Police issue warning about selling iPhones on social media

People selling their iPhones and other products via social media or sales websites are being urged to do so with caution following a spate of robberies.

Police issued the warning on Friday after receiving reports of a number of people being mugged while meeting up with ‘potential’ buyers.

“The warning comes after a series of stealing from person offences where a potential buyer will arrange to meet with the seller of the iPhone and upon doing so request to see the phone before immediately running off,” Queensland Police explained in a statement.


“We’re encouraging anyone that is selling any products online to use caution when dealing with potential buyers.”

Police said asking for identification before handing over any products or meeting in a secure public place could help decrease the risk of theft.

Anyone who has any information about the robberies is being urged to contact Police Link on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.