A mum has warned others not to fall for a social media scam that left her hundreds of pounds out of pocket.
When Georgina Ambrose-Rourke saw a cut-price iPhone XS Max listed on Facebook Marketplace she thought she'd spotted a bargain.
Knowing a new phone would cost £1,499 direct from Apple, the mum-of-one realised the £620 listing was a steal, the Liverpool Echo reported.
She messaged the woman selling the phone and, after she confirmed it was brand new, boxed and came with a receipt, the 23-year-old made the purchase.
Georgina received the phone at her Wavertree, Liverpool home on the evening of March 25 from a man who told her the warranty was valid for a year.
She handed over £520 in cash, promising to transfer the remainder of the price the following morning.
When she opened her new purchase she realised the price was too good to be true.
Georgina said: "At about 11.30pm that night I got into bed, unwrapped the box and I was made up.
"It only had a bit of battery so I plugged it in and as I did, it came up 'Android system' and my heart fell out.
"Everything on it is the same as an iPhone. Even on the settings it's all the same.
"When you go to type a message or send something it doesn't come up with the iPhone keypad. It's an Android keypad.
"I thought 'I hadn't seen anyone with the new iPhone so maybe it's just an updated keypad'.
"I went online and typed in the difference between a fake and a real one and they were all true, so I realised it was fake."
Georgina bought the phone on Facebook Marketplace.
The following day she dropped her six-year-old daughter Lucy off at school and went to Carphone Warehouse to find out what had happened.
A member of staff told her the phone was not from the shop and that the receipt was not valid.
After she posted her story online Georgina was put in touch with a man who believes he was scammed by the same woman.
He claimed he bought a similarly dud phone from someone using the same address, with the fake iPhone delivered by a man brandishing a matching Carphone Warehouse receipt.
Georgina said she was sharing her story in the hopes of warning other people off buying fake goods on Facebook.
She said: "Obviously I'm not getting my money back now because it's gone – but there's people working hard for their money and getting scammed out of hundreds of pounds."
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