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Australian woman pays $1334 for two apples in iPhone scam

updated 09:36 am EDT, Mon August 5, 2013

Woman didn't check boxes before returning home

A 21-year-old woman from Brisbane, Australia was scammed into buying a pair of apples in place of the iPhones she was expecting, regional police say. The person recently placed an ad on classifieds site Gumtree, saying she was interested in buying a few iPhones. She was then contacted by another woman, who said she had a pair of iPhones to sell.

The two parties met at Sunnybank McDonald's, where the first woman paid $1,500 AUD ($1,334 US) for two iPhone boxes. She returned home before checking them however, only to discover that the boxes had real apples in them. A 16GB Australian iPhone normally retails for $799 AUD unlocked.

Such scams are rare but not unheard of with Apple products. In some cases, people have even claimed to have bought devices with dummy goods from stores.

by MacNN Staff



  1. vinnieA2

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 03-28-05

    This really isn't newsworthy. Dummy gets ripped

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Agree, fact, my post has only increased the unnecessary attention this story has gotten!

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