A teenager accused of scamming people around the country out of thousands of dollars with fake computer sales has been bailed to a rural Whakatane address.
Isaac Calmer – aka Isaac Culmer, Isaac James or James Culmer – used the Facebook name “Sumwone Speshal” while allegedly advertising a Mac Book Pro for sale.
The advertisements said the seller wanted about $650 for the notebook, which was in “excellent condition”, because he needed money fast.
Calmer, 19 appeared in North Shore District Court this morning facing 19 charges, most of which were obtaining by deception.
Ten charges laid yesterday covered more than $4000 of alleged offending.
Calmer is also accused of using a computer for a dishonest purpose and breaching police bail.
Despite the alleged breach, Judge Christopher Field bailed him to a rural Whakatane address with his mother.
The Beach Haven resident was alleged to have provided potential buyers with a copy of his hospitality ID card with his name and phone number.
Once the buyer had deposited the money he was then alleged to have couriered them an empty track and trace bag.
North Shore police said they believed there might be others who had been caught in the alleged scam and would like to hear from them.
The most recent charges go back as far as August but Sergeant Mike Flatt said there might be people who had come into contact with Calmer as long as a year ago.
“We’re collating [the cases] here on the North Shore but we have victims from across the country including Papamoa, Tokoroa, Katikati, Auckland, Wairoa, Waikanae and Queenstown.”
The downside of buying items on Facebook pages was that buyers needed to be extremely careful who they bought from, Mr Flatt said.
“There’s no such as thing as a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ any more, and it can be very difficult to get your money back if someone doesn’t give you what you paid for.”
Anyone wanting to contact the enquiry team with information related to Calmer could call 0508 596 739.
Calmer will be back in court later this month.