Tip of The Day: iPads Are Not Made of Clay

There’s been a rash of fake iPads in the last couple weeks. Several retail stores in the Vancouver, BC area have reported that sophisticated stammers have cleverly substituted blocks of clay for returned iPads.

Future Shop and Best Buy have each launched an investigation into the matter, and it has many people baffled. You see, this isn’t your normal scam where  customer tries and fails to return an empty box. No, these scammers succeed at the scam because they are good enough that they can open an iPad retail box, replace the iPad with clay, and then seal the box so it looks like it was never opened.

“Customers don’t expect to receive this kind of product from Future Shop, so it’s a very serious matter and something we are addressing right away for anyone who has been impacted,” Future Shop spokesman Elliott Chun told CTV British Columbia.  “It really saddens Future Shop that people stoop to be this opportunistic and make money in this kind of organized way.”

As many as 10 fake iPads have been reported, and they were all discovered by unsuspecting customers. The stores had accepted the iPads as returns and then put them back on the shelf.

via CTV