Pig In The Poke
Rocks In The Box, The Trojan Horse
Bargain hunters, Last minute shoppers
You meet a fast talking man on the street/stall or in a pub. Selling name brand products for ridiculously low prices. A bargain, and just before christmas!
Until you open the packaging on christmas day, and find a brick instead of that new xbox you were expecting.
The con-man has just packaged an empty box to correspond with the weight of the original item.
There is another variation of this scam. A stall will open up in town that will gift wrap you Christmas gifts for a great price. But instead of just wrapping them, they take the item out if the box and fill it back up with newspaper and weights.
Usually sold in bars or on the street/stall, the transactions usually fall into the £20 - £200 bracket.
How to avoid being scammed?
If you don't know the seller, you always have to be careful, especially when it isn't in a shop. If it's on the street/stall or in a bar there isn't the safe defense if fraud takes place. You have to find the seller again for a start. If in doubt, then don't buy!
The wrapping scam can be tougher to fight, these are usually pop-up stalls that can look legitimate. But if it looks like they are trying to hide where they are wrapping the items, then take caution. Wrapping your own presents isn't the end of the world.