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Two conmen found guilty of substituting ice for Apple iPads in U.K. postal insurance scam

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Two conmen found guilty of substituting ice for Apple iPads in U.K. postal insurance scam
Two U.K. conmen had an idea for a postal insurance scam involving the Apple iPad. Unfortunately for the pair, they didn't exactly think things through and were nabbed by the cops. Nathan Meunch, 29, and Nigel Bennett, 39 went to the Wellington Post Office with a parcel that they claimed contained $4000 worth of Apple iPads. In reality, the parcel contained ice, which was rapidly melting.

It was Nathan Meunch who approached the mail clerk, Elaine Sloane. He explained his wet jacket by saying it was due to a rainstorm outside, an obvious lie considering that the huge window in the post office showed no precipitation. Meunch then told the clerk that he wanted to mail a package containing $4000 worth of iPads to a PO Box. The return address? He couldn't remember. Sloane will never be confused with Sherlock Holmes. Not only did Meunch's failure to remember his return address not set off any internal alarms, she also accepted the package even though the cardboard was rapidly becoming pulp from the melting ice. Another postal clerk noticed that this package of Apple iPads was leaking water at a high rate. But instead of being suspicious, this clerk also ignored the obvious and the package was mailed.

Sure enough, Nigel Bennett entered the Wellington Post Office a few days later waving an insurance claim ticket for $4000. It was Bennett who was the recipient of the box of iPads ice. The scam was exposed and both Meunch and Bennett were sentenced to 12 months of community service, 150 hours of unpaid work for the courts, and a fine of $800. Bennet's attorney, Denis Desmond, said that his client was running a music hall but did not have enough money to rent the venue. "He hatched this not just unsuccessful but rather pathetic plan," said the attorney.

Conmen Nathan Meunch (L) and Nigel Bennett
Conmen Nathan Meunch (L) and Nigel Bennett

Conmen Nathan Meunch (L) and Nigel Bennett


source: Mirror  via Gizmodo

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posted on 14 Aug 2013, 17:30

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 842; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


!See ice!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:25 1

2. rawbow (Posts: 405; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


iFreeze!!!!! Put your hands where i can see them!!! lol

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:26 3

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 9290; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ice ice baby. The ice pad mini. What idiots...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:35

4. nobelset (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


-_____- I certainly did not come here expecting ice to be LITERALLY ice! XD

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:45

5. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


why ice? i don't get it...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:52

7. Fishbowl (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


i was wondering that too. If it's going to his mate's place it doesn't matter what he puts there. Rocks would have sufficed. My guess is to show water damage?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:57

8. gagdude (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


idk lol

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:50

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Look at them man... They're perfect for the third installation of "Dumb and Dumber".

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 05:41

15. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


i think because, once the packet reaches him, he will open it infront of the delivery guy and boooom.. nothins der! so the fault doesnt fall on the sender.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:48 3

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 171; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Apple products gets replaced with the randomest things in scams, from potatoes to ice... WTF are these people smoking?? LOL

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:30 1

12. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 842; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


lmao even with apples

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:26

9. AfterShock (Posts: 1285; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Now they're on ice.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 23:38

11. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It's the lower-spec version of the iphoneC, the iCe.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:36

13. McLTE (Posts: 620; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Just have to wonder WTF goes on in these guys brains thinking.. "YES! I have the ultimate plan! We'll put ice in the box. PERFECT!"

I can think of a few good ways to pull this off, but NOTHING that involves ice.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 14:46

14. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


LoL!!!! . iFai l- I agree!!!m What the hell were these guys think or better yet the weren't thinking no powers of acute cogitation at all.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 07:25

16. PrinceBee (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Their brains were frozen so were their minds simple!

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 07:28

17. PrinceBee (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


The guys were a bunch of lazy lots who could not even differentiate between a blocks of ice ad blocks of metal. There are better options than ice......let them enroll for a tutorial....

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