How to tell if counterfeit: OtterBox Defender for iPad 4th gen. iPad, iPad 2, 3

UPC: 660543012702

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

The front of the packaging.

There is only one difference and that is the color bar. The two colors are circled.

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real retail packaging front

The colors are so close it is hard to tell.

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.

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:

otterbox logo real fake counterfeit
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.

The real cases do not have bold font:

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real retail packaging bottom

The side of the package. The text on the fake ones are more stretched. However, this is only on some counterfeits. Most of the time they match perfectly.

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real retail packaging side a

Close up:

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real retail packaging side a closeup

The back is the same. The real ones has a slightly brighter font, but it is impossible to see in pictures.

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real retail packaging back

The rest of the case matches the counterfeit 100% except one part, the front. Notice the real case has a pattern in the background while the fake ones does not.

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real case front

Close up of the pattern:

ipad 4th 2 counterfeit real case front pattern



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.


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.



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