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Ceres Police Department
Friday January 17th, 2014 :: 05:54 p.m. PST


Buyer Beware: Wood and Tiles Being Sold as TVs and iPads

Ceres, CA – Ceres Police Department has received multiple reports of people falling victim to scammers whose electronics deals were too good to be true. The victims were contacted outside of Ceres businesses on Hatch Road and offered iPads and flat screen televisions for low, “out of the box” prices. The victims paid cash for what they thought were brand-name electronics wrapped in bubble wrap with store labeling and accessories (see pictures), but once the packaging was peeled away, they discovered they had paid hundreds of dollars for big pieces of wood wrapped like televisions and tiles wrapped in paper with the Apple logo printed on it instead of iPads.

Ceres Police would like anyone who has fallen victim to this and not yet reported it to contact Ceres Police by calling (209) 538-5712 to file a police report. If contacted by someone trying to sell electronics, be sure to report them immediately by calling the number above and providing a description of the person(s) and/or vehicle they are in (make, model, color, license plate number).

Anyone with information about this scam or those involved is encouraged to contact Detective Venn by calling (209) 538-5616, emailing, or tips can be anonymously reported by contacting Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at:

Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers.
Phone number: 1-866-60-CRIME
Text Tips: “274637” TIP704 in the wording


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Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-538-5712

Detective Darren Venn

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