An Arlington, Texas, woman says that a new iPad she thought she had bought at a great price turned out to be a fake. Jalonta Freeman said she bought the item from a stranger who approached her at a gas station near Highway 360 and Green Oaks. "He pulled up beside us, and he was like, 'Hey, I've got some iPads and stuff, and I've got some laptops if you all are interested in buying,'" she said.
He offered to sell a brand-new iPad worth $800 for just $200, Freeman said. With Christmas coming up, she and her family thought it sounded too good to pass up. They gave him the cash, and he quickly drove off, she said. When Freeman's sister opened the package, it turned out to be a mirror about the size as the tablet. "If you turn it on the back, it actually looks like an Apple iPad," Freeman said.
"And when you turn it to the front, it has the prices and stuff. It even had an Apple logo stuck on it. That's so messed up," Freeman said. "That's so wrong. I would never do anybody like that. Get a job." Freeman said she became angry when she realized she had been conned. "I just started cussing," she said. "I was upset. Anybody would be upset if you found out you just got scammed, you know what I'm saying? You just lost $200."
Freeman reported the crime to Arlington police, but she never got a licence plate number and she admits that investigators have little to go on. She said she now feels stupid but has learned an important lesson. "Don't buy nothing on the streets from nobody," she said. Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said she had not heard of any similar incidents but added these kinds of crimes always increase in the weeks before Christmas.