A guy selling his Powerbook on eBay realized he was being scammed by a buyer in Europe with a stolen account — the scam being that you send the Powerbook to what you think is a legit escrow service, but is actually in cahoots with the scammer one of our good friends actually fell for this once! You send them whatever you're selling, and they just keep it. So he decided to scam the scammer, sending him the P-P-P-Powerbook, in the form of a tricked out plastic three-ring binder, instead. Even better, the seller marked the value of the package at the full price of a Powerbook, so that the scammer had to pay several hundred dollars in import duties just to get customs to release the package. Anyway, it turns out that the seller has been posting updates about his saga to SomethingAwful. Buyer's Guide.
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Buy Forum Stuff Something Awful. Search Amazon. Register a SA Forums Account here! You can: log in , read the tech support FAQ , or request your lost password. This dumb message and those ads will appear on every screen until you register! How should I respond to his email. Here's the main part of the discription: You are bidding on my 19 day old G4 Powerbook. This was purchased for a project that fell through.
When I tried to return it, I was informed of a 10 day limit for returns! Your new laptop comes with its original box, all of its documentation, all of its original accessories, and the blue tooth mouse. I would like to know your best price to buy it now and if you ship international. I am in London UK right now. I would also want to know the condition of the unit.
Please let me know I am very interested. All this poo poo is in the auctions discription. I respond anyways. Basically tell him yes I will ship to London, but he has to pay for it. Paste the auction info again. I will pay the express shipping and also , the escrow fee. The escrow fee is on my charge , don't worry.
Please let me know if my offer is good enough for you. If it does , I will initiate the transaction with the escrow service as soon as I will have your confirmation. If is ok please register in order to make the deal and start the payment procedures.
Hope that everything will be ok and close the deal in the best conditions. Kind regards! I don't even know how to reply! I was thinking of replying with one of the pains or something. Or maybe just gently caress OFF in 72 pt. I am to send laptop to him, and his money willgo to escrow. It looks lke I'm selling an Amanda Real Doll on that escrow site! Added- My response from Ebay after I reported him and his fake escrow site. WELL poo poo! Page 6 Update: The plan has been set. See page 8 for details.
Update: Pics of his new laptop on page 9 Update: Thanks to all the goons who helped raise the money to send our scammer his new laptop! Tracking Number coming within a few hours. Update: Ringer has been sent. I personally guarantee you will not be dissapointed. Just check the last few posts of people who spent 2 hours only to be as hooked as we all are.
We wil await in suspense until then. The ringer was not delivered. I just called FedEx. It was never paid for. Probably because the jack rear end gave me a bunk phone number. I got transferred to the International Rep but hung up before I got to them.
So our mark says Skip Page 63 - The flames might burn you a little. MyNameIsJeff fucked around with this message at on May 20, ? Dear God, what is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring. It's great that we have a minority as President, it's just a shame that he's a communist. Could I tell you any more details? No, but I DO remember reading about poo poo like this not too long ago. The status of the Server ID is Valid.
EDIT: Definitly a fake, look at the address for the 'verisign' link. Or tell him any other method he wants to use has to result with cash in your hand before you ship the laptop. The VeriSign Secure Site Program allows you to learn more about web sites you visit before you submit any confidential information. Please verify that the information below is consistent with the site you are visiting. I have you now. The buyer sends the money for purchasing the item to Set-LTD. Upon receipt of the money, Set-LTD.
Once we receive the merchandise, Set-LTD. Then wait for the Buyer to receive and inspect the item. We send the payment on to the seller. This is how Davos feels. This is how Davos feels all the time. Who would you report that to? VeriSign directly? Or could they not do anything? Powered by: vBulletin Version 2. MyNameIsJeff fucked around with this message at on May 20, Apr 23, Profile Post History Rap Sheet.
Jun 4, Escrow is very common for expensive items. Suggest using the eBay sanctioned escrow instead. Morbid Florist Oct 21, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not. I remember reading about people scamming on computer auctions by way of escrow or other middlemen, from other countries.
OhPlz Jul 25, It's great that we have a minority as President, it's just a shame that he's a communist. Jacob Jul 14, I don't think he's trying to rip you off at all.
The escrow service holds his money until he recieves your product, then they release the money to you. It brings a third party into it to make sure there isn't payment without shipment or vice versa. EDIT: Just be sure you research the escrow service if it isn't the eBay one to make sure its legitimate. I'd suggest a different escrow service. Jacob fucked around with this message at on Apr 23, He wants to buy it outside of ebay, with some hokey escro company.
Joe Dec 2, Sit perfectly still. Only I may dance. Me too, I remember a lot fo hoo-hah about eastern people buying computer goods on ebay and not paying for it. Personally I would not sell to anyone who sends an e-mail like that.
EDIT: Posted in first page of legendary thread! If youa re reading this post you MUST read the rest of the thread, it's like a good novel unravelling. Joe fucked around with this message at on Apr 30, Just wait for it to go through eBay.
Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system. An artist can take ten dollars worth of canvas, smear five dollars of oilpaint on it, and sell it in a gallery for tens of thousands of dollars. By the same token, a sculptor can take a three ring binder, some magic markers, and a broken keyboard and make a sculpture easily worth two thousand. Since the eBay transaction never occured, they have no beef with him -- he merely used the contact made with the person who stole the german account to sell some artwork in a separate transaction. So this pppppowerbook is worth two thousand dollars? And cheap materials are worth tens of thousands? Somehow, I'm imagining that the folks who came up with this way to trick scammers are laughing now , but wait 'til the scammer sells the pppppppowerbook to some modern art gallery or computer history museum.
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Buy Forum Stuff Something Awful. Search Amazon. Register a SA Forums Account here! You can: log in , read the tech support FAQ , or request your lost password. This dumb message and those ads will appear on every screen until you register! How should I respond to his email. Here's the main part of the discription: You are bidding on my 19 day old G4 Powerbook.
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Top definition. P-P-P-Powerbook unknown. What started off as a simple ebay auction, became a fabled internet scam of a known scammer. The scammer tried to use a fake escrow service in order to rip a apple powerbook off a legitimate seller on eBay. Knowing what was really going on, the seller hatched a hilarious plot that took advantage of the scammer.
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