Fake Apple products: Here’s how to avoid being fooled – and endangered – by counterfeits

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Counterfeit Apple power adapters and charging cables may look like the real thing, but they have differences that can cause injuries to you or damage your device.

Here’s how Apple and UL, the global safety and certification company, say you may be able to spot and avoid buying knockoffs.

Color

Apple’s genuine iPhone power adapters are white in color, and they are certified with letters in the name of UL, the global safety and certification company based in Northbrook, Illinois.

Some fakes go so far as to spoof Apple’s logo and those of the regulatory agencies, even on products with four-star reviews on Amazon. One way to make sure what you’re buying is legitimate is to check and make sure the spelling of words such as “California” is correct.

Packaging

The iPhone power adapters made by Apple that come bundled with iPhones and are also sold separately come in white, sealed Apple packaging. They are not sold loose in bins or other packages.

Certified third-party Apple accessories have the Apple logo on the package, as well as the words “Made for iPhone,” or “Made for iPhone iPad iPod.”

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