Woman spends $100 for what she thought was the iPhone 6; instead, she bought 11 potatoes
Over the years, we've passed along stories about consumers who thought they were buying an Apple device only to be victimized by a scam. Whether it was the 22-year old South Carolina woman who paid $180 for an Apple iPad and ended up with a block of wood, or the lady who handed over $200 to a con man who promised her an iPad but sold her a broken mirror, it is always good to remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't; true, that is.
It feels like it has been some time since we had one of these sad sack stories to tell you about, but as it turns out, Black Friday 2017 saw the return of the ol' bait and switch. A woman in Milwaukee spied a truck with balloons and Black Friday posters driving through her neighborhood. The truck was filled with gadgets, clothes and other items, so the woman made a deal to purchase an Apple iPhone 6 from the guy driving the truck for $100. Sure, why not? After all, the truck did have balloons attached to it. Why, that makes it as trustworthy as a Best Buy store!
So the woman pays the man, but not before she checked the phone number to see if the device worked, which it did. The seller put the phone in a box, and the money and the box exchange hands. The woman gets home and sits down at the kitchen table to open the box. And when she opens it and removes the lid, instead of an iPhone 6, she finds 11 chopped up pieces of potato in the box. Now, to be fair, the seller did include a charger in the package, but it was for an Android phone!
We would hate to see any of our loyal readers get ripped off. No matter how good a deal sounds, limit your purchasers to authorized re-sellers. And if you can't tell the difference between a legitimate opportunity and a scam, your best bet is to move on unless you can be absolutely 100% sure that you are being presented with a real, authorized deal.
source: LiveLeak.com, Independent.co.uk