Dodgy dealers prompt warning

POLICE have warned people that if something looks too good to be true, then that is probably the case.

Reports of dodgy dealers in a white van selling home-theatre equipment in Grafton and Ulmarra appeared on social media on Tuesday, with one person saying the vendors were trying to pass off cheap knock-offs of high-end equipment.

While police in the Clarence Valley had late yesterday still not received any complaints about the suspicious activity, they did issue potential buyers with a warning.

That's why they coined phrase 'it fell off the back of a truck'.

Grafton Police Inspector Jo Reid said people needed to be aware that any purchase they couldn't explain could land them in hot water.

"Suspicion is attached to the goods themselves so if you're buying goods, get caught out and can't explain where it came from, it could cause an issue," Insp Reid said.

If the item turns out to be stolen, the buyer can potentially be charged with possessing goods in custody and have the item confiscated.

"Just because you think you're getting a bargain, you could end up being the one in trouble in the end," Insp Reid said.

"Any product sold out of the back of a van is going to have some level of suspicion attached to it.

"That's why they coined phrase 'it fell off the back of a truck'."



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