Texas Woman Scammed, Buys Fake iPad
Something to keep in mind as the holidays approach: People are selling things everywhere! They're even trying to sell iPads at gas stations. But it doesn't always turn out to be legit.
A Texas woman was scammed out of $200 after a man approached her at a gas station and asked if she wanted to buy "an iPad worth $800 for $200." Apple hasn't even shipped the highest-priced iPads yet, with retail price ranging from $629 to $829, but if you're at a gas station pumping gas, you probably have other things on your mind besides retail releases and ship dates. Did the scammer get caught?
The Dallas NBC Affiliate says Jalonta Freeman paid the man $200 for what he said was the hot new iPad and he drove off. When she unwrapped it, it turned out to be a mirror, about the same size as an iPad.
The incident has been reported to Arlington police, but Freeman didn't get a license plate number and police don't have much to go on.
Crimes like these always go up around the holidays, so Texans should be forewarned. A great thing to buy at gas stations is GAS, but maybe we should leave the electronics-buying to the trips to the superstores.