Aug 5 2013, 8:32am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A young adult female from Australia decided to buy iPhones online. She availed the services of Gumtree which bears an uncanny resemblance to Craigslist. The lady, who wanted to remain anonymous, placed an ad for iPhones. She wanted to purchase them from someone. Another lady responded to her ad and told her she had what the 21 year old required. The two met up at a McDonalds in Sunnybank where the buyer gave the seller $1335. The boxes handed to the buyer were sealed so she took them on trust without looking inside. Only later on when she tore apart the packaging did she realize she had been conned. The boxes contained two small apples.
The police warned people to be extra careful while making online purchases. The field is riddled with fraudsters and conmen. They are not saying that everyone ought to stop making transactions online. At the same time though they are telling people to beware of scams by making smart choices. If any deal is too good to be true, it is probably not true. While Gumtree is a responsible and genuine site, fake sellers still manage to take advantage of certain loopholes in the system. The commentary on the Internet regarding the 21 year old lady’s gullibility was rather negative. The ancient adage of “Caveat Emptor” or “Let the Buyer Beware” seems to be true even today.
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