Scam Targets Homeless and Poor to Buy On-Contract iPhones From Apple Store [Video]

Scam Targets Homeless and Poor to Buy On-Contract iPhones From Apple Store [Video]

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Denver's 9News has uncovered a scam that targets the homeless and poor, convincing them to sign contracts for iPhones that are then turned over to someone else.

9Wants to Know has learned men cruise around homeless shelters, the 16th Street Mall, and plasma donation clinics in an effort to find people desperate for money. The men will drive victims to Apple stores and convince them to sign numerous contracts for numerous iPhones. Victims will then be paid $100 or more in exchange for several iPhones.

The iPhones can be unlocked and sold on the international market for more than $700 dollars each. Victims tell 9Wants to Know they were told by organizers they can just cancel contracts at any time to avoid paying monthly fees and penalties.


One example is a 19-year-old woman named Phoenix. "I thought it was amazing money. I had rent due the next day and I was looking to pay it," said Phoenix. "I was very desperate. I'm in the hole about $6,000."

One of the men behind the scheme was identified as Benji Kermani of Beverly Hills. He owns a company called DEAL2BEAT that sells 'unlocked' iPhones in foreign countries.

9News attempted to contact Apple sending emails and leaving voicemails for the public relations department. Eventually a spokesperson returned a call to say Apple doesn't comment on "matters of security".

In this particular case, the scam was ended by the Cherry Creek Shopping Center who determined that unauthorized business was being conducted in the mall area after security observed cash transactions outside the Apple Store. Eventually, the men were told they were trespassing.

"….one of the organizers returned at which time we had to get the police involved, and since that happened, they have not returned," said Cherry Creek general manager Nick LeMasters.

Take a look at the video below for more details...

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Scam Targets Homeless and Poor to Buy On-Contract iPhones From Apple Store [Video]
Bh - May 13, 2014 at 2:04am
Benji! Get rich or die scumming! 1pm Bball at the Y this Saturday! Come through
John - April 29, 2014 at 1:47am
http://www.whitepages.com/name/Benjamin-M-Kermani/Beverly-Hills-CA/7fxh2en There's his info. Let's get him.
Beverly Hills - April 28, 2014 at 10:16pm
keep husling Benji, dont listen to these people they just wish they were smart enough or had the balls to come up...
Bh - April 28, 2014 at 10:46am
Benji you're the man. Hustle
uknowdadrill - April 28, 2014 at 7:19am
Sorry can't delete, and through the magic of the web, there's a mf'n echo in here. My apologies to iClarified and y'all. p.s. Gotta love mailinator.com, no?
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