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A woman in Australia thought she was buying two Apple iPhone's for $1,200, when in fact she was scammed into buying the real fruit. A woman in Australia thought she was buying two Apple iPhone's for $1,200, when in fact she was scammed into buying the real fruit.

(RNN) - An Australian woman who tried to buy a couple of smartphones wound up spending $1,200 on two apples - the kind that grow on trees, not the ones that are manufactured in China.

The unnamed 21-year-old woman put an ad on online classifieds site Gumtree stating she was looking for two iPhones.

According to the Herald Sun, it did not take long for her to get a response. A woman contacted her saying she had two of the phones.

They met at a local McDonald's restaurant where the woman handed over $1,200 for the phones...or so she thought.

The Herald Sun said the buyer did not check inside the boxes after paying or before leaving the restaurant. When she got home, she found out the boxes contained real apples - the ones you eat, not the ones you talk into.

Police in the Crime Prevention Unit in Upper Mount Gravatt cautioned people to be careful when buying things online.

"Don't stay away because most people are doing the right thing, but be smart about what you buy," senior constable Jess Hopkin told the Herald Sun. "If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

"It's really just common sense."

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