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Local man loses iPhone to Nigerian scam

February 15, 2018 GMT

GREENWICH — A local man came to police headquarters Tuesday to report a scam he had fallen for while selling an iPhone.

The Orchard Drive man told police he had placed the phone on Fiverr, an online marketplace. The iPhone 8 was listed for sale at $1,200, according to police.

The local man was contacted by a purported businessman, who claimed to be travellng in Nigeria. The “buyer” arranged to have the phone shipped to him, and to make payment electronically.

The man sent the phone to an address in Nigeria, according to police Lt. John Slusarz, and never got payment in return.

“He sends the phone off, and the money didn’t clear,” said the lieutenant.

The man contacted police when it became clear that the phone was lost to a scam.

Authorities have been warning the public to be especially vigilant about business dealings involving long-distance transactions and electronic communications.

In January, a local man involved in a real-estate transaction sent a large sum of money to an account following a fraudulent email, losing the money.