Three people have fallen victim to the hoax, after handing over cash to the conman for an Apple iPhone, only to discover no iPhone but instead potatoes or either bottled water.
Police in the UK say the man approaches members of the public at random in the street, and offers to sell them iPhones or iPads. After agreeing on a price, the conman drives to a cash point with the suspect to withdraw the money and leaves before the box can be opened.
“Our advice is simple – if you want to purchase high-value property, such as laptops and high-specification mobile telephones, go to a legitimate dealer and do not enter into deals with strangers on the street,” the website This is Hull and East Riding reported police as saying. “If a deal appears to be too good to be true, the chances are it is.”
No suspects have been arrested and detectives believe all three cons may be linked.