They met at a restaurant where the woman handed over the money for what she thought were two new phone boxes. The buyer did not check inside the boxes and on arriving home found they contained real apples.
Senior constable Jess Hopkin of the Crime Prevention Unit in Upper Mt Gravatt, near Brisbane, warned people to be careful when buying things online.
"If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. It's really just common sense," said Hopkin.