According to a report published by WTAE (via iMore), cheap iPads listed on Craigslist are being used to lure potential buyers to parking lots where they’re being robbed at gun point. These types of scams appear to be happening not only in the U.S. but all over the world too, with reports of similar types of scams happening recently in the U.K. as well. So if you’re tempted to grab an iPhone or iPad deal at a knock down price on Craigslist, please be very very careful. It is always best to meet the seller at a public place rather than a lone car park.
The latest scam comes from Uniontown, Fayette County. Here’s the story:
Police said two people who tried to buy iPads listed for sale on Craigslist were robbed in Uniontown, Fayette County. In each case, an iPad was being offered at a low price, and the interested buyers were lured for an in-person meeting. “However, when they arrived in Uniontown, they were instead met by armed men who, at that point, robbed them,” Police Chief Jason Cox said. The incidents happened on Dunlap and Hickle streets.
Police told Channel 4 Action News investigator Paul Van Osdol that each victim was robbed of several hundred dollars. One was forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM. “The victims were pretty shaken up, and it was very clear they were totally unaware of what they were walking into,” Cox said.
If you have bought Apple products through Craigslist, please feel free to share your experience and any advice you may have for other potential buyers.
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