The ‘scary’ city dad warned others not to fall prey to ‘clever crooks’ by tricking him from his cell phone.
The father, who requested anonymity, said he tried to sell the iPhone 14 on Facebook’s marketplace but had yet to receive a penny even though he gave up the phone.
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The alleged scammer is said to have driven to the victim’s home in St. John’s, Worcester around 10am on Tuesday to retrieve the Apple device.
When the father handed over the phone, the man said he would transfer £700 to his account, but the victim demanded the phone be returned until the transaction was completed.
The victim told Worcester News, “I told him the payment hadn’t gone through.
“I said, ‘I don’t have anything in my account,’ and he said, ‘Maybe there’s something wrong.
“He already had a phone. I had my little boy with me and I couldn’t do anything. When he picked up the phone, he was with him in the car.” I gave it to someone.
“He said to me, ‘You have to call your bank right now and ask why the money hasn’t been credited to your account.’ Then he called someone he knew and asked if he I think you pretended to be a bank and said it would take 2 hours.
The alleged impostor told his victim, “I have to go somewhere else,” and claimed he had to leave immediately.
“I just want to be careful. I don’t want it to happen to other people. I don’t care about phone calls,” said the alleged victim.
“People work hard, save money and do their best to keep their families happy. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. It was scary.”
The victim was also shown the man’s driver’s license and car license plate. He believes he was trying to convince the man that he was real, but now believes they are both fake.
He texted the man and said, “If you don’t return my phone while you took it, I will call the police station.”
“Cancel the deal,” the man replied, adding, “Do what you have to do.”
The incident has been reported to the West Mercian Police. If you have information about the incident, please call his police number 101, citing case number 00271_I_24012023.