Date
27 May 2017
Fake purchase receipts (inset) came with iPhone 6s dummies which were sold to unsuspecting buyers. Photo: Ming Pao, tvb.com
Fake purchase receipts (inset) came with iPhone 6s dummies which were sold to unsuspecting buyers. Photo: Ming Pao, tvb.com

Eight arrested for selling iPhone 6s dummies

Seven men and a woman have been arrested for selling iPhone 6s dummies, passing them off as genuine.

They tricked buyers into paying for the smartphones after showing them fake purchase receipts, Ming Pao Daily reports.

The group was responsible for eight separate incidents involving a combined HK$70,000 (US$9,000).

The dummies were bought in mainland China and came with purchase receipts from a non-existent Hong Kong vendor.

These came in sealed boxes and buyers were told to check the product after paying for it. The suspects disappeared once they received the money.

Two people have reported being victimized by the gang to the police in recent months.

They said they bought iPhone 6s smartphones HK$200 cheaper than the retail price.

In the latest incident, the suspects used social media to advertise the iPhones and recruited teenagers to help push the products to unsuspecting buyers.

The teens are paid several hundred dollars.

Eric Wong, senior inspector of the Tuen Mun district crime unit, warned consumers should check whether they are dealing with reputable vendors and examine the products before paying for them.

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