Maryland State Police have announced that they seized hundreds of counterfeit Apple products from two stores at Arundel Mills Mall, a popular shopping center in the area, reports WBAL-TV 11. Specifically, the counterfeit items were worth over $89,000 and included multi-color counterfeit iPhones and iPads, iPad replacement screens made of faulty material, various accessories for products, as well as packaging materials and equipment used to design and print fake packaging for the fraudulent items being sold.

The items recovered included iPhones and the colored fronts and backings that go with them, cellphone conversion kits, iPhone and iPad covers, Apple product ID stickers, iPad replacement screens and various internal iPhone parts. Detectives also found packaging materials, equipment used to design and print those materials and computer equipment believed to be used to clone phones.

The investigation of the merchants selling the items began seven months ago after authorities were contacted about the potential counterfeit products. The officials also contacted Apple experts on the matter after buying products from both locations. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Top Rated Comments

Codyak Avatar
137 months ago
So which Samsung store was it?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vdesilva Avatar
137 months ago
One can guess where it's made.

where the original is made ...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrat93 Avatar
137 months ago
Do people actually think cheetah print iPhone back covers with the Apple logo on it are authentic?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JAT Avatar
137 months ago
So...China also has a state named Maryland?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Solomani Avatar
137 months ago
You didn't know?? We're now known as The United States of The Republic of China's America...

Also known as The People's Republic of Chimerica
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Giuly Avatar
137 months ago
First of all, if you're jailbreaking your own phone, chances are that you walk away with a basic knowledge of Property Lists and the bash, so that's kinda semi-ok. Jailbreaking as a paid service in a mall on the other hand: Not at all.

However, all I saw were iPhones that had their back and front glass replaced with colored ones – I wouldn't call that a "Fake iPhone". This is a fake iPhone:

In case you can't tell the difference: The fake one has a dial, while the genuine iPhone has a touchscreen.

And seizing third-party 30-pin to USB cables is a bit over the top, as you'd have to raid every store that sells anything electronics related to get them. I was however pretty annoyed when I had to visit four different, big chain stores to find a genuine Apple Lightning-to-Dock adapter, so there's definitively something wrong.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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