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Surrey Police are hunting a slick-fingered 60-year-old who allegedly persuaded a shop worker to hand over £150 quid for a dummy iPhone.

The Surrey Advertiser reports that the prestidigitateur bowled into a newsagents in Egham and asked if the staffer behind the till fancied paying £150 for a new iPhone.

The assistant checked out the phone and made sure it was the geniune magical, revolutionary article, before handing over £150 in return for the boxed fondle slab.

However, when he open it later, he realised it was not the magical, revolutionary phone he'd seen during the sales pitch, but rather an unmagical dummy phone which the fast-fingered sexagenerian had somehow swapped in during the sale.

Surrey Police say they are looking for an unshaven 5ft 11in man aged between 55 and 60, with a large build, flat black cap and blue shirt.

DC Phil Carver assured the residents of Surrey, England's most woody county, "I can assure Egham residents that everything possible is being done to bring this cynical offender to justice."

The apparent ruse is an update of the notebook PC for potatoes scam which has been pulled on many unfortunates in recent years.

However, while those victims could at least console themselves with a plate of chips there's really not a lot you can do with a fake iPhone. ®

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