B.C.’s fake iPad mystery deepens
The fake iPad 2 scam emerging in British Columbia appears to be growing, with more customers finding themselves in possession of fake tablets that were sold at major retailers.
Now, reports are also suggesting the scammers hired mules to go to the dirty work for them.
When one customer went to return the device to the store, they thought he was a crook. After all, the package appeared to be sealed and like new.
But no. The tablets had been previously purchased with cash (untraceable), replaced and then sealed up to look like it had never been opened before.
While the scam was first reported in Vancouver at Future Shop and Best Buy locations, it has now spread to Victoria and other retailers, including Wal-Mart and London Drugs.
The RCMP also alleges the scammers hired “mules” to do some of the dirty work, by posting jobs on Craigslist.
The hires would return the fake tablets to the stores, and were asked to report back on the level of customer service received. Almost like a mystery shopper, but for a mystery scam.
Have you ever been the victim of a scam?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets