As is the case with any desirable piece of technology, the iPad has been the unfortunate subject of more than a few scams in its time, and a new one has come to light in Canada recently.

According to reports, some unlucky buyers have picked up new iPad 2 units from some Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart and London Drugs stores only to find that the boxes do not actually contain iPads as expected, but rather a giant grey slab of modelling clay.

It’s not even a nice color…

It would appear that the boxes sold were sealed and appeared upon a cursory inspection to be all A-OK, though upon opening the full horror was revealed.

Obviously someone has been intercepting iPads, opening them and then taking out the tablets only to replace them with something suitably weighty in order to cover their tracks. That’s where the clay comes in.

Interestingly the crooks are then managing to re-seal the boxes so that nobody realizes what has happened. The stores affected have now launched fraud investigations, with between thirty and forty iPads apparently stolen.

If you’re going to buy an iPad in Canada this week, it might be an idea to open the box in-store, just to save any potential hassle!

[The Verge]

  • Omg

  • heard of this happening also, except with a piece of tile inside the box instead..crazy what people will do

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  • This reminds me of the poor chap who brought a iphone 4s BOX of eBay for £440 ..

    • Anonymous

      My friend is a trust fund baby, years and years ago we were screwing around on e-bay buying random shit… he bought an xbox…

      When it came in the mail it was a big box… with a green x on it and a note inside that read “enjoy this box, you may add as many X’s as you wish to the outside”

      so many pricks in this world.

  • Kok Hean

    I don’t know why they don’t check returned goods…

  • Anonymous

    That is not just clay, but iClay!

  • Dan

    hahaha I thought about the same thing when I brought back my iPad 2 32Gb (was switching for a 64GB). They don’t check the box or take down your information!

  • Anonymous

    Lol guess that’s what it takes to make some people get real.

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    I could have been worst, they could have replace the ipads with a Samsung Galaxy Tab

  • damn! , unlucky!!!

  • Glad I bought mine in a retail Apple store.

  • Anonymous

    Man. I hope those crooks get caught and get prison time.

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