Saanich Police are warning the public after receiving reports that fraudulently obtained smartphones are being sold on local online sites such as Used Victoria, Varage and Kijiji.

The devices are primarily newer model Apple iPhones and Samsungs that look legitimate, but buyers soon learn the phones are blocked from major wireless networks.

“Unfortunately in each instance, the buyer is left with an expensive paperweight,” a press release reads.

Saanich Police are also asking anyone who bought one of the “blacklisted” smartphones to contact them.

Please call 250-475-4321 and reference file 19-8630.

Ben O'Hara