Alberta senior victim of elaborate iPhone clone scam bought on Facebook Marketplace

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A Calgary senior is warning others after he was scammed out of $1,000 after buying what he thought was a new iPhone 15 Pro Max.

“I didn’t have any doubt that it was real,” Boyd told Global News.

The 80-year-old, whom Global News is not fully identifying due to safety and retribution concerns, said he bought the phone on May 1 on Facebook Marketplace. Boyd said the seller then showed up at his place with the phone in hand.

“It was all sealed,” the senior pointed out.

The seller even provided him with the “original” receipt showing the phone had been purchased down east back in October 2023. Boyd said he also checked the phone’s serial number and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). All checked out fine.

Boyd said the first sign of a problem was when he tried to update the phone with his own information and it wouldn’t update. It was only after he took it to a representative at a local Apple retailer, that he realized he had been duped.

Tomasia DaSilva reports.

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