Online deal warning from Seven Kings man who paid £330 for ‘fake’ Samsung Galaxy

A Seven Kings man is warning residents to beware online phone deals after he was sold what he believes to be a fake smartphone.

The man, who did not want to be named, paid £330 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 after seeing an advert on website Gumtree.

It was described as used for a week but in “mint condition”.

He met the seller in Sainsbury’s in Beckton on August 22 to make the purchase.

The buyer said: “I paid him £330 cash, after checking that the phone had a box, charger and hands free kit.


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“When I got home and did a master reset, all the writing was in Chinese.”

He added that some features on the phone did not work and strange glitches appeared, including switching to plane mode at random.

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The phone matches descriptions of sophisticated counterfeit smartphones being manufactured in China.

Although the seller promised a refund after being told the phone was fake, he has not been contactable since.

The man has now brought another, genuine, Samsung Galaxy, which was a present for his wife.

The seller is described as Asian and in his 20s. On the day of the sale he was wearing a black pinstriped shirt and dark suit trousers.

If you have information or think you have been sold counterfeit goods, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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