Luther Clayborn Dawson Jr. Caught in the Act of Selling Phony iPhones: Police
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.