iPad Clay Scam Rears its Head on Vancouver Island
With such a desirable, yet costly, item as the iPad, it tends to be a bit of a target for scammers who want to get themselves one for free using dishonest methods, some of which can be incredibly elaborate. The Vancouver Sun has a story of one such scam that has reared its ugly head on Vancouver Island. According to the news report, person or persons unknown on Vancouver Island have been buying iPads at one of the major electrical goods retailers in the region, such as Best Buy or Future Shop, and then returning the “iPad” unopened to the store for a full refund. The “iPad” is then put back on the shelves for resale by unsuspecting store employees. A simple transaction, you might think. Unfortunately, no, as it is in fact not an iPad that has been returned to the store, but a lump of clay that has been placed inside the sealed box to make it feel like an iPad, before the box is then resealed expertly to make it look as if it has never been opened. Apparently the scam is not being detected until another customer buys the box that has been put back out on the store’s shelves, and then opens it when they get home to reveal a lump of clay. Store workers and customers have now been warned about the scam by local police, in an effort to make everyone more vigilant, and Best Buy Canada even issued a press release on the matter, with the following quote:
Would be interesting to know if this scam is confined to Canada or if it has also occurred elsewhere?
“Best Buy Canada takes fraud seriously and has launched a comprehensive investigation in cooperation with Apple and other retailers who have reported similar incidents.”
Source: Vancouver Island police warn of iPad clay scam