Woman pays $1330 for apples thinking she was buying two iPhones

Woman pays $1330 for apples thinking she was buying two iPhones
At over $650 apiece, these have to be among the most expensive apples ever sold to an individual. Unfortunately for the buyer, she thought she was purchasing something a bit pricier than a ripe red McIntosh – an Apple iPhone

Yup, it is another scam story involving a mischievous seller, a gullible buyer, and a sleek, shiny Apple product. A 21-year-old woman from Brisbane, Australia was interested in purchasing two iPhones so she posted an ad on Gumtree (a Craigslist alternative). Sure enough, she was promptly contacted by another woman who offered to sell her a couple of them iPhones for 1500 aussie dollars (about $1335). The two met at a McDonald's parking lot where the buyer was handed two sealed boxes, presumably containing one iPhone each, after paying the said amount of cash for them. Yet the woman didn't open the boxes until she got back home when it was already too late to ask for a refund. All she got were two apples – one in each box.

This isn't the first time we hear someone getting tricked by a scammer in such fashion. In June of this year, a British man purchased what he thought was an Apple iPad only to find a bunch of potatoes upon opening the packaging. And back in 2011, a 22-year-old woman from South Carolina gave $180 for what turned out to be an iPad-shaped piece of wood with an Apple logo slapped on the back

So as these stories demonstrate, buying a smartphone or tablet from a non-authorized dealer can be risky, especially if the deal seems too good to be true. Always make sure that you're really getting what you're paying for, unless you want your unfortunate story to end up in the news.


source: The Herald Sun via CNET

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70 Comments

1. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

LOL!!

24. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Indeed she ends up with apple, not the other scam like mirrors.. hahahaha

27. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LOL not surprising... apple users pay for junk, every year.. lol what a sucker,,,

32. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

How do you like them apples?

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That's why they say there is a big difference between Android users, buyers the "Smart ones" and the dum average joes ™

43. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

why LOL? a typical iPhone user sometimes I think an iPhone's iOS is just some BIOS like its users: goo (dot) gl/Wlry5S she probably didnt notice it was just some fruit....somebody explained to her :)

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

-1...

2. joey18

Posts: 682; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

my istory i just pay over ebay iphone i get woman earings using paypal and i never get my money back thast suck please never use paypal they are scam too

19. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

what are you talking about?, I used paypal all the time and they have refunded me when I didnt get my purchase on ebay, there is seller protection as well as buyer protection if you follow the steps you should be covered.

3. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

LMAO that's messed up hahahahah.

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

How could you not open the box?! Stupid people annoy me so much..

16. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Just like in the ganster movies! Gotta check the goods...

28. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Too many iDiots living on this planet.

45. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so you must hate all the Apple users :)

52. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

We do! My wife uses a iP5 and I take the piss and call her nasty degrading and lowlife humiliated names that she really kicks off, goes mad! Then I ask "why the hell use Apple products if you can't take the humiliation" she says nothing....? GOD what a disgrace she is to society! I really feel so disgusted and shamed when she pulls out her iPhone5 ™

53. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

She clearly deserves someone better than you. I really hope you were joking.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smurf, do you honestly think Troll has a wife? C'mon bro, who would talk to their wife like that over a phone, or slander her as a woman, and disrespect her just for attention and green thumbs from these fanboy fools?

59. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

TROLL a "FANDROID" Hrdcre ex Apple extreme hater. Just like GmRacer Droiddoes TROLL same category. But I have cooled down from before. Dark do I give a toss about attention or thumbs. Dam no!!!! Fandroids™®©

56. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

shows what 3rd class mind you have there no respect to others yet ask for lot . what makes to think anyone will listen to you after you bash their choice of freedom. in real life a real "lowlife humiliated" person is one who never respect others for their choice of freedom yet wants his choice as need of others. and judging by your comments i doubt you ever had a friend let alone the girlfriend or wife. damn impossible for even stay around a mad man like you.how can someone possibly marry you.

60. darkkjedii

Posts: 31614; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Plus 1 to that.

71. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

This may sound awful s well, but I feel so embarrassed of my friends with iPhones, I step away from them and hang with my Droids. But your a little extreme with your Mrs

5. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

You know what they say; an apple a day gives a doctor a holiday. But in this case, two apples that day gave the scammer a holiday. :))

18. Adithya7184 unregistered

ROFL!!!!

57. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

but in that case a month vacation for sure

6. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Roflmao!

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

A good reverse example of this would be "P-p-p-powerbook!" Something like this happened at our store once. Someone bought a big stereo system, took it out of the box, put a few cinder blocks in its place, and brought the box back and returned it for a full refund. They opened the box on the bottom so it looked like it was still sealed. The associates involved only found out later when they went to put it back on the shelf and when tilting the handtruck back, felt the blocks shift.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

http://tinypic.com/r/2qk7yja/5 I never understand why people NEVER open the box. I always do when I buy phones from Craigslist.

34. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's leaving me wanting to scream at that woman! Not my money but her stupidity is nauseating. I mean, she's there...and the seller is there. Why not take a quickie look just to make sure? She's paying heavy money... Just classic salted stupidity.

8. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Well, she did buy Apple-related stuff after all...

10. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have bought and sold phones/tabs(gs2, hox, iphone and ipad) from craigslist...never paid before I put my sim card in phone and make a call...people need to value their money...and not be dumb...when its like $1300 worth of stuff.

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