How to tell if counterfeit: OtterBox Defender for HTC One M8

UPC: 660543032434

Counterfeits look so much like the real thing, there are only a few details that are different.

The front of the packaging.

otterbox real counterfeit defender htc 08 retail packaging front

Notice the logo, QR code, and color bar.

The colors are so close it is hard to tell. Close up:

otterbox defender color bar

The design of the logo used to be different, but new counterfeit designs have it the same as the real one. However some fake ones still show a darker counterfeit logo:
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otterbox logo real fake counterfeit

Check out the QR Code too. Fakes usually have the wrong code. Scan it and see where it goes. It if goes to the wrong product, it is fake.

There are two ways to check at the bottom for authenticity.  However the bottom only works sometimes.  I have a had a few fake cases that matched the font 100% and the barcode matched the real UPC.

But most fakes did not do that. If you think you have a fake one, enter the UPC code online and see what product it matches. Counterfeits usually have bold font on the right side.

otterbox real counterfeit defender htc 08 retail packaging bottom

Unfortunately, that is where the differences end. The case itself matches the real one 100%. A very good counterfeit. So if you are not able to tell from the packaging, you will not be able to know if your case is counterfeit or not.

otterbox real counterfeit defender htc 08 case back

otterbox real counterfeit defender htc 08 case front

Conclusion: 

If your OtterBox matches any of the counterfeit signs here, it is fake. Counterfeits will show at least one flaw.

Still not able to tell if your case is real or not? Leave a comment and I try to help you.


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Common mistakes:

1.) Real OtterBoxs do not show flaws and counterfeits do. 

I have had many brand new, non-counterfeited cases show major flaws to the design. I have also had many fake cases with perfect design.

2.) You can tell by how dark the Otter appears underneath the logo. 

All new counterfeits that I have gotten in late 2014 and eary 2015 have fixed this. Now fake ones match the design perfectly.

3.) Counterfeit cases do not have a serial and real ones do.

That is halfway true. I have not seen a single counterfeit OtterBox that has a serial number. The thing is the vast majority of real OtterBoxs do not have one either. We have over 50 different OtterBox models. Only Samsung’s Note 4 and Galaxy S5 have serial numbers. The iPhone 6 plus sometimes has a serial. So if your case does have a 11 character serial, it is real. Once I see counterfeits having them, I will update this note.

1 COMMENT

  1. There are some differences though, if you know what to look for. Probably the most obvious is that there’s green tinted cellophane around the screen protector of the fake one; Otterbox don’t use this. The clip is also different – on the genuine article, the font is wider and the ring around the lettering is thicker. Another good way of telling the difference is to take off the clip, and feel the back of the case. The genuine Otterbox case has a soft feel back which adds grip, while the fake is cheaper and less textured plastic.
    https://www.quora.com/Where-can-I-buy-htc-cover-case-Are-there-only-edge-covers-like-the-ones-available-for-i-phone/answer/Varun-Reddy-173

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