Criminals are traveling state-to-state setting up shop in gas station parking lots slanging fake iPads to people.
The thieves typically park in gas station parking lots and then approach people asking if they’re interested in buying an iPad.
Often, they show a real iPad to the victims at first.
When they convince a victim to make a purchase, they then pull a FedEx box out of a car trunk that contains what looks like an iPad in bubble wrap.
When the victims open the box later, they find a Plexiglas frame covered in black duct tape with an Apple symbol on the back and Best Buy price labeling on the front.
Police are warning that fake iPads are being sold in parking lots across the nation. Officers in Georgia and Florida have contacted Grand Prairie, Texas detective Alex Chasteen after seeing reports on scammers he helped bust. “I have leads from Florida to Georgia to Mississippi,” Chasteen said. “I recently got a call out of Atlanta, where a detective saw the piece that had been done earlier with NBC 5.”
The Atlanta officer is working on more than 30 incidents of people duped into buying fake iPads.