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Apple Allegedly Ships Fake iPhone 15 Pro Max to Customer [Images]

Apple Allegedly Ships Fake iPhone 15 Pro Max to Customer [Images]

Posted November 14, 2023 at 7:25pm by iClarified
A customer in the UK has allegedly received a fake iPhone 15 Pro Max after ordering the new smartphone directly from Apple.

Reddit user, theEdmard, shared the experience in a post yesterday. The iPhone 15 Pro Max order was placed on the Apple UK website and confirmation emails and tracking details were provided as normal.

Once my package arrived, as you can see in my Imgur Gallery, I immediately knew it wasn't right. I opened the box and the first thing I notice is the screen protector, first thoughts were, had I been sent a return? The next thing I notice when I turn it on, the screen isnt right, it lights up the black area in a way that is clearly not OLED and the bottom has a 'Chin' which suggests this is not correct for the phone. Once I turned it on I was greeted with a very poor setup process and I immediately clocked that it was an android device in a skin. It may have convinced my Grandad but I could tell very quickly (especially when I saw actual android toasts popping up in some cases)


Notably, the delivered phone matched the spec ordered, Pro Max in natural titanium, indicating that perhaps the scammer was looking to do more than just steal the real iPhone. theEdmard suggests that perhaps the hope is to capture login credentials or banking details from unsuspecting users.

It's also unclear where in the supply chain the real iPhone was swapped for a knockoff.

At first I thought DPD did the switch but they assure me that the box was sealed properly and so it was never opened or tampered with so couldnt of been them... Then I thought it might be at the supplier end? What's crazy to me is that the whole delivery was trackable through the apple website and the tracking number on the box and everything matched so the process wasn't broken at all from apple's side either. Very interesting.

Check out a few images below and hit the link for the full story.


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Apple Allegedly Ships Fake iPhone 15 Pro Max to Customer [Images]Apple Allegedly Ships Fake iPhone 15 Pro Max to Customer [Images]

Apple Allegedly Ships Fake iPhone 15 Pro Max to Customer [Images]Apple Allegedly Ships Fake iPhone 15 Pro Max to Customer [Images]
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endemaster
endemaster - November 20, 2023 at 1:00am
He probably ordered it from a fake apple store
gwyneth
gwyneth - November 17, 2023 at 8:13pm
Doesn’t Apple scan the box’ serial/IMEI/whichever code before sending off the package? Is the number then attached to the person/address sent to? If yes then Apple can just mark that phone as stolen and the person that stole it will never be able to use the phone. I have heard of many Apple phones/products being stolen in one way or the other lately when sent to someone’s home. So if and when I buy Apple products I go to the Apple store. If I preorder/order I make sure I get it sent to an Apple store and pick it up there. Last time I had to travel to another state to get my new iPhone but to me that is much less stress.
andythai
andythai - November 15, 2023 at 12:46pm
As i see it it’s an apple employee.
LeoNyx86
LeoNyx86 - November 14, 2023 at 8:04pm
Why would they do that? Maybe the real one got switched for the fake in transit. I am pretty sure there would be a set of barcodes for every piece of the device and a certificate. It’s possible a batch go switched for the fakes and are being resold as new elsewhere. That’s my theory.
Raas al Ghul
Raas al Ghul - November 14, 2023 at 7:37pm
Dodgy I wonder where in the supply chain this happened?
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