Man Tries to Sell Oven Door as HDTV

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 03:30 PM PDT by Mike Attebery

A con artist was cooking up something pretty crazy last week.

High-Def Digest readers know that no one is going to sell you a 37” Sony HDTV for $100, but Anthony Miles, 52, was looking for some very foolish or very trusting people when he tried to pull a variation on the old “rocks in a box” scam.

With a bit of wrapping, a manual, some wires and a whole lot of stickers, police say Miles disguised an oven door as a Sony HDTV and attempted to sell it in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in San Lorenzo, California. The Oakland Tribune reports that the witness who called in the attempted sale said that the man claimed he had gotten the TV for $60 at a flea market and was trying to resell it for $100.

As unbelievable as this all seems, the door actually looks fairly convincing when covered top to bottom with Best Buy and Sony stickers. A closer look would almost certainly reveal the TV to be a fraud, but it might have been enough to fool an unwitting customer.

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Tags: Weird News, HD Scams (all tags)