Police Warn of Fake Computer Scam

Meridian police say, if you want a computer, or any other electronic device, a store is the place to get it.

Apparently, some scammers are selling bogus items on street corners and in parking lots.

"They are the weight of a regular lap top," said MPD Capt. James Sharpe, as he showed examples of fake computers that scam artists are now selling in store parking lots in Meridian.

According to Sharpe, they are selling these for hundreds of dollars less than the real deal.

"Commonly they have a real lap top they use as the display for the people to actually get on and use, and then they offer to sell them a brand new one in the box," Sharpe said.

What you find inside the packaging is school binder that has been wrapped in black tape with notebook paper stuffed inside.

"They're scanning the information from Best Buy, Target, as far as the stats on the lap top and then bubble wrapping it so you would think it is a new product," said Sharpe.

He said a preliminary investigation shows that the culprits are not from this area and often leave after making the sale.

"We have identified some coming as far as Tuscaloosa," said Sharpe. "So, were getting a lot of the people from Jackson and Tuscaloosa coming to Meridian to do these scams."

Sharpe said the scam artists are getting away with hundreds of thousands of consumers' cash.

To keep from becoming a victim, he says the best thing is for buyers to be aware.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Sharpe said.

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