What do you get if you steal almost ten thousand iPods and try to resell them to unsuspecting customers? Arrested and charged with fraud - if you're a hapless Michigan crook, that is.
Weekend reports suggest that Nicholas Woodhams from Grand Rapids in the US state found a loophole in Apple's returns policy that he tried – unsuccessfully, if the charges are upheld – to exploit.
He allegedly generated valid serial numbers for thousands of fictional iPod shuffles and filed replacement requests with Apple, listing them all as broken.
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As he guaranteed to return the 'damaged' iPods with a credit card as security, Apple willingly shipped him well over 9,000 new shuffles as replacements, which he began selling for $49 (£34) each.
Sadly for Woodhams, the invalid credit card he used showed up the scam and led to the authorities moving in to charge him with fraud and money laundering.