Florida man allegedly conned Apple out of $309K

A man ran up a $7,753.22 bill at an Apple store.

When his debit card was declined, he pretended to call his bank. He gave the store clerk a fake authorization code to punch into the card reader.

And that’s how the man, 24-year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. of Tampa, scammed one of the biggest high-tech companies in the world — not once but 42 times — totaling $309,768, according to federal court records.

Some Apple Store employees have some explaining to do. [Via ComputerWorld]



  • Jim Rustler

    I’m shocked at the lack of security at this piece of shit company. SHOCKED!

  • arcsine

    Dave Mark, why blame employees? The point of sale systems supported an ‘override’ that depends on the ‘obscurity’ of the number of digits needed as their only ‘security’.

    Perhaps you believe or know Apple trained their retail staff to defend against this vulnerability. If so, the training failed not in the case of one employee, nor in one store, but in dozens.

    • lucascott

      I’m dead certain that a company that rings up sales that are often over $1000 has taught their staff that you don’t manually enter a credit card number and then take an auth code provided by a customer. Which is what they would have to have done.

      So yeah it was either total stupidity or the likely now EX employees were in on it.

  • matthewmaurice

    This is only “news” because it’s Apple. Seems like everyone is vulnerable to a system where “It does not actually matter what code the merchant types into the terminal…[a]ny combination of digits will override the denial.” An Apple store just makes the most sense because it’s got some of the highest value/cubic inch items in retail and is often busy, which facilitates convincing a harried clerk to let you “call” for the override. The end result is that Apple is out a microsecond of profit and Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. is going to spend a great deal of time in a Federal prison, which doesn’t have parole. Hope those MacBook Pros were worth it. That brings up an interesting question, assuming he bought a bunch of iPhones, can Apple “kill” those as stolen property? If so, someone who thought they got a good deal is going to be very unhappy soon, if they’re not already.

  • crateish

    The quality of Apple Store employees has been dropping for the last year or so. They seem to be obsessed with hiring 21 year old hipsters that have a certain appearance, rather than a broad spectrum of ages and experience. No wonder they got ripped off.