Conman's 'iPhones' are boxes of potatoes
A CONMAN is duping people by selling boxes of potatoes as expensive iPhones.
Police are hunting the man who is targeting people in the city after approaching them in the street.
Three people have fallen victim to the hoax.
After handing over cash for an Apple iPhone, they have opened the box to discover either potatoes or a bottle of water.
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Detective Sergeant Darren Rose, of the Priority Crime Team in Hull, said: “If a deal appears to be too good to be true, the chances are it is.
“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.”
Humberside Police say the man approaches members of the public at random in the street, offering to sell them iPhones.
The first con happened on Sunday, June 17, when a man was approached at Walton Street market and was offered a deal for a laptop or a mobile phone.
After being shown a selection of iPhones, MacBooks and laptops and agreeing a price for a number of items, he was driven to a cash point by the suspect to withdraw the money.
A laptop bag was handed to the man but after the conman had driven off, the victim opened it to discover bottled water inside.
The second crime happened on Saturday, June 23, on the Kingston Retail Park and involved a man being approached by a man offering an iPad for sale.
The victim went to the bank with the man offering the sale and handed over cash in exchange for the boxed product.
The fraudster then left before the box was opened and afterwards the victim found a bottle of water inside.
A third victim was targeted outside Sainsbury’s in Spring Bank on Sunday when a man handed over cash for an iPhone.
Opening the bag after his purchase, he discovered it contained only potatoes.
Detectives believe all three cons may be linked and have appealed to the public for help to identify the man responsible.
In the meantime, people are being urged not to purchase expensive electronic equipment offered to them by strangers in the street.
Anyone with information about the frauds should call Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.