Brent Police warning residents to know their onions about laptop scam

Crooks handing over a bag of vegetables instead of a computer

Peeling an onion is an eye-watering experience but receiving a case containing a bag of the vegetables instead of a laptop could produce floods of tears.

In the latest scam taking place in the borough, crooks have been approaching strangers and offering them a knock down computer.

After the buyer is shown the laptop at an irresistible price money changes hands and the victim is handed over a case containing the computer.

But once the deal is done the buyer opens the case to find a piece of cardboard and a bag of onions.

Three men are currently being question after a suspicious buyer contacted the police who found two laptops, four laptop bags and a bag of onions in their vehicle.

Brent Police are appealing for anyone who may have fallen for a similar scam to come forward.

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PC Karen Thomas from Wembley Police said: “We are keen to trace any members of the public who have been approached in these circumstances in the Wembley area.

“Anyone approached and offered budget laptops should contact the police and provide, if possible, a vehicle registration number and description of the suspects.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Karen Thomas at Wembley police station on 0208 733 3244.