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MacRumors
Aug 30, 2013, 11:43 AM
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Maryland State Police have announced that they seized hundreds of counterfeit Apple products from two stores at Arundel Mills Mall, a popular shopping center in the area, reports WBAL-TV 11 (http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel-county/police-seize-hundreds-of-counterfeit-apple-products/-/10137088/21698892/-/11ka12wz/-/index.html). Specifically, the counterfeit items were worth over $89,000 and included multi-color counterfeit iPhones and iPads, iPad replacement screens made of faulty material, various accessories for products, as well as packaging materials and equipment used to design and print fake packaging for the fraudulent items being sold.

D8s8CmmCzb4The items recovered included iPhones and the colored fronts and backings that go with them, cellphone conversion kits, iPhone and iPad covers, Apple product ID stickers, iPad replacement screens and various internal iPhone parts. Detectives also found packaging materials, equipment used to design and print those materials and computer equipment believed to be used to clone phones. The investigation of the merchants selling the items began seven months ago after authorities were contacted about the potential counterfeit products. The officials also contacted Apple experts on the matter after buying products from both locations. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Article Link: Police Seize Over $89,000 in Counterfeit Apple Products at Maryland Mall (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/30/police-seize-over-89000-in-counterfeit-apple-products-at-maryland-mall/)



Michaelgtrusa
Aug 30, 2013, 11:44 AM
One can guess where it's made.

Xgm541
Aug 30, 2013, 11:48 AM
...and computer equipment believed to be used to clone phones.

I want one.

Technarchy
Aug 30, 2013, 11:54 AM
That's yet another reason to only buy from reliable vendors

JAT
Aug 30, 2013, 11:56 AM
So...China also has a state named Maryland?

bedifferent
Aug 30, 2013, 11:56 AM
I want one.

Ha! Nice. I didn't read it that way, love it. :)

BJMRamage
Aug 30, 2013, 11:59 AM
Saw this on the news this morning...or last night.

Wife and I figure this isn't a Best Buy Mobile/Radio Shack/ATT/Verizon type store but a Kiosk or something selling cell phone stuff.

They never mentioned the stores but guess they are still tracking people in on it. And that mall has a lot of foot traffic...and people carrying luggage as it is somewhat close to an airport. Oh and there's a new Casino attached so perhaps those that "win big" feel like getting "Apple" stuff fairly cheap. haha



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One can guess where it's made.

next door to the real ones, I'd guess :D

mrat93
Aug 30, 2013, 12:01 PM
Do people actually think cheetah print iPhone back covers with the Apple logo on it are authentic?

blackburn
Aug 30, 2013, 12:03 PM
I know a lot of those cell phone accessory shops that sell fake apple parts (blackberry/nokia/samsung and more). All of them are shady so you notice pretty much on entrance, that they are selling fake "oem" stuff.

But many people go there to get their battery changed or their display replaced, since most of the times an official replacement is almost the value of the phone. Now apple has lowered their prices, but in 2011 the broken iPad 2 glass would cost 400€ to be replaced by apple, now it's about 250€. And those guys do it for 100/150€.

x13gamer
Aug 30, 2013, 12:09 PM
Do people actually think cheetah print iPhone back covers with the Apple logo on it are authentic?

What? it only makes sense, black, white, and swirl (cheetah).

i have a new place to open my snow-cone business (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VPABxBytIg).

YouTube: video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VPABxBytIg)

boogybren
Aug 30, 2013, 12:09 PM
It looks to me like they have the real devices but are using "cheap" replacement back/front panels. They never showed the devices turned on so you don't know if it is really iOS on there or some Chinese OS.

When I had a 4S, I bought these replacement back plates all the time off eBay.

vdesilva
Aug 30, 2013, 12:17 PM
One can guess where it's made.

where the original is made ...

Codyak
Aug 30, 2013, 12:41 PM
So which Samsung store was it?

Appl3FTW
Aug 30, 2013, 12:49 PM
those are all aftermarket stuff, backplate etc. ... the owners probably didn't know you can't sell aftermarket apple items. LOL.

btw: i know where that is.. that's like 30 mins away from me.. i feel special LULZ :D

CrickettGrrrl
Aug 30, 2013, 01:05 PM
Saw this on the news this morning...or last night.

Wife and I figure this isn't a Best Buy Mobile/Radio Shack/ATT/Verizon type store but a Kiosk or something selling cell phone stuff.

They never mentioned the stores but guess they are still tracking people in on it. And that mall has a lot of foot traffic...and people carrying luggage as it is somewhat close to an airport. Oh and there's a new Casino attached so perhaps those that "win big" feel like getting "Apple" stuff fairly cheap. haha



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next door to the real ones, I'd guess :D

According to WBAL News: "Officers said they raided the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros kiosk last Friday and recovered hundreds of fake Apple products that were being sold as authentic factory replacements."
One is a cell phone repair shop.



btw: i know where that is.. that's like 30 mins away from me.. i feel special LULZ :D

When I read the Arundel Mills headline last night I fervently hoped the police raided Cordish & Maryland Live! casino... Disappointed. :(

RedCroissant
Aug 30, 2013, 01:07 PM
those are all aftermarket stuff, backplate etc. ... the owners probably didn't know you can't sell aftermarket apple items. LOL.

btw: i know where that is.. that's like 30 mins away from me.. i feel special LULZ :D

I lived in Severn about 4 years ago and went to that mall all the time. It's strange seeing it in news coverage.

Makosuke
Aug 30, 2013, 01:15 PM
those are all aftermarket stuff, backplate etc. ... the owners probably didn't know you can't sell aftermarket apple items. LOL.

From the story:

...multi-color counterfeit iPhones and iPads, iPad replacement screens made of faulty material [...] various internal iPhone partsIt does sound like there were a lot of fake "Apple" accessories included, but if that's accurate there was definitely counterfeit actual electronic hardware as well.

I'd think you'd be hard pressed to even fit $89,000 worth of counterfeit "Apple" leopard-print iPhone backs in a mall store.

AppleMark
Aug 30, 2013, 01:25 PM
Barry Simms the news reader in the video says "The counterfeit iPhones weigh less than an authentic iPhone"

Well that sounds like the iPhone 5 to me!!! [say's iPhone 4S user...] :)

Giuly
Aug 30, 2013, 01:33 PM
First of all, if you're jailbreaking your own phone, chances are that you walk away with a basic knowledge of Property Lists and the bash, so that's kinda semi-ok. Jailbreaking as a paid service in a mall on the other hand: Not at all.

However, all I saw were iPhones that had their back and front glass replaced with colored ones – I wouldn't call that a "Fake iPhone". This is a fake iPhone:
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/02/iphone-gas-stove.jpg
In case you can't tell the difference: The fake one has a dial, while the genuine iPhone has a touchscreen.

And seizing third-party 30-pin to USB cables is a bit over the top, as you'd have to raid every store that sells anything electronics related to get them. I was however pretty annoyed when I had to visit four different, big chain stores to find a genuine Apple Lightning-to-Dock adapter, so there's definitively something wrong.

campingsk8er
Aug 30, 2013, 02:11 PM
Dangit, I knew there was something fishy about my iPhone...

jmh600cbr
Aug 30, 2013, 02:43 PM
Lol this is news? Every kiosk in Canada has the fake replacement backs and screens with the logo and eBay is about the best place to get this stuff. This cop sounds so shocked like its a new concept

Dopeyman
Aug 30, 2013, 02:53 PM
So...China also has a state named Maryland?

You didn't know?? We're now known as The United States of The Republic of China's America...

Solomani
Aug 30, 2013, 05:57 PM
You didn't know?? We're now known as The United States of The Republic of China's America...

Also known as The People's Republic of Chimerica

lastcall
Aug 31, 2013, 06:38 AM
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/02/iphone-gas-stove.jpgIn case you can't tell the difference: The fake one has a dial, while the genuine iPhone has a touchscreen.


I wonder how many people got "burned" by that deal. lol.

hakr100
Aug 31, 2013, 07:15 AM
Hot Damn! Wait until I get my latest model iPrinter 3D printing machine...

My first product will be a full scale working model of Scarlett Johansson, following by an exact copy of the iPhone 7, the one with the screen you can see outdoors in daylight.

kayno
Aug 31, 2013, 08:22 AM
Its a store in Arundel Mills mall in Hanover called Cyberion. A coworker of mine heard it on a police scanner when it was going down. We went to the mall for lunch and stopped by the store to see what it looked like and everything looked normal. Im guessing they just cleared out all the stuff in the stockroom.

GoCubsGo
Aug 31, 2013, 08:29 AM
One can guess where it's made.

You're clever.

I think it's interesting that this was all done in a mall quite frankly.

Kissaragi
Aug 31, 2013, 08:46 AM
One can guess where it's made.

The same place real apple products are made you mean?

otismotive77
Aug 31, 2013, 08:59 AM
that's why i always go to and apple store to buy products, why take chances?:cool:

Michaelgtrusa
Aug 31, 2013, 02:40 PM
The same place real apple products are made you mean?
I'm certain it's made in china.

Kissaragi
Aug 31, 2013, 03:07 PM
I'm certain it's made in china.

Where do you think your mac is made?!

jav6454
Aug 31, 2013, 03:08 PM
Why hello there HiPhone....

MacDav
Aug 31, 2013, 03:41 PM
Where do you think your mac is made?!

Well, my Hackintosh Mac is made in the USA by me. ;)

Xiroteus
Aug 31, 2013, 04:12 PM
It looks like they were hardly trying to make it look real.

JPBoram
Sep 1, 2013, 12:22 AM
I cant believe that people can do this to a little shop!

People buy these cheaper refurbished iPhones and they KNOW that they are counter fit, or "NON-OEM" This is a RIP!

VaultFeed said something worth noting:

http://vaultfeed.com/counterfeit-iphone-and-apple-products-taken-by-police-worth-89000-video/

Auto Parts businesses sell "NON-OEM" parts, but they don't get busted?

Why don't we all have the freedom to use the parts we want, when we want!

I think Apple just wants to control the quality of their products! But even the most long-term-reliable auto makers like Honda have MILLIONs of counterfeit parts sold yearly, and they don't go around getting everyone in trouble because people have "less of a quality experience" This doesn't make sense to me! Why can police steal a poor shops stuff because of this?

I DONT think that the cops can really do something like this.

Don't you agree with me that if they cant bust auto-part makers how is the device and device repair world any different? PLESE TELL...

Kissaragi
Sep 1, 2013, 06:34 AM
I cant believe that people can do this to a little shop!

People buy these cheaper refurbished iPhones and they KNOW that they are counter fit, or "NON-OEM" This is a RIP!

VaultFeed said something worth noting:

http://vaultfeed.com/counterfeit-iphone-and-apple-products-taken-by-police-worth-89000-video/

Auto Parts businesses sell "NON-OEM" parts, but they don't get busted?

Why don't we all have the freedom to use the parts we want, when we want!

I think Apple just wants to control the quality of their products! But even the most long-term-reliable auto makers like Honda have MILLIONs of counterfeit parts sold yearly, and they don't go around getting everyone in trouble because people have "less of a quality experience" This doesn't make sense to me! Why can police steal a poor shops stuff because of this?

I DONT think that the cops can really do something like this.

Don't you agree with me that if they cant bust auto-part makers how is the device and device repair world any different? PLESE TELL...

I dont think you understand what counterfeit means. Non OEM parts are not sold as original ones, if they are then they are breaking the law.

These products were being sold as original apple products when they are not, which is illegal and potentially dangerous.

JPBoram
Sep 1, 2013, 12:50 PM
I dont think you understand what counterfeit means. Non OEM parts are not sold as original ones, if they are then they are breaking the law.

These products were being sold as original apple products when they are not, which is illegal and potentially dangerous.

But do you really think that people are dumb enough to believe that a bright pink iPhone is original?

People are so dumb...

And if they really were telling people they were original then they are really dumb!!

but I think its the "Apple logo" that they don't like...

Kissaragi
Sep 1, 2013, 01:48 PM
But do you really think that people are dumb enough to believe that a bright pink iPhone is original?

People are so dumb...

And if they really were telling people they were original then they are really dumb!!

but I think its the "Apple logo" that they don't like...

Yes, the average consumer doesn't know enough to know that apple hadn't released a bright pink iPhone. If the man in the shop says it apple, most consumers will believe it.

alexrmc92
Sep 1, 2013, 02:36 PM
I cant believe that people can do this to a little shop!

People buy these cheaper refurbished iPhones and they KNOW that they are counter fit, or "NON-OEM" This is a RIP!

VaultFeed said something worth noting:

http://vaultfeed.com/counterfeit-iphone-and-apple-products-taken-by-police-worth-89000-video/

Auto Parts businesses sell "NON-OEM" parts, but they don't get busted?

Why don't we all have the freedom to use the parts we want, when we want!

I think Apple just wants to control the quality of their products! But even the most long-term-reliable auto makers like Honda have MILLIONs of counterfeit parts sold yearly, and they don't go around getting everyone in trouble because people have "less of a quality experience" This doesn't make sense to me! Why can police steal a poor shops stuff because of this?

I DONT think that the cops can really do something like this.

Don't you agree with me that if they cant bust auto-part makers how is the device and device repair world any different? PLESE TELL...

They are illegal because they had the apple logo on them. If they simply sold parts that had all of the logos removed then there would be no issues. Ideally the police should have only taken the items that had the logo on them, like back plates for example.

The screens and other non branded parts are perfectly legal as long as they aren't trying to sell them as official.

MeUnix
Sep 1, 2013, 02:56 PM
Do people actually think cheetah print iPhone back covers with the Apple logo on it are authentic?

Hahaha! Right? I mean, come on, use common sense.

Xiroteus
Sep 1, 2013, 07:09 PM
Yes, the average consumer doesn't know enough to know that apple hadn't released a bright pink iPhone. If the man in the shop says it apple, most consumers will believe it.

I think the only way for some of us to understand this would be to pick something we know almost nothing about and would not know what is official and what is not. To many of us it makes people look borderline stupid, like how can they not know these things. Another point would be I tend to know what I'm buying or at least learn how things work before buying. I do this with everything that it applies to. Like people buying large HD TV's than hooking up 480i stretched pan and hack content to it and then wonder why it looks so bad. Or the person that smashed everything inside their computer because they didn't know what a hard drive looked like. GOOGLE IT! I felt like using Let Me Google That For You because it was just too ridiculous. Too many people don't take ten minutes to learn the most basic things.

So with bad luck maybe they are going to said shop to gather information and that is what they get. Depending how far it goes it can be a bit unfair to call people stupid even if it appears that way at first.

anthony11
Sep 2, 2013, 02:49 AM
That's yet another reason to only buy from reliable vendors

.. which are identified how exactly?

ItHurtsWhenIP
Sep 2, 2013, 03:09 AM
I'm certain it's made in china.

My Macbook Air, built to order directly from apple.com, shipped to me directly from the factory in Shanghai...

I'll give you two guesses as to where that is located. :)

dictoresno
Sep 2, 2013, 03:11 AM
.. which are identified how exactly?

any big name retailer, which has a contract or account with apple in order to sell their products.

i highly doubt the sketchy mobile phone kiosk next to the food court selling generic pink iphone cases studded with jewels is an authorized apple retailer. i would never purchase anything from them. they sell the same knock off or cheap products you see walking on the streets of manhattan.

only buy apple branded stuff from an official apple retailer. infact, just tonight, i saw headphones at 7-11 for $9.99. they were exact copies of the newest apple earpods....right down to the plastic case. it wasnt branded as apple or anything though.

if people are selling apple looking or apple knockoff stuff or parts, so be it. i have zero issues with that. but once they start selling it and trying to pass it off as genuine, thats what i have an issue with.

flameproof
Sep 2, 2013, 03:40 AM
I wonder how many Americans got fooled by the extremely sophisticated iPhone clones?

flameproof
Sep 2, 2013, 03:43 AM
Do people actually think cheetah print iPhone back covers with the Apple logo on it are authentic?

It's not the point. You can produce and sell as many as many "cheata" backs as you like and it totally legal - as long as there is no Apple logo on it. The Apple logo is the key point.

Poke4Fun
Sep 2, 2013, 04:40 AM
Also known as The People's Republic of Chimerica

lol nice one!

i am just wondering though. people can't really determine that those are fake?

egoistaxx9
Sep 2, 2013, 09:03 AM
didn't knew this was happening in the US also. not good, i hope this wont happen again.

Appl3FTW
Sep 2, 2013, 10:42 PM
uhm everybody has counterfeit accessories.. give me a break :rolleyes: