April Fool conmen trick man into buying potatoes

PUBLISHED: 17:42 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

A MAN was the victim of a cruel April Fool's trick when he bought a laptop – only to find out his purchase was in fact potatoes. The 34-year-old was approached by two men in St Peter's Close, Hatfield, by the side of the Swim Centre this morning (Tuesday)

A MAN was the victim of a cruel April Fool's trick when he bought a laptop - only to find out his purchase was in fact potatoes.

The 34-year-old was approached by two men in St Peter's Close, Hatfield, by the side of the Swim Centre this morning (Tuesday) at about 10am.

They asked him if he wanted to buy a computer and then accompanied him to a cashpoint at the Asda supermarket to withdraw cash, thought to be a couple of hundred pounds.

After the exchange of money and the computer the two men drove off in a grey Ford Mondeo.

The victim, from Hatfield, opened the laptop bag to discover the potatoes and no computer.

Both conmen were white and had southern Irish accents.

One was described as being around 40, 6ft tall, with dark hair, wearing a white top, dark trousers and white trainers.

The other man was in his early 20s, around 5ft 10in, blond hair and ginger stubble.

Pc Damien Hewitt, who is investigating, said: "This was a nasty April Fool's trick that has conned a man out of his money.

"I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about the incident, saw the vehicle, or was approached earlier in the day to buy a laptop to please come forward.

"I would also urge people not to fall for tricks like this and to remember if it is too good to be true, it usually is."

If you saw anything call police on 0845 33 00 222.


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