Scammed for life: Three stores based on true events about the time I got scammed
By Oya Obinidodo
The cell phone scam
I went online to purchase a cell phone. I was extremely excited about the new IPhone 13. As I was scrolling through a bunch of online classified ads, I saw one on sale for $500, and they usually cost around $800. I wanted a pink one. It mentioned in the ad, that the phone was brand new. I called the number on the ad and the seller said that it is still available, and that I could meet him later that afternoon. I met the seller in the parking lot of an unpopular coffee shop, in the west part of the city. I asked him if I could use the phone to see if it works, before I spend so much money. He was hesitant, but he agreed. I reached into my purse and pulled out $500. I handed it to him, and as soon as I handed it to him, he immediately snatched the IPhone 13 right out of my hand and hopped in his vehicle and sped off. He was driving a tan jeep, with the license plates “HELLHELL”. He was wearing all black and was wearing a hood.
I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do. I had just gotten scammed out of $500. I started to cry. I reached for my old phone and was sick to my stomach. I had no emergency contacts and only $5 to my name. I was 45 minutes away from where I was sleeping, and I didn’t have any gas in my car. I didn’t call the police, because I had recently watched a documentary about police in the area raping and killing innocent people. I stood at the coffee shop for about 9 hours asking people for money, and telling them that I just got scammed. It was extremely humiliating, and I was scared a police would show up anyway. I had never felt so disgusted in all of my life. I eventually came up with $15. It was enough money to put gas in my vehicle, and leave the scene.