North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
Crime Alert Archive
On June 4, NCCU Police Department received multiple reports of an iPhone scam on campus. The victims stated that a man asked them to accompany him to an AT&T store and open a new cell phone account in their name. At the store, the man persuaded the victims to purchase an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 at no cost to them and he would pay them $150 each. The victims that stated they did not sign any paperwork but gave the salesperson their name and Social Security number for credit-check purposes.
After the sales transactions were complete, the suspect walked out of the store with the phones and the paperwork. He drove the victims back to campus and gave them $80 to $150 for the phones and promised to meet them the next day to pay the remaining balance. The victims became suspicious and contacted AT&T and were told they had three to five new lines of services in their name. The suspect obtained three to five iPhones per victim in the scam and the victims are responsible for the bill.
Suspect: Light-skinned black male, husky build, approximately 5’10 and 22 years old with short dreadlocks, has the name “Laderia” tattooed on his neck along with two additional female names, multiple tattoos on his arms.
Vehicles: A white Dodge Charger or a grey newer model Toyota Camry