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Dutchmans Fake Phone Con

Austrian and Dutch police are hunting a conman who advertised 100 brand-new iPhones over the Internet for just 20,000 GBP which were really just wooden blocks inside a genuine phone box.

The Austrian man that agreed to buy the phones in an online auction refused to transfer the money until he had seen the goods – and so he drove to Holland where he met with the seller and was handed the box of apparently brand-new phones.

In order to make sure he wasn't being ripped off the man was given one of the boxes, and checked that it was a phone with all the working software – but he failed to check the other boxes which had actually been filled with wooden blocks.

He only discovered the fraud when he got back to his home in Burgenland, Austria, after driving all the way to the Netherlands and then back again together with his father.

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