Preston city centre scam warning after shopped conned

Posted on - 23rd November, 2015 - 2:27pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News

Police have issued a warning to Prestonians about scammers selling bottled water masquerading as top electronics and mobile phones.


City centre shoppers have been warned after a man was conned into buying what he thought was a high value electrical item.

The incident on Monday morning saw a shopper buying what they thought was an up to date mobile phone and other electronics at a low price.

The man handed over £620 for the electronics. When returning home he discovered in the boxes was two bottles full of tap water in a bag.

A spokesman for Preston Police said: “Shoppers please be aware, if you are approached in the street by strangers offering up to date mobile phones or computer equipment at unbelievable prices, it’s unlikely to be genuine.

“If it sounds too good to be true it probably is, that is, unless you want a very expensive bottle of tap water in a bag. We suggest you buy your electronics from reputable dealers.”

The scammer is described as having a Scottish accent and driving a grey car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number 0519 of November 23.

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