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iPad Purchased at Texas Gas Station for $200 Actually Just a Mirror

Beware iPad/mirror scams!
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(Screencap: Yahoo)

FYI: Anyone looking for a good Apple deal this holiday season should probably steer clear of Texas gas stations.

Yahoo reports that a woman in Arlington, Texas purchased what she thought was a new iPad at a gas station. The man claimed to be selling the device–which normally retails for $800–for just $200.

Jalonta Freeman thought the deal was “too good to pass up,” but after she handed him the cash, he drove off. Then, when she opened the iPad box, it was actually just a tablet-sized mirror with a picture of the Apple logo and the iPad homescreen taped to it.

So… it was a Microsoft Surface, then? (Zing.)

Ms. Freeman isn’t the first person to be taken in by a fake iPad ruse. According to a police officer Yahoo spoke to, scams like this always increase around the holidays, so we should be extra vigilant about the kind of electronics we purchase at gas stations.

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