A very unpleasant surprise. A British executive from an IT company was the victim of a scam after purchasing the new iPhone 15 Pro Max on the Internet, although ordered on the Apple website.
According to his testimony on the social network Reddit published this Monday, Ed explains that he quickly realized the deception although the smartphone looked at first glance like the one he had ordered, namely an iPhone 15 Pro Max in natural titanium of 256 GB.
If the tracking of his package went as planned, the man “immediately saw that something was wrong”, despite an authentic box from Apple. Protection already put on the screen, screen not OLED, defect on the back of the phone… several suspicious details alert this Apple customer who is not at the end of his surprises. Once the phone is turned on it realizes that the home screen is poor and has a black band at the bottom of the screen, the phone is configured incorrectly and it is an Android device built-in in a phone resembling the iPhone 15.
If Ed claims that this pale copy could have “convinced (his) grandfather”, this employee of a computer company noted other anomalies such as applications like Facebook or TikTok already installed, a “horrible” iOS with bugs and camera issues.
A common scam in the UK?
Contacted by the English-speaking site specializing in news information Mashable, this man from Surrey (south London) claims to be certain of having ordered on the official Apple website after checking his order number. After letting Mashable examine the confirmation of its order, the specialized site confirms that it is indeed an order placed on the Apple site.
If the man who contacted Apple says that the brand has been “very accommodating” so far, he indicates that the problem has not yet been resolved. For its part, DPD (Editor’s note, the delivery company) ensures that the box was sealed correctly and that it was therefore never opened.
In his message published on Reddit, Ed wants to warn customers of the Californian giant by advising them not to connect to their Wi-Fi or other applications such as Apple Wallet if they think they are victims of the same type scam, at the risk of having your data hacked and money stolen.
This is not the first time that someone has been the victim of such a scam. On TikTok, a British Internet user published a video viewed nearly two million times in which he shows an iPhone 15 Pro Max strangely resembling the counterfeit received by Ed.
Indeed, the smartphone delivered to this British Internet user seems to have the same fake iOS interface as Ed, with the same black band located at the bottom of the screen.
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