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05/10/2011 03:00 pm ET Updated Jul 10, 2011

Quy Duc Nguyen Tied Up, Robbed In Craigslist Wine Scam

A man looking for high-end wine at a discount price was beaten, tied up and robbed, police said.

The New York Post reports that Quy Duc Nguyen traveled to Queens, all the way from Rosemead, Calif., to pick up bottles of Château Lafite red wine for $3,200 each (a bottle from 1959 is, after all, worth $2,850 on eBay, and a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux was once heralded the most expensive bottle of wine in the world.). However when he arrived at the arranged meeting place, Nguyen was not met with a cellarfull of wine wonders, but was instead beat up and robbed of $40,100 in cash.

This is not the first time a Craigslist deal has gone so bad.

The story comes less than a week after it was reported that two prostitutes advertising on Craigslist and Backpage were viciously assaulted in Manhattan hotels.

Who could forget the mom who found her son for sale on the free classifieds site. A similar episode played out in Colorado last year.

There's also the classic Craigslist car scam that ensnared one of MTV's Teen Moms.

The site itself includes a section on how to avoid Craigslist ripoffs. The first sentence of their list of no-no's is this: "DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON" -- a rule Mr. Nguyen did not exactly heed.