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Student spends £1,200 on 'MacBook Pro' and 'iPhones', gets two bottles of lemonade

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What you need to know

  • A UK student was conned into paying £1,200 for 2 bottles of lemonade.
  • He actually thought he was getting a Macbook Pro and three iPhones.
  • The trickster even had receipts showing "proof" of purchase, before switching the bags at the last second.

A UK student who thought he was buying a MacBook Pro and three iPhones was actually tricked into spending £1,200 ($1,500) on two bottles of lemonade.

According to Express and Star: Dre Twenti, from Tipton in the Midlands, says he and his girlfriend were approached by a stranger in the street, who asked him if he'd like to buy a laptop.

He says:

"I was asked if I'd like to buy a laptop which I thought was dodgy but still went and had a peek, it was a Apple Mac Pro."He also had few other items so I asked to take a look – three iPhone 11s."He showed me all the receipts which were brought from Liverpool Apple store, now I just had to withdraw the money.

Twenti paid about £700 cash and made up the rest in purchases from a local sports outlet. He continues:

"Got back to his car and we were greeted by an accomplice. He told me to check the items again which I did."So I proceeded to count the money as he passed the bag to my partner supposedly carrying the items.

When he got home, Twenti opened his back to find two bottles of lemonade and some cardboard. Devastated, he took to Facebook to share how he had been scammed:

I'll honestly put my hands up and say it was a lesson learnt but an expensive one, they must of switched bags."This was done professionally. He seemed genuine. So don't be fooled. Because I was. But that will only ever happen to me once."

So there you have it. If you're in the hunt for a new device from Apple, probably best not to buy it from a stranger in the street. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

  • .... no way he’d get those 4 items for that price unless they were stolen. Surprised he didn’t send any money to some Prince in a foreign country. I thought only old people were that gullible.
  • Wow, people are so gullible.
  • No, this specific guy is just **** I think
  • Giggle. Snort. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What a maroon.
  • He's clearly an *****. Let's say that'll teach him a lesson
  • I swear the same **** happened to me in Rotherham,Romanian Guy approached me and asked to buy the same stuff with receipt. At the end he switched the bag, when they left and I opened the bag after reaching home i found 2 tesco 16p lemonade bottles. 🤯 At that point i seen first time stars in daylight in my life.
  • Hahaha, it happens my friend,i also bought a Phone the same way, it had a receipt and all, I even inserted my SIM card and tested it and it was okay, then somehow, the bags were switched and I ended up with a Dummy phone imitation full of mud...
  • Thats why I never buy **** in a bag. Keep the devices out of the bag and in sight while exchanging money etc. Some people's children. ORRRRRRR, better yet buy your devices at a retailer. There are plenty of trustworthy retailers selling used electronics.