Woman gets scammed, orders PS4 gets box full of towels

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#1 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68548 posts) -
#2 Posted by Jacanuk (3467 posts) -
#3 Posted by Slannmage (5483 posts) -

Shoulda bought from ebay.

#4 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (17992 posts) -
#5 Posted by Jacanuk (3467 posts) -
#6 Posted by barrybarryk (436 posts) -

This happens every year. Any time now we'll be hearing about someone at one of those gift wrapping stations in a shopping centre stealing gifts and replacing them with weighted boxes.

#7 Edited by jer_1 (7371 posts) -

So they physically traded money for the box in these instances? If they did then she is a moron. Who doesn't IMMEDIATELY CHECK THE BOX BEFORE GIVING THEM MONEY?! She honestly deserves it for being so foolish.

#8 Posted by c_rakestraw (14534 posts) -

Reminds me of that old story about a person who bought an Xbox 360 from eBay only to receive a picture of the console instead of the real deal. Fucking scam artists.

#9 Posted by alaimo1 (12 posts) -

I didn't think it was possible a new level of ignorance, why didn't she check what was inside the box before giving him the money? If they were really that hard to find only legitimate retailers would have it.

#10 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68548 posts) -

Reminds me of that old story about a person who bought an Xbox 360 from eBay only to receive a picture of the console instead of the real deal. Fucking scam artists.

sorry, but i find that funny :P

#11 Posted by AdjacentLives (1173 posts) -

@c_rakestraw said:

Reminds me of that old story about a person who bought an Xbox 360 from eBay only to receive a picture of the console instead of the real deal. Fucking scam artists.

sorry, but i find that funny :P

They're all funny. Both the con artist and the scammed exist in a perpetual cycle, never to end. Sad, but still funny.

#12 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

I feel this headline would read differently in Texas.

IDIOT ATTEMPTS SCAM; GETS SHOT IN THE FACE

#13 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68548 posts) -

I guess people are naive and don't do their homework before doing stuff like this

#14 Posted by foxhound_fox (86588 posts) -

Buyer beware.

#15 Posted by Flubbbs (2734 posts) -

lol how stupid can people be

#16 Edited by GreySeal9 (23840 posts) -

Wanna get high?

#17 Posted by Jacanuk (3467 posts) -

@c_rakestraw said:

Reminds me of that old story about a person who bought an Xbox 360 from eBay only to receive a picture of the console instead of the real deal. Fucking scam artists.

sorry, but i find that funny :P

you're not alone Ride :) that was funny even tho he got scammed.

#18 Posted by Narconis (6 posts) -

I hate when people blame the victim of these things, like "She should have read the post". While, I agree that you should always be wary....heck, I read everything 2-3 times before I bid...but you would hope in a site as established as eBay that you would have at least some basic sense or legitimacy. When people go in knowing they are going to scam someone and hoping they can take advantage of someone (likely someone purchasing as a gift) it just hurts the community as a whole.

#19 Posted by firefox59 (4306 posts) -

So you make a thread about how MS shouldn't be charging people a deposit to fix consoles, but than post a thread with people getting scammed with "fake" consoles. Ok then.

#20 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68548 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@c_rakestraw said:

Reminds me of that old story about a person who bought an Xbox 360 from eBay only to receive a picture of the console instead of the real deal. Fucking scam artists.

sorry, but i find that funny :P

you're not alone Ride :) that was funny even tho he got scammed.

you mean her :P, but seriously, if you don't check the freaking box before you buy it, you're pretty stupid. Especially if it is over the internet

#21 Posted by RimacBugatti (1151 posts) -

People wouldn't have to scam if they would just get a job. But that's right people are lazy at best. Not all jobs include working and some jobs can make you a decent amount of money in less time if you know what your doing. I work for tips and make around $75 an hour on Friday and Saturday night. Trust me I don't like to work either but I'm not out to scam nor do I enjoy hearing about these situations.

#22 Posted by Jacanuk (3467 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@c_rakestraw said:

Reminds me of that old story about a person who bought an Xbox 360 from eBay only to receive a picture of the console instead of the real deal. Fucking scam artists.

sorry, but i find that funny :P

you're not alone Ride :) that was funny even tho he got scammed.

you mean her :P, but seriously, if you don't check the freaking box before you buy it, you're pretty stupid. Especially if it is over the internet

hehe hard to check the box on ebay but ya :)

Was pretty funny tho, inventive of the scammer there putting a picture in the box or letter.

#23 Edited by touchscreenpad (220 posts) -

Well, the checking should be on the host (is that called host? I'm not sure) side first then the buyer side. It's the internet, everyone should be really cautious.

#24 Posted by SirWander (5176 posts) -

It's funny how she didn't think to check the box before she handed the guy her money.

Wanna get high?

that's the worst character ever.

#25 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (17992 posts) -
#26 Posted by moix123 (67 posts) -

remind of a woman got a tile in a ipad box.

#27 Edited by sukraj (21470 posts) -
#28 Posted by Metamania (11949 posts) -

And now you know why I don't deal with places like Craiglist or EBay.

#29 Edited by Black_Knight_00 (17992 posts) -

And now you know why I don't deal with places like Craiglist or EBay.

A few years ago I would have agreed completely, but to be fair ebay has become much safer of late. Paypal and the feedback system have pretty much given the buyer every safeguard possible.

Craigslist on the other hand is just a shopping list for muggers and murderers. I can't see why people use it.

#30 Edited by ShepardCommandr (2054 posts) -

lol what a moron... Who doesn't check what's in the box(and if it works) before buying something used?

#31 Posted by Metamania (11949 posts) -

@Metamania said:

And now you know why I don't deal with places like Craiglist or EBay.

A few years ago I would have agreed completely, but to be fair ebay has become much safer of late. Paypal and the feedback system have pretty much given the buyer every safeguard possible.

Craigslist on the other hand is just a shopping list for muggers and murderers. I can't see why people use it.

Not just muggers and murderers, but also rapists too, if I recall.

#32 Edited by HipHopBeats (2809 posts) -
@Black_Knight_00 said:

Man trying to sell PS4 gets shot dead and robbed by buyer.

http://kotaku.com/man-shot-dead-over-ps4-sale-1474721790

I think I'll take the towels.

That's fucked up. How pathetic can your life be to kill someone over a PS4? Karma is a bitch and whoever did that will bite the bullet sooner or later. Then you will see their sobbing mother crying about how their son was a good kid and never hurt anyone.

I recently got scammed buying a fake PS3 controller off someone from Craigslist. It came in a real box with legit looking serial numbers and everything. Didn't realize it was fake until I started gaming with it. A major purchase like a PS4 is something I would never buy off craigslist.

#33 Edited by Black_Knight_00 (17992 posts) -

@Black_Knight_00 said:

Man trying to sell PS4 gets shot dead and robbed by buyer.

http://kotaku.com/man-shot-dead-over-ps4-sale-1474721790

I think I'll take the towels.

That's fucked up. How pathetic can your life be to kill someone over a PS4? Karma is a bitch and whoever did that will bite the bullet sooner or later. Then you will see their sobbing mother crying about how their son was a good kid and never hurt anyone.

I recently got scammed buying a fake PS3 controller off someone from Craigslist. It came in a real box with legit looking serial numbers and everything. Didn't realize it was fake until I started gaming with it. A major purchase like a PS4 is something I would never buy off craigslist.

What happens in that case? Is there anyone you can complain to, aside from, well, the cops I guess?

#34 Edited by HipHopBeats (2809 posts) -

@Black_Knight_00: I texted and called the seller but of course they never responded. Since it was an hour travel time to meet up with the seller, I just took as a lost and a lesson learned. If you saved the add, you could report it to admins on craigstlist and they could possibly track the seller down through their IP or phone number.

Even then, the scam artist can just use a different phone number to create a new add and scam someone else. There's pretty much nothing you can do getting scammed on craigslist with bartering unless it's some crazy shit like dude getting gunned down for his PS4.

#35 Posted by Jacanuk (3467 posts) -
#36 Edited by Black_Knight_00 (17992 posts) -

@HipHopBeats said:

@Black_Knight_00: I texted and called the seller but of course they never responded. Since it was an hour travel time to meet up with the seller, I just took as a lost and a lesson learned. If you saved the add, you could report it to admins on craigstlist and they could possibly track the seller down through their IP or phone number.

Even then, the scam artist can just use a different phone number to create a new add and scam someone else. There's pretty much nothing you can do getting scammed on craigslist with bartering unless it's some crazy shit like dude getting gunned down for his PS4.

Ouch, that sucks big time. Just out of curiosity, you said this PS3 controller looked genuine but was fake. Was it like the guts of a crappy third party controller mounted inside the shell of a PS3 sixaxis?

#37 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

What is this kotaku now where stories get posted like "Man shot down the street from a gamestop!" and have absolutely nothing at all to actually do with video games?