Crooks are switching £449 PlayStation 5s for £42 George Foreman grills in two shock delivery scams

CROOKS are switching PlayStation 5s for home grills in two shock delivery scams.

The items’ similar weight mean they fool scanners checking boxes at warehouses.

One con sees criminals, feared to be parcel couriers, substitute a £42 George Foreman Large Fit Grill for the £449 console which is kept and sold at vast profit.

Hundreds of gamers have reported opening parcels to find a grill.

It is just 2lbs lighter than the PS5.

Crooks have also used a £75 Pro Breeze air fryer in the swap.

An Amazon insider said: “Loads of boxes have been returned to us from customers saying their PS5 never arrived.

“Many have excitedly opened the box to find a deep-fat fryer or grill.

"Amazon has replaced a lot but there are still probably tens of thousands of unopened parcels out there.

“A lot of people could be about to get a nasty shock on Christmas Day.”

The second scam sees crooks buy a PS5, keep it but also claim a refund — sneaking a grill into the returned parcel.

Again its weight tricks depot scanners.

Hundreds of PS5s were on sale last night, some attracting bids of £800.

Amazon said it is aware of the scams and acting to stamp them out.

It said warehouse staff were unlikely to blame due to CCTV cameras.

A spokesman added: “We’ve reached out to every customer who’s had a problem so we can offer a replacement.”

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