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Woman Tricked Into Buying Wooden Computer

One woman's deal of a lifetime turned out to be too good to be true.

The old saying goes, "If something sounds too good to be true ..."

One woman was reminded of that the hard way on July 16, when a man approached her in a parking lot near 176th Street and Halsted Street and offered to sell her a MacBook computer for $400, police say. Skeptical, the woman said no, but kept the man’s number in case she changed her mind, which she did later that day, according to the police report.

She returned to meet the man, whom she described as black and in his 20s, with dreadlocks and numerous marks on his face, around 4:15 p.m. Though he demanded the cash up front, the two negotiated—$200 for a look at the computer first, police said. She gave him $200 and he handed her a FedEx box before getting in the passenger’s seat of a late 1990s model, gray four-door Oldsmobile while hastily saying, “I’ll meet you across the street,” the woman said. With that, the man was gone.

The woman quickly opened the shipping carton and thought at first she’d gotten the real deal; only to find what looked like a Mac in bubble wrap was a similarly shaped and weighted block of wood.

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Hari July 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Lock her up too. Nobody sells a legit computer that way, so she was looking to save money by buying a computer that had been stolen. She may be gullible, but she's not innocent.
Mr. Jack July 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Stupid is as stupid does!
margaret July 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM
How does one give someone $200 for something they haven't even looked over yet? REALLLY?? dumbdumbdumb
Blind Dog Fulton July 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Who cares, she is stupid and willing to buy a stolen computer, she can move anytime. Look at the other blotter for some real disturbing news...
Tobias Cichon July 25, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Yep, she was dumb enough to get suckered, but we cannot judge her to have been looking for a hot (stolen) deal. We can only suspect. Sounds like an expensive but long-lasting lesson.
Genvieve LaChappele July 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Shopping on Halsted is so much easier after the first frost!
SouthSide July 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I agree, Hari.

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