College students allegedly scammed Apple out of nearly $1M in iPhone replacements

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  1. Sankari

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    Two Chinese students living in the USA successfully scammed Apple by submitting fake iPhones for repair or replacement. Apple couldn't tell the difference.

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    Cult of Mac reports that fake iPhones are now extremely sophisticated, with quality good enough to fool even a relatively discerning buyer.

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  2. treeplant

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    wow soundings liker real smarts gays wel don
     
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    Apple just accepted all those rmas haha..
     
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    becausin is gebuis bar
     
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  5. broccoli

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    Don't they have serial numbers printed on them? If the counterfeits can't be detected, why didn't they just sell those?
     
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    So about 50 iPhones then?
     
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    because they fakes are rubbish, they run a gimped version of android and have rubbish hardware in them. they are counterfeits in look and feel only.

    i am genuinely surprised that apple was replacing fake iphones such as the one in the OP. as soon as you crack one open you can immediately tell that it is a fake (assuming it doesnt power on), as that cultofmac website shows.
     
  8. broccoli

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    Well, you'd think the apple people could tell... but apparently not. This isn't interesting so much about the crooks, but about how apple just handed out replacements without looking/detecting they'd been given duds.
     
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  9. FIREWIRE1394

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    Apple probably didn't care enough to check.
    Think about it, the real phones cost what? $5 each to make and paying someone in America to check they are real is like $20 an hour so meh.
     
  10. broccoli

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    but they could sell them for $600, or so they're claiming. Paying somebody $20 an hour to look seems reasonable taking into account the sale value and not the production cost. Somebody must have looked eventually, to discover the scam. Also, how come nobody noticed the same bloke returning zillions of phones?
     
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    I don't think apple care about the sale value. because THEY know how much they're making :lol:

    and returning 1000 iPhones is easier than SELLING 1000 iphones..
     

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