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  • 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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Police in Oregon Cracks Down on Crime Ring Shipping iPhones to Hong Kong Worth $750K+ started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      damn thats a lot of phones
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      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.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      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
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Um..... half a million worth of Apple gift cards? Most likely counterfeit?. I am sure the authorities know what they're doing.
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      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.
    1. ArcaReborn's Avatar
      ArcaReborn -
      Thats what happens when you get greety [emoji23][emoji23]
    1. Scroatybollox's Avatar
      Scroatybollox -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      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. "
    1. IChi1d's Avatar
      IChi1d -
      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.
    1. alexznz's Avatar
      alexznz -
      I'm sure that's the Santa gift for the oregon police[emoji23]
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArcaReborn View Post
      Thats what happens when you get greety [emoji23][emoji23]
      It's greedy.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by IChi1d View Post
      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???
    1. Parana6's Avatar
      Parana6 -
      So much nonsense here..
    1. ArcaReborn's Avatar
      ArcaReborn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Al226 View Post
      It's greedy.
      Are you perfect? Never made mistake in your life before huh? Lol get out of here with that bs
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      "A ton of gift cards" and "a ton of iPhones"

      Not exactly Pulitzer Prize winning journalism, is it?
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArcaReborn View Post
      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
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Al226 View Post
      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?
    1. tashrocca's Avatar
      tashrocca -
      Quote Originally Posted by IChi1d View Post
      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.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      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.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Is it just me? This article and most of the comments made about this thread are really retarded!
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      The counterfeit credit cards used to purchase the gift cards is the actual crime, not buying iPhones.
      Technically, since the gift cards were obtained illegally, using them to buy goods is illegal as well.

      My concern is why did they not invalidate the gift cards? Surely when Apple tries to collect on the funds from the credit cards, some must of been rejected, and therefore should invalidate the corresponding gift card number that was purchased using that card. So when the person tries to use it (like a credit card that's been marked lost/stolen), it will raise a flag at checkout.