Rs 60,000 for two iPhones and a MacBook air? Great deal, but not really

Bengaluru man pays 60 grand for three Apple gadgets gets a brick instead
news Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 19:35

A thirty-year-old man was allegedly conned by two men who enticed the him with offers on latest Apple products and instead gave him a bag with a brick.

According to the victim Venkat Narayana, who is a software professional and resident of HSR layout, the incident happened when he was on the road behind Greenview hospital to deposit his friend's money in the ICICI bank in Jakkasandra area at 10:00 am on Thursday.

"When the two middle aged men stopped by next to me, I thought they were going to ask me for directions. They told me that they were selling Apple gadgets at 40 to 60% discounts," he said. 

Venkat told The News Minute that the two men had the three iPhones of the latest model, MacBook air and an ipad. Except for the iphones, none of the others were packaged in a box. While the man in the front explained the deal, the pillion-rider was shifting the products from two identical bags. 

"Initially I was skeptical about it but they assured me that they were genuine by showing receipts and even opened a sealed box of an iPhone 6s," he said.

Asked whether he had any idea about their identities, he said that they spoke only in Hindi and were decently dressed.

"They gave me an iPhone 6s for Rs.20,000 and iPhone 6 for Rs.10,000 and a MacBook air for Rs.30,000. The market price was for all of them put together was more than Rs.1.5 lakh. They were ready to take me to an ATM to withdraw money," he said.

 Venkat gave the money he had to them and the duo allegedly gave him one of the identical bags. 

"I had already walked about 100 meters when I realised I had a brick and no gadgets in the bag. I turned back to get them, but they were almost out of sight,"he said.

"Having set a trap for myself,  I am even ashamed of reporting this to the police. But my intention not only to get my money but also to make other people aware of what is happening,"Venkat said. 

Venkat lodged a complaint at the Madivala police station in Thursday afternoon.

"I just hope that the CCTV camera footage would help the police nab the two men," he added. 

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