CERES — Scammers offering what sound like great deals on electronics have conned buyers with well-packaged fakes.
Ceres Police Department officials said they’ve received multiple reports from victims who paid hundreds of dollars in cash for what they thought were brand-name pieces. But iPads turned out to be just bubble-wrapped tiles with the Apple logo. Flat-screen televisions turned out to be just rectangles of wood.
The victims were contacted outside of Ceres businesses on Hatch Road with offers of low, “out of the box” prices. The bubble-wrapped goods came with store labeling and accessories.
Investigators ask anyone who has bought the fake goods but not reported doing so to file a police report with Ceres police at (209) 538-5712. Police say anyone contacted by someone trying to sell electronics should call that number immediately and give a description of the people and their vehicle’s make, model, color and license plate number, if possible.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Ceres Detective Darren Venn at (209) 538-5616, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Give tips anonymously through Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers by calling (866) 602-7463, texting “274637” with TIP704 in the wording, or online at www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers.