Here’s a good scam: Purchase an iPad 2 from a big box store, take it home, replace the box contents with a bag full of clay, seal it up and return it to the retailer – then grab the cash and bolt for the door. This process not tonly happened once but 10 times at various Future Shop and Best Buy locations in Vancouver.
Several customers who were ripped off contacted the retailer early January about the scam, since then, Future Shop and Best Buy have started a fraud investigation to see how this actually happened and who’s behind it. Elliott Chun, Future Shop spokesperson, stated that “It really saddens Future Shop to know that people stoop to this type of level to be opportunistic and make money in this sort of organized way… Customers don’t expect to receive this kind of product from Future Shop, so it’s a very serious matter and something we are addressing right away for anyone who has been impacted”… hope Future Shop/Best Buy have some serious cameras installed by the return desk.
Update: It seems that there is a trend happening at Vancouver retail locations. Both London Drugs and Walmart have come forward with customers returning iPad 2s with clay inside.