Reynoldsburg police warn of fake iPhones being sold

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (WCMH) —  The Reynoldsburg Division of Police is warning people about a rash of fake iPhones being sold in the community.

According to police, the fake phones are being sold using Craigslist and other means.

Police arrested 22-year-old Dierre Raysaun Buckhanon and charged him with selling counterfeit iPhones over Craigslist after he was allegedly willing to sell a fake iPhone 6S to a city detective.

Dierre Raysaun Buckhanon
Dierre Raysaun Buckhanon

Police say Buckhanon was advertising the phones for $280 to $300 each and meeting people in businesses’ parking lots to conduct the transaction.

Reynoldsburg police took the phone to the Easton Apple store where employees confirmed it was a fake.

Police say there are two indications that an iPhone may be counterfeit.

The first is the presence of a white bar across the top where the time is shown. This is not a feature of Apple’s IOS.  The second indicator is that the Calendar icon will look incorrect, because the number will rest at the bottom of the app and not float in the middle.

Reynoldsburg Police say this is one of the fake iPhones that were sold.

The phones also won’t upload Apple applications or work as a normal iPhone.

Police warn these are just some subtle indicators and that if you have doubt about the phone, they say not to buy it.

Anyone with questions can call the Reynoldsburg Police Department at 614-322-6918.

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