Guelph police warn of iPhone scam

Guelph police warn the public that they are tired of buying items online after a Markham woman bought a fake iPhone in Guelph this week.

The woman called the police on Tuesday afternoon. She reported that she went to Guelph after arranging through an online sales website to purchase an iPhone 12 Pro Max for $ 1,550.

The caller and vendor met in a Stone Road West parking lot near Gordon Street for the exchange. The victim believed the phone was genuine and was even allowed to check the IMEI identification number on the box to confirm it was not reported as stolen. After talking to the seller for a while, the victim handed over the money and the two paths parted.

The victim later found that the device was not a genuine iPhone as it was unable to download Apple apps, the menu was different from other iPhones, and the IMEI number on the device was different from the one on the packaging.

The seller has been described as a Caucasian woman, around 35 years old. The victim did not see a vehicle associated with the seller.

Police have seen a recent surge in similar scams. Last month, Waterloo Region Police reported a very similar exchange, with a fake iPhone 12 Pro Max being sold for $ 1,500 via online sale.

The Guelph incident remains under investigation. Anyone with informationon please call Const. Konrad Babol at 519-824-1212, extension 7189, email him at, leave an anonymous tip for Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at


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