A spate of crimes involving the on-street purchase of iPhones has been revealed by Greater Manchester Police.
The latest victim called 999 after agreeing to buy an iPhone 7+ for £300 from a man who came up to him on the street in the city centre.
The man paid the money, but ended up with a bag with a bottle of water in it.
In a further strange twist to the tale, the scam artist apparently rang the victim 15 minutes later. He offered to return and have a fight, with whoever winning the fight getting to keep the actual phone. The victim declined the offer, contacting the police instead.
This is a frequent scam, with the phone shown to the victim being switched for a worthless item.
The moral of this story, is that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is - even if you receive a phone, chances are it will be fake or stolen.
Greater Manchester Police are encouraging people to use their new ‘Internet Purchase Exchange Location’ scheme, a place where people who are trading goods online can meet potential buyers or sellers in a safe environment.