Craigslist MacBook Pro Scam

Yesterday I heard back from the seller about the MacBook Pro I found on Craigslist.  I was really hoping that it was a local person selling an MBP at a low price.  Well, turns out the the whole thing is a scam.  It was hard to believe at first, considering the ad said that the product was in Elmira.  I was really hoping to get this so that Albert could retire his 7 year old PowerBook.  I guess things are just too good to be true.  The “seller” and I have been emailing back and forth.  She was willing to take care of the shipping costs (she has moved to Manchester, UK now) via DHL and then I would pay her after receiving the MBP and verifying that it works.

I got curious, so I plugged her email [amy28.1979@hotmail.com] into Google and got two hits from blogs about MacBook scams on Craigslist.  I am glad that I did.  So now I am just leaving the situation as is.  If she emails me back, I may see where it goes.  But I am now certain that I am getting played and I am not happy at all.

Albert, sorry that I could not get you a MacBook at the incredible price of $640.00 – Craigslist is just a cespool of scams.

Cheers!

156 thoughts on “Craigslist MacBook Pro Scam”

  1. Again… another e-mail… within 2 hrs. LOL This is moving quickly. I'm having fun now!

    RE: 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, 2,66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb Memory, 500 Gb HD, iSight Camera for $500

    From:
    Laura Hilton <laura.hilton.29@hotmail.com> [Chat now]

    Obviously we need a safe way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after.
    I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the laptop within 3-4 days.
    I was looking for a safe way to complete this sale and I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the laptop in less than 3 days.
    The solution is provided by the worldwide shipping company TNT.
    They have a service which will provide us with a safe way to handle the payment and delivery of the laptop.
    With this procedure you will have the chance to test the laptop before I receive my payment, and the TNT procedure will ensure my safety as well in receiving the payment. And since TNT will also take care of the delivery this will go very smooth and fast.
    The procedure is explained on the TNT website. I saved the exact link so please click on the link below to the TNT website where the procedure is explained.
    http://tnt.com.nextday-shipping.info/about.tnt/

    Let me know

    Laura

    Laura Hilton – Process Manager

    Thorntons
    143 Peel Avenue,
    The Trafford Centre,
    Manchester

    http://www.thorntons.co.uk

    Thorntons

  2. Here's TNT…. accurately named as this deal is about to blow up…. here's how they list themselves.

    TNT International Express Features:

    Economical, easy to use and fast, TNT Express gives you the power to reach people anywhere in the world.

    - Guaranteed delivery by 10.00am to USA and Canada
    - Guaranteed Saturday Delivery
    - Electronic Proof of Delivery
    - Free return if mail is undelivered
    - Send Airmail from over 14,000 Post Offices
    - Compensation cover up to £1000

    TNT International Express Third Party Delivery Service reduces risks associated with Internet transactions by acting as a licensed, trusted, neutral third party providing assistance to Internet shoppers for Internet transactions.

    TNT International Express Inc. Third Party Delivery – How does it work?

    Phase 1: Buyer and Seller Agree to Terms

    Both parties agree to terms, which includes a description of the merchandise, sale price, number of days for the Buyer's inspection.

    Phase 2: Transaction – 8 easy to follow steps.

    1. The Buyer will provide the Seller with his shipping information.
    2. Seller will go to a TNT Location and will leave the merchandise in TNT's custody with the Buyer's name and address as the intended receiver.
    3. TNT will make a complete verification of the merchandise, and TNT will also verify the legal papers of the merchandise.
    4. TNT will send to the Buyer a written confirmation that the package is in TNT's custody and also, that the package content has been verified and it is ready to be delivered to the Buyer's shipping address. In this delivery notification TNT will also send a complete description of the merchandise, with detailed specifications of the merchandise.
    5. At this point TNT will send a complete set of payment instructions to the Buyer, instructing the Buyer on how to make the money deposit to TNT, to the name of the TNT Agent responsible with the transaction. The Buyer and the Seller will receive a Reference Number that identifies their specific transaction.
    6. The Buyer will complete his/her payment following the specific instructions sent to the Buyer by our TNT Customer Service. TNT will verify the payment information provided by the Buyer, and after the payment is received by our TNT Payment Service, TNT will deliver the package to the Buyer's shipping address. This service is a door to door service.
    7. The Buyer receives the package and verifies the merchandise. After the Buyer verifies the merchandise – and only if the Buyer is completely satisfied with it because the merchandise matches the description sent by the Seller – the Buyer will instruct TNT to release the payment to the Seller.
    8. If for any reason, the Buyer will not be satisfied with the package content, the Buyer will return the merchandise to TNT with no expense, no questions asked. In this instance the Buyer will receive a full refund from TNT with funds taken from the Seller's Trust Fund.

  3. My response to last e-mail…. whoever this jackass is.. they think they've hooked a sucker.

    “Yes. This sounds great. I have never heard of this service before. It looks perfect for our purposes. Thank you so much for the fast response, I really appreciate it. How do we go about the transaction? “

  4. I sent this to the security division at Thornton's in order to let the real Laura Hilton know that someone is using her identity to steal from others:

    Just letting you know that some fraud is posing as one of your employees and is attempting to sell laptops on Craig's list here in the United States. In fact they are doing it in at least 15 different cities that I can tell. I'm sure that the real Laura Hilton would like to know that someone is using her identity and your company's good name to perpetrate a serious crime. See this blog and access “newest entries” for more details. If you security or police contact me… i will gladly forward the e-mails to you from this criminal.
    Cheers, from the USA.

  5. This is rich…. TNT has a page which addresses fraud… and they seem to be completely complicit with it:

    Please read carefully

    Internet Fraud

    TNT is aware that fraudsters use TNT's identity on websites and email messages to mislead internet shoppers. The fraudulent communications typically concern a request for advance wire transfer of money to pay for goods ordered on the internet, before the goods will be allegedly shipped by TNT. Or it concerns messages that request for an advance payment before the release of some lottery prize.

    We advise all customers to beware of such requests for advance on-line payments, and that the existence of a consignment number (or tracking number) is not necessarily proof that a consignment is in the custody or control of TNT.

    If you are in any doubt as to the authenticity of any TNT communication or whether TNT is in fact delivering a shipment intended for you, please contact our customer service department in your country at add relevant (national) customer experience telephone number.

    TNT does everything reasonable in its power to prevent these scams from happening again. Our customer service, security and legal departments are working closely together to inform our customers of these scams and take them down. Furthermore, we cooperate with (inter-)national organizations to help prevent these scams (i.e. governments, Western Union, eBay, Office of Fair Trading).

  6. And the dance continues…..

    RE: 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, 2,66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb Memory, 500 Gb HD, iSight Camera for $500

    From:
    Laura Hilton <laura.hilton.29@hotmail.com> [Chat now]

    I would need your name and address to start the process.
    I will also try to explain everything.
    First I go to TNT with the laptop and start the delivery procedure.
    After I give them the laptop for you, TNT will send you a notification to let you know the process has been initiated, and that they have the laptop for you and also the complete specifications of the laptop.
    Also, in the notification they will send you clear instructions on how to make the payment to TNT, to the TNT agent's name.
    After you complete your payment, then you will notify TNT, they will collect the payment and once they have your payment, then they will deliver the laptop to you in 2 days time.
    After you receive the laptop you will test them to see if they are as I said.
    Once you receive the laptop you will have 5 days to test the laptop and if you are 100% satisfied you will keep it and at this poing notify TNT that you are keeping the computer and that they can send me the money.
    In the event that you do not like the laptop you will notify TNT you are not keeping the laptop and at this point the TNT people will come to your address and pick up the machine and give you a full refund of your money.
    So it is simple, I would say.
    If you agree to these terms, send me your name and address and I will go to TNT with the laptop and start the delivery procedure.
    Please let me know soon
    Cheers

    Laura

    Laura Hilton – Process Manager

    Thorntons
    143 Peel Avenue,
    The Trafford Centre,
    Manchester

    http://www.thorntons.co.uk

    Thorntons

  7. Here's my Laura Hilton email threads:

    Sure, call me by all means.
    I have received the info and I will be sending the laptop today.

    I just spoke to a woman at the Peel Ave store – she didn't recognize your name. Not sure which # to call… A

    I am not sure where you called. I will get you the number today

    Laura Hilton – Process Manager

    Thorntons
    143 Peel Avenue,
    The Trafford Centre,
    Manchester

    http://www.thorntons.co.uk

  8. Same thing over and over. Got hit up TWICE. Thanks for posting guys, saved my life.

    I'm on the New Hampshire Craigslist and got hit up by Laura Hilton and Arianna Forney, both out of the UK (Laura in Manchester, Arianna in Wolverhampton). They used the addresses “laura.hilton31@hotmail.com” and “arianna.forney@hotmail.com” Both wanted to use TNT, which, apparently, is not the REAL TNT). The URL they gave me was <http://uksolutions-tnt.com/tnt.express.wolverha…>. These people are bigtime scammers! Good thing I googled!

    But, out of curiosity, what happened to the people who fell for it? Did they never send anything or did they send bad stuff?

    Best of luck to you all. Hope we can keep people from falling for this.

  9. Well, I fell for the scam. What really burns me is that I sensed red flags and wasn't going to go through with it until she (under the alias “Laura Hilton” as described above) mentioned she would go through TNT. I just came home from living in New Zealand where TNT is a reliable, legit service. I checked out the website and checked the emails against the website and all seemed to check out. (Note: I looked up the actual TNT website. She didn't send me a link to it.) It was the $500 USD for a Macbook Pro Scam on the Nashville, TN craigslist. I had been bidding on a couple $700 Macbook Pros on ebay at the same time so I didn't think the $500 was too unreasonable of a price.

    But in the end, she/he/whatever “it” is got me. I guess the addage of a fool and his money are soon parted still holds true..

  10. I'm sorry to hear that you got scammed too! When I saw the Ad on Craigslist, I knew that couldn't be true, that's how I found this blog. These scammers should be locked up for good!!
    Isn't there a way where we can stop that B…h? This is just crazy, that so many have been screwed/scammed/shit on, and none can do anything about it….!!!

  11. I have been emailing the “adrianna forney” and my brother is a computer security genuis so he's working on finding this person. I wonder how smart this person is (if its more than one person) and if they are viewing this website. We will get him/her

  12. From the Jackson, Wi craigslist

    laura.hilton30@hotmail.com
    Subject: Re: 13″ Aluminium MacBook Pro, iSight Camera for $400
    Date: May 19, 2010 8:00:57 PM C

    Hello,

    The laptop is still available and I hope you are still interested for $400. My name is Laura and I am now in Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Just to make sure we are on the same page, I am selling the 13.3″ Aluminium Macbook Pro and the laptop's specs are:

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz Processor
    3 MB L2 Cache, 1066 MHz Bus Speed
    4 GB DDR3 Memory
    250 GB SATA (5400 RPM) Hard Drive
    13.3″ Glossy (1280 x 800) LED Backlit Widescreen Display
    Built-in iSight Camera and internal Omnidirectional microphone
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB Shared Video Memory
    8x Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVDaR DL/DVDaRW/CD-RW)
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n)
    Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    10/100/1000 Gigabit BASE-T Ethernet
    SD Card Slot
    Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, combined Optical Digital output/headphone out with selectable Analog Audio line in, Mini DisplayPort, RJ-45, MagSafe Power Port
    Unit Dimensions: 12.78″ (W) x 0.95″ (H) x 8.94″ (D)
    Unit Weight: 4.5 Pounds

    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the specs so you can have the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    About the laptop I can say it is 8 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop is still under warranty for the next 4 Months and the good part is that the Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner

    The laptop has the Snow Leopard 10.6 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008.

    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    Please get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop if you're really interested in buying it.

    Thanks,
    Laura

  13. I've also been in contact with this fraudster.

    Here's the latest response I received –

    Obviously we need a safe way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after.
    I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the laptop within 3-4 days.
    I was looking for a safe way to complete this sale and I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the laptop in less than 3 days.
    The solution is provided by the worldwide shipping company TNT.
    They have a service which will provide us with a safe way to handle the payment and delivery of the laptop.
    With this procedure you will have the chance to test the laptop before I receive my payment, and the TNT procedure will ensure my safety as well in receiving the payment. And since TNT will also take care of the delivery this will go very smooth and fast.
    The procedure is explained on the TNT website. I saved the exact link so please click on the link below to the TNT website where the procedure is explained.
    http://tnt.com.express-parcel.info/about.tnt/in

    Let me know

    Laura

    Laura Hilton – Process Manager

    Thorntons
    143 Peel Avenue,
    The Trafford Centre,
    Manchester

    http://www.thorntons.co.uk

  14. Interesting… I too came across this… selling a Macbook Pro for $500 from Manchester. She goes by email laurahilton31@hotmail.com. When I asked why she's selling a 1-yr. old Macbook Pro for only $500… well, I'm still waiting to hear the answer. I smell a scammer and they should be reported to Craigslist…
    RS

  15. Well Arianna Forney strikes again. Its amazing that for two years they have been scamming and craiglist still allows them to post. I have a simular issue. The item was a Sony Vaio, she recently lived in Birmingham, AL. and moved to the UK. She found a delivery company caslled TNT Solutions in UK. Unfortunate for me I just thought to research her name a bit further and yes, I sent the money Western Union. Its only money, I hate scammers, and evil never wins. Hope some catches up to them soon

  16. laura.hilton29@hotmail.com is fully active with 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, 2,66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb Memory, 500 Gb HD, iSight Camera for $500 and they are always in UK, mostly in Manchester. If you play along, they'll create a fake account on TNT for you to wire money and “you can't use a Credit Card” it has to be cash..Go figure.

  17. And the SCAM continues: 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, 2,66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb Memory, 500 Gb HD, iSight Camera for $500

    from Laura Hilton <laura.hilton29@hotmail.com>
    to ME
    date Thu, May 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM
    subject Re: 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, the specs
    hide details 2:25 PM (12 minutes ago)
    This is Laura again from Manchester, United Kingdom regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro. Did you receive my earlier email?
    I just wanted to make sure you have all the specs for the laptop, the Apple 15.4″ Unibody MacBook Pro Laptop for $500.
    The complete specs are below.2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4.0 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM Memory, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT Graphics Processors with 512MB of GDDR3 Memory, 500GB SATA 5400 RPM Hard DriveAlso included is the Lithium-Polymer Battery and also the Apple Remote and Case.
    Let me know if you like it.

    Laura

  18. Looks like they're back in NH too… After spending hours on e-bay I thought the deal was too good to be true

    Hello,

    The laptop is still available and I hope you are still interested for $400. My name is Laura and I am now in Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Just to make sure we are on the same page, I am selling the 13.3″ Aluminium Macbook Pro and the laptop's specs are:

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz Processor
    3 MB L2 Cache, 1066 MHz Bus Speed
    4 GB DDR3 Memory
    250 GB SATA (5400 RPM) Hard Drive
    13.3″ Glossy (1280 x 800) LED Backlit Widescreen Display
    Built-in iSight Camera and internal Omnidirectional microphone
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB Shared Video Memory
    8x Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVDaR DL/DVDaRW/CD-RW)
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n)
    Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    10/100/1000 Gigabit BASE-T Ethernet
    SD Card Slot
    Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, combined Optical Digital output/headphone out with selectable Analog Audio line in, Mini DisplayPort, RJ-45, MagSafe Power Port
    Unit Dimensions: 12.78″ (W) x 0.95″ (H) x 8.94″ (D)
    Unit Weight: 4.5 Pounds

    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the specs so you can have the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    About the laptop I can say it is 8 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop is still under warranty for the next 4 Months and the good part is that the Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner

    The laptop has the Snow Leopard 10.6 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008.

    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    Please get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop if you're really interested in buying it.

  19. Here is the new twist
    Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 64GB 3G iPad from Craigslist

    My name is Arianna and I am now in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the ipad for $550 USD. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
    The ipad is still available and I hope you are still interested. The ipad was bought brand new from Apple a few weeks ago.
    About the ipad I can say it's in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $550 price is everything that came with the ipad.
    The ipad is here with me.
    I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.

    Please get back to me and let me know if you like the ipad if you're really interested in buying it.

    Thanks,
    Arianna

  20. Hi fellows,
    i wasn't too smart enough and i fell for the same arianna forney scam. she posed as an i-phone seller on craigslist. soon as i showed interest in the phone she emailed back to tell me she had moved to Wolverhampton, UK. i do have family in the uk so i was going to have a sister meet her in person and do the purchase but she said she would do that transaction through TNT international express. i verified the name and truly there was a TNT delivery service. i did not take time to find out more as the number was a uk number. arianna forney then posed as a john scales and a Barney Ennis who worked for the same delivery company. they asked me to do a money transfer through western union which i foolishly did. my i-phone was suppose to be sent the next day with 5 daysof inspection period before the money was withdrawn. and up till date i have never set eyes on the phone. what kills me is the time i have invested through communications with arianna. i think the FBI should be notified because this is ridiculous.or the whole craigslist thing should be tightened by a system that verifies sellers id, and demograhics before things get out of hand. i have learned my lesson and i would not recommend buying on craigslist to anyone.PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM CRAIGSLIST AND ALL IT GOOD TO BE TRUE TRANSACTIONS.

  21. Another one for the books…

    Hi, this is Laura and I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro from Craigslist.

    I am now in Manchester, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, with 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb memory, 500 Gb HD for $500 USD.
    I hope you are still interested in buying it.
    This Macbook Pro was ordered brand new directly from Apple on July 8, 2009.
    About the laptop I can say it is 11 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $500 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The laptop still has Applecare warranty until July 8, 2010. The Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner. You can also purchase 2 more years of Applecare warranty.
    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop has the Snow Leopard 10.6.2 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008 with the original recovery disks included.
    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    I will send an email shortly with the complete specs and some photos so you can see the condition.

    Get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop and you wish to buy it.

    Thanks,
    Laura

  22. She is now trying to do it in Atlanta, GA email Address: laura.hilton29@yahoo.com. I think they choose an email address from the same domain as your email so their email want go to your spam box. I tell people do not trust any posting without a phone number. Something is wrong with that. I will like to start a group and hunt these people down. I hate them. I truly wish they will all die, life is hard enough.

    The email is below.

    This is Laura again from Manchester, United Kingdom regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro. Did you receive my earlier email?
    I just wanted to make sure you have all the specs for the laptop, the Apple 15.4″ Unibody MacBook Pro Laptop for $500.
    The complete specs are below.2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4.0 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM Memory, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT Graphics Processors with 512MB of GDDR3 Memory, 500GB SATA 5400 RPM Hard DriveAlso included is the Lithium-Polymer Battery and also the Apple Remote and Case.
    Let me know if you like it.

    Laura

  23. laura.hilton.31@hotmail.com

    Hello

    I am glad to see you are still interested. The laptop is with me in the UK and if we decide to go ahead with the deal we will need to find a safe delivery and payment method.
    I am looking to complete the deal within a week, so please let me know if you have the funds available at this time or if you will have the money within the week.
    If you have the money I am ready to go ahead with the transaction right away.
    Let me know
    Cheers

    Laura

    Laura Hilton – Process Manager

    Thorntons
    143 Peel Avenue,
    The Trafford Centre,
    Manchester

    http://www.thorntons.co.uk

  24. Hey what a coincidence, I am dealing with Laura Owens with the address of laura.owens36@hotmail.com she is also in Birmingham, UK. Her emails match most of what is said here- except she has a different laptop.

    What a total SCAM! I am so glad I haven't sent her any money.

  25. Funny, I am dealing with Laura Owens as well but her e-mail is laura.owens33@hotmail.com (not 36). She posted out of Portland, OR but of course is in the UK. I am glad i found this blog. I figured it to be a scam when she said she's in the UK. Thanks guys

  26. HEY JACOB,

    CHECK THIS OUT!

    I am at the bottom on this post…

    TNT Shipping Reviews – craigslist scam
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    Posted: 2009-05-18 by serg

    craigslist scam
    Complaint Rating: 94 % with 18 votes
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    if it wasn't for my fiance i would be shit out of luck too. i almost fell for this shit too. it was a phillips 42 lcd tv from craigslist. HiI still have the TV. The TV is in perfect shape (take a look at the attached pics) and it comes with 18 months of transferable warranty. I am now in United Kingdom. I have been relocated here with my work several months ago. The TV is a US version and I think I can sell it for a better price in the US.Since I can't meet you and make the exchange, I would like to use a service that will help us with that. Please go here to see the procedure:TNT is a worldwide delivery company (like Fedex, DHL or UPS). You can see from their procedure that you will be able to check the TV before I receive the payment. If you are in a hurry, I will use 2 day delivery (shipping is on me).Let me know what you think.Thanks, Susan

    BE CAREFUL GUYS!!!

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    87 days ago by joshhh13 0 Votes

    Yep, I just got hosed by this scam. Too bad I didn't Google BEFORE the package didn't show up on time…
    The whole process seemed so legit, they send you emails and stuff that look very legitimate so be careful!
    82 days ago by heatherbirdlady 0 Votes

    No thanks, everyone has already been scammed, u idiot fiez. he's trying to sell fake chinese counterfeits, if u think anyone is going to buy into that scam, ur an idiot.
    33 days ago by TimmyYoz 0 Votes

    Almost got me too, thanks for posting all of these everyone. I think a wonderful email about her sending me something is in order…or giving them the run around.

    Arianna Ellenberg
    to me

    show details Jun 28 (3 days ago)

    Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 46″ Sony LCD, 1080p full HDTV from Craigslist

    My name is Arianna and I am now in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 46″ Sony LCD, 1080p, full HDTV, 120 Mhz for $350 USD. I have attached some pics so you can see the condition of the TV.
    The TVis still available and I hope you are still interested.This TV was ordered brand new 4 months ago.
    About the TV I can say it is 4 months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $350 price is everything the TV came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The TV still has warranty for the next 20 months. The warranty is fully transferable to the new owner.
    The TV is here with me in UK.
    I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the TV mostly for the news and movies, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    One more thing, the TV is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    Please get back to me and let me know if you like the TV if you're really interested in buying it.

    Thanks,
    Arianna

    ***THEN I asked why, kinda unbelieving, then this.***

    I'm selling it because I can't use it here. It only works in the US.
    I found a way to sell you the TV that will cover the both of us. It's a worldwide delivery company called TNT. They have a service that will allow you to test the TV before I receive my payment.
    Please go to the TNT website below and read their procedure so we can be on the same page:

    http://tnt-solutions.com/tnt.express.wolverhamp

    I will pay the TNT shipping fee.

    Thanks.

    ***(My current response)***

    Arianna,

    I actually have a really good friend who works for UPS and has a family member, Alex, in Wolverhampton! I just talked to him yesterday. He told me he would gladly inspect the TV and then pay for it on the spot if it is in working condition. That way we both win in the end! He will be there all month working.

    What a great solution right! Sometimes, the luck just happens to be on your side.

    Would you please send me an address so he can know where to find you. Or even a phone number if you would want to meet at another location.

    I know that website said western union, but he will just have cash, should work out just fine. He could do euros/pounds/dollars, whatever you think is best.

    Thanks again!

    (I am betting on a lack of response.)
    32 days ago by luckywales 0 Votes

    Yep – I almost did this – Jeez – I just thought I'd research if this escrow idea was fraudulent…I was thinking “if a deal is too good to be true, etc”: Here's my email from “Arianna”

    “Hi,

    I won't return home so soon. I'll have to send it to you from here.
    I found a way to sell you the ipad that will cover the both of us. It's a worldwide delivery company called TNT. They have a service that will allow you to test the ipad before I receive my payment.
    Please go to the TNT website below and read their procedure so we can be on the same page:

    http://tnt-solutions.com/tnt.express.wolverhamp

    I will pay the TNT shipping fee.

    Thanks.”

    OMG – seriously! I almost did this.
    26 days ago by Saved by the Bell 0 Votes

    Arianna from Wolverhampton sure is one busy chick!! Her latest post>an IPAD through craigslist, Ft. Myers Fl. The reply email is the same as the others, no points for originality here; ” Hi my name is Arianna, I'm now in Wolverhampton, UK, I've attached pictures of the IPAD, tried to be as thorough as possible, please let me know if you're still interested…blah blah blah…”

    I replied stating my interest and suggesting the use of PAYPAL, a true, safe payment option, I offered to pay her half the money up front, and the remainder upon receipt of the item. (Paypal protects you, and you can use your protected credit card to pay). She then suggested the TNT website, and gave a link, which upon first inspection looked quite legit. HOWEVER…I was scammed buying a surround sound a few months back, only to find the exact “deal” all over the internet as a scam. So I decided to check out google for TNT/Scam, just to be on the safe side. SAVED BY THE BELL!!!

    They don't have any of my money, or my credit info, although I suppose “she” does have my mailing address…dare her to come to my crib though…I'd love to meet her…HA!!

    SCAM ARTISTS ARE EVIL!! Thank goodness the interenet can be used for good and evil ;-)
    25 days ago by vorea26 0 Votes

    HA im so glad i looked into tnt… im usually good at finding scams on craigslist… Arianna “blake” is now trying to sell an iphone 4 haha thanks everyone
    24 days ago by nivs 0 Votes

    I got a similar message and fell for it. Just in time to get out of it and get back my money!

    here is the email message from the same Arianna and from Wolverhampton in UK!

    Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 64GB 3G iPad from Craigslist
    Arianna Foreman <arianna-foreman@live.com>
    Subject: the 64GB 3G iPad from Craigslist $500
    Date: July 1, 2010 4:49:44 AM MDT
    To: ME

    My name is Arianna and I am now in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the ipad for $500 USD. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
    The ipad is still available and I hope you are still interested. The ipad was bought brand new from Apple a few weeks ago.
    About the ipad I can say it's in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $500 price is everything that came with the ipad.
    The ipad is here with me.
    I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.

    Please get back to me and let me know if you like the ipad if you're really interested in buying it.

    Thanks,
    Arianna

    I sent the money through Western Union as advised by “customer services TNT”. I called TNT the next day because my payment was not being picked up and I wanted the ipad! TNT said that they DO NOT work with Western Union! They told that it was likely a scam. I called Western Union and found out that the money had not yet been picked up in UK (most likely because of it was a weekend!) and so I cancelled my transfer. Western Union gave me back all my money including their service fee of 43 USD.
    Now I see all these posts on the internet talking about craigslist scam involving apple products and TNT services.
    Thank heavens I got my money back…BEWARE of Arianna!
    22 days ago by rjgunnjr317 0 Votes

    WOW! this “Susan” was going to sell me a MacBook Pro for $400. I work extremely hard for my money, I'm so happy I saw this! Thank God.
    20 days ago by theresafromdc 0 Votes

    well, here is my conversation with Arianna:
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:14:25 -0400

    Subject: Re: the 46 inch SONY LCD, full HDTV Craigslist $350
    From: …@gmail.com
    To: ariannapaxton@hotmail.com

    Hi Arianna,

    Thank you for the reply, the pictures looks great and I'm very interested. Since the tv is in UK would it be have to be shipped? I hope you would agree to split the shipping somehow. Or are you coming to the US to visit soon and that's why you placed it on the DC craigslist? If we were to split the shipping how much do you think it'll be? Probably more than the TV huh. In that case maybe you should pad the box with something else I can sell, that way we don't waste the shipping, and then I can split the money with you for whatever profit I make. How does that sound? If that works out well maybe I can buy more TVs from you.

    By the way your english is also quite good as it lacks the usual british slangs, I think you should move to DC it'll be very suitable for you, and it'll save us shipping fees.

    Thanks,
    Theresa
    _____________________________________________________________

    On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:58 AM, Arianna Paxton <ariannapaxton@hotmail.com> wrote:
    Hi Theresa,

    I posted the ad there because I live there. But now I have been relocated here with my work. I am selling the TV in the US because it can be used only in the US. It can't be used here. I am not a seller, this is the only TV I have.
    I found a way to sell you the TV that will cover the both of us. It's a worldwide delivery company called TNT. They have a service that will allow you to test the TV before I receive my payment.
    Please go to the TNT website below and read their procedure so we can be on the same page:

    http://global-tnt.com/tnt.express.wolverhampton

    I will pay the TNT shipping fee.

    Thanks.
    ________________________________________________________________________

    From: Theresa <…@gmail.com>
    Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Subject: Re: the 46 inch SONY LCD, full HDTV Craigslist $350
    - Hide quoted text -
    To: Arianna Paxton <ariannapaxton@hotmail.com>

    Hi Arianna,

    I am willing to purchase the TV. And since you are kindly offering to pay for shipping, I will reimburse half the shipping to you when I receive the TV to be fair. I think even with that price it's a good deal fr the TV. In fact, it's pretty darn good where I'm willing to compensate for the packaging and handling, so let me know what the total is for the box, the styrofoam peanuts, the bubble wraps, the transportation to postal office, and your time spend on it and I'll include that as well.

    If you can please ship the TV first so I can inspect it myself. Then I will have the money transferred to your account. You can trust me because you will have my home address and our names rhyme.

    Best,
    Theresa
    19 days ago by kjc15 0 Votes

    I received this, now going by Susan the chef. Don't do it.

    ello

    I am glad to see you are still interested. The laptop is with me in the UK and if we decide to go ahead with the deal we will need to find a safe delivery and payment method.
    I am looking to complete the deal within a week, so please let me know if you have the funds available at this time or if you will have the money within the week.
    If you have the money I am ready to go ahead with the transaction right away.
    Let me know
    Cheers

    Susan

    Susan Thompson – Chef

    The Barnt Green Inn Kendal End Road, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8PZ

    0121 445 4949

    http://www.barntgreeninn.co.uk
    13 days ago by ricky11194 0 Votes

    This is the transaction that I have with the scammers:

    Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 46″ Sony LCD, 1080p full HDTV from Craigslist

    My name is Arianna and I am now in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 46″ Sony LCD, 1080p, full HDTV, 120 Mhz for $350 USD. I have attached some pics so you can see the condition of the TV.
    The TVis still available and I hope you are still interested.This TV was ordered brand new 4 months ago.
    About the TV I can say it is 4 months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $350 price is everything the TV came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The TV still has warranty for the next 20 months. The warranty is fully transferable to the new owner.
    The TV is here with me in UK.
    I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the TV mostly for the news and movies, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    One more thing, the TV is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    Please get back to me and let me know if you like the TV if you're really interested in buying it.

    Thanks,
    Arianna

    why are you selling it? what is the cost to ship it?

    Hi,

    I'm selling it because I can't use it here. It only works in the US.
    Well, I found a way to sell you the TV that will cover the both of us. It's a worldwide delivery company called TNT. They have a service that will allow you to test the TV before I receive my payment.
    Please go to the TNT website below and read their procedure so we can be on the same page:

    http://england-tnt.com/tnt.express.wolverhampto

    I will pay the TNT shipping fee.

    Thanks.

    This sounds like a great deal! I know there is no way this could be a scam. I mean, it isn't like i have access to google or anything to easily check the key words “scam, craigslist, tnt shipping”. And because of that I will live in my fairy world were everyone is honest!

    I will gladly buy the TV! Please let me know when you ship it. When it arrives, I will send you a payment for the TV without a problem. I will even sweeten the deal:

    I will give you an extra 100 dollars if you make a video of you eating the beef out of my stool.

    Don't worry, you are flagged as scam now :) Enjoy your evening!
    7 days ago by sov 0 Votes

    thank you guys so much for posting these complaints. I almost fell for it as well. this time she went under name of laura owens. This is the email i got from her below:

    Hi, this is Laura and I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro from Craigslist.

    I am now in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, with 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb memory, 500 Gb HD for $500 USD.
    I hope you are still interested in buying it.
    This Macbook Pro was ordered brand new directly from Apple on August 8th, 2009.
    About the laptop I can say it is 11 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $500 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The laptop still has Applecare warranty until August 8th, 2010. The Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner. You can also purchase 2 more years of Applecare warranty.
    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop has the Leopard 10.6 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008 with the original recovery disks included.
    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    I will send an email shortly with the complete specs and some photos so you can see the condition.

    Get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop and you wish to buy it.

    Thanks,
    Laura Owens – Chef

    The Barnt Green Inn Kendal End Road, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8PZ

    0121 445 4949

    http://www.barntgreeninn.co.uk
    4 days ago by Angela630 0 Votes

    I got the same email where she went as “Laura Owens”!!! Thank you so much for posting this!
    3 days ago by shizzyshae 0 Votes

    Saved by my sister, gladly i called my sister she looked it up and said SCAM ! So right now Arianna McLean should be emailing be back soon, and she will here it from me . UGH !, It kills to see peopl falling for it . I just knew an iphone 4 32gb, for 350.000 was impossible glad i didnt even send her anything !
    4 hrs 55 mins ago by geowak 0 Votes

    This lady is NOT from Hudson Ohio. She states she is from the UK and her name is Laura Owens (CHEF). She wants the buyer to use a shipping company called TNT. This is a complete SCAM. I have seen her name HERE as Susan.

    This lady will NOT answer questions about Hudson, Ohio. I think she has a duplicate ad for Avon, Ohio. PLEASE do not fall for this SCAM JOB.

    I find it VERY INTERESTING that TNT is in AFRICA?? Is that true? Maybe Laura is too.

    Here is an ad that is recent (AUG 3, 2010)

    Good condition 13″ MacBook laptop – $400 (hudson)
    Date: 2010-07-27, 7:59AM EDT
    Reply to: sale-tukta-1865508272@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Cash deal only for laptop. Can meet and make the exchange anytime this week. Available for sale, 13″ Aluminium Apple MacBook Pro. The laptop is in very good shape, no dents, no scratches. I am selling it because I've recently upgraded. The laptop was bought new in June and still has Applecare warranty until June 2010.

    Specifications include

    - 13.3″ Glossy Widescreen LCD (1280×800 Resolution)
    - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz Processor
    - 256MB Graphics Memory
    - 250 GB SATA (5400 RPM) Hard Drive
    - 4096 MB DDR3 (PC3-8500) RAM Max: 8GB Memory
    - 8x Slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    - Built-in Airport Extreme Card (802.11a/b/g/n)
    - Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, combined Optical Digital output/headphone out with selectable Analog Audio line in, Mini DisplayPort, RJ-45, MagSafe Power Port
    - Leopard OS 10.5.7 Installed and Fully Updated
    - Microsoft Office 2008 Installed and Fully Updated
    - iWork '09 Installed and Fully Updated
    - iLife '09 Installed and Fully Updated
    - Microsoft Office 2008
    - Power Adapter and Front Row Remote Included

    The price is $400.

    * Location: hudson
    * it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

    image 1865508272-0

    PostingID: 1865508272

    MORE FROM LAURA…

    Obviously we need a safe way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after.
    I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the laptop within 3-4 days.
    I was looking for a safe way to complete this sale and I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the laptop in less than 3 days.
    The solution is provided by the worldwide shipping company TNT.
    They have a service which will provide us with a safe way to handle the payment and delivery of the laptop.
    With this procedure you will have the chance to test the laptop before I receive my payment, and the TNT procedure will ensure my safety as well in receiving the payment. And since TNT will also take care of the delivery this will go very smooth and fast.
    The procedure is explained on the TNT website. I saved the exact link so please click on the link below to the TNT website where the procedure is explained.

    http://tnt.com.overnight-airmail.info/about.tnt

    Let me know

    Laura

    Laura Owens – Chef

    The Barnt Green Inn Kendal End Road, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8PZ

    0121 445 4949

    http://www.barntgreeninn.co.uk

    The Barnt Green Inn

    STILL MORE FROM LAURA…

    Hello

    I am glad to see you are still interested. The laptop is with me in the UK and if we decide to go ahead with the deal we will need to find a safe delivery and payment method.
    I am looking to complete the deal within a week, so please let me know if you have the funds available at this time or if you will have the money within the week.
    If you have the money I am ready to go ahead with the transaction right away.
    Let me know
    Cheers

    Laura

    Laura Owens – Chef

    The Barnt Green Inn Kendal End Road, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8PZ

    0121 445 4949

    http://www.barntgreeninn.co.uk

    The Barnt Green Inn

    MORE ON LAURA…

    Hi, this is Laura again from Birmingham, UK, regarding the 13″ Aluminium MacBook Pro.
    I am not sure if the pics went through in earlier email that I sent you, so I am sending them again.
    Please confirm if you have received the pictures and let me know if you like the laptop and you are interested in buying it.

    Laura

  27. I have been in contact with Laura Owens too. Knowing this is a scam from the first email, I decided to play along.
    Since the company I work for has an office in the UK, I just asked where they can come and pick it up from her. And actually, my companies UK office is really close to Rednal.
    Be interesting to see what she says.

  28. This email is pulling scams for a macbook pro as well – dcwatson2010@yahoo.com

    went by the name 'Rachel Watkins'

    after responding to an ad posted in my local area, I got this response.

    “i was actually just about to take down the ad because we just noticed there was a mistake when we posted the ad on craigslist, i must have scrolled the mouse wheel when selecting the city because it was supposed to be posted in Louisiana.

    i don't have a problem with shipping it but that would be up to you.but let me know if that is something you want to look into and ill give you a call because my bank has an option kind of like paypal so you will be able to test it out before releasing any money.i can give you a call tomorrow if you want.”

    Talked to her on the phone and she was very sweet and convincing. These people work in a team, and the chick that I talked to on the phone wasn't the same person emailing me. Also someone pretended to be a company called 'NETSPEND'. If it involves that company it is netspend.

    General rule of thumb.

    Always pay in cash person to person, and receive the item upfront.

    1. I noticed a very similar ad today in the Seattle craigslist. This person’s name is Sarah Maynard (sare.bear1980@hotmail.com) and her response to me was identical, said she was about to take it down because of an error in the ad & must have scrolled the mouse wheel on accident. She did give me a serial number to look up and verify the specs on the powerbook pro 17″ but she had no way to send pics. She called me on the phone, (phone number is located in Louisianna) and she gave me info about using Netspend and an 800 number to speak to them to verify it’s legitimacy. I called the # she gave and it was a direct line (amazing!) to a guy in Provo Utah who seemed to know exactly what i wanted to know and explained how i would be protected sending money this way. Sounded pretty convincing, except I looked up Netspend and their customer service number is entirely different, they’re located in Texas. It was fishy from the beginning – but glad i found this thread to confirm.

  29. She was selling it in Racine WI for $400. Obviously too good to be true. Sent e-mail saying I want to buy, thought I would see how she responds.
    At first I thought it was the MBP I had stolen last month.

  30. Thank goodness for this forum. Almost got hosed. I am posting this in order to have her NEW identity crawled by Google, to make it easy for others to find.

    The old adage has always been true, and proved true again: If it's too good to be true… it is.

    From laura.owens31@hotmail.com

    Hi, this is Laura and I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro from Craigslist.

    I am now in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, with 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb memory, 500 Gb HD for $500 USD.
    I hope you are still interested in buying it.
    This Macbook Pro was ordered brand new directly from Apple on August 28th, 2009.
    About the laptop I can say it is 11 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $500 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The laptop still has Applecare warranty until August 28th, 2010. The Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner. You can also purchase 2 more years of Applecare warranty.
    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop has the Leopard 10.6 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008 with the original recovery disks included.
    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    I will send an email shortly with the complete specs and some photos so you can see the condition.

    Get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop and you wish to buy it.

    Thanks,
    Laura

  31. She posted in Milwaukee
    Hi, this is Laura and I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro from Craigslist.

    I am now in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, with 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb memory, 500 Gb HD for $500 USD.
    I hope you are still interested in buying it.
    This Macbook Pro was ordered brand new directly from Apple on August 28th, 2009.
    About the laptop I can say it is 11 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $500 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The laptop still has Applecare warranty until August 28th, 2010. The Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner. You can also purchase 2 more years of Applecare warranty.
    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop has the Leopard 10.6 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008 with the original recovery disks included.
    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    I will send an email shortly with the complete specs and some photos so you can see the condition.

    Get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop and you wish to buy it.

    Thanks,
    Laura

  32. Someone just stole our Macbook Pro 17 inch computer from the security conveyor at Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, Florida. I would think that anyone buying a computer through Craigs List would verify that the person owns the computer. You can do this by requiring them to furnish you the Serial Number and contacting Apple to make sure the owner didn't report it stolen.

  33. I was about tho buy the same Mac Book,
    A person call Laura Owens from Birmingham, United Kingdom send me even picture of the actual laptop offering $500 for it, -I know to good to be true-., that's why I Google her name and damn!!! she is popular for SCAMS.
    Check this link out the real Laura Owens from Birmingham, United Kingdom http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/laura

  34. Ray Borgfeldt aka Stephen Olson frauds VAT ID numbers to invoice his sales in Sweden.
    Lives in the UK. DO NOT DO BUSINESS with this con artist…nothing he does is ethical.
    Caution his credit cards when he makes a purchase..they are more then likely frauded. Has 5 arrest warrants issued in the US for Identity theft for credit card fraud, counterfeiting, insurance fraud & Mail Fraud.
    Terminated Pro Audio dealer Worldwide due to breaking agreements, smuggling, Vat Tax evasion, & fraud.

  35. thank god for google and this message board….here is my emails from her(actually she sent 3, last one with just pics). I told her to call me to discuss and of course didn't hear back.

    Laura Owens <laura.owens29@hotmail.com>
    sender-time Sent at 7:52 AM (GMT+03:00). Current time there: 4:51 PM. ✆
    to redacted
    date Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 7:52 AM
    subject Re: 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, 2,66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb Memory, 500 Gb HD, iSight Camera for $500
    Hi, this is Laura and I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro from Craigslist.

    I am now in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    I am selling the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, with 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb memory, 500 Gb HD for $500 USD.
    I hope you are still interested in buying it.
    This Macbook Pro was ordered brand new directly from Apple on August 28th, 2009.
    About the laptop I can say it is 11 Months old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I've sent. Included in the $500 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The laptop still has Applecare warranty until August 28th, 2010. The Applecare warranty is fully transferable to the new owner. You can also purchase 2 more years of Applecare warranty.
    I tried to be a thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
    I have used the laptop mostly for internet browsing and presentations, so I would say it has been only lightly used.
    The laptop has the Leopard 10.6 OS, the iLife 09 and the MS Office 2008 with the original recovery disks included.
    One more thing, the laptop is an US version and it works on the US power and plug system so you do not need a converter to use it in the US.

    I will send an email shortly with the complete specs and some photos so you can see the condition.

    Get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop and you wish to buy it.

    Thanks,
    Laura

    from Laura Owens <laura.owens29@hotmail.com>
    sender-time Sent at 7:57 AM (GMT+03:00). Current time there: 4:50 PM. ✆
    to redacted
    date Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 7:57 AM
    subject Re: 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro, the specs
    This is Laura again from Birmingham, United Kingdom regarding the 15″ Unibody MacBook Pro. Did you receive my earlier email?
    I just wanted to make sure you have all the specs for the laptop, the Apple 15.4″ Unibody MacBook Pro Laptop for $500.
    The complete specs are 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4.0 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM Memory, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT Graphics Processors with 512MB of GDDR3 Memory, 500GB SATA 5400 RPM Hard Drive, iSight camera. Also included is the Lithium-Polymer Battery and also the Apple Remote and Case.
    Let me know if you like it.

    Laura

    1. Watch out for Bianca Genovese – email bianca.genovese@hotmail.com – The email went directly to my spam folder, I wonder why.

      Here is the email I was sent back:

      Hi,

      The MacBook Pro is still available, but I’m currently in London, United Kingdom. Because of the financial crisis, I lost my job in United States and I had to come back to my family.
      I don’t need the laptop anymore so I tried to sell it locally, but with no luck. I was offered silly money for the laptop because of issues like – it is a US version or the warranty doesn’t work here or that it has a US keyboard format. That’s why I’m trying my luck in the US.
      I hope you are still interested. The laptop was bought brand new from Apple a 10 weeks ago. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
      About the laptop I can say it is 10 weeks old and it is in good shape, no scratches, no dents as you can see from the pics I’ve sent. Included in the $580 price is everything the laptop came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers. The warranty is fully transferable to the new owner.
      The laptop is here with me in UK.
      I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
      Please get back to me and let me know if you like the laptop if you’re really interested in buying it.

      Thanks,
      Bianca Genovese

      These scams suck!

  36. OK, so I am dealing with someone right now on Craig’s List – it sounds like the same SCAM thing. I am in Maryland – her name is Jane and she originally seemed to be from Manchester but then today I got a legitamate e-mail with her full name and two e-mail address – one is her work and one a hotmail account.
    How do I find out if this is legitamate? Anyone know. I am new to the Craig’s List world.

  37. I was contacted for “winning” a macbook pro on a promotion that had just started “today”. I thought it was to good to be true and started google searching and found your blog. Thank you for the info. I found another site that listed the e mail address as a habitual scammer on craigs list. Thank you. 

  38. Same person’s name scamming a Volkswagon on Craigslist. I had email with BS story about being deployed to Libya. Craiglist is full of scumbags.

  39. Yeah the same person, “Rachel Watkins,” just tried to scam me out of $2300 for a VW Beetle on Craigslist. She gave me a story of her husband recently dying and needing to get rid of the car asap. So I emailed her extensively to see if she was legit, but she started getting annoyed after a while and very rude when I told her I wasn’t going to pay sight-unseen, or through money gram. I did a Google search and viola, just as I suspected. She used the email rachel-watkins@comcast.net. Don’t fall for this.

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