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Apple loses nearly $ 1 million with fake student scam

Sleep on the noise: a scam involving a pair of students and a slew of fake iPhones gave Apple an almost millionaire loss in the US state of Oregon. Can you believe it? For see below the story brought by the Oregon Live.

The protagonists of the story are Quan jiang and Yangyang Zhou, two engineering students from a state university. Both Chinese, the young people received counterfeit iPhones (each costing about $ 30) from their home country and sent them to Apple, claiming that the devices they said were under warranty and broken no longer.

If you think that young people have repeated the process a few dozen times, you can readjust your expectations: 3,000 (!) Fake iPhones Apple shipments, of which about 1,400 they were replaced by Ma with original handsets that were shipped back to China and resold for about 20 times the price. Young people received part of that value.

An Apple spokesman hearing the crime explained why the coup had worked so long. When Apple receives a dead iPhone, it cannot be quickly verified or examined by company technicians; As Cupertino's policy was to solve the consumer problem as quickly as possible, new handsets were sent to young people as soon as the exchange request was approved, before the most thorough inspections.

It is not yet clear how young people (or rather the real scheme operators there in China) have managed to get over 3,000 original serial numbers of iPhones to authenticate counterfeit handsets. Students admitted to receiving boxes of 20 or 30 handsets regularly, which was precisely what attracted the attention of customs, which began investigating the case in April 2017.

Apple claimed to have lost about $ 895K He said the young man was not aware that he was committing a crime. He said he had not even received letters from Ma and US Customs notifying him of the case.

The Portland District Court will judge the case over the next few weeks, and young people who are in the US on student visas will certainly have to return to China. The investigation is unlikely to reach the real heads of fraud, however.

via AppleInsider