The Floating Delorean Scam
Last Christmas I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one night when I saw one of those ads that you usually just scroll past. This one caught my attention though.
It was an ad for a magnetic floating Delorean from Back to the Future II.
Most of you will know by now that Back to the Future is my favourite film of all time. Well so did Instagram as it happens.
I clicked the link, looked through the ad and was alerted straight away to two things - the low price, and the fact that the ad showed a floating Delorean when the description mentioned something about a "Bluetooth speaker"...🤔
I did a bit a googling and found that these things were selling on other sites for over £150, so again I was a bit wary. Having had a few drinks though (it was Christmas after all) I figured if I payed using PayPal I could get my money back should it not be legit.
Fast forward a month or so and I arrive home from work to a brown Jiffy bag on the door mat. I notice Chinese writing on the sticker and am instantly aware that the small brown padded envelope I’m holding in my hand doesn’t contain the epic Back to the Future merchandise I’ve purchased in good faith.
Please see the photos of the Hotwheels BMW toy car I received.
Obviously I was straight on to PayPal who, after a bit of back and forth with the con artists who tried to give me just a partial refund, refunded me in full.
I know I’m a mug for falling for this scam but I suspected all along it was too good to be true. I just thought if I didn’t try I’d never know. Well now I do.
You’ve got to love the disclaimer: “prototype shown, final product may be slightly different”. No sh#t! 😳
Beware of those ads people. 😵👎
Here’s a video of what I was hoping to receive (this link is nothing to do with the scam). 👇