Conmen who pretended they had valuable MacBooks and iPhones for sale have struck at a Gloucester car boot sale - duping two people into handing over cash in exchange for empty bags.
One of the victims was approached by a man at the Hempsted boot sale last Sunday and agreed to buy a MacBook Pro from him. The victim realised he did not have enough money on him but the fraudsters drove him in a silver car.
The pair, described as eastern European, then handed their victim a black satchel and left. The bag contained only cardboard and two bottles of drink.
One of the fraudsters was about 30, of a stocky build and had a beard. He was wearing shorts and a white top.
The other was slimmer and wearing shorts with a blue top.
In a separate incident at the same location, another victim was offered a MacBook Pro and an IPhone 7
Again the man said that he did not have enough cash so was driven to a cash machine where he withdrew the money and handed it to the offenders. In return they gave him a laptop bag which he subsequently found contained two bottles of drink.
The offenders are described as two white males aged 25-30 years old and wearing black T-shirts and shorts. They had either Scottish or Irish accents. One was about 5ft 2ins, medium to chunky build with very short hair. The other was about 5ft 7ins medium build with short dark hair.
A police spokesman said "We urge people to be very careful when offered goods in suspicious circumstances such as these.”