OKCPD: Fake iPads, laptops found in car during traffic stop
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Oklahoma City police pulled a man over for speeding and found dozens of knock-off items in his cars. Those items ranged from fake jewelry, to a real Gucci purse and Versace belt, to fake iPads and laptops.
Last Wednesday, officers found a variety of items in 33-year-old Jamara Gator's car. This happened after pulling him over for speeding.
”A lot of it was fake merchandise, including fake laptops and fake iPads,” said Oklahoma City Police, Msgt. Gary Knight. “They had been wrapped up in bubble wrap and actually had price tags on them as if they were going to be sold again or tried to be returned to a store”
Police say they're not sure what his intentions were with the fake devices, but we wanted to know how common it is to see knock-off iPads.
Fox 25 talked to computer expert, Jayson E. Street, who says he's seen it numerous times.
“It's got everything. It's got the icons, it's got the wallpaper, it had the EULA; it had all that, but it couldn't sign into iCloud. It wasn't a true i-device,” Street said.
So, how can apple users make sure they have the real deal?
“One of the first things you want to do, is to make sure you can log into your iCloud account,” said Street. “As you go through your setup, it should say, do you want to set up your iCloud account?”
If it doesn't do that, go into settings and look for the iCloud area. For android users, do the same thing; check your settings.
Street said to buy the devices from name brand stores like BestBuy or Walmart.
“Go to one of these stores that has a return policy, an actual return policy and show that when you get the product, it's like what do you do? Test to see if it works,” said Street.
But, he said there's always that chance that knock-off can make it onto the shelves because a person can easily change the shell of the device and make it seem like it's an iPad.
“It's not necessarily bad from the mechanical part of it, it's bad because of the dishonest practice someone was trying to sell it off as,” Street told Fox 25.
Police say Gator won't face fraud charges because they couldn't prove he had intentions to sell the fake devices, but police reports said he was arrested in July 2015 for driving without a license and had similar items in the back of his car. Documents said it appeared he was running some kind of internet scam to rip people off.