Vancouver, British Columbia- Canadians have been duped into buying at least 10 Apple iPad 2′s made out of modeling clay. The scam hit consumer electronics stores Best Buy and Future Shop, who have launched investigations into how it was pulled off.
it was an ingenious way of pulling off a scam. It is next to impossible to return an electronic device once it has been opened. What the scammers did was purchase the iPad 2, weight out just the right amount of modeling clay and reseal the package so that it appeared brand new. They then returned them to the store for a full refund and the products were put on the shelves. Customers bought the new Clay tablets and didn’t realize they got ripped off until they got home.
A Future Store employee said,
“Customers don’t expect to receive this kind of product from Future Shop, so it’s a very serious matter and something we are addressing right away for anyone who has been impacted. It really saddens Future Shop that people stoop to be this opportunistic and make money in this kind of organized way.”
The scam came to the attention of Canadian Television after one of the victims, Mark Sandhu, came to them saying that he thought he had purchased and iPad 2 for his wife for Christmas. When his wife opened it and saw the clay he brought it back to the store and tried to get a refund where he was instantly rebuffed.
“Maybe the way I was dressed, I don’t know. She made me feel like I’m trying to scam them out of $700. I was the one getting scammed.”
The store has since refunded his money and given him a free iPad2 for his trouble.
What would you do if the iPad you opened turned out to be clay?