Three people were violently attacked by a group of young men after confronting a scammer on Facebook and kidnapping him in revenge.
A Melbourne man says he bought an iPhone for $1,700 on Monday from someone he found on Facebook Marketplace. However, he soon discovered he had been scammed when the phone didn’t work.
Fueled by a thirst for justice, the buyer and two friends decided to take matters into their own hands, deciding to confront the seller and then trick him into getting into their car.
The buyer and her friend sat either side of the seller in the back seat of the car, while her friend drove them around Richmond, east of the CBD. Together, they confronted the crook face to face.
“We told him we don’t want to ruin your life by going to the police station, we just want our money back,” the buyer’s friend said. 7News.
A man and his two friends were attacked by a group of young men (above) after confronting them about their questionable sale on Facebook Marketplace.
The buyer said: “We were trying to convince him that whatever you are doing, bro, is wrong. You are so young.
“He said, ‘I’m a hustler, I want easy money.’
The salesman repeatedly tried to escape the car, even as it was moving, and called his friends to confront the trio once they stopped.
While doing so, they were attacked by the group of young men.
Shocking footage shows the group pushing and throwing stones at the shopper and his friend while the female driver stands aside.
Amid the chaos, the salesman jumped on the car and smashed its windshield.
Stunned onlookers called police, but the group fled the scene before officers arrived.
The buyer drove the seller around Richmond while demanding his money back. When they stopped, the seller smashed the car’s windshield (above).
Now the buyer not only lost $1,700 on the alleged fake phone, but also has to pay for the damage to the car.
“Don’t trust a child on Facebook Marketplace,” he said.
Victoria Police are investigating the incident and have encouraged online marketplace users to use safer trading sites, special areas monitored by CCTV outside police stations open 24 hours a day.