A CON man duped a shopper into paying for a laptop which he did not have.
Police officers are reminding people to be wary of bogus salesmen in the area after the incident in Sunderland’s Market Square next to the east end entrance of The Bridges.
The victim was approached by the man who said he had a laptop for sale.
He agreed to buy it and handed over cash.
When the victim was handed the bag he opened it to discover that there wasn’t a laptop inside and that the bag been weighed down by the trickster.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Ged Fairclough, of Northumbria Police, warned city residents to be wary.
He said: “We’re warning people to be on their guard to anyone who approaches them in the street or knocks unannounced at their door selling cheap goods.
“It’s usually the case the item is either stolen or they’re being sold an empty box or bag that’s weighed down with something else.”
The deception happened at about 3.40pm on Tuesday.
Those with information about the incident should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.