Beware of scams: Apple iPhone 5S spotted on eBay
Apple iPhone 5S has become the protagonist on eBay, listed at inflated prices. Beware of scams and false ads.
By Charles Miller on September 21, 2013
The launch of the new iPhone 5S has been a success; stocks are sold out quickly and many Apple fans who spent the night standing in order to get the new iPhone on day one had to return home empty-handed.
On the other hand, like every year, shortly after the launch of the new iPhone, many eBay ads of new iPhone 5S for sale at inflated prices have appeared to attract both the disappointed ones who failed to get the new iPhone on day one, and all those who will have to wait months before Apple makes available the new iPhone in their countries.
On eBay, search using the keyword “iPhone 5S” results a long list of private offerings that sell the new smartphone up to more than $1000 for the 16GB model. The suggestion is to pay close attention to these ads because they could be scams. The desire to own the new iPhone 5S can be high, but this must not make us forget that scammers find fertile ground in such moments of chaos to fool users.
Consequently, it is advisable to evaluate the offer properly and read the seller feedback very carefully considering the details of shipping time and the method of payment. It is also suggested asking the seller for a photo of the iPhone.
Ads appearing on eBay also offers unspecified group purchases that would be made with not very clear procedures and deadlines. Therefore, it is advisable to pay attention to all these and other types of ads of dubious nature.
Besides, the situation is very different for the iPhone 5C, which seems to have attracted less attention than the iPhone 5S. On eBay, all offers are not false significantly, but that doesn’t mean they do not exist. So in all cases, it is advisable – always exercise extreme cautions.