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Shops in Mexico City selling fake phones to use in public transport robberies

Mexico City, Mexico — Brick and mortar businesses offering fake cell phones to use in robberies has emerged in Mexico City. The businesses sell the fake phones for use in the event of a public combi, bus or metro robbery.

Given the frequent assaults registered on public transports in the nation’s capital city, merchants have started selling the fake phones. For 50 peso, you can purchase a fake phone, which looks and feel real, and hand it over in the event of a robbery.

The phones have a real exterior and are “filled” inside to provide the weight of a real cell phone, but the phones are dummies.

Merchants have brought the fake cell phones to the market so that robbery victims can trick criminals while taking their belongings. Several photographs have emerged across social media showing sale signs for the fake phones in the State of Mexico and in various parts of Mexico City.