Mum can't afford to buy son's Christmas presents after Gumtree scammers steal her phone and drag her along road

Christina Towers 22, lost her grip on the swerving car and was thrown across a busy road after she desperately tried to get her stolen phone back.

She had put her iPhone 7 up for sale on Gumtree so she could afford to buy her baby his first Christmas presents, but when she met with her buyer they grabbed her phone and made a run for it.

Christina was contacted by the fake buyer who asked for her address and offered to meet her at 8pm on Sunday evening.

He turned up with three other "young lads"  in what she described as a "sports car".

When she gave him the phone to look at, to her horror he ran back to the car with it.

In need of the cash ahead of Christmas shopping, Christina chased him and grabbed on to the open car window.

The car sped off, dragging her along with it but they swerved so so she’d lose her grip on the window frame.

The sudden change of direction catapulted her off the car, throwing her across the tarmac for several feet.

She said: "I ran to the car and grabbed on to the passenger side window, as it was open.

"I was flung across the street and landed hard.

"I'm not badly injured but my right leg is pretty painful.

"It was very traumatic. I'm frightened to death and I'm constantly shaking.

"I haven't been able to sleep since."

The full-time mum from Mackworth, Derbyshire, says she will now have to cut back on presents for her seven-month-old son's first Christmas.

Describing the ordeal, she said "I was selling a mobile phone through Gumtree and I received a phone call at 7.36pm.

POLICE ADVICE FOR GUMTREE SELLERS

  • Never give out your home address
  • Always meet in a busy public place, such as a coffee shop, preferably with a friend or family member with you
  • If you are going on your own, make sure that you let someone know where you are and what time you should be home
  • If you are selling a high-value item then keep things online and get paid via PayPal rather than exchanging your item for cash
  • Don’t be pressured. Remember, if you change your mind you don’t have to go through with the sale

"It was a young lad and he asked me if I still had it and he told me to text my address so that he could come pick it up.

"I think they should be arrested and put behind bars for what they have done. I just want them caught.

"It definitely was a big financial hit. It was all supposed to go towards my little one's first Christmas.

"I'm going to have to cut back but I will find a way to make it just as special."

A police spokesman said "Online selling sites offer a brilliant service and can be a place to find a brilliant bargain or earn a few pounds.

"However, there is some simple advice that can keep you safe if you are using these types of site.

For anyone with information about this incident is urged to get in touch with police by calling 101 quoting reference number 18000558502. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."



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