Chinese Scammers Exchange Fake iPhone Parts for Real Parts

Posted April 15, 2013 at 2:38pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9457 views

Employees at an electronics store in the Chinese city of Wenzhou exploited Apple's return policy by exchanging fake parts for real ones, according to a TechWeb report via The Register.

Five employees at an electronics store selling Apple goods were arrested in the Chinese city of Wenzhou after they submitted 121 fake iPhone 4S BAND parts to Apple, claiming they were damaged and needed replacing. BAND is effectively the main part of an iPhone, with a value in China of around 3,000 yuan (£315), according to TechWeb.

Once they received authentic parts in return, the scammers would purchase the other minor components necessary to put together a full device and sell the iPhone 4S for a profit of 1,000 yuan or $162.

It took Apple more than a month to spot the scam but after an investigation the police arrested a shop engineer and her boyfriend.

Notably, this happened just as the Chinese media was blasting Apple over its repair policies.

Read More

Add Comment
Wow - April 15, 2013 at 7:24pm
Also this is bullshit!!! Apple don't sell parts!!! They sell whole phone. here is price list for iphone 5: If You are out of warranty here us the price: home button - 250$ volume button - 250$ mic - 250$ speaker - 250$ Well any fucking part is 250$ And apple take your iphone abd refurbish it then sell it for new or give it as replacement!!
Wow - April 15, 2013 at 7:14pm
I wonder when will apple stop selling refurbished iphones for brand new??? Most of ntelos iPhone that I repair are refurbished but sold for new!!
chinaman - April 15, 2013 at 5:25pm
when we stop having strikes and union then all jobs will return to america....
Anthony - April 15, 2013 at 4:51pm
Damn, hate to steep type but....
Anthony - April 15, 2013 at 4:52pm
***** lol, - hate to stereotype but.....
carbon - April 15, 2013 at 4:34pm
what is the band parts? Is that the part that picks up the cellular frequency?
3 More Comments
Follow iClarified