Arlington woman, Jalonta Freeman bought what she thought was an iPad from someone who approached her at a gas station near Highway 360 and Green Oaks.
She said: “He pulled up beside us, and he was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got some iPads and stuff, and I’ve got some laptops if you all are interested in buying,’”
The stranger told her that the iPad was worth $800, but that he would sell it for just $200.
She said that with Christmas approaching, the Freeman family thought it was too big a bargain to pass up so they handed over the cash, received the product and then the stranger drove off.
The older range of iPad’s range from between $400 and $550, the newly announced 4th Generation iPad with retina display can cost as much as $829 for the cellular model.
Believing that they had got quite a bargain, the Freeman’s opened the package and what they discovered inside was not an iPad – but a mirror approximately the same size as the tablet!
Freeman said: “If you turn it on the back, it actually looks like an Apple iPad…And when you turn it to the front, it has the prices and stuff.”
She even said that it had the infamous Apple logo stuck on it. She said “That’s so messed up…That’s so wrong. I would never do anybody like that. Get a job.”
Obviously Freeman was furious when she discovered that she had been hoodwinked, she reported the crime to the Arlington police, but she did not take down the stranger’s license plate so they didn’t have a whole lot of information to go on.
She admitted to feeling stupid for falling for the strangers con, but said that she had learnt an important lesson. “Don’t buy nothing on the streets from nobody.” she said. Erm, no shit Sherlock!
Something else she might want to think about is the age old saying, ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said that she had not had any reports of similar incidents but warned people to be careful because this type of crime always increases in the weeks before Christmas.
Last year North Texan police warned people to watch out for groups who were selling fake iPads and MacBooks from their cars. Back then, police said that they had heard of more than a dozen incidents of people being duped.
Law enforcement officials in other states including Mississippi, Georgia and Florida reported that similar incidents had occurred in 2011.
Source: NBC Universal