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Is That iPhone 5 a Fake?

Is That iPhone 5 a Fake? - The Beacon


By: Jason

Is That iPhone 5 a Fake?

The BBB in Hawaii is warning consumers to watch out for fake iPhone 5s sold online from overseas. In an interview with a local news station in Hawaii, Timothy Camino, a representative with the BBB of Hawaii, warns that these phones look like real iPhone 5s but are basically useless.

Consumers are being charged $200 to $250 for these phones which supposedly don’t required a contract and can work on any network (“jail-breaked”) but the consumers end up with a fake iPhone that Mr. Camino describes as “a piece of plastic basically.” You can view the text and video of the interview here.

As Mr. Camino points out, since these come from overseas consumers are not likely to get their money back and consumers interested in the iPhone 5 should purchase from Apple or an authorized dealer.

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Jason was the Manager of Dispute Resolution Services with the BBB and primary handled consumer complaints. He also assisted consumers with business inquiries. He was a regular contributor to the blog.