How to “spot” a fake phone?
With the high costs of smartphones there is a huge incentive for criminals fake these devices with cheap parts and make it look like an original to get close to the original’s price.
This is done typically by buying the housing kit to the phone (front screen, back and middle panel) and putting in a cheaper phones guts.
This makes “spotting” a fake impossible by way of looks because it uses the same outer shell, so how do I know my products are genuine?
I know for a fact my phones and laptops are genuine because I run the following tests:
- Weight: I weigh the phone with a good quality scale that goes down to 0.01 grams and compare it to the manufacturer’s website
- Dimensions: I make sure the dimensions match up EXACTLY and that the case has been properly closed, in the case of cheap copy’s they won’t do this properly
- Performance: I test the phone with AnTuTu Benchmark which tests the CPU, Graphics card, RAM against the manufacturer’s benchmarks (for laptops I use Z-CPU)
- Flash test: I get the latest original stock firmware from the manufacturer and flash it onto the phone, if the phone has different hardware it won’t work at all.
Other scammers exit on the market by building trust with genuine products at first and then later scamming you with fake ones when you do a bulk order, I use two methods to combat this:
- Random tests and years of trading with my partners
- Payment through Escrow, meaning payment is only released by a third party when both parties agree
So there you have it, that’s how I do my due diligence on products I sell.