LA Cops Seize $10 Million Worth of Fake iPhones, iPods, and More

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Look at them all: iPods and iPhones of every color and every generation. It's a king's ransom of iProducts—except every single one of them is a fake.


The Los Angeles Port Police seized the counterfeit goods from several downtown warehouses as part of a massive two-month long bust. What they found, according to the LA Times:

Counterfeit products with an estimated street value of more than $1.4 million; stolen electronics, toys and blankets worth about $2.5 million; and bank account receipts that indicate the operation generated more than $7 million in profits.

That's a lot of bad Apples.

Also intriguing? How the fakes were going to be used. Brothers-in-crime Bahram and Edward Zahab had imported them as parts to be reassembled, then labeled and sold like the real thing. And even more interesting is the preponderance of previous generation iPods in the cache. One would assume that they're easier to sell at cut-rate prices, and harder to compare to their legitimate (and outmoded) counterparts.

So be careful out there, people buying three year old iPods and PSPs from shady street vendors. Both because it's probably fake and busted, and because who'd be caught dead toting an iPod Mini these days? [LA Times]



1) 4 million dollars worth of fake products AND receipts showing that they generated over 7 million dollars in profits doesn't equal "$10 Million Worth of Fake iPhones, iPods, and More." Even assuming the "More" is an excuse to throw the receipts in the mix and use "$10 Million" in the title, the receipts are worthless, it's what they mean that's valuable.

2) This is confusing to me. I see vending machines in my local theaters, malls, and other places that are stuffed with fake iPods. If they are illegal then how exactly can legitimate businesses scam people like that?