iPhone 4S Preorders Snapped Up By 'Scalpers' in Taiwan

Prior to the availability of the iPhone 4S on the Taiwanese market, preorders have been boosted by a number of bogus buyers, as some shady customers look to make a quick buck.

According to local media, the massive number of pre-orders for the iPhone 4S at Chunghwa Telecom, the main carrier in Taiwan, has been largely down to 'scalpers' - who have created thousands of fake accounts to register pre-orders and then resell the certificates online. Taiwan News reports that these resellers are making up to NT$4,000 or US$132 per order.

At this time, preorders for the iPhone 4S at Chunghwa Telecom have reached 230,000 according to a company statement. There is no comment on the reported phenomenon and the company promises that stocks are not in danger as enough handsets are available to satisfy the demand.

Moreover, Chunghwa Telecom will extend opening hours to be able to serve all their customers when Apple's smartphone of the moment becomes available on December 16th.

Pre-orders for iPhone 4S begun last week simultaneously at three major carriers: Chunghwa Telecom, Far Eastone Telecommunications Co and Taiwan Mobile.

According to reports, there have been more than 400,000 pre-orders registered so far, with obviously more to come prior to the actual release date; though it is hard to tell how many are speculators as opposed to 'genuine' buyers.