as an escrow agent for a seller and will NEVER hold or transfer money on behalf of an auction or seller. "

    I figured Square Trade wasn't even an escrow service...
  3. tsk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2004
    What you really need to be worried about is a fake escrow service. There are lots of sites set up that look like an escrow service, but are just a way for scammers to get your money.

    As far as I can tell, SquareTrade is just a company that verifies sellers. It's possible the seller thought they were an escrow.

    Regardless, when I hear escrow and foreign country, I think scam. This may or may not be true in this case.
  4. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I just had a friend lose $2,500 from eBay, and the guy he was supposedly getting his item from was in NY, so I'm more more skeptical now. Don't even think a user's ratings means he's valid. People can get their accounts hijacked, happens rather often so I've heard.......

    If I were you, I'd definitely pass on this. 98% chance it's a scam.
  5. Tachikoma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2005
    Hehe I passed on it ;)

    It's getting frustrating though. Oh well, something will come along at a good price.

    It's tempting to go back to the darkside. I can get a 3200+ AMD Athlon64 w/ a 6800GT and a complete Shuttle XPC setup for under a grand :( Tooooo tempting... must fight urge...
  6. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
  7. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Are you a gamer? If so I'd stick with a PC until you can get both a mac and a PC. Mac gaming sucks...
  8. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    once again the golden rule is observed: if you have to ask, it's a scam. and i'll say it the next time someone asks, and the time after that... don't bother asking, just ignore it, it's a scam. i mean, even if you had a totally legit transaction, the MR people would still probably guess "scam".
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    He Tachikoma
    Props for asking FIRST instead of sending money and then asking on MR "gee do you think I shoulda done that" like others have...
  10. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    what a coincidence!

    i once e-mailed with a guy who had a fully loaded imac g5 20" for 1000 bucks. he lived in italy but the imac was an american version and he also liked to do it via square trade because "it's save for both of us". unfortunately i passed on that deal.

    funny how similar this stories are!

    come on guys, if you want to do a scam at least come up with a new idea. maybe it was even the same guy.

    ebay get almost useless these days.
  11. punkbass25 macrumors member

    May 16, 2005

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