Craigslist earned a bad reputation for late-night transactions after a suspect dubbed the "Craigslist Killer" allegedly struck an escort in the Boston area in 2009. The site took down its "erotic services" ads.
Authorities say a transaction claimed another victim over the weekend. This one lived and was only out $500, the price of an iPhone he intended to buy.
The victim contacted a purported seller via Craigslist and ...
... met up in Temple City Saturday, a sheriff's official said.
The buyer, however, didn't get a nice iPhone. Rather he was treated to an eyeful of handgun behind a Carl's Jr.
The suspect took the money and ran.
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Craigslist has become the de facto marketplace for used iPhones, often sold by folks who upgrade.
The upside of getting a used iPhone is that they can often be used with providers other than AT&T, sometimes at cheaper rates.
Unfortunately, this guy didn't save any money.