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Scam Artists Pawn Off Fake iPad 2s Made Of Clay

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How many times has this happened to you: you buy a product, get it home, open up the box, and find out it’s a completely different product? Sure, it happens. But, have you ever tried buying an iPad, only to find the box full of clay?

That’s exactly what happened in British Colombia, where as many as 10 fake iPad 2s made of clay were sold at Best Buy and Future Shop stores. Apparently, the scam artist bought the iPads in the store with cash, brought them home, replaced them with slabs of modeling clay and then returned the box to the store. The scam was first reported when a man tried to return the clay-filled box to the Future Shop and no one believed his story. (And admittedly, it’s a pretty unbelievable story.)

Personally, I think it’s ridiculous that the employees didn’t even bother to check the returns and just put them right back on the shelf. When I used to work at an electronics store, we had to check EVERY return that came through our doors. I sense a change of policy coming on for these stores. Also, for them to be fooled by a slab of clay, the scam artists must’ve either really tried to match the weight of the iPad 2, or these employees were just really clueless.

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