Jump to content



Photo

Woman tricked into buying 2 actual apples

australia iphones gumtree website apple inc.

  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 60,846 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:34

There are apples, the fruit, and Apple iPhones, and usually it’s pretty easy to tell the difference.

Unfortunately, an Australian woman caught up in a scam ended up paying $1,200 for two pieces of fruit.

The crime of produce happened on a Website called Gumtree. According to the Herald Sun, the 21-year-old scam victim placed an ad asking if anyone had an iPhone for sale.

She got a response from another woman who said she could sell her two. The two met at a McDonald’s where the buyer handed the seller $1,200 and was handed two “iPhone boxes that looked new.” The woman didn’t check to see what was inside.

She finally looked once she got home, and found fruit, not phones, inside. :|

Police from the Queensland town of Upper Mount Gravatt, near Brisbane, pointed out that people should be “wary” when buying online.

"Don't stay away, because most people are doing the right thing, but be smart about what you buy," Senior Constable Jess Hopkin told the Herald Sun.

Commenters on the Web were less kind. Andrew Perrott wrote on the Independent, “The sheer stupidity of some people defies belief.”

Marcin Karpinski added, “Nowadays, phones are smarter and more intelligent than their owners.”

A third offered, “ I have an Xbox box for sale.”

source




#2 panacea

panacea

    technical cannibal

  • 5,369 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 01
  • OS: win 7
  • Phone: nexus 5

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:37

poor dumb thing.    i bet she learned her lesson.   

 

i got ripped off buying stuff in person without proper checking when i was her age too.



#3 +LogicalApex

LogicalApex

    Software Engineer

  • 5,842 posts
  • Joined: 14-August 02
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Phone: Nexus 5

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:41

I am always confused how this happens...

 

I mean I wouldn't dare give the person anything before I have not only opened the box, but verified that the phone was working and not reported stolen anywhere.



#4 OP Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 60,846 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:43

Now I know how to pay for my new iPad --- sell the box, with apples inside. :shifty:

 

th?id=H.4623859827083878&pid=15.1&H=113&



#5 +Aheer.R.S.

Aheer.R.S.

    I cannot Teach Him, the Boy has no Patience!

  • 10,721 posts
  • Joined: 15-October 10
  • Location: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
  • OS: Windows 7 X64 Ultimate Edition
  • Phone: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:45

This is one of the reasons why I like ebay's policy.
It's not foolproof, but this day and age, nothing is.
I do feel sorry for her though,

#6 Enron

Enron

    Windows for Workgroups

  • 7,827 posts
  • Joined: 30-May 11
  • OS: Windows 8.1 U1
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 900

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:51

Must be a strange shape of apple to fit inside an iphone box.



#7 McKay

McKay

    Grossly Incandescent.

  • 5,294 posts
  • Joined: 29-August 10
  • Location: 308 Negra Arroyo Lane
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Galaxy Note 3

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:57

The first thing I'd do is actually check the iPhones. I mean even if there are actually phones in the box they might be damaged etc.



#8 OP Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 60,846 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 02 August 2013 - 23:58

Must be a strange shape of apple to fit inside an iphone box.

You slice the apple in half. :p



#9 webeagle12

webeagle12

    Neowinian Senior

  • 7,170 posts
  • Joined: 26-May 04

Posted 03 August 2013 - 00:04

The first thing I'd do is actually check the iPhones. I mean even if there are actually phones in the box they might be damaged etc.

 this how dumb you have to be not to check and item inside when doing this type of transaction.



#10 Nagisan

Nagisan

    Neowinian Senior

  • 5,086 posts
  • Joined: 02-June 06

Posted 03 August 2013 - 00:52

 this how dumb you have to be not to check and item inside when doing this type of transaction.

No kidding, not to mention the amount she was paying for them. I typically don't hand over the money for something I'm buying second-hand until I've looked over the product and verified it is what I want to pay money for. Giving her $1,200, grabbing the two boxes then walking off was 100% stupidity.



#11 OP Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 60,846 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:02

^ Even worse -- doing business at McDonald's. :p



#12 roguekiller23231

roguekiller23231

    Neowinian

  • 179 posts
  • Joined: 26-March 11

Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:12

this sort of scam is more common than you might think. if you are buying anything off of someone that is boxed, even if its sealed, look in the box before parting with any cash. you might be surprised by a box that feels like a phone or laptop and open it to find some bottles of water.



#13 Nashy

Nashy

    Neowinian Senior

  • 8,649 posts
  • Joined: 05-September 04
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 925

Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:15

I love Gumtree, it's owned by eBay, but you can't trust everyone.  It's not like eBay where you have protections in place, it's only a classifieds website.



#14 OP Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 60,846 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:16

^ I guess you could say, using Gumtree, she got stuck :p



#15 soldier1st

soldier1st

    Software Tester/Tech/Linux Lover

  • 5,268 posts
  • Joined: 21-December 03
  • Location: Guess Where
  • OS: Windows 7,Android,Linux Mint
  • Phone: HTC Incredible S

Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:51

This is one of the reasons why I like ebay's policy.
It's not foolproof, but this day and age, nothing is.
I do feel sorry for her though,

Why feel sorry for her?it was her mistake for not checking the contents before paying. a smart person would of done that, but she was obviously not smart. true not everyone is.





Click here to login or here to register to remove this ad, it's free!