Vallejo police on Friday were warning holiday shoppers of a scam involving phony iPad being sold on the street after officers came across a stash of fake iPad boxes with replica devices during a traffic stop.
The scammers are wrapping ceramic tiles and metal picture frames with tape and foam so they resemble iPads and placing them in empty iPad boxes, Lt. Kenny Park said.
The scammers then quickly disappear after someone buys one and discovers the ruse, Park said.
The scammers are trying to sell them on Craigslist and on the streets, Park said.
During a traffic stop Thursday, police found two iPad boxes and ceramic tiles in a vehicle, and at least one person in the car was arrested on an unrelated warrant, Park said.
Police couldn't make an arrest regarding the possession of the tiles and iPad boxes because they were separate and they could not prove there was an intent to defraud, he said.
"There's no pattern," Park said about the incidents.
Police are asking citizens to contact them if they are approached by the scammers.
Vallejo police also said today that they will have special holiday patrols at shopping centers and the downtown areas starting today through Dec. 23.
The patrol officers will be on foot or bicycle, Lt. John Whitney said.
"The officers will make themselves visible in order to make the customers and business owners feel safer," Whitney said.
Officers also have been encouraged to spend extra time patrolling shopping centers throughout the city, Whitney said.
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