TAMPA BAY, Fla. — The Secret Service alleges a man used a very simple scam to rip off more than $300,000 in merchandise from Apple using a form of wire fraud.
Paperwork alleges Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. tricked employees at Apple stores in 16 states 42 different times.
Parish would reportedly go to an Apple store and try to buy items using a debit card from a closed account.
When the card was declined, prosecutors say Parrish would pretend to call his bank and get an override code from the bank.
The flaw in the system is the digits given do not matter as long as there are the correct number of digits.
So, the employee would type in the digits given by Parrish and the charge would go through.
Because the mistake was made by an Apple employee, the company absorbs the value of the items.
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