5 ways to identify these products

by Kelvin
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Ever wondered about buying fake electronics unknowingly? Watch out for these tips so as not to get in trouble

Counterfeit products are everywhere and not a recent problem. The list is grid and involves clothing, accessories, medicines, electronics and more. In the case of fake electronics, the risk they present is high as poor quality material can catch fire or explode at any time.


In addition to safety issues that pose a risk to the user, there is dissatisfaction with the purchased product and the chances of damaging a second product (such as a fake charger can damage an original mobile phone) and the source problem. By buying a counterfeit product, you may be encouraging irregular work in different locations around the world (where workers are inhumane).

Among the fake electronics, the most common are cell phones (mainly from Apple and from Samsung), chargers, tablets, smart bracelets, watches, etc. To give you an idea, this year alone, police have seized more than 20 tons of fake electronics in Rio de Janeiro. In June, 6 tons were seized, which had an estimated value of 7 million reais.

Can you identify which of these iPhones is the fake one? (Spoiler: fake is on the right) (Image: cultofmac.com)

Basically, there are those who accept the risks and are adept at buying counterfeit goods. But on the other hand, some buy fake products believing they are original and paying the normal (or more expensive) price. Not to fall into this scam you need to be aware when buying and following some tips.

How to identify fake electronics?

For identification of false electronics there are standardized tests done in laboratories and companies, such as X-ray, electrical tests, scanners, destructive tests, product opening and other complicated procedures. However, since no one carries an X-ray machine in their backpack when they go shopping for an electronic device, there are some simple tips that can help you escape a scam.

Electronic and packaging quality

The original electronics are of good quality, even if it's an outdated line (remember that the outdated ones have had their glory days). If you notice minor defects such as spare edges, poor joints, poor quality material, bad fittings, uneven fitting of parts (such as charger) and more similar issues, be wary.

Product dimensions also vary, even if the difference is minimal. False chargers, for example, may be slightly larger than normal. The edges of cell phone screens can also differentiate.

Also, note the quality of the packaging (especially if you are purchasing a new product). Original product manufacturers are very detailed about the entire product and this includes packaging, which is carefully made. Thus, one has to look at whether the closure is uneven, if there are smudges on the writing, if the logo is strange, if the material is much lower, if it really offers protection, if there are grammatical errors, etc.

Notice the difference between writing the word Samsung (Image: mobilefun.co.uk)Notice the difference between the sources of the word Samsung (Image: mobilefun.co.uk)


Price is not a very good parameter to evaluate as fake electronics can be sold at the same price as the original. So if the price is normal, keep following the tips and looking for possible issues.

On the other hand, if the price is absurdly low, it is very likely that “something wrong is not right" It is virtually impossible to find a iPhone top of the line for a thousand reais, for example (even used ones are more expensive).

Check Anatel's website

On the website of Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency) you can check if the handset is a Legal Mobile (if you are buying a mobile, of course). The consultation is made by IMEI number.

O IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity, or International Mobile Equipment Identification) is a unique number that serves to identify your mobile device. It can be found in a variety of ways: pasted on a sticker on the battery side of the cell phone case or by typing * # 06 # on the keypad of the phone (as if making a call). There is a IMEI for each chip of the device.

Test the product

When testing, you can check the operating system, camera quality, screen sensitivity, keys, etc. Operating system icons, for example, may even be the same, but they tend to differ somewhat, as in fonts, as well as slowness.

Fake iPhone 6 is very similar to the original (Image: blog.trailofbits.com)Fake iPhone 6 is very similar to the original (Image: blog.trailofbits.com)

Even if the packaging is misleading and the price is the same as other stores, there are defects you will only discover when testing. If necessary, install some applications that test the device, such as processing speed.

Many vendors do not allow products to be tested or installed on the device, especially if they are sealed. So maybe you only find out that you bought a fake device after you paid for it. So, be aware of the other tips as well.

The establishment

First, if you buy an electronic invoice from the corner vendor or the subway door, the chance of it being counterfeited is very high. When shopping on the internet, the insecurity is also great when the purchase is made in direct contact with the seller and not with a recognized store.

However, buying in a physical establishment also gives you no guarantee that electronics are not fake. Pay attention to the characteristics of the place, the way the seller behaves and the permits that the place has. And of course, always ask for the invoice.

For either case, you can look for store or seller reviews on the internet and check for complaints or lawsuits against them. If the complaints are pertinent and the number is large, it is good to avoid.

By putting all these tips together, you can escape a messy purchase of fake electronics. Stay tuned!

Sources: PBCart; All About Circuits.

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