Don't Complain To WalMart About The Empty Laptop Box You Bought With Stolen Credit Cards

from the scammer-vs.-scammer dept

Well here's one for the dumb criminals series. Apparently, some guys with a bunch of forged credit cards and stolen credit card numbers went to Wal-Mart and bought a laptop. Except, somehow someone at Wal-Mart scammed them... and sold them an empty box. The guys got pissed off and went back to Wal-Mart to complain. Not surprisingly, the Wal-Mart employees thought the guys were trying to scam the Wal-Mart -- not with the fake credit cards -- but with the empty box. So they called the police, and hilarity ensued, as one guy tried to run away and dropped a bunch of the stolen credit cards. But, of course, the real kicker is that the guys weren't lying. Wal-Mart had accidentally sold them an empty box. Still, it makes you wonder what the hell the guys were thinking when they went back to complain about the empty box that had been sold to them using stolen credit cards.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 10:54am

    they may not have smarts, but they sure had nerve

     

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    Bored, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:25am

    OWNED !!!! morons.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:26am

    who robbed who?

     

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    Jake, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:30am

    Doesn't say much for customer relations in that Wal-Mart though; I can think of two or three different ways of resolving a situation like that way before the guy got so pissed off you needed to call the cops.

     

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    Huh, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:43am

    So Wal-Mart robs people. What happened to the employee who robbed them. I am sure he didn't know they were thugs.

     

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    Spork, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:54am

    Maybe...

    I for sure don't want to seem like I am defending Wally World...but it might be possible the crooks grabbed a display model's box...normally these would be held in the back room, but it's possible it accidentally got put out on the sales floor by a stocker. If the box was just scanned in the cart, or not thoroughly inspected, I could see this easily slipping past a sales clerk. Conversly though...it is odd Walmart went right to the "we're being scammed" thought.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:57am

    Re: Maybe...

    Makes you wonder if someone has tried to scam them this way before.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 11:59am

    Re: Maybe...

    Well you know, there are lighter and lighter laptop's coming out everyday. This one was just so light that they didn't know it was missing.

    For all thier evilness at least Best Buy "setting up" the laptop insures there **is** a laptop there.

     

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    bob, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:03pm

    Just thinking

    These guys obviously weren't too bright. A laptop normally weighs around 8lbs. Could they not feel the difference when they picked up an EMPTY box?

     

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    Liz, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:10pm

    Justice

    - love it! Walmart rips off everybody with their cheap imports, you might as well get an empty box, it will probably last longer than the product. But really, why would you go back?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:16pm

    Don't people open a box before they leave the store to make sure the item is actually in the box. Especially at Wal-Mart. They will sell you anything. One time I bought a screen tent and brought it home. Well when I opened it, the poles were mising and it smelt like a camp fire, indicating that it had been used already. They did not check the product before putting it back on the shelf.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:27pm

    Stupid Criminals

    I had a cop once tell me if criminals werent so stupid the police could never catch them.

     

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    Howard_NYC, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:39pm

    if only this had happened five years ago, it could have saved my relationship my girfriend gave me grief for opening up a stereo system after we went through the purchase, before leaving the store... sure all the pieces were there, but if a cable or mounting bracket or other widget had been missing it would have been necessary to return to the store... and like as not we would ahve had to buy it... she called me paranoid, I suggested she take care of the installation without me... not the worst moment of our time together and I soon recognized that to be the case...

     

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    use_a_computer_much, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:48pm

    Gee this box seems light maybe i should check the contents DUH

    Gee this box seems light maybe i should check the contents DUH

     

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    ehrichweiss, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:53pm

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    Bah!! My late uncle had far more nerve than these guys. He used to go to a store like Walmart, pickup a VCR and walk past the checkout lines to the customer service counter. While doing so he would open the box and move everything around a bit then he'd look the customer service rep right in the eyes and tell them that he wanted a refund on it.

    He never got caught despite the audacity to do something so bold AND he got the refunds every time.

     

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    Barney Fife, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 12:57pm

    Hey wiat, that's mine

    I have a patent on using this method to apprehend criminals. I'm going to frickin' sue Wal-Mart!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 1:20pm

    Re: Just thinking

    Eight pounds?!? Dude, what are you smoking? The only laptops that weigh that much are probably the big desktop replacement models. 'Typical' laptops (which is just about every one of the 200+ employee laptops in my company) are more in the 5-6 pound range, with ultraportables running around 2-4 and subnotebooks typically right around the 2 pound mark. And of course there are a few monsters that weigh more like 10-12 pounds. Those are practically desktop powerhouses stuffed into a supposed portable case, sort of like a wolf in sheeps' clothing. Maybe college kiddies are more into the heavy ones or something, I dunno...

    Regardless, this definitely one for the Wall of Fail, not just because they were stupid enough to go back with the stolen credit cards, but because they were too stupid to realize that the box was empty based on weight alone, as you said.

     

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    vinod, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Just thinking

    not really. Most laptops now around 5 pounds. Packaging can be around 3 lbs, it would be very easy to not know it was there until you opened up the box.

    Maybe people should just stop buying laptops at Walmart. Who does this anyway? There are better deals then the pieces of crap that they sell.

     

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    CastorTroy-Libertarian, Lover, General Annoyance f, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 1:58pm

    EPIC FAILURE on both sides.

    Of course this time i was actually kinda hoping the Criminals would win (of course you get the choice of who's the criminal, WallyWorld or the scammers)...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 2:10pm

    Re: Re:

    Ehrickweiss.
    And you sound like him respect. I bet that is why you download music. Oh but downloading music doesn't take balls.

     

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    Cole, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 3:09pm

    Ha!

    Too funny. I must admit that it is reasonable that any ocmpany could accidentally sell an empty box but I think the commenter who suggested it might have been display was probably right.

    Unfortunately, people DO try to scam Wal-mart like that on a daily basis. In fact, if there were a scam it would be much better than some attempts.

     

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    TWAT, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 3:33pm

    OMG PWNED!!! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 4:15pm

    Re:

    OMG CRUISE CONTROL TO COOL!!!!11!!11oneoneone!1!!

    That's better... I had almost forgot what it was like to have the brain of a 10 year old.

     

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    Amy, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 7:43pm

    Moral of the Story

    As you sow so shall you reap :p

     

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    JReilly, Oct 16th, 2008 @ 10:17pm

    I doubt they went straight to "these guys are trying to scam us". The guys probably got irate and customer service thought calling the cops would be easier. Plus, it's not like they can be like, "My bad. Let me go get you another 900$+ laptop." They have to be completely sure that it was their mistake.

     

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    NPGMBR, Oct 17th, 2008 @ 7:04am

    This is Not That Uncommon

    It happened to my best friend a few years ago when he bought a wireless phone from Best Buy. When he got home he opened the box and there was no phone in it. When he took it back Best Buy refused to refund him his money. Needless to say he never walks away from a store without checking the contents of his purchase anymore.

     

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    Chris, Oct 17th, 2008 @ 1:00pm

    walmart

    It's not 'Wal-Mart' anymore.. no no no, they're 'upscale' now.. new logo, new name.


    ...


    WALMART...


    ooooh... drop the hyphen, raise the prices..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2008 @ 3:26pm

    friggin' priceless..!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 13th, 2009 @ 10:58am

    World's most dumbist crimnal

     

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    Stephanie, Jul 10th, 2009 @ 5:19am

    Bought laptop with stolen card(s) - plural? That is Wal-Mart's fault to start out

    I don't understand why a cashier wouldn't at some point check for ID first off. But secondly, wouldn't someone trying to give you multiple cards in various names be a CLUE. Do cashiers really operate with no brain?

     

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