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08-12-2012, 12:34 PM #1
Robbers Use iPads On Craigslist to Bait and Trap Victims
If you see a cheap iPad on Craigslist, be very careful in pursuing the deal. Robbers located in Uniontown, PA have been using Craigslist to bait and trap potential buyers in non-populated parking lots, where they would then be robbed by armed men instead of being sold the iPad they had intended to buy. The iPads were listed at insanely low prices on Craigslist to draw the victims to the robbers. There is no word yet on the type of iPad being sold or the prices they were listed at.
Originally Posted by Jason Cox of Uniontown Police
The iPad market is definitely large and with these rough economic times upon us, desperate people will do almost anything to make a quick buck – even rob people. iPad scams have been reported on a global scale, with this robbery event being the latest. There will continue to be more and more iPad scams as long as the device is in large demand because it's easy to take advantage of.
It may be hard to resist an opportunely-priced iPad, however you should be careful when buying iPads on Craigslist, or anywhere else for that matter, for ridiculously low prices; it could be a scam. Never accept a deal from someone online to take place in a lonely parking lot, rather you would be far better off processing a deal in the middle of a populated area where help will be all around you should things go south.
If you are looking for a good deal on an iPad, you should check with your family and friends first, or consider looking on the refurbished section of Apple's Web site. At least with these methods you may spend a little more, but walk out without being harmed.
Sources: WTAE via iMore
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 08-12-2012 at 12:45 PM.
08-12-2012, 12:46 PM #2
This is scary. Here i thought there was no way something like this can happen with all the cameras and 'safety' tech we have in place.
08-12-2012, 01:05 PM #3
08-12-2012, 01:07 PM #4
Sick, just sick. You would think people would be at the least bit a little suspicious. Nobody sells an iPad for cheap.
08-12-2012, 01:09 PM #5
This is why you meet them at your bank and withdraw the money after you see the product, and trade in the bank.
08-12-2012, 01:12 PM #6
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08-12-2012, 01:53 PM #8
I always bring a gun w/ me when selling/buying using Craigslist...
And I ALWAYS meet in a publicly crowded place.
08-12-2012, 02:31 PM #9
I made the mistake of going alone for a deal to purchase a ridiculously cheap ipad2. Went all the way inside the couples apartment. Of course nothing foul happened to me, and the "perfect" condition iPad 2 ended up being a worn out piece of trash iPad 1 with scratches all over it. But this does put into perspective that things could have gone terribly wrong.
Semi related I bought what was advertised as an iPhone4 with a really scratched up screen off Craig's list at a low low price. My intention was to swap out the screen but When I got home I realized the screen was not scratched up at all. It was actually the screen protector. The guy appearanry had no idea he had one on there. Screen was perfect.
08-12-2012, 03:17 PM #10
EXACTLY why I carry a damn gun!War is my mission. Killing is my ambition.
08-12-2012, 03:22 PM #11
08-12-2012, 04:06 PM #12
These robbers clearly are retards... Why would you try to rob people who try to buy cheap iPads. That just means the buyers prolly aren't that wealthy. Why would you waste time trying to nickel and dime people who aren't wealthy. Smh... I'm not saying I'd do this but if you're going to rob someone, use common sense and not rob someone who can't afford an iPad at full price. No wonder why they are soo poor that they have to steal, cuz they obviously have absolutely no common sense
08-12-2012, 04:09 PM #13
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08-12-2012, 04:18 PM #15
And this is why I only meet people in very public places when dealing with anyone from craigslist.
08-12-2012, 04:19 PM #16
08-12-2012, 06:57 PM #17
Reason why I always meet up in the city where there's people all over and won't even bother to meet up somebody after 5pm and also never alone. U never know. Feel sorry for this people cuz they think everybody is like then(good people) there's is where we are so wrong. Don't trust no body.Instagram: zplit
08-12-2012, 07:13 PM #18
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08-12-2012, 07:15 PM #19
I have sympathy for the victims but they need to use their brains. If I saw a listing for an iPad at a ridiculously low price, I would ask for pictures ModMyi style. I would ask for a picture with the seller's phone number or e-mail address that I am conversing with written on a piece of paper included in the picture, or typed in on Notes on the iPad.
08-12-2012, 07:19 PM #20