What kind of person hands over $750 for two new iPhone 6s handsets from a person they’ve just met on the street?
Apparently the kind of person who’s then surprised that the bag supposedly carrying his new iPhones instead contains a large amount of sugar, that’s who!
The unnamed “victim” in this particular scam was a U.K. citizen from Manchester. He was walking through the city center yesterday afternoon when he was approached by a man offering him what he claimed were new iPhones. The would-be customer immediately agreed to withdraw £500 ($750) from a nearby cashpoint — after which the scammer disappeared, leaving the victim to discover he had been duped.
“We’d like to remind people that if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is,” says local police inspector Phil Spurgeon. “You’re either buying a fake or stolen article, or something completely different.”
This isn’t the first time gullible members of the public have been tricked out of money for what they believe to be new Apple devices.
Last year, another Manchester resident paid £250 ($380) for what he thought to be a new iPad, but instead turned out to be a box of potatoes. More recently, a Detroit business bought several “iPhones” from a group of three Detroit-area teenagers only to discover that they were iPhone boxes filled with Play-Doh bricks instead of smartphones.
Please stop this, everybody. It’s giving Apple fans a bad name.
Source: Manchester Evening News