Nobody likes to get ripped off, but sometimes we learn lessons the hard way, and most of the times you lose a good amount of hard earned money, but that’s the price you pay for committing the mistake.
Here’s a story about Jalonta Freeman who recently got ripped off and was tricked into buying a fake Apple product. Freeman was approached at an Arlington, Texas gas station parking lot by a stranger. The stranger in question seemed to be selling electronics including tablets and laptops at discounted prices. The stranger apparently gave Freeman a hard to resist offer and she was instantly motivated to make a spot purchase. The offer was for an Apple iPad which normally sells for $800 apiece, but he offered it to her for just $200. As they say, if something is too good to be true, it probably is. The $600 discount should have raised an alarm in her mind, but then since the holiday season is nearing, and as the offer was too good to pass up, she made a move by handing over $200 to the stranger. The stranger handed over the iPad pack and quickly left the scene.
When she got the box, she felt like she had made a sweet deal, but when she started unwrapping the “iPad”, the back panel looked very genuine with the Apple logo, but the screen was covered with several stickers and labels which new iPad’s normally don’t come with. Removing the stickers revealed a mirror instead of a high resolution display. Freeman was ripped off and what she bought was a $200 mirror with Apple logo on the back. Not a sweet deal after all. She called the cops, but the police couldn’t help because she had not noted down the seller’s license plate and had no information on him, so they could do very little without any critical information.
“That’s so messed up,” Freeman said. “That’s so wrong. I would never do anybody like that. Get a job.” Freeman said she became angry when she realized she had been conned. “I just started cussing,” she said. “I was upset. Anybody would be upset if you found out you just got scammed, you know what I’m saying? You just lost $200.”
According to NBC, these types of scams take place in large numbers just before the holiday season. Now that we know such things are happening, we hope you won’t fall for the trap. If somebody offers you an iPad for $200, you should reject the offer because fourth generation Wi-Fi only Apple iPad costs $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The cellular versions cost $130 extra.
For some weird reason, Apple’s iPad is most often used in these kinds of scams. Similar to Freeman’s case, in August 2011, a woman in South Carolina got a block of wood for $180 instead of an iPad. Do spread the message so that nobody gets ripped off this way again. What are your thoughts on this?