Date
24 October 2017
A website (inset) advertises an iPhone 7 and offers a trading platform. Overeager Apple fans are being victimized by scammers. Photos: Reuters, http://www.iphoneprice.hk
A website (inset) advertises an iPhone 7 and offers a trading platform. Overeager Apple fans are being victimized by scammers. Photos: Reuters, http://www.iphoneprice.hk

Can’t wait for the iPhone 7? Don’t do this

Bad things come to those who can’t wait.

Like being hit on by scammers who target people who can’t wait to get their hands on the new iPhone 7 handsets.

There were three victims on Wednesday alone, losing a combined HK$30,000 (US$3,868). 

Police are looking for scam artists who took advantage of their urgent need for Apple Inc.’s newest offering, according to Apple Daily.

Police said several people have reported falling victim to the online sales scam.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with a new, more powerful chip, high-resolution cameras and sleeker design and are water and dust-resistant.

But the handsets the victims get are dummies of the real thing.

The devices were launched in Hong Kong on Sept. 16 but supply has lagged demand.

Police said the scammers use the same trick.

First, they set up traps on Facebook using a feature designated for online trade, claiming they can sell the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus lower than they’re being sold by speculators.

They then ask the buyers to meet in a crowded place where they hand the victims the fakes and flee before they find out.

Lydia , a college student, told police she ordered a 128-gigabyte iPhone 7 Plus online for HK$8,500 from a man who called himself Benny Lo.

She agreed to pay cash on delivery and both arranged to meet at the Sha Tin station on Wednesday afternoon.

She said the man, in his 30s with hair dyed blond, gave her a box that looked genuine and left with the money.

She hurried back to school without checking what was inside.

Several hours later, she opened the box and found she had been swindled.

Another victim, a 22-year-old man who is also a college student, paid HK$16,000 to a middle-aged man for two units of 128-gigabyte iPhone 7 at the Mong Kok MTR station Wednesday afternoon only to realize they were both dummies, according to Headline Daily.

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