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Seeking PS5, Durham man falls for Black Friday scam

Posted December 1, 2020 5:51 p.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2020 6:39 p.m. EST

— A Durham man said he is out $300 after falling for a Black Friday scheme. Cye Frasier says he was desperate for a PlayStation 5 for himself and his 12-year-old son. The Durham barber was ready to wait all night in line to get one of the gaming consoles, knowing they are in short supply.

He says when he got to GameStop on Westgate Drive on Thanksgiving night, a security guard told him he was not allowed to get in line that early.

“He was like, but for $300 I’ll hold your spot and you can come back in the morning and it’ll still be there," Frasier said.

He decided to pay the guard.

“I just wanted to get the game. I don’t know why. I feel so stupid for doing it,” he said.

Frasier had a bad feeling and went back later that night to find police cars in the parking lot. Frasier says police told him they were investigating multiple reports of the same thing.

Frasier told WRAL News he regrets giving the money, but most of all regrets that he lost an opportunity to get a PlayStation 5 which starts at a cost of $400.

Durham Police said they are investigating multiple reports of a similar scheme.

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