People are selling and buying iPhone from Craigslist or from other classified ads everyday. What they don’t know is if the product is actually real or fake. The seller might tell you that he or she needs the money ASAP and that they must sell it cheap.
How can we tell if the iPhone is actually real? Generally there are two types of fake phones that contain real parts from the manufacturer and run under the iOS operating system, and those that try to simulate the Apple’s operating system but nevertheless it is an Android terminal disguised as iPhone with iOS.
The first, that is, those containing real parts of Apple and running iOS are the most difficult to identify if they are fakes or not as these are phones that have actually been assembled from pieces of contraband or old recycled phones.
These old iPhone are usually shipped to China, where some unscrupulous companies get to take the motherboards of these phones to recycle and are used inside modern cases that mimic the latest iPhone and make it look totally real.
Although at first glance the phone may seem totally original, we can always do some checks like testing the phone and see if the software response is slow, as it will be a clear sign that the motherboard is an old model. Look at the back of the iPhone where the phone’s electronic serial number (IMEI) is displayed just below the Apple logo. That number has to match the one shown in the menu Settings> General> About, which in the case of not matching we can determine that it is a fake.
The other type of fake iPhone are those that build a practically perfect imitation of everything visible to our eyes with modern hardware and software that offer great fluency in the handling of the phone. It is nevertheless an Android phone disguised or camouflaged inside the case of the iPhone. Although the disguises are usually really good, and can be made to pass perfectly by devices with iOS operating system. In this case, it is much easier to detect if it is a fake because with some tests we can determine if the terminal is real or not.
The first one is very simple. The first thing to do is to press the start button and try to invoke the Siri Wizard. If it does not respond or is defective or is a fake, you can check the icons on the main screen and look for the icon of the App Store. If it does not appear and displays the Play Store instead, it is clearly a fake. In case that if you see the icon of the App Store, it should be pressed to check if it actually redirects you to the application.
If you still have doubts about its accuracy, the next thing you can do is check the serial number that appears in the configuration of the phone just above the IMEI. To do this, copy the number, open a browser and open the Apple page of warranty and support check and in the field that shows paste the code copied. If it is not a real iPhone, it will appear a screen with an error message. If it is an iPhone that has been made from other recycled iPhone parts, it should be seen that the serial number does not match.
Other possible checks that can be done involve having a real iPhone and compare it side-by-side. With both phones next to each other to check some details like the screen resolution. In the case of counterfeiting, it is likely to be less or low resolution. Some other construction details that can be seen from a fake phone is the size of the SIM slot. Different arrangement of the screws or that they are with different heads, etc.
But as always, the golden rule to avoid such a scam is to be clear that anything that seems too good to be true is probably is. It is rare to find real iPhones at scandalously cheap prices unless it is fake or of a very old recycled model.