Inside the box, instead of a shiny new gold iPhone 6s, was a low-tech padlock. So the victim of this rip off did what any of us would have done in the same situation; he took to social media. Posting his dilemma on Facebook, the situation caught the attention of the right people at 11street less than 24 hours later, and Ng soon had a replacement in his hands. Because of an escrow system used by 11street, the seller would not have received the money for the purchase until the buyer was satisfied, so the motive is not clear.
Over the years, we've told you about people who purchased an Apple product and got ripped off. One lady thought she was getting a bargain on an iPad purchase she made at a gas station parking lot and ended up with a broken mirror. One mother, buying what she thought was an iPad for her daughter from Walmart, bought a sealed box with legal pads inside. In this new case, police are investigating, hoping to find clues by examining the padlock.
Sealed iPhone box contains only a padlock
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