When something is popular, everybody wants to sell it. Pirated DVDs of blockbuster movies are there. Pirated music is everywhere on Internet. Pirated Harry Potter books have also been seen. When so many things are pirated, then why be surprised over fake iPhones.
Fake iPhones are starting to become a common sight on the streets of New York. Criminals look to cash in on the huge demand for the latest Apple device. The iPhones being sold by illegal vendors are probably fake. Recently on Ninth Avenue at 39th Street, an NYPD officer approached a vendor who was trying to sell a brand new boxed iPhone 4 for just $150; of course it was a fake.
The iPhone in question looked like a fake with a much inferior build quality, smaller screen and ill fitting buttons. However, the fake iPhone did turn on and run apps. The apps were not iOS apps but some horrible copy with blurry screens. Of course it was not retina quality. NYPD later discovered that the illegal vendor also worked out of a store and promptly acquired a warrant to search the premises.
Officers raided the store on Feb. 9 and found what the police described as among the larger inventories of fake Apple electronics for sale on the East Coast. They said there were 436 iPhones, 21 iPads, 128 iPods — all fake. An official from Apple showed up to verify as much. “If you walked in and said, ‘I want a 32-gigabyte white iPhone,’ they had it,” Sergeant O’Connell said. “The iPad was the size of a Kindle screen.” Some devices turned on, while others appeared to need to be plugged in first. The police said they also found $2,400 in cash, a bunch of security cameras and two people working, Cindy Liu, 25, and Mo Ling, 36, who were arrested.
The fake iPhones are believed to come from China. Some of them are probably assembled from parts stolen from official Apple assembly lines. However, our readers should be sure that these are not iPhones and not manufactured by Apple.
Have you ever met some rogue vendor who tried to sell you fake iPhone? Post your comments.