The popularity of Apple products combined with the out-of-reach pricing for some has been misused by con men to fool the people of Ceres in California's Central Valley into buying "iPads" that were actually floor tiles.
According to the Ceres Police Department, numerous reports have been filed by people who were approached by scammers offering the tablets for an "out of the box" discounted price. The product in question was merely a floor tile matching the size of an iPad with an Apple logo and bubble wrap to make it look like the real deal.
The buyers who fell for the scam did not check the "iPad" after seeing all the packing material, including accessories and documentation, only to realize that it was a paper-covered tile upon reaching home. Similar incidents have taken place in the past where people were sold soap bars as iPhones, wooden blocks as iPads and a bag of onions as a Mac.
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