There are a lot of fake phones out there. By fake we don’t mean that they don’t work, but rather that some manufacturers deliberately set out to copy a popular smartphone right down to the company’s logo in hopes that they can pass it off as the real thing and sell it at a premium, even though chances are it probably costs them a fraction to build it. Heck, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has yet to be made official but we are already hearing that a company plans on making a clone of it based on renderings of the device. That being said, it seems that demand for the Galaxy S4 is still strong because according to reports, a shipment of fake Galaxy S4 handsets was intercepted by authorities in Germany.
Custom authorities in Germany have managed to get their hands on a shipment of fake Galaxy S4 devices and have since gone on to destroy them with a hammer. With the shipment originating from Hong Kong, the authorities found 250 fake units and are at the moment trying to deduce if this has been something that has been taking place on a regular basis, and if many of these fake phones are currently in circulation in the market, or if it might be a one-off thing, although we’re leaning more towards the latter. If anything this just serves as a reminder to make sure you purchase your gadgets at reputable locations, and while it is possible to get swindled at an established retailer, chances are they were duped themselves and will at least offer you a refund/exchange.