据英国科技网站The Register周一报道，中国温州一家销售苹果产品的电子商店有五名员工被捕。据报道，这五名员工以有故障需要更换为由，向苹果公司提交了121部假冒的iPhone 4S手机“BAND配件”（BAND为厂家专业术语，指整机除电池、后盖外的其余部分——译注。目前尚不清楚这些BAND是调制解调器配件还是主板）。很明显，这个诈骗团伙购买后盖、电池和其他组件后，经过重新组装就可以当作全新的iPhone销售。
Talk about an ironic twist. Even as Apple (AAPL) was being lambasted daily in Chinese state-run media for what was being portrayed as unfair iPhone return policies, the company was investigating a ring of Chinese scammers taking advantage of those same policies to rip the company off.
According to a report Monday in The Register, five employees at an electronics store selling Apple goods were arrested in Wenzhou, China, after they submitted 121 fake iPhone 4S "BAND parts" (it's not clear if these are modem assemblies or motherboards or what) to Apple, claiming they were defective and needed replacing. Apparently the scammers would buy a back cover, battery, and other components, re-assemble the device and sell it as a new iPhone.
"It took Apple over a month to spot the scam," The Register's Phil Muncaster reports, "after which the owner of the store in question was informed and an investigation begun. On April 1 police finally cuffed a shop engineer and her boyfriend as the ringleaders."
As it turns out, the arrest took place the same day Tim Cook issued an apology to Apple's Chinese customers and changed the company's return policy, guaranteeing that any iPhone 4 and 4S brought in for repair under warranty in China would be replaced with new (not refurbished) parts.