The moment all this sunk in (see part 1), I felt a keen sense of desperation and finality. As someone who works in technology and is considered an expert by many – I felt a distinct sense of shame. How could I have let this happen? How could I have let them fool me? Coupled with my already careful nature, I’ve bought and sold online for more than a decade. It shouldn’t have happened. After allowing that feeling to marinate, I set out to investigate. I had to learn more and maybe catch these culprits.
Can you spot a fake? This week I learned the hard way how difficult this is. Using Kijiji – an online marketplace considered a ‘grey market’ for new and used physical items – I bought a brand new Apple Watch Series 6. This Watch was posted as new and sealed in the box for $450.00, a price I haggled down to $420.00. The practice of selling close Apple Watches is common, but the work made to present this product as new and legitimate is unique. I investigated this phenomenon while ending up with two excellent duplicates, $420.00 poorer and in a confrontation with a scammer.
Today, I learned that the same database has progressed far enough that the general public can run lookups using IMEI numbers. While the database is still a waste of money, being able to find out more on a blacklisted device is, at least, a good thing.
Yes, stupid. It’s not news that global theft of smartphones and other high-end electronic devices is a growing problem. These devices are becoming smaller, more powerful, and more expensive. As targets for theft go, you’re probably at the top of the list if there’s an iPhone 5 in your pocket. This is a serious problem on so many levels […]