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The News Minute | November 10, 2014 | 02:24 om IST On Friday, Mark David Verghese was made an offer which seemed too good to turn down. Two unknown men on a scooter approached Mark, Group Account Director of a Bengaluru based organisation, in HRBR layout when he was driving his car. When he pulled over, the men said they were in possession of an Apple Retina Mac Pro Laptop, an Apple iPad and an Apple iPhone 6, and that they wanted to sell them. The men claimed they were in an urgent need of cash and so they'd sell the products to Mark for a meagre Rs 50,000. Finding the entire 'deal' suspicious, Mark asked the men to show him the products. "The products were brand new, there was not a scratch on them. They were in an immaculate condition", said Mark speaking to The News Minute.  Not convinced enough, Mark asked them whether the products were 'stolen' ones. The men denied. "They even had the original invoice of the products. The product codes and / IMEI numbers matched the products", he asserted. The 'interaction with the products' is what persuaded Mark to think about the offer. "I thought, man this is a steal! There was no reason to to decline the offer. They had convinced me that I was getting a good deal", Mark said. The market price of the three products would have been around Rs 3 lakh and he was getting it for just Rs 50,000, he added. Mark then asked his brother-in-law to get the money, and the latter too inspected the products and was satisfied they were genuine. The men demanded Rs 10,000 more eventually, but Mark refused to shell out any extra money. The men then packed the MacPro and iPad into a laptop bag and the phone in a carry case. Mark's "eyes never left the bag and the pouch. I saw the men put the products into the bag from not more than a feet away". The men were given Rs 50,000 after which they sped away. The way the men drove away, 'dashing into moving traffic', made Mark feel that something was off about the deal. When he tried opening the laptop bag, he found it was jammed. The lock had to be broken and on opening the bag and the case, to their utter shock they found a brick in the laptop bag and a cut glass piece in the mobile carry case. "The entire episode felt like a magic trick. Those guys were like magicians. Brilliant. What they did felt similar to an illusion", said Mark reminiscing about the incident. "Only if these guys used their talent for a good purpose...", he said. Mark feels his learning from this incident has made him more warier. "My take is from the next time whatever I purchase, I am going to check the bag before handing over the money", he said. Mark claimed he had approached the Banaswadi police station soon after he realised he was conned. The cops took down the details of the incident and told him that they would send out an alert message through the walkie talkie. On Sunday, Mark was summoned to the police station where he filed an FIR.

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