Ashley McDowell was just minding her own business at the parking lot of a South Carolina McDonald’s when she was approached by two black dudes. They offered to sell her an iPad for $300 but she only had $180. Luckily for her (not really), the black dudes accepted the $180 and everybody was happy — until dear Ashley got home, opened the box and found out that her new iPad was actually just a piece of wood with a painted Apple logo.
I have to give props to the scammers, though. They put some effort into their craft by painting the piece of wood black and adding some painted iPad app icons on the “screen”. If you don’t want to become another Ashley McDowell, here are a few tips on preventing yourself from buying an iPad which is actually just a piece of wood.
1. Stop buying stuff at McDonald’s parking lots especially if that stuff is consumer electronics.
2. Remember that if the price of an item being sold at a questionable location by two shady characters sounds too good to be true, it is.
3. If you really can’t stop yourself from buying electronics from two black dudes at a McDonald’s parking lot, at least make sure you check the merchandise first.
4. Know the difference between a legit iPad and a piece of wood painted black with iPad app icons:
- If the frame of the iPad looks like black tape, it’s not an iPad.
- If you can’t find a single port or slot on the iPad, it’s not an iPad.
- If you swipe the screen and you get splinters, it’s not an iPad.
- If you find paint all over your hands after holding the iPad — you guessed it — it’s not a frickin’ iPad.
5. Don’t be an idiot.