Police in Oregon smash crime ring looking to flood Hong Kong with $750K of illegally bought iPhones

Police in Oregon smash crime ring looking to flood Hong Kong with $750K of illegally bought iPhones
Oregon might not seem like a hotbed of international crime, but police in the state have broken up a ring that was about to swamp the black market in Hong Kong with $750,000 worth of iPhones. Local police were able to stop the illegal activity by spotting suspicious iPhone purchases being made from Apple Stores in the Washington Square Mall and Bridgeport Village.

The break that the cops needed took place at the Apple Store inside the Washington Square mall. Police witnessed an individual purchasing a large number of iPhones using an incredible number of gift cards. The transaction aroused the suspicions of the cops, and they followed this man to his car. After he drove off, the police quickly pulled him over and discovered that the vehicle was stuffed with bags from Apple Stores.

The police found 470 iPhones in the auto, valued at $290,000. They also found Apple Store gift cards in the amount of $585,000 that were most likely purchased using counterfeit credit cards. No arrests were made, however. As it turns out, the man who was making all of these questionable iPhone purchases, and his accomplice, are both now working with officials to bring down the entire ring.

The pair led law enforcement officials to a FedEx store where a large number of boxes containing iPhones were discovered. The handsets were supposed to be smuggled in to Hong Kong.


source: PortlandTribune via RedmondPie

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21 Comments

1. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

That's a lot of junk

2. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Where? I don't see any samjunk..

3. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Very expensive and profitable one I'd say.

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

One mans junk is another mans treasure.

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That sounded really gay.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Tim Cook would be proud of him...

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

i bet apple adds all odf these stolen broken and returned phones to the sold list lol;

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

its like they say s*&t rools down hill all the way to china

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Where Can I Get Those Gift Cards At Tho LOL.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well Apple devices have a high resale value, regardless of what we as individuals think about them, so smart way of whitewashing, though yeah, also a bit obvious.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

By individuals, you mean trolls, right?

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Believe it or not, but there are quite a lot of people that are not trolls that have quite a few reasons to dislike Apple, be it their law practices or products that people dislike. Apple's products are products like any other, yet some treat both Apple and their products as near gods. This is a bad thing, because it also means that if Apple does something wrong, they will still defend Apple. I don't "hate" Apple, I see no reason to do so, I dislike their patent practices and lawsuits that they seem to win even though the patents are so very very vague. iOS seems restrictive and limiting to me, I can't do things the way I want to do them, so I do not use iOS products. No hate, rage or fanboying against Apple is needed to dislike them.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

its called apple greed its floating down from corporate to individuals

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Probably goophones anyway

15. RonaldSimatupangJohanius

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

So, this is why Apple able to sell many phones with high ASP. Let say, That dude buy iPhone for US$800 using fake credit card Then, that dude sold the buy-using-stolen iPhone for US$500. So, in reality, the expensive iPhone were subsidize with stolen-credit-card.

16. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Yes, those 470 phones would have certainly flooded the Hong Kong market.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right, not even a small neighborhood.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder how he got all those gift cards in the first place. It sounds like an inside job.

19. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I think it's all stolen credit card based, I've heard of Xbox credit and games being ordered from stolen credit cards, Once they have placed the order the the stuff is shipped to a burner address, they grab the items and by the time the card has bounced or been reported as missing, they are long gone from that address with gift cards. I read a article on a gaming site about such things, hackers really know their way around burner addresses and such.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Crazy stuff bro.

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

As a Letter Carrier I've noticed a few questionable packages being delivered to supposedly vacant addressees, I've held them and turned them back into management. I've also noticed packages with names on them that didn't match the occupants names. Luckily I knew the occupants names, UPS, FedEx, or OnTrac wouldn't have been able to catch the name discrepancies and probably would have just dropped it.

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