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  1. Akshay Masand's Avatar


    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

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2015-12-24 05:55 PM
  2. Eonhpi's Avatar
    damn thats a lot of phones
    2015-12-24 07:17 PM
  3. desepticon's Avatar
    So, what was the crime? As far as I can tell they hadn't yet attempted to smuggle them, so all they found was a guy with a bunch of merchandise that he payed for.
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    2015-12-24 07:45 PM
  4. buttamix's Avatar
    I'm so confused about why this is a crime. They are actual legit iPhones. No if they were counterfeit then I could see the reasoning
    2015-12-24 07:59 PM
  5. hogcia's Avatar
    Um..... half a million worth of Apple gift cards? Most likely counterfeit?. I am sure the authorities know what they're doing.
    2015-12-24 08:25 PM
  6. rolandgabor's Avatar
    I'm so confused about why this is a crime. They are actual legit iPhones. No if they were counterfeit then I could see the reasoning
    The counterfeit credit cards used to purchase the gift cards is the actual crime, not buying iPhones.
    2015-12-24 10:31 PM
  7. ArcaReborn's Avatar
    Thats what happens when you get greety Police in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth 0K+Police in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth 0K+
    2015-12-25 12:19 AM
  8. Scroatybollox's Avatar
    I'm so confused about why this is a crime. They are actual legit iPhones. No if they were counterfeit then I could see the reasoning
    "The Portland Tribune noted that the purchases were likely made with counterfeit credit cards circulating in Southern California. "
    2015-12-25 02:09 AM
  9. IChi1d's Avatar
    All that's nonsense, counterfeit CC? When you go for a loan in a bank is the same thing, banks do not lend money. figures on a screen, CC does the same thing, it only access the transaction with out actual cash, its a system, once you can do this without having to pay interest its a crime. but its rubbish as far as im concerned he did't made a holdup nor did anyone get hurt in the process, this is about money period. if the cards wasn't denied then the banks allowed the transfer so its legit, its only not legit cause there were no one to to pay the interest it left the real criminals hanging.
    2015-12-25 01:39 PM
  10. alexznz's Avatar
    I'm sure that's the Santa gift for the oregon policePolice in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth 0K+
    2015-12-25 01:43 PM
  11. Al226's Avatar
    Thats what happens when you get greety Police in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth 0K+Police in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth 0K+
    It's greedy.
    2015-12-25 04:20 PM
  12. Perceptum's Avatar
    All that's nonsense, counterfeit CC? When you go for a loan in a bank is the same thing, banks do not lend money. figures on a screen, CC does the same thing, it only access the transaction with out actual cash, its a system, once you can do this without having to pay interest its a crime. but its rubbish as far as im concerned he did't made a holdup nor did anyone get hurt in the process, this is about money period. if the cards wasn't denied then the banks allowed the transfer so its legit, its only not legit cause there were no one to to pay the interest it left the real criminals hanging.
    Huh???
    2015-12-25 04:40 PM
  13. Parana6's Avatar
    So much nonsense here..
    2015-12-25 05:56 PM
  14. ArcaReborn's Avatar
    It's greedy.
    Are you perfect? Never made mistake in your life before huh? Lol get out of here with that bs
    2015-12-26 12:11 AM
  15. Purple Minion's Avatar
    "A ton of gift cards" and "a ton of iPhones"

    Not exactly Pulitzer Prize winning journalism, is it?
    2015-12-26 12:17 AM
  16. Al226's Avatar
    Are you perfect? Never made mistake in your life before huh? Lol get out of here with that bs
    I wasn't trying to be a ******, I just believe that by correcting you you'll be able to avoid misspelling it in the future. If you tell someone what they are doing correctly it helps them in no way, however, if you tell them what they are doing wrong, it allows them to learn and be better. I'm not perfect, far from it, I just happen to know that it's spelled "greedy" because someone most likely corrected me once and I thank that person for it
    2015-12-26 12:18 AM
  17. Perceptum's Avatar
    I wasn't trying to be a ******, I just believe that by correcting you you'll be able to avoid misspelling it in the future. If you tell someone what they are doing correctly it helps them in no way, however, if you tell them what they are doing wrong, it allows them to learn and be better. I'm not perfect, far from it, I just happen to know that it's spelled "greedy" because someone most likely corrected me once and I thank that person for it
    Why not tell the person via PM, and not bringing it to everyone's attention?
    2015-12-26 04:18 AM
  18. tashrocca's Avatar
    All that's nonsense, counterfeit CC? When you go for a loan in a bank is the same thing, banks do not lend money. figures on a screen, CC does the same thing, it only access the transaction with out actual cash, its a system, once you can do this without having to pay interest its a crime. but its rubbish as far as im concerned he did't made a holdup nor did anyone get hurt in the process, this is about money period. if the cards wasn't denied then the banks allowed the transfer so its legit, its only not legit cause there were no one to to pay the interest it left the real criminals hanging.
    You say that till it is your personal credit card being counterfeited (copied by some unauthorized form) and then you have to go through a year long process to try to clear your credit. And the cost to the credit card companies in charge backs. Crime is not only violence, crimes are also financial costing tax paying Americans millions.... Sorry I normally like to play nice but ignorance is upsetting.
    2015-12-26 07:42 AM
  19. Al226's Avatar
    Why not tell the person via PM, and not bringing it to everyone's attention?
    I didn't think of that, you're correct. It's just the habit of replying to the comments, but PM would've been the best way. Thank you.
    2015-12-27 06:04 AM
  20. flash66's Avatar
    Is it just me? This article and most of the comments made about this thread are really retarded!
    Last edited by flash66; 2015-12-27 at 07:40 PM.
    2015-12-27 07:34 PM
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