Fake notes con­man pulled knife on wo­man

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

A DIS­ABLED wo­man has spo­ken of the ter­ri­fy­ing mo­ment she was threat­ened with a flick knife by a Gumtree fraud­ster who paid for an iPhone with a stack of fake notes.

Anne Morton, 51, thought she was sell­ing her iPhone 7 to a ‘pleas­ant man’ for £500 af­ter ad­ver­tis­ing it on the pop­u­lar buy and sell web­site.

But when the buyer turned up at her home in Mid­dle­ton on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, he pre­sented Anne with a wad of fake £20 notes.

Anne un­wit­tingly handed the money over to a friend to count in the hall­way while she handed the phone over to the man.

When her friend no­ticed that each note had the same se­rial num­ber, she alerted Anne who then de­manded he hand her phone back.

As Anne con­fronted the man, she claims he pulled out a flick knife and pointed it to­wards her be­fore flee­ing with the phone.

Anne, who suf­fers with car­diomy­opa­thy, said: “When he first turned up he seemed like a nice lad to be­gin with.

“As soon as my friend re­alised they were fake notes I grabbed him and said hang on a minute, give me my phone back.

“He then pulled out this mas­sive knife. It’s the big­gest flick knife I’ve ever seen.

“It looked like I hunt­ing knife.

“It had ser­rated edges and holes in it. He said ‘back off ’ and ran down the road.

“I just re­mem­ber the look in his eyes. It was pure evil. I was in tears af­ter it hap­pened.”

Anne, who moved to Mid­dle­ton from East Lon­don nine years ago, has re­ported the in­ci­dent to Greater Manch­ester Po­lice and wants to make other peo­ple aware of the con­man.

She added: “I was ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied by what that man did to me.

“Not only have a lost out on a phone I thought I had sold, this man has pulled a flick knife on me.

“I’m a 51-year-old wo­man with a heart con­di­tion and this has caused me a great deal of dis­tress.

“I just hope the po­lice can find him be­cause he’s a man walk­ing round with a great big flick knife.

“He should have been caught on the CCTV cam­eras at nearby busi­nesses.”

Po­lice con­firmed the in­ci­dent had been re­ported to of­fi­cers and that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

A spokesman for Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said: “We can con­firm it was re­ported to us. Our en­quiries are on­go­ing.”

The fake £20 notes used by the con­man

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