Published: Вс, Апреля 07, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Students' iPhone Scam Took Apple for $900K, US Says

Students' iPhone Scam Took Apple for $900K, US Says

That suggests that in order for the scam to work, Jiang and Zhou had to have access to authentic iPhone serial or International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers, also called IMEI numbers, that would indicate the devices were still covered by the fix warranty. The company says that as they could not be switched on, they couldn't be "immediately examined or repaired by Apple technicians, triggering the Apple phone replacement process as part of its product warranty". The money, which was the cut that they received from China, was then deposited to Jiang mother's account that he could access in the US. From that point, they would send the fake products to Apple for fix, asserting the gadgets would not power on (by means of The Verge). However, the company still continues to fight the legislation that is supposed to make it easier for users to fix their own iDevices.

As The Oregonian reports, Yangyang Zhou and Quan Jiang are Chinese students who were studying engineering at Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College on student visas.

That sort of puts a dent in both students' defence that, allegedly, neither knew the phones in question were counterfeits. And to replace iPhones, Apple doesn't need to request for proof of purchase, a Homeland Security agent explained in the complaints. The company realized numerous thousands of phones were counterfeit but still returned nearly 1,500 genuine replacements to the students, NBC News reports.

Two engineering students hailing from China have scammed more than Rs. 6 crore out of Apple.

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According to Apple's business records, Jiang submitted 3,069 warranty claims, out of which Apple granted 1,493. Back in June and July 2017, the company notified one of them that it knew that he was importing counterfeit devices. Jiang could access the bank account from the USA in which his mother deposited the money received by selling the phones in China.

The men are facing charges that include trafficking in counterfeit goods, wire fraud, and submitting false or misleading information on an export declaration. One of the OR students said an associate in China sent him 20 to 30 iPhones at a time, with instructions to submit them to Apple for warranty repairs.

Officials also found at least four different mailboxes associated with Zhou, one of which was found with a package containing 25 fake iPhones. The devices cost around $30 each.

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