'Seller beware': Limerick garda warning after fake cash is used to buy iPhone

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The culprit paid for the iPhone with fake €50 notes

The culprit paid for the iPhone with fake €50 notes

LIMERICK gardai have warned those selling items to be careful after a woman was left at a loss of €800 when counterfeit notes were used by an individual to buy an iPhone 7 from her.

According to gardai the victim met with the buyer in the Castletroy area last Saturday, having agreed to sell the phone.

“A short time later the young lady realised the €50 notes were false. I’m afraid that she didn’t have any details of the buyer that could lead gardai back to him so she is at the loss of her iPhone,” said divisional crime prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch, Henry Street.

"I think most people will know the saying “buyer beware” but also seller must beware. If a seller or buyer is legitimate then they will have no problem providing a number of points of identification.

"One buyer recently asked for permission to take a photo of the seller, the seller turned and ran from the carpark, I can only speculate as to why?"

Meanwhile, gardai issued a security warning to schools this week to “consider their security arrangements” after four schools across Limerick city and county were targeted in separate incidents.