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iPhoneNow.ca Update: Accused Jailed on Charges

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A long time ago, when the iPhone 3G was not released in Canada, people were very desperate to get their hands on Apple’s latest toy. People who weren’t able to buy an iPhone from the USA and unlock back home were eager to get their hands on the iPhone. It was this desperation that some people in society jump on and take full advantage of. This was the case with one of iPhoneinCanada.ca’s most commented posts on Buying an iPhone from iPhoneNow.ca.

iPhoneNow.ca launched a very legitimate-looking website that enticed Canadians to drop up to $699 on an unlocked iPhone from the USA (this woman lost $3000). I can only imagine how many people actually went through with this, but from the feedback my other post received many people did fall for this scam. After placing their orders, the only thing people were left with was an empty wallet and a mindset of anger and rage.

This frustration turned to the media, where the Vancouver Sun wrote an article investigating iPhoneNow.ca. Well, it turns out that article enabled the Port Coquitlam RCMP ended up searching and seizing computers from a home belonging to Scott Frederick Byers, aka Joshua Trousdale. iPhoneNow.ca at this point in time had shut down.

Well it turns out that Mr. Byers/Trousdale has now ended up in jail on charges of uttering forged documents and obstruction of justice. He appeared yesterday in Vancouver Provincial Court and plead no guilty. This case was assisted heavily by the public when the media asked for help. It’s only a matter of time before justice will be served. As for those who lost money in this iPhone scam, it was a tough pill to swallow but a strong lesson learned to be careful when shopping online.

Were you affected by iPhoneNow.ca? Did you ever get your money back?

[Vancouver Sun]

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  • Tim Aucoin

    Way back in January 2008 while looking for unlocked phones, I came across this website. I almost “bit”, but something seemed odd. Nothing on their site could be verified by phone, they would not give references and overall, I had a strange feeling about this site. That’s when I decided to get my own phones in Florida and bring them back myself. I had brought back 8 phones and sold them all legitimately to 8 happy customers! I had already bought mine locally (for a whopping $800).
    ..
    When I heard the news about iPhoneNow.com being investigated, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I hope this guy gets what he deserves. It’s a pretty cowardly, low life kind of thing to do when you rip people off of their hard earned money. I have no sympathy whatsoever for these kind of people! I’m glad they caught him πŸ™‚
    ..
    Have a fantastic Thursday everyone!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Way back in January 2008 while looking for unlocked phones, I came across this website. I almost “bit”, but something seemed odd. Nothing on their site could be verified by phone, they would not give references and overall, I had a strange feeling about this site. That’s when I decided to get my own phones in Florida and bring them back myself. I had brought back 8 phones and sold them all legitimately to 8 happy customers! I had already bought mine locally (for a whopping $800).
    ..
    When I heard the news about iPhoneNow.com being investigated, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I hope this guy gets what he deserves. It’s a pretty cowardly, low life kind of thing to do when you rip people off of their hard earned money. I have no sympathy whatsoever for these kind of people! I’m glad they caught him πŸ™‚
    ..
    Have a fantastic Thursday everyone!

  • Tim Aucoin

    Interesting… the domain “iphonenow.ca” is available for purchase! πŸ˜€

  • Tim Aucoin

    Interesting… the domain “iphonenow.ca” is available for purchase! πŸ˜€

  • I was affected by this and I did get my money back… or rather Visa did.
    My whole convoluted story can be found here:
    http://www.frozenpuck.com/article/iphonemaybesomedayca
    Enjoy!

  • I was affected by this and I did get my money back… or rather Visa did.
    My whole convoluted story can be found here:
    http://www.frozenpuck.com/article/iphonemaybesomedayca
    Enjoy!

  • Since I was defrauded by Mr. Byers, I authored a number of blogs detailing his various schemes, and I realize that this guy is quite a piece of work. I worked tirelessly with an Australian by the name of Steven Sinfield to research his past, and to bring his schemes to the public. He has gone as far as attempting to file frivolous lawsuits to silence his various victims. Now that he is imprisoned, I have resurrected my blogs:

    Scottbyershistory.blogspot.com
    iphonefraud.blogspot.com

  • Since I was defrauded by Mr. Byers, I authored a number of blogs detailing his various schemes, and I realize that this guy is quite a piece of work. I worked tirelessly with an Australian by the name of Steven Sinfield to research his past, and to bring his schemes to the public. He has gone as far as attempting to file frivolous lawsuits to silence his various victims. Now that he is imprisoned, I have resurrected my blogs:

    Scottbyershistory.blogspot.com
    iphonefraud.blogspot.com

  • Glad you got your money back. Just reaffirms why we should all try to make online purchases with credit cards…that protection is key!

  • Glad you got your money back. Just reaffirms why we should all try to make online purchases with credit cards…that protection is key!

  • Glad you got your money back. Just reaffirms why we should all try to make online purchases with credit cards…that protection is key!

  • Cool, thanks for the links to your blogs. Good info!

  • Don’t tell me you’re getting into the iPhone business now?? πŸ˜‰

  • Cool, thanks for the links to your blogs. Good info!

  • Don’t tell me you’re getting into the iPhone business now?? πŸ˜‰

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