It was too late when the Indonesian man realized the person who bought his phone handed him fake paper bills as payment.
The transaction, which quickly made local headlines, took place in East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo last week.
In his police report, the seller claimed that he had only met the anonymous buyer online.
After exchanging numbers, the pair decided to meet around midnight on Dec. 16.
The fact that the buyer chose to meet in the dead of night made the seller think something was off.
However, he gave the buyer the benefit of the doubt and proceeded with the meeting.
The buyer arrived in a motorcycle and kept its engine running during the transaction, the seller said.
Because the entire exchange was rushed, the seller had no awareness to check the “cash” the buyer had handed out to him.
It was only after the buyer had sped off that the seller decided to check his payment.
To his shock and dismay, the buyer paid him counterfeit paper bills, the details of which had been hand-drawn in red marker.
The seller was supposed to make 900,000 Indonesian rupiahs ($63) for the sale.
Instagram users commented on the incident:
“Counterfeit money will be offended to see this ‘money.’”
“Actual counterfeiters must be shocked at this.”
“I want to be sad about this, but I can’t stop laughing.”