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250 fake Samsung Galaxy S4s confiscated and destroyed in Germany

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250 fake Samsung Galaxy S4s confiscated and destroyed in Germany
It’s not unusual to see a lot of fake smartphones in China. But in Europe? Not so much. That’s why German authorities must have been very surprised to find no less than 250 fake Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones in a shipment that arrived from Hong Kong at the Stuttgart airport this month.

According to Stuttgarter-Nachrichten, Customs officers at the airport became suspicious after the alleged owners of the shipment declared that it contained just $2,000 worth of cable. The officers opened all the packages, only to find hundreds of counterfeit smartphones. Reportedly, the handsets were not supposed to go on sale in Germany, as they were headed to Georgia. Nevertheless, all 250 fake Galaxy S4s were confiscated and destroyed with hammers (apparently, the photo seen above was taken during the smashing).

Had the 250 Samsung Galaxy S4 units been genuine, they’d have been worth about $200,000 (€150,000).

German authorities are now trying to determine whether this was a one-time delivery, or if there is a network of counterfeiters out there. It’s not clear if the fake Galaxy handsets looked good enough to fool customers into thinking that they’re genuine. In any case, it goes without saying that, whenever you’re buying a smartphone, you have to make sure you’re getting it from a reliable shop / outlet / website.

source: Stuttgarter-Nachrichten.de (translated)

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posted on 27 Jan 2014, 04:17 3

1. teja171 (unregistered)


I don't want to hear this.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 04:28

2. mayur007 (Posts: 409; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


b4 apple clones now samsungs too ?? lol

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 04:38 3

3. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


This is a good thing , counterfeit is bad

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 05:04

4. xperiaz2 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)


Do there are a fake sony xperia Iam just wondering if there is (I naver hear about one)?????

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 05:50

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 709; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I've seen one before, actually

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 05:09

5. gidis88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


This is not news, my friends mum got a fake iphone from Germany....

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 05:52 2

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 709; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Mothers...

My mom has a fake HTC Windows Phone 8S

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 06:10

8. samdsox (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Who the heck values a galaxy s4 at $800 a pop? (200,000 / 250) I know off contract att you can get one for just over 600. What are they smoking over in germany?

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 06:21 6

9. Florin.T (Posts: 109; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Perhaps these fake units were 32GB variants. An unlocked Galaxy S4 32GB seems to cost about 550 Euros ($750) in Germany.

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 06:24

10. apple4never (Posts: 943; Member since: 08 May 2013)


that muse been fun...

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 08:10

11. ryq24 (Posts: 484; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


There's a lot of fake samsung galaxy in third world countries. iPhone also.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:41

12. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


They look pretty convincing to me. Can anybody tell me how to check manually the authenticity of a phone? Im not asking for IMEI related answer. CPU-Z can reveal the internals and all the other stuff like manufactures, sensors... Does anybody have any good ideas?

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