Luther Clayborn Dawson Jr. Caught in the Act of Selling Phony iPhones: Police

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Irvine Police detectives say they got Luther Clayborn Dawson Jr.'s number, arresting the San Marcos 41-year-old Monday for allegedly using craigslist to find iPhone buyers who later discovered the iPhone boxes only contained owner manuals and rectangular pieces of ceramic tile. Police Lt. Julia Engen, the department spokeswoman, says investigators used information from three burned buyers to set up a transaction through craigslist with Dawson. But they discovered after arriving early to scout the area that Dawson was already pulling the scam on a different mark, Engen said.

After an unsuspecting Irvine man thought he had just purchased iPhones, the detectives swooped in and immediately asked him to open the boxes. To his surprise, no phones were inside. Dawson was quickly taken into custody without incident, and the money was returned to what could have been the fourth known victim of the scam.

Irvine Police were notified Jan. 17 by another Irvine man who believed he was purchasing three iPhones from Dawson, Engen said. He did not realize he'd been stung until the salesman was driving off in a black, 2006 Range Rover with no license plates, the spokeswoman noted.

Two similar phony phone sales were reported Jan. 19 in Garden Grove and Fountain Valley. Like the Irvine victims, each had responded to craigslist ads and was left with rectangular shaped pieces of tile sealed inside iPhone boxes with professional looking shrink wrap, Engen said.

Police fear there may be others. Anyone who believes they've been scammed or has information that can help investigators is asked to call Detective Alex Kim at 949.724.7199 or email akim@cityofirvine.org.
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5 comments
Aolonda
Aolonda

Wow.....I use to date him....I knew hew as shady.....smh....and after he chocked his baby mama out and left her for dead, You would have thought he had enough....Luther Luther Luther...your mom must be proud...Not to mention Peaches, the girl you gave two black eyes to...smh....

Rojolatino
Rojolatino

Luther Luther Luther... should of kept business at Bradley Park scamming the VSM crew... No more Orcar's Taco Shop for you... Moron!!!

Paul Kim
Paul Kim

This is why I never buy stuff off Craigslist. I'll stick with Ebay.

Guest
Guest

In his spare time he probably sells bags of parsley on the corner too.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Why am i a so amused that people who bought shit on craigslist got scammed?

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