North Vancouver RCMP are warning the public about a new smartphone scam. These incidents involve phony smartphones being sold to unsuspecting buyers.
Victims connect online with someone who purports to be re-selling a name brand smartphone at below-market price. The seller will then put together a story and explain why they are selling the phone for so cheap. The seller then offers to meet the buyer in a public place, and shows up with the phone as promised.
— North Vancouver RCMP (@nvanrcmp) August 26, 2019
“These phones are extremely realistic looking,” explains Corporal Alex Bojic, of North Vancouver’s Economic Crime Unit.
“They often come vacuum sealed in what appears to be authentic packaging, complete with a barcode from a local business and a matching receipt”.
Police are also warning people that they might be getting this deal from the seller because the phones are pre-loaded with malware, and your data might get stolen.
If you have been a victim of this kind of scam, you’re encouraged to contact your local police.