Pwnt! Paid for PS3, got floor tiles!

the real oneNow if all the PS3 launch drama wasn’t enough, what with the shootings, fights and everything else, we’ve just heard of another bizarre case of a buyer being scammed while buying a PS3. When this 27-year-old guy from San Jose decided to buy a PS3 for Christmas, he checked out a multitude of places, including Craigslist. Sure enough, someone was selling a brand new PS3 for US$ 700. Pretty reasonable when you consider that they sell for around US$ 800 and above on eBay.

The seller told the guy that he was working at the BestBuy in Hayward and had managed to secure one for himself. A few emails were exchanged and it was decided that the deal would be carried out at a nearby McDonald’s parking lot. Sure enough, the day came and he met the seller there who was with another guy in a Ford Explorer. He asked if he could check out the box, to which the seller replied, “What, don’t you trust me?” The money and the box exchanged hands, and once outside the parking lot, the sellers ran, in the process, drove through a red light.

The buyer, meanwhile, decided to check out the box…Lo and behold! Instead of finding a shiny new PS3, the buyer found junk, including floor tiles, a PS2 controller and apartment rental magazines! While we can go on and on about being cautious and watchful, the fact remains that the poor guy was badly scammed of his seven Benjamins. The case is being investigated right now, so we do hope that the guy does get his money back, if not a PS3.

the real oneNow if all the PS3 launch drama wasn’t enough, what with the shootings, fights and everything else, we’ve just heard of another bizarre case of a buyer being scammed while buying a PS3. When this 27-year-old guy from San Jose decided to buy a PS3 for Christmas, he checked out a multitude of places, including Craigslist. Sure enough, someone was selling a brand new PS3 for US$ 700. Pretty reasonable when you consider that they sell for around US$ 800 and above on eBay.

The seller told the guy that he was working at the BestBuy in Hayward and had managed to secure one for himself. A few emails were exchanged and it was decided that the deal would be carried out at a nearby McDonald’s parking lot. Sure enough, the day came and he met the seller there who was with another guy in a Ford Explorer. He asked if he could check out the box, to which the seller replied, “What, don’t you trust me?” The money and the box exchanged hands, and once outside the parking lot, the sellers ran, in the process, drove through a red light.

The buyer, meanwhile, decided to check out the box…Lo and behold! Instead of finding a shiny new PS3, the buyer found junk, including floor tiles, a PS2 controller and apartment rental magazines! While we can go on and on about being cautious and watchful, the fact remains that the poor guy was badly scammed of his seven Benjamins. The case is being investigated right now, so we do hope that the guy does get his money back, if not a PS3.

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