Alert over fake iPhones ‘deal’

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SHOPPERS out for a good deal have been warned that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it is, after people were tricked into buying fake smartphones.

It follows reports that fake handsets were being sold in the street at Durham City Retail Park and Dragonville Industrial Estate last week.

Detective Constable Catherine Knox said: “We have received a number of reports that men and women, described as having Irish accents, were selling what they claimed were real iPhone 5s at low prices, when they were actually poor-quality fakes.

“I would urge people to be on their guard and not be tempted to buy goods in this way, as offers of this type are, more often than not, too good to be true.”

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and bailed pending inquiries.