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Scammers Sell Woman iPad Made of ... Wood

Imagine her surprise when it turned out to be a wood block
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2011 11:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ashley McDowell probably should have been suspicious when two guys approached her in a South Carolina McDonald’s parking lot and offered to sell her an iPad for $300. She almost certainly should have gotten suspicious when, after she explained she only had $180, the pair still agreed to the sale. But sadly, she was not suspicious, and the 22-year-old drove all the way home before opening the FedEx box she had been given to find all that was inside was a block of wood with an Apple logo on it.

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The piece of wood was painted black and framed with tape, and went so far as to include fake icons for Safari and other iPad applications. It also had a Best Buy “sales ticket” on it, cops said. The Smoking Gun, which has a copy of the sheriff’s office report and pictures of the fake iPad, notes that most “brick in a box” scammers don’t bother making an actual replica; they’re typically satisfied with making sure the box weighs the correct amount. Police dusted the phony tablet, which TSG calls an "iPlank," for prints. (Read more iPad stories.)

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