U.S., Texas - If you were offered a brand new iPad for $200 (N31,048), would you buy it? What if the offer was made at a gas station? Many of us might not fall for the sales pitch. Unfortunately, one Jalonta Freeman of Arlington, Texas did.
Freeman was at a gas station when a man pulled up beside her and told her he was selling iPads worth $800 (N124,192) for $200 (N31,048). She gave him the cash and off he sped. When she brought the package home to her sister, they discovered that the 'iPad' was nothing but a mirror.
"I just started cussing," the woman says. "I was upset."
Texas seems to be rife with iPad scams, according to reports. In October, a 15-year-old received an iPad as a gift from her mother. The 'iPad,' purchased at a local supermarket, turned out to be nothing more than a stack of notepads in a fancy iPad box. At first, the store didn't believe the family's story, but finally refunded the money and gave the gorl an iPad for free. The girl and her mom had fallen victim to a scam in which thieves purchase iPads, keep the flashy gadgets and return the boxes stuffed with filler weight to stores for refunds.
In April, a wave of con artists were posing as out-of-the-trunk Apple bootleggers outside of convenience stores. The 'iPads' and 'MacBooks' they were selling were nothing but fancy boxes with filler inside.
"Some of (the victims) think they’re getting a good deal on an iPad and it kind of blocks their sensory perception of right and wrong,” a detective notes.
Freeman learned her lesson: "Don't buy nothing on the streets from nobody."
So, Dear Nigerians, be careful! Such "crafty" crimes are carried out not only in the U.S.