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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2024. 8:04 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: A resident of Ladyville has become the latest victim of a growing trend of online scams, losing a substantial sum of money in a fraudulent scheme involving the supposed sale of a coveted iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The man, a barber residing in Ladyville, reported being defrauded of $2,400 Belize dollars after falling prey to a scam orchestrated via a Facebook Buy and Sell page. According to reports, the barber was initially contacted by an individual using an alias who claimed that her boyfriend, had an iPhone 15 Pro Max available for purchase.

The phone was attractively priced at $2,400 BZD with a promise of convenient delivery via Tropic Air shipping once payment was received. Eager to secure the deal, the barber, along with his coworker, proceeded to make two separate deposits into an Atlantic Bank account provided.

However, upon completing the transaction and confirming payment, communication with the alleged seller abruptly ended. The barber was left without the phone and with no means of recovering his money.

Upon realizing he had been scammed, the barber immediately reported the incident to the police, who have launched an active investigation into the matter.

 

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