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An Arlington 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 Wednesday.

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.

New iPads begin at $399 for Wi-Fi-only models. The iPad 2 that connects to cellular networks retails for $529.

The recently announced iPads with retina display start at $499 for the Wi-Fi models. The cellular models range in price from $629 to $829 and will be available to ship in mid-November.

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 license 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.

Last year, Grand Prairie police warned North Texas about groups of people who were selling fake iPads and MacBooks out of their cars for several hundred dollars. Police then said that investigators knew of more than a dozen incidents.

Police in other states, including Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, reported similar incidents last year.

Quick money at any price. People have no morals, no value, just straight rude.

Similar situations have been going on for quite some time.

iPad scammers sucker Texas woman
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SAN ANTONIO — That old cliché is ringing true: If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.A San Antonio woman experienced a painful reminder of the truism after she thought she had bought a real  iPad. She was tricked.And apparently, similar scams are happening in other cities across the U.S.

An iPad is the gadget everyone wants to get their hands on.

They range in price anywhere from $500 to $900. So when Brittany Delao thought she could get one for only $150, she jumped at the chance.

“It looked brand new,” said Delao.

She says the item was packaged in what looked like manufacturing wrap.

The problem is Delao bought the item off the street. She says two men in a silver truck set up at a Valero gas station.

Inside the truck they had what appeared to be more boxes of iPads, and they showed her actual working ones.

“I thought, ‘Oh, yes, a brand new iPad,'” said Delao.

The woman said the men knew exactly what they were doing.

“He said, ‘Here is your iPad,’ pulled it out, showed it to me, and I gave him the money,” said Delao.

The item was packaged in bubble wrap, but when she opened it she realized it was just a picture frame with an Apple sticker affixed to the outside.