Fake notes conman pulled knife on woman
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