Norwich Gumtree sellers hit by buyer using fake bank notes

PUBLISHED: 16:03 10 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:45 13 May 2019

A man allegedly used fake £20 notes to pay for the goods. Photo: Adelaide Kemp

A man allegedly used fake £20 notes to pay for the goods. Photo: Adelaide Kemp


Three sellers on website Gumtree have complained to police about a man buying goods off them with fake bank notes in Norwich.

The man, who they describe as being in his late teens, contacted the sellers on Tuesday.

The first report was at 3.20pm when the man bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone using £240 of fake bank notes from seller Piotr Wosiek.

Mr Wosiek said he realised the notes were fake when he tried to pay them into his bank account.

Then man then visited a house on Pyehurn Mews, Thorpe Marriott, at 8pm where he bought an Apple Watch for £120.

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The seller Adelaide Kemp said: "He didn't really speak. He just handed the money and went. As soon as he went I realised they were fake notes. We tried to use them at Asda and they wouldn't take them."

Ms Kemp, 20, posted her story on Facebook to warn others and another seller, Katherine Keating, got in touch with her.

The 26-year old said the same man visited her home on Cadge Road, Earlham, 30 minutes later at 8.30pm.

He paid her £120 in fake notes for an iPhone 7. She caught his image on CCTV which she has given to police.

Both women described the man as having light brown hair and stubble.

Police confirmed they were investigating.

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