Crooks near San Francisco are ripping off Apple iPad buyers using floor tiles

Crooks near San Francisco are ripping off Apple iPad buyers using floor tiles
In the past, we've seen a mirror, note pads and a block of wood sold to unsuspecting buyers as an Apple iPad. Now, folks in a city near San Francisco are getting ripped off by the latest iPad scam. People walking in Ceres, a city south of Modesto, are being approached by sellers, offering them iPads for cut rate prices. Those that took the bait ended up shelling out hundreds of dollars for what they thought was a brand  new tablet.

Once at home, the buyer would quickly open the box only to find that what they paid all that money for, was a tile with an Apple logo pasted on it, or a box full of packaging peanuts. By including some of the proper documentation and placing the Apple logo in the right spot, the scammers are able to pull one over on their marks, even if they make a quick perusal of the inside of the box.

If you're going to buy an iPad from someone standing on a street corner, you need to open the box and take out the device to examine it. Otherwise you just might find that you've been ripped off. While this has been happening often in Ceres, it is a scam that can happen anyplace. Don't be foolish.


source: SFGate via BGR

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34 Comments

1. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Lol! I never knew that there was something more useless that an iPad.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Too bad it's been proven to be the best tablet in the world.

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Are you referring to the iPad or the floor tile? -- I'm not sirius.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just stop please........

9. Pem3108

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wonder what formula they used to determine that???

35. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Proven best by whom? "Best" is subjective. What you think is "best" might not be what is actually "best". What is this proof? Is it quantifiable?

11. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

lol, what, are you saying a $500-900 piece of tile with a Apple logo on it is not a good deal??? appleshemy!!!

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

A fool & his/her money are soon separated.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

To think we live in the same world as someone who dishes out money without checking out what they bought is beyond me..

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

Truth. If it sounds like too good of a deal to be true, it usually is. How hard is it to open the box & inspect the goods before handing over the cash? I wouldn't necessarily expect someone to do that in a retail store, but when some guy walks up to you on the street....

3. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

For as dishonest and wrong it is, I don't feel sorry for those who got scammed. They frankly had it coming.

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

If anything comes up at cut rate price I think it's reason enough to get you to check it out before purchasing it

12. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

At least they got the logo. Shouldn't they be content with that?

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

same story, new product.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is a shame. I feel bad for those that lost their money to this. Fan favorites aside, no one deserves to be ripped off.

16. Shteeve

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Tbf when you buy any Apple product your paying for the logo and thats exactly what they got

22. genkidama20

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for"

17. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Really??? Stupid people, very stupid ...

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Folks buy your iPad from a reputable dealer please. This isn't funny at all, at least check before handing over your money. I've bought and sold on Craigslist, when buying I check, smell the charging port, and power on before hand. If it's a phone they have to meet at at&t to do the deal, if not, no deal. Apple haters will flood this article with their usual no life having banter, but be careful everyone. Post #1 is a classic example of idiocy.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

A reputable iPad dealer??? Name one... ;)

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bestbuy, Radio Shack, Apple, At&t, Verizon, Tmobile, Sprint, Walmart. There, I named 8. Everything's not a joke dude.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He doesn't get it darkk. Trolling as usual.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly smurf, it's like man are they ever serious? +1

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Serious... on a website about tech?

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Lighten up, it was a joke. geesh

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And you need to lighten up, it was a friggin joke. Not everything is trolling. And I don't consider myself a troll.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It was a troll comment. It wasn't even funny either btw, so you need work on your humor.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Whatever, perhaps you and jedi don't find it amusing. Thank god you're not the standard of what is funny or not.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Every article isn't joke material dude. Time and place for it.

34. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Is it an article about thousands of deaths after a disaster? Is it an article about a woman who lost her kids? Or the next strike on innocent live? No, it's about people being screwed over for a couple of hundred bucks, too stupid to watch closer. Tough luck.

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