Woman tricked into buying two apples she thought were iPhones

There are apples, the fruit, and Apple iPhones, and usually it’s pretty easy to tell the difference.

Unfortunately, an Australian woman caught up in a scam ended up paying $1,200 for two pieces of fruit.

The crime of produce happened on a Website called Gumtree.

According to the Herald Sun, the 21-year-old scam victim placed an ad asking if anyone had an iPhone for sale.

She got a response from another woman who said she could sell her two.

The two met at a McDonald’s where the buyer handed the seller $1,200 and was handed two “iPhone boxes that looked new.”

The woman didn’t check to see what was inside.

She finally looked once she got home, and found fruit, not phones, inside.

Police from the Queensland town of Upper Mount Gravatt, near Brisbane, pointed out that people should be “wary” when buying online.

"Don't stay away, because most people are doing the right thing, but be smart about what you buy," Senior Constable Jess Hopkin told the Herald Sun.

"If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

"It's really just common sense."

Other users on the Web were less kind.

Andrew Perrott wrote on the Independent, “The sheer stupidity of some people defies belief.”

Marcin Karpinski added, “Nowadays, phones are smarter and more intelligent than their owners.”

A third offered, “ I have an Xbox box for sale.”

A spokesperson for Gumtree Australia said the online classified's company takes the safety of its users seriously.

"We are continually improving processes and user education to make Gumtree the safest possible platform for buying and selling," Niki Hennessy said.

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