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iPhone Scam Alert: A Little More “Caveating” Amongst the Emptors, Please


If you haven’t heard about this iPhone Scam Alert, in the newspaper, online, from the Oregon AG’s office, and beyond, then you need to think about ratcheting up your news tracking. This scam is not the worst out there, but if you’re not hearing daily about some food or product recall or scam, then you can’t complaint about the world going to hell in a handbasket. It takes two to be scammed, and to tango. So put on your crap-detectors, slow down, and think before you play or pay.

In other words, let’s have a little more caveating out there. See FBI, Snopes, beware urban legends, and check out Recalls dot gov. But you’re on the front line so Caveat Emptor.

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use the very funny line of Tom McCarthy’s from his review of the Clancy Martin book, “How to Sell.” McCarthy’s line in his article, Art of the Deal (from the 5/17/09 NYT Book Review): “To bastardize the Latin, emptors need to sober up and exercise a little caveating over that one….” Yes, McCarthy said it in a completely different context! But the sentiment works amongst us legal types, doesn’t it?

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