Men arrested after cell phone scam
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two men have been arrested after one of them pulled a gun on a teen trying to sell his cellular phone.
The teen victim said he never thought trying to sell his cell phone on-line would lead to a gun to his head. "One got in my passenger seat and another got in my back seat," said the victim. "And I showed them the phone and the one in the passenger seat grabbed it, and then the guy behind me put a gun to my head."
His life was put on the line when two robbers pulled a gun on him in Coral Springs. "The situation wasn't real till after. Then I was like, yeah, I could have been shot," said the teen.
The plan was to meet at a mall parking lot. Instead, police said, 24-year-old Deandre Chambers and 17-year-old Marc Jean, convinced the teen to make the sale in an isolated apartment complex.
After the robbers threatened the victim with a gun and stole his phone, the victim followed them into a mall parking lot and honked his horn to try to get help.
Police said the victim should have noticed a red flag when his prospective buyers changed their meeting place. "He was lured away to an area of an apartment complex, which is much more isolated," said Sergeant Brad McKeone. "So in that case, stay with your first instinct."
The victim said he and his friend use a group page on Facebook where people from all over the country can sell anything from phones, shoes and cars.
McKeone said, "Try a traditional method of sale wither its an Ebay or Paypal, something that's more safe."
Two similar incidents occurred a week ago when two sellers tried to sell their dirt bikes and got scammed. The alleged buyer drove off with the bike without paying.
The victim said said he will continue to use the site but will be more aware of the red flags.
Chambers and Jean were arrested and charged with one count of armed robbery.
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