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Old Aug 29, 2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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Buying an iPad In a Parking Lot is a Bad Idea







Grand Prairie, Texas is experiencing an epidemic of fake Apple products -- but not the kind from a fake Apple Store. The details of this scam come from the Grand Prairie police department:
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A car load of two or three males will pull up to someone at a convenience store or shopping center parking lot and it's "Pssst, hey buddy. Want to buy an Apple iPad or MacBook?" They will tell the victim they are for sale for $300 each or both for $500. The Apple products are actually painted wood or loose leaf note books with the Apple logo on top and wrapped in bubble wrap. They are in a Fed Ex or Best Buy box and sealed up with tape. By the time the victim figures out the purchase wasn't what they bargained for, the crooks are long gone.

Grand Prairie has had over a dozen such crimes committed since January of this year. The suspects have been mostly black males. However one offense involved a black female as well. The vehicles used vary in most cases. There appears to be several groups of thieves and sometimes the suspects never even get out of the car.

The public should be advised that it is unwise to purchase anything from the trunk of a car, no matter how good the deal seems.
The silver Chrysler 300 in the above picture was allegedly used in one of the offenses.

Anyone who has information about the suspects should call Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers at 972-988-8477 or the Grand Prairie "Tip Line" at 972-237-8877.

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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Painted wood... hilarious.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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You know, if you are dumb enough to get ripped off by this scam, you might possibly deserve it.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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Agreed that they all deserve it. Just like the dopes that died from Irene by swimming or surfing during it.

Bunch of numbnuts.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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LOL That's up there with the Wallet Inspector.

But let's consider the 'victim' thing here.

Who in their right minds would a) buy from some dodgy guys in a parking lot for a 1/3 of the price and b) not inspect the item first?

If you believed the product to be genuine, then you're basically admitting you'd buy stolen goods. No way could you say you thought it would be anything else, like a legitimate sale. And if you didn't check the iThing... well, then you're an idiot.

So... in a way... the only people losing here are gullible idiots who would have bought stolen items.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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Yeah, it's odd that they use the word "victim". This is simply one criminal tricking a dumber criminal. The only real victim here is the police officer who has to take the report while keeping a straight face and without making fun of the "victim".
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Aren't they at risk of getting shot? I mean it is Texas.
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I would have asked for some ID, so that I could write a CHECK...lol
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Just got a $300 iPad from Blacks. About to open it up and hook it up to my computer. A white guy sold it to me in the Blacks Hardware parking lot.
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I would only buy an iPad from a car trunk if I could test it on the spot, and if it had almost no bloodstains.
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The public should be advised that it is unwise to purchase anything from the trunk of a car, no matter how good the deal seems.
Unless it's shellfish.
Then it's nothing but a tasty & delish om-nom-itunity! X-D
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Aren't they at risk of getting shot? I mean it is Texas.
If they were fooled by these guys their gun is probably an overly-ripe banana.
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I'd like to feel some sympathy for the victims, but I'm just finding it impossible. Seriously, how many signs does one need?
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Aren't they at risk of getting shot? I mean it is Texas.
You know what they say... If you outlaw guns then only outlaws will have guns. If people want to kill someone there are a million ways that have nothing to do with guns. Personally I'd rather be on the same level as the criminals.
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Wait, so I'm not supposed to buy expensive products from random people in a parking lot?
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This is funny! People oh people these days...

Wait a second... What was all that "1 in a million talk..."

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Pssst, hey buddy. Your'e a moron!
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Sure it's a tad disappointing...but if Apple released a piece of wood with it's logo, they'd charge 300.00 for it too. Seems fair to me
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God some pepole are fools.
I wonder if anyone paid them with forged money?
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