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(Metro)   Man falls victim to updated P-P-P-Powerbook scam; gets thrown in jail when he com-p-p-p-plains   (metro.co.uk) divider line 33
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2013-11-15 12:29:23 PM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-11-15 12:43:04 PM
YOU want to comp-p-p-plain? L-l-l-look at these sh-shoes! Only had them th-th-three weeks and they're w-w-worn right through.

/Uh-oh! S-S-S-S-SteveJobs is c-c-c-coming to arrest me!
 
2013-11-15 12:43:07 PM
That's not the P-P-P scam, subby.

That the "Return the item box filled with ballast for refund" scam.

There's a reason why the stores ask for ID on returns.
 
2013-11-15 12:43:12 PM
Excuse me, but P-P-P-Powerbook was a prank on a scammer that deserved it, and a thing of beauty.
 
2013-11-15 12:44:00 PM
i39.tinypic.com
Colin Marsh pictured with his wife Sam and daughter Maddie, whom he bought the gadget for

So, apparently this guy (who appears to be Cory Doctorow from 20 years in the future, traveled back to our time) has a history with things that aren't what they appear. (It's a man boy, baby!)
 
2013-11-15 12:45:53 PM

blatz514: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Damn you!
 
2013-11-15 12:46:05 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i39.tinypic.com image 650x492]


Dude. Innocent kid. WTF.
 
2013-11-15 12:47:58 PM

CitizenjaQ: Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i39.tinypic.com image 650x492]

Dude. Innocent kid. WTF.


Yeah, that was really uncalled for and also inaccurate.  She looks dressed for her soccer game or something, but she's clearly a young girl who has no part in someone else's douchery.
 
2013-11-15 12:51:56 PM
So this is what Michael Stipe is up to these days.
 
2013-11-15 12:52:01 PM
Quick synopsis of P-P-P-Powerbook
For those that are new to the web
 
2013-11-15 12:56:01 PM
Bad form on the headline, subby. This isn't anything like the original P-p-p-Powerbook scam, in which someone was promising to pay for the device after it was shipped to him. In this case, the gentleman paid up front, and was cheated by someone else's bad-faith return.
 
2013-11-15 12:56:15 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i39.tinypic.com image 650x492]
Colin Marsh pictured with his wife Sam and daughter Maddie, whom he bought the gadget for

So, apparently this guy (who appears to be Cory Doctorow from 20 years in the future, traveled back to our time) has a history with things that aren't what they appear. (It's a man boy, baby!)


That's obviously a girl. You fail at life.
 
2013-11-15 12:57:50 PM

netringer: That's not the P-P-P scam, subby.

That the "Return the item box filled with ballast for refund" scam.

There's a reason why the stores ask for ID on returns.


Which is similar to the old "I didn't bother to read TFA but I'm gonna blame the victim anyway" scam.
 
2013-11-15 12:58:49 PM
Revenge!
www.screeninsults.com
 
2013-11-15 01:03:38 PM
I think that the lesson to be learned here is to open the box before leaving the store.  Unless there is some rock-solid evidence that it has never been opened before.  (Compare it to other unopened items on the shelf.)

I feel bad for what happened to this guy.  But at least all he really got was hassles, and his money was returned to him.
 
2013-11-15 01:05:15 PM
U.K. papers sure do love taking photographs of families looking all grim for news stories, don't they?
 
2013-11-15 01:08:51 PM

KhamanV: CitizenjaQ: Prank Call of Cthulhu: [i39.tinypic.com image 650x492]

Dude. Innocent kid. WTF.

Yeah, that was really uncalled for and also inaccurate.  She looks dressed for her soccerfootie game or something, but she's clearly a young girl who has no part in someone else's douchery.


FTFY
 
2013-11-15 01:10:35 PM
I am disappoint.  Thought for sure the guy's name would be Mr. Manfredjinsinjin.
 
2013-11-15 01:16:32 PM

Bith Set Me Up: blatz514: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Damn you!


25.media.tumblr.com

Scuba Steve?
 
2013-11-15 01:27:17 PM
More than 90% of this kind of theft is from employees or other people in the supply chain. The store knows this, and should be ashamed for their attitude, but this is typical of service in the UK in my experience (aka "The Customer is always wrong and should go away and stop bothering us with any and all requests for service"). Poor bastards.
 
2013-11-15 01:44:50 PM
Anytime I buy something like that., I open it in front of an employee before I remove it from the store. It's the only way to avoid crap like this.

When ordering online, I only do it from reputable businesses. I'll get old stuff from ebay for projects, but only if I'm willing to completely lose the money I'm spending.

/The more you know
//and knowing is half the battle
 
2013-11-15 01:47:43 PM

MBooda: Revenge!


Why dddddid this take so lllllong?
 
2013-11-15 01:49:04 PM

CivicMindedFive: I am disappoint.  Thought for sure the guy's name would be Mr. Manfredjinsinjin.


Now things are right. I was becoming afraid the London underground was a terrorist group.
 
2013-11-15 01:52:15 PM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

img.fark.net

The girl in question?
 
2013-11-15 02:05:43 PM

topcon: U.K. papers sure do love taking photographs of families looking all grim for news stories, don't they?

img.fark.net


Abigail Breslin, Emma Thompson, and Moby frown upon your shenanigans.

/actually, Emma's smirking a little bit
 
Ral
2013-11-15 02:40:02 PM
Something similar to this happened to me once, although on an item that only cost $40.  When I went back to complain, I was treated with great suspicion and I had to make a scene before they would agree to give me my $40 back.  I didn't want a store credit because I didn't trust them and I was farking pissed.

Lesson learned.  I don't buy things like that at stores anymore.
 
2013-11-15 02:46:45 PM

CitizenjaQ: Excuse me, but P-P-P-Powerbook was a prank on a scammer that deserved it, and a thing of beauty.


Yes indeed; one of the great moments in the history of teh intarwebs..
 
2013-11-15 04:09:56 PM

Ral: Something similar to this happened to me once, although on an item that only cost $40.  When I went back to complain, I was treated with great suspicion and I had to make a scene before they would agree to give me my $40 back.  I didn't want a store credit because I didn't trust them and I was farking pissed.

Lesson learned.  I don't buy things like that at stores anymore.


I had a similar experience where someone had wrapped up the wrong item in a resealed box.  When I called to complain they claimed that that could never happen.  When I went to the store to confront the salesman he had amazingly disappeared despite my having said I would be there in 20 minutes.  Talk to the manager and it turns out that there had been a number of complaints all around this salesman.  It turns out he was taking new parts out of boxes to use or sell and then resealing them with junk inside (RMA'd parts that were supposed to be junked), and then replacing the junk he sold when it was returned and using the crap he had gotten in again to pull the same scam.

Basically it was me being pissed as all hell that my wife had been sold junk for management to notice the incredible number of returns that this guy had and realize that he was pulling a scam.  He probably sold the same defective parts dozens of times to steal good parts from the supply chain.
 
2013-11-15 04:22:13 PM
Wonder if the cops ever bothered to go and drag in the guy who actually registered the iPad, or if they just wait for people to show up at the station and arrest them only then.
 
2013-11-15 05:29:26 PM

netringer: That's not the P-P-P scam, subby.

That the "Return the item box filled with ballast for refund" scam.

There's a reason why the stores ask for ID on returns.


Wouldn't it make more sense to check the merchandise? Or better yet, both?

They do here.
 
2013-11-15 11:05:40 PM

shroom: netringer: That's not the P-P-P scam, subby.

That the "Return the item box filled with ballast for refund" scam.

There's a reason why the stores ask for ID on returns.

Which is similar to the old "I didn't bother to read TFA but I'm gonna blame the victim anyway" scam.


I did read the TFA.  I didn't blame the victim.  I knew I should have made that more clear.
The scammer was the guy who bought and returned the empty box that was was restocked before they bought it.  That happens.

So yours is the old "fail to see the required double-clutch thinking" scam.
 
2013-11-16 04:52:25 PM

lucksi: netringer: That's not the P-P-P scam, subby.

That the "Return the item box filled with ballast for refund" scam.

There's a reason why the stores ask for ID on returns.

Wouldn't it make more sense to check the merchandise? Or better yet, both?

They do here.


Let me break down how this works.  (Since it happened to me- in my case a retail box laptop hard drive from Best Buy I found with 4 AA batteries taped together with packagine tape instead of a hard drive.   In a shrink-wrapped, apparently new, unopened box.)

So, the deal goes, either- (more likely) an employee of the store or someone in the supply chain or (less likely) a fraudster customer- opens the box, takes the merch out and replaces it with worthless ballast.  THEN THEY RE-SHRINK WRAP IT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT HASN'T BEEN OPENED.  Thus no hackles are raised if it's a return and it looks like any other brand-new in-box item- what's to check?
 
2013-11-16 04:55:07 PM
*packagin_g_ tape
 
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