MAGIC BEANS SELLERS are expected to descend on a town in Australia where a woman who went searching for iPhones to buy ended up paying over the top for actual apples.
We've seen this sort of thing before. An innocent is lured to meet a seller with the promise of low-priced high quality gear only to find that they have bought a lemon, or worse.
It used to be cats in sacks, then it was bricks in hifi packaging, now apparently it is whatever crap you can fit into a cardboard box.
This case is slightly different and seems to have involved a criminal hovering over the Wanted ads to find a victim. According to a police report from South Brisbane, Australia, a "trusting resident" in the area used a Wanted ad on an "online sales/purchase site" to try to buy a couple of iPhones.
"Not long after she put word out, she gets a bite. A lady calls her and says I have two of the phone types you need. They organise a meeting place and after considerable effort and ongoing contact, they manage to catch up at a local fast food outlet," said the statement from the police.
"It turns out that the meeting occured quite late in the evening (actually close to midnight), and the buyer must have been a bit tired. She was handed two iPhone boxes that looked new. She did not check inside. She handed over the cash and transaction complete, the ladies went their separate ways."
It sounds dodgy to us, midnight in a fast food restaurant, and it was dodgy. The poor victim who remains unnamed checked the packages later and found pips and cores, as opposed to chips with cores.
"When our buyer returned home she opened the new iPhone boxes... they had apples in them ... real apples... not the iPhone variety. Looks like a classic con," the police concluded.
"Please be very wary of any transactions you make, in person or online. Not everybody is honest." µ