The iPhone is a phenomenal device and Apple has generated phenomenal revenue out of it. Many scammers also like to make money capitalizing on the brand name that is the iPhone. Previously we had reported a case in which an iPhone fraud of over €20,000 was conducted. This time, it was a Russian boy who thought that he bought a used iPhone, which in reality was just an empty iPhone “package.”
I reckon that the person who bought this may have never actually used an iPhone before, or might not have seen it booting up. It is evident from the picture above that the Apple logo is a fake, and i fail to comprehend how he really fell for that.
The boy did try booting the iPhone before he made the payment, but the screen didn’t go beyond the Apple logo. He was assured that when he went home, he just had to do a firmware restore, and the iPhone would from then onwards function perfectly. On the contrary, when the boy came home and plugged in his iPhone to the computer, it didn’t show any signs of life. Growing suspicious that he might have been taken for a ride, he opened up the device and was shocked to see this:
There is absolutely no hardware inside the device, and its basically just an empty iPhone “package.”
We’ll suggest our readers to be extremely cautious when buying used iPhones, or any other device in general, especially from an unknown party. Please be sure to fully satisfy yourself by testing all the features of the device.