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Charity auction for Tim Cook meeting hit with fake bid

updated 12:00 am EDT, Wed May 1, 2013

Stolen credit card used to hike price even higher, retracted

A "coffee" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, an offer being bid on for charity fundraising, has been hit with credit card fraud. A previous high bid of $605,000 was retracted after it was discovered to have been placed using a credit card that turned out to be stolen. The site, Charitybuzz, said the issue came to their attention immediately was swiftly retracted, dropping the high bid back to $600,000. The Cook meeting is by far the highest-bid item in the auction.

The money for the meeting with Cook, which is said to take place at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, will benefit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Though it closes in just over two weeks, bidding on the meeting with Cook has climbed fast and furiously -- flying past an initial estimate of a value of $50,000 in a day and rising rapidly late last week to top $580,000.

By comparison, the second-highest item has only attracted a high bid of $7,500 (a tour of SpaceX Center with founder Elon Musk). Other auction packages are still available, according to ABC News, including a training camp with NFL star Peyton Manning, and an opportunity to be in a movie scene with Thor star Chris Hemsworth in a film directed by Michael Mann.

by MacNN Staff



  1. daqman

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    Joined: 09-15-00

    I think I'm more impressed by the fact that people have credit cards with $600k+ credit limits and use them online!

  1. Oneota

    Professional Poster

    Joined: 05-17-00

    daqman: Presumably the credit card is just used to verify the identity of the person placing the bid - I'm sure actual payment will be done via wire transfer or some other means.

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