Everyone knows Apple makes a tidy sum selling iPhones, so it’s no surprise that there’s big money in counterfeiting the handsets too.
Unfortunately, producing phoney phones is a risky business, as one Chinese counterfeiting operation recently found out.
Police in Beijing raided a factory that produced 41,000 fake iPhones worth in excess of 120 million yuan – that’s about £12.5 million.
The raid, which took place in May but has only now been revealed, resulted in the arrest of nine people.
Amongst the nine was a married couple – 43-year-old ‘Yu’ and his 40-yearold wife ‘Xie’ – who ran the dodgy scheme under the guise of a gadget maintenance shop.
The spurious storefront, located on the northern outskirts of Beijing, was reportedly set up in January with six assembly lines in tow.
According to a report by the Guardian, “hundreds” of workers repackaged second-hand smartphone components as iPhones to sell on for a profit.
Police managed to seize 1,400 handsets, as well as “large quantities” of accessories during the raid.
The police were reportedly alerted to the operation following a tip-off from US authorities who seized the illegitimate devices.
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