Police Seize Over $89,000 in Counterfeit Apple Products at Maryland Mall

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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. 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.

    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
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    I want one.
  4. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    That's yet another reason to only buy from reliable vendors
  5. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
  6. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    Ha! Nice. I didn't read it that way, love it. :)
  7. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    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


    next door to the real ones, I'd guess :D
  8. macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
    Do people actually think cheetah print iPhone back covers with the Apple logo on it are authentic?
  9. blackburn, Aug 30, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    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€.
  10. macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2006
    Pure Michigan
    What? it only makes sense, black, white, and swirl (cheetah).

    i have a new place to open my snow-cone business.

    YouTube: video
  11. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    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.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2012
    where the original is made ...
  13. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
  14. macrumors 601


    Nov 15, 2012
    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
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    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.

    When I read the Arundel Mills headline last night I fervently hoped the police raided Cordish & Maryland Live! casino... Disappointed. :(
  16. macrumors 68020


    Aug 13, 2011
    I lived in Severn about 4 years ago and went to that mall all the time. It's strange seeing it in news coverage.
  17. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    From the story:

    It 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.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    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...] :)
  19. Giuly, Aug 30, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013

    macrumors 68040


    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:
    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.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    Dangit, I knew there was something fishy about my iPhone...
  21. macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2012
    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
  22. macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2005
    Los Angeles!
    You didn't know?? We're now known as The United States of The Republic of China's America...
  23. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    Also known as The People's Republic of Chimerica
  24. lastcall, Aug 31, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013

    macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2013
    I wonder how many people got "burned" by that deal. lol.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    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.

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