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Apple iPhone scam: buying fakes in New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Apr-2009 10:06

Last week I received an email from Tracey Forward (her story is now also showing up on Computerworld). Here are her words:


I am writing to warn your readers about the latest internet scam.  There is a website called buymore.co.nz  that sells well known branded mobile phones for discount/sale prices. I ordered an Apple 8G 8GB IPhone for the reduced price of $599.40. 

When it arrived a few days later I was surprised to see the shipping note in Chinese when it was a NZ website although this thought was quickly replaced with the excitement of my new phone.  However there was a significant part missing which made it impossible to insert a SIM card. 

I sent the website dozens of emails without any response.  There is no physical address or phone numbers available on the website.

Because of the delay, I took the phone to an Authorised Apple repairer only to be told that the phone was a fake.  Because of this, they nor any other repairer would be legally allowed to attempt repair. I am trying to channel my anger (towards myself and the situation) into preventing this from happening to anyone else.  I have informed the Police, Commerce Commission, Dept of Consumer Affairs, Consumer Institute, Chinese Embassy, Target and Fair Go.
 
I would be very grateful if you could publish this letter in order to prevent anyone else being stung for this enormous amount of money and disappointment. Regards
 
Tracey Forward


Be warned folks...

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