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

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.


source: Mirror  via Gizmodo

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17 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

!See ice!

2. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31677; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

4. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

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

5. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

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

7. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 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?

8. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

idk lol

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

15. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

lmao even with apples

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Now they're on ice.

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

13. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

14. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1372; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

16. PrinceBee

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Their brains were frozen so were their minds simple!

17. PrinceBee

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 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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