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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12 Comments

12. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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?

11. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

that muse been fun...

8. samdsox

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 19, 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?

9. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

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

5. gidis88

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Mothers... My mom has a fake HTC Windows Phone 8S

4. xperiaz2

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

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

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I've seen one before, actually

3. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

This is a good thing , counterfeit is bad

2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

b4 apple clones now samsungs too ?? lol

1. teja171 unregistered

I don't want to hear this.

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