• Police in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth $750K+



    The Police in Oregon recently cracked down a crime ring attempting to ship $750,000 worth of iPhones and Apple Gift Cards to Hong Kong in which they sell on the black market. This all started when a man in Tigard, Oregon was at the Apple Store in Washington Square Mall on December 4th purchasing iPhones with a ton of gift cards.

    According to the Portland Tribune, the police followed the man to his car after the suspicious activity and found tons of Apple Store shopping bags. In the bags were Apple gift cards worth more than $585,000 and more than 470 iPhones worth $290,000.

    After cracking down on the suspect, police were able to find more suspects involved in the crime. They found others involved at a nearby FedEx store where dozens of boxes of iPhones were packed to ship to Hong Kong. The Portland Tribune noted that the purchases were likely made with counterfeit credit cards circulating in Southern California.

    Apple products are a big hit worldwide but smuggling and black market selling are big in foreign countries. Just earlier this year, a man attempted to smuggle 94 iPhones into China but was arrested at the Hong Kong border. This was during the time China was not on Apple’s list of first countries to have iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. The man had taped the iPhones to his body but was stopped by guards when approaching the check point.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
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    1. buford's Avatar
      buford -
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    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      Huh???
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      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by buford View Post
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    1. psxcancer's Avatar
      psxcancer -
      At the risk of sounding silly.... Why is this illegal to send as many phones or gift cards as you want to China?

      Who cares what they do with them. If they paid for them, and pay shipping charges that's great.

      How does it differ if someone were to sell these same phones or gift cards on EBay to make a profit.

      Since both services (black market and eBay) get the most money as possible "that people are willing to pay" for.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by psxcancer View Post
      At the risk of sounding silly.... Why is this illegal to send as many phones or gift cards as you want to China?
      Who cares what they do with them. If they paid for them, and pay shipping charges that's great.
      How does it differ if someone were to sell these same phones or gift cards on EBay to make a profit.
      Since both services (black market and eBay) get the most money as possible "that people are willing to pay" for.
      There's this thing called Import Tax. Hong Kong doesn't have import tax since it's a free port, but China does. As much as 30-80% for electronics.

      If the cards or phones were obtained illegally, it is illegal to sell those items. In this case, the cards were obtain by using illegal credit cards, and then those were used to buy the phones. eBay could be charged with accessory to a crime if they knowingly help sell those items.
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