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Macbook Pro for $4.18! Too good to be true?

So, perusing eBay for Macbook Pros, I stumbled upon this auction. Ending in 6 hours, and only one bid for GPB 1.99! How could that be possible?

Well, reading into the auction, I started to become a little skeptical. The following phrases made me question the legitimacy of this auction:
"During to unknown circumstances I am unable to receive mail from "ASK SELLER A QUESTION" so for BUY IT NOW price and TERMS please mail me directly to: molec69@yahoo.com"

Hmm, seems a little funny that of the thousands of eBay sellers, this one in particular was experiencing a major glitch. Also, his grammar stinks, which is a telltale sign of spamming/phishing.

"Before any bid are placed on the auction, you have to contact me !
I will cancel all bid's that have been placed before contact !
"

Riigggghhhhhttt. This would be a first for me. But what the heck, I contacted him, asking if the auction was legit. I received the following reply:

"Thank you for your email.
The Buy Now price is 1,200.00 USD and the shipping will be free.The product is in perfect condition,brand new,with no scratches on it,no dammage, sealed in the original box and it containes all the accesories you need.You will receive the TITLE,owner manual,AND THE PAPERS WITH 3 YEARS INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY!
It will come with waranty fully transferable to your name .
So, if you are agree with the price then I will need your full name and address so I can start the shippment, also all the shipping taxes will be paid by me:
First name:
Last name:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Country:
eBay user ID:
Also after that eBay will contact you with the payment details so we can complete the deal.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you.
"

This is one pathetic attempt at scamming on eBay. It's interesting that the user had over 50 good rep auctions to their id. But upon further investigation, it seems they were all purchases, no sales.

I guess it's true what they say: if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is!

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3 Comments

  1. This is a new scheme. These scammers will all buy a bunch of $.01 penny items to inflate their rankings and will then try to sell you an item outside of the ebay network. Some of these accounts are accounts that have been hacked as well.

  2. He has just offered to sell me the same MacBook for $450. You have to laugh. Don't get taken by these S.O.B.'s.

  3. I'm embarrassed to say that I was scammed by molec69 for this computer in September. I was new to Ebay. It makes me sick that these people feel it is okay to steal our hard earned money. I'm smarter now!

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