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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 March, 2005, 06:37 GMT 07:37 UK
Laptop scam hits bargain-hunters
A gang of conmen is tricking people into thinking they are buying cheap laptop computers before handing over bags containing bottles of drink.

Police in Slough, Berkshire, say they have received a "steady stream" of reports from victims of the con.

In one recent incident, a woman handed over 400 in a car park to two men for a laptop and was given a case she later found to contain water bottles.

On 15 March, three people handed over more than 600 in separate incidents.

Police warning

One victim was left empty-handed, one with a case containing a can of petrol and one with a bag containing two bottles of lemonade.

Thames Valley Police are warning people to be wary of those offering cut-price goods in the street.

A spokeswoman added: "We would also like to point out that buying property they know or suspect is stolen is an offence in itself.

"Not only that, but it creates a market that encourages robbery and theft."

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