A MARKET Rasen mother is warning of the dangers of buying second hand phones after the one she bought contained pornographic images.
Maureen Webb of Old Dairy Road bought the phone from Cash Convertors in Lincoln High Street as a present for her nine-year-old son Aaron.
However, when she went to set it up for him, she found eight ‘pornographic images of a man’.
“The photos had been saved to the phone itself,” said Maureen.
“I was so annoyed because if my little lad had seen them he would have been asking a lot of questions.”
When Maureen went back to the shop to tell them, she says she was just told to wipe the phone.
“I want to make other people aware of what they could be buying, especially the way things are at the moment, more and more people are buying things this way” she said.
“I contacted the police, but they said there was nothing they could do.”
Darren Ward, store manager of Cash Converters Lincoln said: “We apologise for any distress this incident may have caused the customer.
“We have a stringent policy to wipe and reformat all pre-owned mobile phones before selling them on and regret that this did not happen on this occasion.
“We offered Ms Webb a refund on the mobile phone.
“Customer satisfaction is always at the forefront of service throughout the Cash Converters operation and we have thousands of happy customers who use our stores to purchase pre-owned goods every day.
“We have reiterated to all staff the importance of this policy and put in place procedures to prevent this from happening again.”
A police spokesman said: “Although there are no criminal matters involved here, it is clearly sensible to make sure any phone or electronic device which carries images is checked and wiped before being given to a child.”