Have you ever been approached in a mall or store parking lot when someone asks if you would like to buy a "home theatre system" or perhaps some jewelry? A would-be scam artist took it a bit further last week in Arcadia, walking through businesses offering to sell victims a "new" Apple iPhone and other Apple products. A quick thinking witness called the police and the suspect was arrested with several phony items. The suspect told officers that he purchased the known counterfeit items in Los Angeles, hoping to sell them for profit to unsuspecting victims.
This type of activity takes place not only via the Internet but also in person. Suspects will drive around with quantities of either stolen or sometimes counterfeit items and offer them at what seems like a "steal" of a price. Be leery of anyone who approaches you offering items for sale. Some knockoff items may look convincing. If you can't verify the legitimacy of an item and are not purchasing it from a reputable source, you really have no options once you are duped. Remember the old saying, if it seems to good to be true... Buyer Beware!