Woman pays $1330 for apples thinking she was buying two iPhones

Woman pays $1330 for apples thinking she was buying two iPhones
At over $650 apiece, these have to be among the most expensive apples ever sold to an individual. Unfortunately for the buyer, she thought she was purchasing something a bit pricier than a ripe red McIntosh – an Apple iPhone

Yup, it is another scam story involving a mischievous seller, a gullible buyer, and a sleek, shiny Apple product. A 21-year-old woman from Brisbane, Australia was interested in purchasing two iPhones so she posted an ad on Gumtree (a Craigslist alternative). Sure enough, she was promptly contacted by another woman who offered to sell her a couple of them iPhones for 1500 aussie dollars (about $1335). The two met at a McDonald's parking lot where the buyer was handed two sealed boxes, presumably containing one iPhone each, after paying the said amount of cash for them. Yet the woman didn't open the boxes until she got back home when it was already too late to ask for a refund. All she got were two apples – one in each box.

This isn't the first time we hear someone getting tricked by a scammer in such fashion. In June of this year, a British man purchased what he thought was an Apple iPad only to find a bunch of potatoes upon opening the packaging. And back in 2011, a 22-year-old woman from South Carolina gave $180 for what turned out to be an iPad-shaped piece of wood with an Apple logo slapped on the back

So as these stories demonstrate, buying a smartphone or tablet from a non-authorized dealer can be risky, especially if the deal seems too good to be true. Always make sure that you're really getting what you're paying for, unless you want your unfortunate story to end up in the news.


source: The Herald Sun via CNET

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70 Comments

73. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bye Kayle, enjoy the vacation.

72. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

2 apples / and potatoes better then a wooden board they can eat those then the board

67. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is why you ask to see the goods first. I guess these people that got scammed have never watched a movie in their lifetime.

62. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

A fool and his (her) money are soon parted. Never mind what phone was involved, would you trust anyone and not even examine the merchandise?

48. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

scams happen only on apple products ....so apple must sue them and get half the cash from scamsters !

39. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I wonder if they were fresh lol

42. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

No they were 4weeks old ™

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Never knew apple's were so expensive . This shows how people are dumb when buying Apple products on the street. Best story too date.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You use "too" when you should've used "to", and you call people dumb? Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

63. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

But you missed the fact that no apostrophe was needed in "apple's". It is a plural, not a possessive. And I figure most typos don't get corrected because typing on glass and making corrections is such a pain. Prefering physical keyboards these days though, severely limits one's options.

49. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very true Gadget+1 ™

33. rakista301

Posts: 5; Member since: May 25, 2013

how stupid...well, I got a BRAND NEW white iPhone 5 64GB for a "too good to be true" price (for only 33k philippine pesos or 759 dollars)....

41. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Who cares!

31. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

iJunk for iDumb, nothing new

30. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Isn't it the same, even if it contained an iPhone? XD JK! :D

29. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

She should never been to much confident and trust first when someone is selling online because there are many liar and deceiver online selling some are fake product to. She sure have learn it in the hard way.

26. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Limit of Stupidity.. How can u NOT open the box, NOT turn on the phone & NOT use it before buying..?

25. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

How can someone be so stupid?

21. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

wow thats just funny

17. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Hasn't she heard of eBay? or any other popular on-line stores?..or couldn't she buy the phones from a recognized store just like regular buyers do?..-_-

14. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Bwahahaha! So much for brand symbols. Troll Level: Iapple (literally)

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That woman should feel happy because she bought two limited edition Apples. What are the specs? 1.3 GHz Sweet & Sour Dual Taste Processor 1GB of Rotten Apple Mclntosh (RAM) 4 inch Rounded OVAL-shaped Retina Display 8MP iJuicy Camera Designed in Brisbane , Assembled in China. lol

15. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Planted in China ***

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Was this lame joke suppose to be funny?

22. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If you have no sense of humor then it's okay! Nobody wants you to lol. lol

54. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're not funny. Period.

69. domiboy7

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

hey xperia droid i see you like xperia phones a lot mind joining my xperia community on reddit where we all have daily discussions and post news tips and tricks about xperia phones and tablets... if your interested the link is reddit.com/r/SonyXperia

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope he doesn't try standup any time soon.

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yes it is lol.

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You'd laugh if someone said apple pie.

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