New York City Police seize counterfeit iPhones, iPods, iPads

“A police officer stood on Ninth Avenue at 39th Street on a warm Monday afternoon and saw a man trying to sell a stranger a new, still-in-the-box iPhone 4 on the street, for the too-good-to-be-true price of $150,” Michael Wilson reports for The New York Times. “The man’s name was Iaron Baskerville, 62, and court records indicate that when the officer approached to arrest him for operating without a vendor’s license, Mr. Baskerville said something curious by way of defense. ‘The phone,’ Mr. Baskerville said, ‘is fake.'”

“So what did it look like? Officers opened the box, which looked authentic, and found an odd-looking, poor-boy stepbrother of the real thing,” Wilson reports. “‘I have an iPhone,’ said Sgt. John O’Connell, 37, with the nearby 10th Precinct, describing the afternoon last month. ‘Immediately, you know it’s not a real phone. The screen’s smaller. The buttons don’t fit right. It was more of a box. It didn’t feel as sturdy.'”

Wilson reports, “Officers raided the store on Feb. 9 and found what the police described as among the larger inventories of fake Apple electronics for sale on the East Coast. They said there were 436 iPhones, 21 iPads, 128 iPods — all fake. An official from Apple showed up to verify as much.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Next the cops ought to visit whichever store sells Samsung junk. They’re loaded with fake iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


    1. Maybe. They each have a different style of making fakes or copies.
      -The Chinese copy the original product and tried sell copies/fakes as if they were will real/ original product.
      -The Koreans copy the product make a slight change and put the logo of a Korean company on the product. Then sell the product as if it was an Korean original product.

      Samsung is not the only culprit in this. Many “Korean” companies and products follow the same pattern. Cars are a good example.

    1. ‘“If you walked in and said, ‘I want a 32-gigabyte white iPhone,’ they had it,” Sergeant O’Connell said. “The iPad was the size of a Kindle screen.”’

      BLN – Here you go!

  1. Quoting the source article:

    The fakes are believed to come from China.
    Oh, big surprise.

    Some are made of real Apple parts stolen from company factories there
    Wow. Who’d have guessed.

    Some of the fakes have their fans.
    Yeah. Samesung has sales figures.

    “There are some really sophisticated ones coming out of China that some people actually prefer. . . . “It has a replaceable battery, so you can swap the battery out, which you can’t do on the iPhone.”
    Oh. There’s a killer feature. Have fun with your innovative cheap Chinese knockoff. (o_x)

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