Iphones used as baits in robberies:
Obviously, if one should exercise caution when 'a deal sounds too good to be true', and not go to one of the 'desolate locations' with thousands in cash on person, he/she could've won the potential gun fight by avoiding it altogether.A Brooklyn gang used a scam on craigslist.com to shake down New Yorkers with the lure of discounted iPhones, police said yesterday.
The scheme - which netted thousands of dollars from as many as 12 victims from all five boroughs finally came undone Wednesday night, when cops set up a sting on a Flatlands street corner and arrested four suspects.
Authorities said the ring posted ads promising bulk sales of discounted Apple iPhones - in at least one case offering 10 for $2,000 - and got the would-be customers to show up at desolate locations in Flatbush, East Flatbush and Flatlands.
When the victims arrived, the thugs robbed them at gunpoint, cops said.