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Three men arrested in southern China ‘made millions’ selling second-hand iPhones as new

Trio said to have generated more than 10 million yuan in alleged scam

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 August, 2016, 12:10pm
UPDATED : Monday, 22 August, 2016, 12:58pm

Three men from southern China have been arrested for allegedly selling used Apple iPhones and passing them off as new, according to a news website.

The men are said to have made more than 10 million yuan (HK$11.6 million) in the scam, reported Sun0769.com, the news website of Dongguan Broadcasting Television in Guangdong province.

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The refurbished second-hand phones were sold in more than 20 provinces including Zhejiang, Shandong and Qinghai, the report said.

The arrests were made in Dongguan after a tip-off and officers seized 188 phones, including the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.

Police also found about 200 counterfeit iPhone boxes with chargers, earphones and other accessories.

The three men were quoted as saying they had mainly bought the phones in Shenzhen and hired people to refurbish them.

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The renovated iPhones looked as good as new, according to the article.

One suspect had already been convicted of counterfeiting mobile phones and was out on bail when he was arrested, the report said.

The police investigation is continuing.