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New York thieves use iPhones to lure victims

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Fri June 13, 2008

Robbers use iPhone lures

Four Brooklyn men have been arrested in connection with a scam involving the iPhone, writes the New York Times. Michel Origval, Elorge Zamy, Ulyses Campbell and Christopher Thervil have been charged with robbery and possession of a weapon, following a string of incidents in which people responded to Craigslist ad promoting a bulk sale of iPhones. The men would arrange meetings with potential buyers on Flatbush street corners, only to steal money and any other possessions they had with them.

The strategy, says the New York Police Department, was intended to catch people bringing the amount of money demanded in the Craigslist ad. The suspects were arrested in a sting operation, and have so far been connected to four out of 12 similar robberies that took place between March 8th and June 4th.

by MacNN Staff





  1. wingdo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is mac news how?


  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mac news

    People are using iPhones to rip people off. This means people want to buy iPhones, which means more people then buying macs, which increase the macs market share, and, thus, is mac news.

    See, easy!

    Then again, if you're living on the edge so much to think "Hey, there's a bulk sale of iPhones on a street corner in NY! Well, you know its going to be safe!" you should have your money stolen.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    where's the "Couldn't do that with a Zune!" cracks?

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If it's too good...

    ... to be true, then it probably is.

    Where else would 'bulk' iPhones be coming from except from someone who is already at the very least a thief? This is only a slightly more aggressive variation of the other Brooklyn scam involving unbelievably cheap high-end cameras.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good one

    "where's the "Couldn't do that with a Zune!" cracks?"

    since you made the crack why not take the credit instead of posting like an inquiry. what, too shy?

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