Am I being scammed?

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  1. Pharrox
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    I have been looking for a good laptop for college lately. While I was checking Craigslist I found a pretty good deal on a used Alienware. I contacted the seller and this is what I got in return:

    Of course as soon as I saw this the first thing I thought was that it's a scam. Still, going by what they said, UPS wouldn't send the money until I've recieved it and had a chance to try it out. I still assume it's probably a scam, but I just wanted to get some other people's opinions first, such as how it would work and what problems there are with it.
     
  2. jaxxster

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    sounds too tricky so its a scam
     
  3. Pharrox
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    Yep, that's what I thought. Just wanted to make sure.
     
  4. juggernaut911

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    total scam. too much BS on craigslist, I only deal locally and have people look over the suspicious ads that I'm interested in. theres too many steps for a normal deal. normal stuff is quick and easy.

    overall, just reply saying:
    JK LOLOLOLOL!! I WAS GONA SCAM JOO B4 U SCAM ME HORE!!!
     
  5. deathfisaro

    deathfisaro Narcistic Deathfisaro Fan

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    I think it's probably a scam, avoid deals involve shipping.

    If she wants to sell her laptop, she should try U.K.'s craigslist instead. No reason to bother with all that shipping and UPS crap.

    Seriously, I'd look for people who want a U.S. laptop in U.K. then having to pay for 2 day U.K. -> U.S. UPS delivery. (I think shipping's already 3 digits right there?)
     
  6. SavageWaffle

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    DONT DO IT, THAT BITCH SCAMMED MY FRIEND. SHE/OR HE IS USEING THE SAME SHIT! This is that bitchs thing:
    1)After she gets money, she sends an emty box. With sometimes trash.

    OR

    if shes buying:
    1)Sends a fake paypal e-mail "with a @yahoo.com" e-mail. But it isn't real. Says the money went through paypal, bull shit.

    Of course, your getting scammed.
    That son of a bitch is practically giving you the instructions to get you scammed. Without you even noing.
     
  7. gratefulbuddy

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    UPS does offer a service very similar to this (its called UPS Exchange Collect) but:
    But even if UPS holds you're money until you receive the "package", there is no guarantee of what is in that "package".
     
  8. Pharrox
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    Okay, thanks everyone.

    Even if everything checked out I probably wouldn't have gone through with it just because it seemded too risky. I basically always say that I only want to do it locally. Thanks for clearing up the details on how it works. [​IMG]
     
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    What's with all this she talk, there are no girls on the internetz.
     
  11. NeSchn

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    Send her a message and bitch her out and report her to Craigslist
     
  12. PizzaPasta

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    HAHAHAHA!

    Yes, please reply as Juggernaut says, verbatim!

    If you get a response that does not sound like it was generated from a machine then you should post it here.
     
  13. arsehat

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    Pretty much any laptop power supply these days is universal 100-240V @ 50-60Hz and works worldwide - there may be some exceptions to this, but they'd be pretty rare as it's cheaper to produce one common switchmode unit that works anywhere than to produce specific US and European versions. Most alienware notebooks are what, rebadged Clevo gear aren't they? I doubt they'd do two different power supplies when one would suffice.

    Alienware would be able to confirm the input requirements for the power supply on one of their notebooks, and I'd wager doughnuts to dog turds that they're universal.

    Maybe the scammer should be told to cancel her order and spend a fiver on a replacement power cord or a US-UK plug adaptor - something along the lines of "I cannot in clear conscience take advantage of you - your current laptop can almost certainly be used without problems in the UK, and I am not a fraudster who preys on the innocent".
     
  14. Apex

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    An old famous saying is: "If it sounds too good to be true, than it probably is."

    A less famous one is as follows: "If it sounds to tricky to be good, just spend the extra cash on the real deal."


    'Sides, if you're getting a college laptop, for COLLEGIAN activities, I'd go for a Macbook, they're fairly cheap, and as long as it's not dealing with intensive 3d graphics, they're demonically good.
     
  15. DeMoN

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    Why would a woman have an Alienware laptop in the first place? scam.
     
  16. Lupigen

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    Generally, when you see "International" and especially "Western Union" for a transaction, it should set off alarms. There are scams out there that use Western Union as the core. You can probably find out more about such scams through Google or eBay's forums.
     
  17. deathfisaro

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    You know what though, the moment you saw the e-mail you suspected it was a scam, so did I.
    But it looks like some people still fall for it.

    It's good that you brough this to Tempers' attention, now even gullible people will doubt such offers.
     
  18. Linkiboy

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    Carry out with the offer, but do not get money involved, instead spend as much time wasting the time of the scammer.
     
  19. Trippy

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    Right on. Start messing w/ her for fun. ANY western union and wire transfers are a dead giveaway.
     
  20. kobykaan

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    Its a scam ... seen around on the net for a couple of years with the name just changed several times!

    just junk it and forget it!

    it pi$$es me off that crap like this is still out there and churned out in different formats and ways so much that innocent people still get conned/duped into parting with their money [​IMG]

    as above .. if it sounds too good to be true then NO DOUBT IT IS! AVOID!

    to those that suggest playing mind games ... the only person out there that would gain is the person sending them out gets confirmation that your email is LIVE and VALID so they can send MORE SPAM!

    best thing is to just delete it!

    DO NOT RESPOND to ANY emails like this .. you will only end up with MORE!!! [​IMG]