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Rip-Off Alert: Street-bought iPhones don't ring true for victims

The con man on the street was offering an iPhone 7 Plus, which retailed for about $700, for $250. The victim bought three of them. (KSNV)

A man thought he was getting the perfect holiday gifts for his family, But, in reality, it was a rip-off.

The con man on the street was offering an iPhone 7 Plus, which retailed for about $700, for $250. The victim bought three of them.

He came home and he told me he got me an iPhone and I was happy,” said Jasmine Sanchez, the victim’s granddaughter. “I was screaming and crying."

Their joy was short lived.

"I turned it on, and it was fake," she said.

Jonathon Bachant of Supreme iPhone Repair says he sees at least one fake iPhone a month.

"The seller's not gonna answer you and give you your money back,” he said. “They knew what they were doing. Very, very rarely does somebody not know that it's fake when they're selling it. It's sad."

With the holidays under way, it’s only a matter of time before others get scammed. Bachant offers some red flags to search for:

  • The writing should be on the box and not a label.
  • It should be in grayscale and not black.
  • Typos are also a giveaway.
  • Look beyond the surface.
  • Check the flash feature on the camera.
  • When the phone is on, check out the operating system runs. If it’s slow, that’s a sign.

If someone offers to sell you a used cell phone, you should also be cautious. Ask to meet the seller at a retail establishment or at a shop that specializes in iPhones to be sure it's not locked or stolen.

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