Friday, June 29, 2007

Scambusters predicts a lot of scammers will use the iPhone as a lure to steal money

IPhone picture, already up on eBay, at the time I posted this. It comes from an offer to become a iPhone distributor. did a thoughtful article on the iPhone, and how, scammers will probably take advantage of the situation.

After reading Audrey and Jim's well though-out predictions, I'm going to opt to share their sage advice.

In Audrey and Jim's own words:

Apple's iPhone is one of the most anticipated -- and hyped -- products ever. And with any huge product launch, the scammers come out in droves. So, if you want to make sure you don't get ripped off, you've come to the right place.
For's sage predictions, link here.

I've written a lot about auction fraud, which is where we will probably see a lot of these scams surface, here.

A good place to look at iPhones is the Apple store. You can go to their site, here.

From what I hear, discount iPhones will not be available for awhile!

A too good to be true deal on a iPhone, probably IS NOT a real deal!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In addition to fraudulent sellers, there are also fraudlent buyers.

I just had an iPhone for sale on eBay, and the winning bid was from a hijacked account. Red flags included a low-feedback account with the last transaction 2 1/2 yrs ago, an email address at a random string of numbers and letters at an email redirect service, and an expectedly high bid way over the second highest bid. I was only going to ship to a PayPal-confirmed address, but it didn't get to that point, as eBay closed the account and canceled the auction (and refunding my seller fees). The 2000 or so eBay staffers on hand to prevent iPhone fraud seem to be doing their work! I looked later at this user's bid history, and I saw a sudden spurt of single bids on 62 separate items, all in the cell phone category. :rolleye.