Posted: 9:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Woman duped into buying fake iPads, laptop

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Kerry Kavanaugh, WSB-TV
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Kerry Kavanaugh, WSB-TV
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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —

A Gwinnett County woman has a warning for others after she was tricked into buying fake iPads on the street.

The Lilburn woman, who requested anonymity, said it happened two weeks ago when she was pumping gas at a Quicktrip on Oakbrook Parkway. She said two men approached her car waving real iPads and laptops and promised a big discount. She ended up buying fake iPads from the back of their car.

She said the men claimed to be Best Buy employees with surplus stock.

"They're items that are overstocked, he said, and the employees have access to getting them," the victim told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The woman said their inventory was stacked in the back of their car. When she and her mother handed over $500 for two iPads and one laptop, the men sped off.

"I was like, ‘OK, what did I just do?’" the woman said.

Gwinnett police showed Kavanaugh the purchases, which were wrapped in bubble tape. What she thought were iPads were pieces of glass lined with black duct tape. The fake laptop was a three-ring binder stuffed with paper.

"Through the bubble wrap, there are some markings on here that would make it seem that they were legitimate products," Gwinnett police Cpl. Jake Smith told Kavanaugh.

The woman said she should have known better but is still upset. Anyone with information on the scheme is asked to contact Gwinnett police.

“It’s really said,” the woman said.

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