Famed for its versatility in cooking, the humble potato found another use this week according to reports from the always reliable gossip website Ananova.

A not-very elaborate scam in Germany saw punters duped by British con artists into paying £600 for what they thought was a bag of second-hand MP3 players. On closer inspection, however, the contents turned out to be not iPods but… spuds.

Police are now warning shoppers to beware of a surge in chip-and-pin fraud.