You Throw Me The iPhone, I Throw You The Money Clip

Here’s yet another cautionary tale about buying iPhones on Craigslist:

Last week, on July 13th, the victim in our latest Craigslist iPhone scam (spoiler warning!) found an iPhone 3GS advertised on the site for $280, and set up a meeting with the seller that evening.

The victim agreed to meet the seller at 23rd and Jackson around 9:00 p.m., and brought two friends along for the meet up.

When the victim met up with the suspect, the suspect said he “needed the money to be hand[ed] over to him prior to handing the phone because he had been robbed” before, according to a police report.

The victim (sigh) handed the suspect the money “expecting that the suspect would give him the iPhone,” the report says.

Instead, the supect ran off.

The victim chased the suspect but lost him near 25th and Washington.

The man flagged down a King County Sheriff’s deputy, who called Seattle police.

An SPD officer took the victim’s report, and advised him that “he may want to reconsider this type of activity in the future.”