EDMONTON – Edmonton Police are looking for three people after several reports of fake iPhone scams.
On March 24, police responded to a disruption at a business in the Currents Drive and Windermere Boulevard area at approximately 5:50 p.m.
Police said a man arranged to meet someone who was selling an iPhone on a buy and sell website.
The man had previously bought an iPhone from a similar seller and had since discovered it to be fake, according to EPS.
After the salesperson arrived, EPS said the man confronted her about the previous fake iPhone when two other men entered the store.
The woman and two men fled the scene in a black Acura sedan from the early to mid-2000s, police said. One of them added would have a gun.
EPS said it has received at least two other reports of similar false phone announcements.
“In each case, the buyer purchased what appears to be a new iPhone 12 pro max in an unopened plastic sealed box,” EPS said in a press release. “The seller (s) also allegedly produced a receipt with the Apple logo and a serial number.”
EPS said some of the sealed boxes were said to have been weighed and did not contain a phone at all. The boxes containing a phone contained fake ones without Apple software.
The woman is described by police as Caucasian, 20 to 25 years old with black hair. She was seen wearing a light gray sweater, black sweatpants with a Nike logo, black shoes, a baseball cap and a black mask.
One of the men is described as being from the Middle East, 20 to 25 years old with short, dark hair. He was seen wearing a black coat, dark gray sweatpants and black shoes.
The other man is described as black, aged 20 to 30 and wearing a red hoodie with a Nike symbol, gray sweatpants, a black winter coat with a hood, black shoes and a mask. surgical blue.
EPS asks anyone with information about them to contact them at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or online.
“As consumers continue to search online shopping and selling websites for deals, investigators are reminding buyers to follow their gut: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” said EPS. “If a fake product is sold to you, report it to the police and do not try to confront the seller on your own.”
EPS also offers a list of tips for anyone buying items from online shopping and selling websites:
Go to a well-lit public space to complete the transaction
Bring a friend! If possible, try not to meet the seller alone. If you can’t, tell others where you will be and when you are supposed to return
Don’t tell a seller how you plan to pay and only exchange funds at the time of the transaction. Do not prepay until you have received the product and verified its authenticity
Obtain a bill of sale and verify the identity of the seller with photo identification. Let the seller know you want to before you meet, as this will deter those who sell illegitimate goods from meeting with you. When you meet the seller, take a photo of their ID for your reference
Take screenshots of advertisements, advertisement ID number, seller contact details and all communications
Check your product before paying
Ask to open the box to determine that the product is inside
Turn on the device to verify that it works as expected
Check the device’s IMEI number on Device verification Canada to determine if it was reported lost or stolen in Canada
Check your serial number with the retailer to determine that it is a legitimate product. Apple will verify a serial number for you. Ask to meet the seller in store to verify the number