Fake iPhone stash thrown out of 18th floor window after police raid

What do you do if you’re a maker of fake iPhones in China and the police are battering your door in? Throw them out of your window that’s what! Not really the best idea if you happen to be on the eighteenth floor though...

This is what happened recently at a Shenzhen shop, when four fake iPhone dealers took the decision to dump their inventory to avoid prosecution. They tried to throw nearly one thousand cloned smartphones out of the eighteenth story window. Some of the phones were even said to be labelled as the yet to be announced iPhone 5! The police finally caught them burning transaction records but managed to recover a customer database.

Luckily no one in the street below was hurt but several cars and fences were damaged when it started raining fake phones!

[Cult of Mac]


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Fake iPhone stash thrown out of 18th floor window after police raid


Ummmm. Shouldnt they have thrown out the phones BEFORE the police raid. Seems a lil late after they have already raided the place.

^ I'm sure if they would have known about the raid, other measures would have been taken. But last second decisions are usually stupid ones

Darn, wish that I could've gotten my hands on some of those. Just to have a fake iPhone would be cool (without having to pay).

Like I said in chat on Wednesday's iPhone Live: your next podcast should be "Dropping stuff off high buildings." I know Letterman has already done it, but hey, there's always a new audience.
But seriously, you mess with China's economy and you're a counter-revolutionary. Not just a common criminal.