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Holiday shopping scam: Fake Apple IPads

The iPad was actually a decorated mirror, that cost $200.

Holiday shoppers, beware the iScam.

In Texas, a convincing salesman of hot goods approached a black woman with a Christmas deal that she couldn’t refuse: An $800 iPad tablet for the low, low, price of $200.

The woman forked over the cash, and the salesman that appeared from nowhere quickly returned to the ether after the sale.

To the woman’s surprise, there wasn’t an Apple iPad in the box, just a mirror that she uses to reflect on how her B.S. detection skills went sour.

Holiday shopping scams: Fake iPads


In October of this year, and also in Texas, a mother went inside a Wal-Mart and purchased an iPad from the shelf, only to discover that the box was filled with yellow notepads. The mother returned to the store with the notepads and, and understandably the manager had his doubts. Wal-Mart corporate headquarters gave the mother the iPad, and released a statement:

“We have reviewed our surveillance video to see if we can find out who is responsible for this and we are sharing that information with local law enforcement in hopes that whoever is behind this is held responsible for their selfish acts.”

This block of wood sold for $180.

A South Carolina fast-food restaurant parking lot became the scene of a quickie iScam a few years ago, when 22-year-old Ashley McDowell thought she had purchased a$180 iPad only to discover it was a plank of wood with an Apple logo painted on it.

At this point we would like to say that a safe bet is to buy your authentic Apple products from an Apple store, but as you know, there are fake Apple stores as well, such as this one located in  Kunming, China.

Take a look.