Cops Warn of Fake iPad Scam

Phony iPad found in faked box

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Dec 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:05 AM PDT
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Another decade, another sought-after tech item -- and the same brick.

Police in Vallejo are warning the public not to be duped by fake iPads, after cops discovered fake iPad boxes with scam items inside, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald.

The fake iPad boxes were seized from a car cops pulled over at a local shopping center, the newspaper reported. The scam is similar to the schemes pulled in the 1980s with VCR boxes and 1990s with DVD player boxers, in which an unwitting customer thinks a good deal is afoot, when later they find out they paid $100 for a brick, according to police.

These "iPads" were picture frames wrapped in duct tape to match the gray color of an iPad, police said. They even had a cutout in the Apple logo on back.

No arrests have been made -- and no Angry Birds played.

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