Baltimore police Seize $89K of Knock-Off Apple Products from Local Mall
You know those shady cellphone stores you can find in just about every mall across the U.S.? Turns out we might have no idea just HOW shady they really are. In news out of Baltimore, Maryland, we’re hearing that local police just turned up about $89K worth of counterfeit Apple products being sold by unauthorized shops.
According to reports, the stores selling the products go by the names ST Tech Pros and Cyberion (note to self: where not to shop). Authorities raided the shops after an investigation that lasted seven months. Among the products being sold were replacement screens, cases, iPhone conversion kits bearing an unofficial Apple logo, and what sound like actual customized iPhone handsets. Greg Shipley of the Maryland State Police describes the operations going on at Arundel Mills Mall:
“These organizations that make these products are using substandard materials. They are doing everything they can to make them look like the real thing… Our investigators believe that they were acting as some type of authorized Apple repair shop and they were taking Apple phones and replacing them with interior parts that were inferior, that were fake, that were not Apple products.”
It’s nothing new for counterfeiters to target customers with faked Apple products (or even whole stores), but $89K worth found in one mall seems excessive… Or does it? Causes us to wonder how much of this goes on across the country, and just how careful we need to be when stepping into a cell store to get a replacement part or buy a cover. With this latest case study in mind–seems you couldn’t be too careful.