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Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system. An artist can take ten dollars worth of canvas, smear five dollars of oilpaint on it, and sell it in a gallery for tens of thousands of dollars. By the same token, a sculptor can take a three ring binder, some magic markers, and a broken keyboard and make a sculpture easily worth two thousand. Since the eBay transaction never occured, they have no beef with him -- he merely used the contact made with the person who stole the german account to sell some artwork in a separate transaction.

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Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system. An artist can take ten dollars worth of canvas, smear five dollars of oilpaint on it, and sell it in a gallery for tens of thousands of dollars. By the same token, a sculptor can take a three ring binder, some magic markers, and a broken keyboard and make a sculpture easily worth two thousand. Since the eBay transaction never occured, they have no beef with him -- he merely used the contact made with the person who stole the german account to sell some artwork in a separate transaction.

So this pppppowerbook is worth two thousand dollars? And cheap materials are worth tens of thousands? Somehow, I'm imagining that the folks who came up with this way to trick scammers are laughing now , but wait 'til the scammer sells the pppppppowerbook to some modern art gallery or computer history museum.

The scammers sure are smart! They can easily make zillions! The e-bay auction was rescinded, so there could be no fraudulent transaction. As to what was on the customs declaration, your assertion seems likely, but you are arguing facts not in evidence. Maybe the pranksters honestly filled in "p-p-p-powerbook". The real moral of this story, I think, is don't get involved in interstate that's state as in country, not as in US state commerce unless you really know what you are doing, and you are going to be doing it often enough to make all the aggravation worthwhile.

The scammer was obviously too dim to realise this since he hadn't realised in advance he would have to pay import duty and Value Added Tax, or even that someone might send him a fake parcel. The original seller made an honest offer. He had the real product, and it was a legitimate auction. He only decided to send the dummy laptop after it was established that the buyer was using a false name, phone number, and escrow site, with the intent to defraud the seller.

If the buyer has no intention of holding up his end of the contract paying for the laptop then the seller is not bound to send a real laptop.

If the buyer attempts to recover the import duties through civil court, then he exposes himself to criminal prosecution. Further, his claim in civil court would likely be easily denied based on the doctrine of unclean hands [law. My instinct tells me the prof in Terre Haute has nothing to do with it, and just had his name pulled out of a directory to be stuck on a domain registration, as a red herring.

That's the only part of the story that's a bit of a shame - after all that work, it woulda been nice to have some pics of the fraudster received the p-p-powerbook, not that they necessarily would have opened it on the spot. Oh well. The keyboard's re-arrangement [sbcglobal. The really sad part of this is that some scammer now has a really excellent work of art.

It will probably sell for several million pounds in a couple hundred years. That would be about the price of a cup of coffee. This was written just after I got to the barbers; I used one of his upstairs computers and couldn't see anything so I had to listen.

I'm upstairs at the moment and a lots going on, the barbers on the phone Parcel Force about other parcels he's waiting for and one has been delivered according to the force. It all started with a ebay auction when the seller got a email from a dude who wanted to scam him. It was a normal setup and it went horribly wrong This has turned from a awful plight for a ebay user to a wonderful prank on the scammer.

Throw in some crazy brits with digicams and you have the making of a great story. He pretends to pay, you pretend to send him a real computer. As far as PayPal is concerned, he received funds to ship an item - they have no involvement in what item was involved.

Since he shipped an item, he has completed that transaction properly and PayPal has not been defrauded in any manner. He used eBay to advertise the sale of a real item. The "purchaser" in this transaction persued the sale completely outside of eBay.

Thus, eBay has not been defrauded in any manner. He used FedEx to ship an item. They are not a party to the contents of the box - they were simply the transport medium. They were paid to ship a box, they shipped the box. Thus, FedEx has not been defrauded in any manner. The only debatable fraudulent actions were between the buyer and the seller directly. But since the bogus escrow site disappeared and the seller was never paid for an actual PowerBook - the buyer has no basis for a fraud claim!

This can be wrapped up as: the buyer used PayPal to pay the seller to ship a box via FedEx to his address. That the buyer did not receive an actual Apple Powerbook is due to the fact the buyer never paid for an actual Apple Powerbook! So there was no actual fraud from the buyer's side. Parent Share twitter facebook linkedin Re What's the shithead going to do, press charges?

Yes, but three ring binders are useless here in the UK. All the paper has either two holes or four holes in it. The "payment" for the P-P-P-Powerbook was a fake escrow site.

It seems the scammer spent a few hundred GBP of his own money to release the package from customs, and a bunch of SomethingAweful goons put up the money for the FedEx shipment in the first place. But no innocent person is out any money. Parent Share twitter facebook linkedin Re:Not Funny Score: 3 , Insightful by leerpm writes: Which is even better, because now when that person complains to their credit card company lets assume Visa , and the Visa goes to investigate the fraud, it will lead them to Fedex.

Would be nice but Score: 3 , Informative by phr1 writes: Remember the scammer gave a fake phone number to Fedex and when it couldn't be used to contact him, he went and paid the customs duties to Fedex in cash. There are no credit cards involved.

I always view calling a policeman or getting the law involved to be a last resort. If you can solve your problems on your own, more power to you. Here, we have crime, and we have just punishment. Bravo, guys. No defrauding of eBay went on here. As for defrauding PayPal - all he asked for was donations for shipping an item to Great Britain, and said funds were used for that purpose. I think that accusing him of defrauding PayPal is a bit of a stretch - you might make the argument, but I don't think anyone would really swallow it.

The only defrauding that went on here is FedEx - the contents of the package and value were both misstated. There may be more comments in this discussion. Without JavaScript enabled, you might want to turn on Classic Discussion System in your preferences instead.

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Note that you have to download the PDF to read the story. This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted. More Login. Archived Discussion Load All Comments. A bit hard to follow Score: 5 , Interesting. I loved the photos. This seemed like a big production. Any idea of the status of the "buyer" now? Share twitter facebook linkedin. Re:A bit hard to follow Score: 5 , Informative. Parent Share twitter facebook linkedin.

Score: 4 , Informative. It's just people posting in a forum that just happens to generate lots of content from time to time that actually is worth encouraging people to "check this out". Score: 3 , Funny. What the hell would be the point of fabricating an elaborate stunt against a scammer? It's not like anyone was going "Wow, the interweb will love us all!!!!

I don't know No, wait. That's much too simple. It's obviously an elaborate conspiracy by dozens of completely independant people on the SA forums. Score: 3 , Interesting. The hole in your suspicion lies here: To pull a stunt like this, they had to run an eBay account as legitamte for quite a while, then turn it over to another person and intentionally violate eBay TOS.

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Top definition. P-P-P-Powerbook unknown. What started off as a simple ebay auction, became a fabled internet scam of a known scammer. The scammer tried to use a fake escrow service in order to rip a apple powerbook off a legitimate seller on eBay. Knowing what was really going on, the seller hatched a hilarious plot that took advantage of the scammer. The seller ended up enclosing a pieced together "P-P-P-Powerbook" which consisted of a 3-ring binder with old keyboard keys glued to it. On the sides and back; fire wire, monitor!

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A guy selling his Powerbook on eBay realized he was being scammed by a buyer in Europe with a stolen account — the scam being that you send the Powerbook to what you think is a legit escrow service, but is actually in cahoots with the scammer one of our good friends actually fell for this once! You send them whatever you're selling, and they just keep it. So he decided to scam the scammer, sending him the P-P-P-Powerbook, in the form of a tricked out plastic three-ring binder, instead. Even better, the seller marked the value of the package at the full price of a Powerbook, so that the scammer had to pay several hundred dollars in import duties just to get customs to release the package. Anyway, it turns out that the seller has been posting updates about his saga to SomethingAwful.

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