Electronics buyback scam taken offline

It seems like manufacturers are coming out with new smartphones, tablets and other devices at a faster clip year after year. People who upgraded and were looking to get some money back for their old devices may have been tempted by some websites that promised to pay top dollar. As a result of the lawsuit filed by the FTC and the State of Georgia, a federal court just put a stop to one company running several buyback websites because it wasn’t keeping up its end of the bargain. woman working on a tablet while holding a mobile phone

Laptop & Desktop Repair, the company behind websites like cashforiphones.com, cashforlaptops.com, ecyclebest.com, smartphonetraders.com and sell-your-cell.com, gave customers online quotes and promised they’d pay the quoted amount after getting the devices. But when the company received the customer’s device, it changed its tune and offered to pay as little as three percent of the original offer. That’s right, three percent!

If customers weren’t happy with the counter offer, they had a window of three to five days to reject it. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the window included weekends—and the company was closed on weekends! And another thing, the company wouldn’t respond to customers’ emails. If customers called, the company hung up on them or put them on hold for long time. Seriously, I’m not making this up.

So, what should you do with your old device? You could:

  • Trade it in. Ask the manufacturer or retailer if they’ll take your old device and give you credit toward a new one.
  • Recycle it. Ask the manufacturer or retailer if they recycle old devices. You can also see the EPA’s advice on donating and recycling electronics.
  • Donate it. Contact your local charity and ask if they accept used electronics.

Whatever you decide, check out our tips on disposing of old computers and disposing of your mobile device to learn how to delete any personal information from the device before you get rid of it.

Tagged with: laptop, mobile, scam


Great post, thank you for including the domains! Very valuable.

Thank you very helpful ..

yep At&T got me no charge to upgrade Heck I wanted to keep the old phone it worked fine But they said it would not work much longer with the new setup they had When the bill came in $20.00 more forever anyway it cost me $ 630.00 For a FREE UPGRADE

Very nice. But this appears to be just a civil action according to the case link included in the article. Is there no associated criminal case and is no one going to jail?

The FTC has civil enforcement authority. The FTC's actions shut down fraud and get restitution for consumers or disgorgement to the U.S. Treasury. In some cases, the FTC partners with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys and other federal and state criminal law enforcers to stop consumer fraud.

This u.s.army Austin berner scam me for 6000 he started to like me a lot on Facebook then he started asking me for small amount of money I send it to osawe osagioduwa then he was starting to fall in love he started to ask for my account so they can send me checks which I was stupid cashing them and sending the money back to him this went on for3 months he had all these plans for me. He told me on one of his tour they found a suitcase of money and said he would treat me like a queen he wanted 500 to get it sent to me.that didn't work so then he said he got caught with it.he had 20years comming,so he decide to awal he did? And that he neededfood and air flight so I send him so much money then he started sending church which equal to 3500 plus the money I was giving equal to 6000 my bank got six bad checks from him,I have a picture of him he said they locked him up in his house like a prisoner he said he had off shore account he will pay me back.after that I haven't her from him I'm asking what I can do

If you used a wire transfer service to send the money, you can report the person. Call Western Union Fraud Hotline at 800-448-1492 or MoneyGram Customer Care Center at 1‑800‑926‑9400.

If the scammer knows your bank account number, he can take your money. Ask your bank for a new account number. If you told him your Social Security number or birthday, credit card or bank account number, or other personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov. This explains what to do if someone took some of your personal information.

Does Austin still have a facebook account? or any other social media account that you are aware of? Curious where the checks that bounced were drawn from. Maybe they could give you an idea where he is so he can be arrested. Good luck finding him and I am sorry to hear that he took so much from you. I wll pray that he gets caught.

There is no mention of what people are supposed to do if this company has their device. How are people supposed to get their device back?

By-549, that is what happened to me with ATT. I only thing I paid $599 fir my free upgrade and the made me send my old phone in to them by five days. U to pay an D tea $20. Month fir a phone that doesn't work right.


Leave a Comment

Comment Policy

Read Our Privacy Act Statement

It is your choice whether to submit a comment. If you do, you must create a user name, or we will not post your comment. The Federal Trade Commission Act authorizes this information collection for purposes of managing online comments. Comments and user names are part of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) public records system, and user names also are part of the FTC’s computer user records system. We may routinely use these records as described in the FTC’s Privacy Act system notices. For more information on how the FTC handles information that we collect, please read our privacy policy.