Tourists came to Miami to buy new iPhones for the family. Now they’re out $18,000

Hustler1337

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Yeah, seems odd that they managed to get 18 iPhones between them. 'Fake news'?

Nonetheless, this line did make me lol:

The couple purchased 18 XS Max models at a Lincoln Road Apple Store and tucked them into the trunk of their rental car before driving to a nearby Starbucks.
 

doboy

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This is why we can't have nice things. Also kinda stupid of them to leave it in the car. Maybe they had false sense that America was safe.
 
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AppleHaterLover

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Yeah, 18 iPhones for the family. Right. There's absolutely zero chance they would go through customs with those iPhones without hiding them somewhere. I have NatGeo, there's a show called Airport something and in these Latin American countries they'll shove all types of stuff into numerous body... "spaces" and hidden luggage compartments. Zero sympathy.

In other news, Latin Americans visiting the Northernmost Latin American city are robbed.

Jesus, I don't think I would leave expensinve electronics inside a car in Kopenhagen. Nevermind Miami.
 

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They were probably noticed in the store by the villains. They were probably followed by said villains to the "nearby" Starbucks. The villains then waited for the couple to go in, and BAMMO! It's over.

Totally sucks for the couple, but that's life. Hope the thieves get caught. I'm guessing that Apple could help out (if they're so inclined) and lock these phones from activating. But then the person who buys it from the thieves get screwed.
 

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If they paid with a credit card, maybe some sort of insurance on the card would cover the loss or at least reduce it. If it was cash, isn’t there some law that states if you have over $10,000 cash in your possession you have to declare it to customs when entering or leaving the U.S.? Makes no difference in this case but, just curious
 

karmatourer

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Hawaii is even worse. I am a Miami native by the way,so I am very familiar with both Miami and Hawaii after 30+ visits. Easy to google car thefts in Hawaii.
 

ftaok

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Hawaii is even worse. I am a Miami native by the way,so I am very familiar with both Miami and Hawaii after 30+ visits. Easy to google car thefts in Hawaii.
This wasn't a stolen car issue. They busted the windows and took 18 iPhones and drive of in a getaway truck.
 

pcorrado

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If it was 18 XS Max models, it’s well over 20k stolen (considering each phone is at least 1099.99 subject to tax). That said I thought there were purchase limits? Doesn’t make any sense.
 

Steve686

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I dropped by Apple Aventura which is about 12 miles north of the Miami Beach Store.

Me and a specialist were talking about how busy the store was and I told him how I used to see South Americans filling suitcases up with Apple products. After I brought that up, he mentioned what happened to the people in the story. I think he did say it was 14 Max iPhones and they were now telling anyone buying more than a few products to be careful of leaving their purchases unattended anywhere.

So I don’t think the story is bogus for that reason and also the fact that the police are commenting on it in a news article.
 

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This is why you should never leave anything in rentals because thieves target them. Sometimes having a rental just screams hey I'm a in town for a while...Hopefully he got the loss and theft coverage.
 

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This is why you should never leave anything in rentals because thieves target them. Sometimes having a rental just screams hey I'm a in town for a while...Hopefully he got the loss and theft coverage.
The rentals don’t stand out very much here in a Florida.

What the thieves do is hang around Best Buy, Aventura Mall, and other electronics stores waiting for people to drive to a restaurant and leave the products in the car. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the vehicle break in stories here. Especially around this time of year with the Holidays coming up.
 

macblitz

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It sounds like they paid cash with it. not credit card.

there is no purchase limit.
 

karmatourer

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This wasn't a stolen car issue. They busted the windows and took 18 iPhones and drive of in a getaway truck.
Uh,I started the thread and actually read the article. Look at items stolen from vehicles in Hawaii. Thefts FROM vehicles.
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It sounds like they paid cash with it. not credit card.

there is no purchase limit.
There WAS a purchase limit. I wonder when that policy changed. Were you aware of that?
 

dazz87

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Mmmmm out of all the cars they break into this one has $18,000.00 worth of iphones....Sounds like they were targeted.
 

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It says 'trunk', but they smashed side and back windows?

But this story is a wake up call. A scam like this (following Mall or Apple store buyers), could catch on. I'm frigging careless as hell about this, and need to wake the **** up.

I do feel for these people.
 
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TB07-NJ

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If they paid with a credit card, maybe some sort of insurance on the card would cover the loss or at least reduce it. If it was cash, isn’t there some law that states if you have over $10,000 cash in your possession you have to declare it to customs when entering or leaving the U.S.? Makes no difference in this case but, just curious
Yes

I found it hard to believe they had 18 in stock but assuming they did the $10,000 cash limit is for US CITIZENS leaving the US and it's not a limit it just has to be declared (and explained).

Limits on Carrying Cash
Although there's technically no legal limit on how much money you can carry on a plane, if you're traveling internationally you must declare amounts of more than $10,000 on your customs form, fill out form FinCEN 105, and be prepared for possible interviews with law enforcement to explain the amount of money you're carrying.
https://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-airline-cash-9937.html
 
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It says 'trunk', but they smashed side and back windows?

But this story is a wake up call. A scam like this (following Mall or Apple store buyers), could catch on. I'm frigging careless as hell about this, and need to wake the **** up.

I do feel for these people.

If you'd bought $18K worth of stuff - or even less, say you just got an iMac Pro - would you drive straight home to install it or street park your rental Corolla with no tint with your brand new stuff inside?

Then again maybe this wouldn't happen in Santiago.
 

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Yes

I found it hard to believe they had 18 in stock but assuming they did the $10,000 cash limit is for US CITIZENS leaving the US and it's not a limit it just has to be declared (and explained).

Limits on Carrying Cash
Although there's technically no legal limit on how much money you can carry on a plane, if you're traveling internationally you must declare amounts of more than $10,000 on your customs form, fill out form FinCEN 105, and be prepared for possible interviews with law enforcement to explain the amount of money you're carrying.
https://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-airline-cash-9937.html
Nothing wrong with credit and debit cards though ;-)
 

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Yes

I found it hard to believe they had 18 in stock but assuming they did the $10,000 cash limit is for US CITIZENS leaving the US and it's not a limit it just has to be declared (and explained).

Limits on Carrying Cash
Although there's technically no legal limit on how much money you can carry on a plane, if you're traveling internationally you must declare amounts of more than $10,000 on your customs form, fill out form FinCEN 105, and be prepared for possible interviews with law enforcement to explain the amount of money you're carrying.
https://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-airline-cash-9937.html
Either or. There’s many ways to access your money here in Miami.

Besides that point...

Each person carries $9,000.
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Yeah, 18 iPhones for the family. Right. There's absolutely zero chance they would go through customs with those iPhones without hiding them somewhere. I have NatGeo, there's a show called Airport something and in these Latin American countries they'll shove all types of stuff into numerous body... "spaces" and hidden luggage compartments. Zero sympathy.

In other news, Latin Americans visiting the Northernmost Latin American city are robbed.

Jesus, I don't think I would leave expensinve electronics inside a car in Kopenhagen. Nevermind Miami.
It’s common for South Americans to fill suitcases with electronics here and take them home. There is no embargo. Only in the evil axis.

https://www.apple.com/legal/more-resources/gtc.html
 
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They were probably noticed in the store by the villains. They were probably followed by said villains to the "nearby" Starbucks. The villains then waited for the couple to go in, and BAMMO! It's over.

Totally sucks for the couple, but that's life. Hope the thieves get caught. I'm guessing that Apple could help out (if they're so inclined) and lock these phones from activating. But then the person who buys it from the thieves get screwed.
You sound like a 1930s movie! Just kidding. Not many people use the word villains anymore.
[doublepost=1537922250][/doublepost]No doubt someone scouting the store out, knowing that some people buy in bulk at that store the first few days.
 
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