Paul Barrington, 38, has fallen victim to one of the most frustrating scams of all time, only after paying hundreds of dollars and winning an eBay auction for what he thought would be an Apple Macbook.
His winning bid was 300 pounds (approx. $585 Australian dollars) for the ‘top-of-the-range machine’ which usually can cost up to $3000 when bought new.
But the deal proved to be too good to be true when a light-as-a-feather package arrived in a very small box.
It contained only a black-and-white photocopy of a photo of what Paul thought he ordered.
Paul sold his only surfboard to pay for the new laptop and was hoping to launch a new career as a wedding DJ with his purchase.
He said: ‘I sold my pride and joy for a piece of paper.
‘It’s the first time I haven’t had a surfboard since I was 10 years old but I needed a laptop so I checked the listing and the seller’s rating.
‘He’d been a member for a few years, so there was nothing to be suspicious about.
‘I was excited about winning the auction and just thought, ‘I’ve got a laptop so I can start the business’.
‘The package was as light as a feather. Why bother sending a picture in a box? It doesn’t make any sense. I almost had to laugh.’
Paul has reported the incident to eBay and has been told he needs to wait several days before he can find out if he is entitled to a refund.