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Don’t buy these accessories on Amazon

Online shopping can be a good place to find great deals. Free browser add-ons, like Coupons at Checkout or Shoptagr, can make the deals even sweeter.

But it's also very easy to get scammed. Counterfeiters have been known to sell fake FitBits, Beats by Dre headphones and hoverboards. Accidently buying fake products can have disastrous results and one major company wants it to stop.

Apple is suing Mobile Star LLC for selling fake Apple chargers and adapters on Amazon. The trademark infringement lawsuit claims that 90 percent of "Apple" power accessory products being sold on Amazon are actually counterfeits.

Presumably, to provide evidence for their case,  Apple purchased over 100 Apple products (lightning cables, power adapters and other iPhone devices) from Amazon; the majority of them turned out to be fake. Amazon notified Apple that Mobile Star LLC was the company that supplied the fake products and turned over the remaining inventory to Apple.

These fake device chargers and power adapters can be quite dangerous.  Because they're poorly made and haven't gone through industry-standard consumer safety testing, the Apple lawsuit says that the fake products can overheat to the point where they catch on fire or electrically shock the user to death. Some Amazon customer reviews have described incidents where their chargers have caught on fire.

Based on the Amazon listing, it can be very hard to decern a fake product from a real one. Mobile Star LLC used official Apple photos to market the counterfeit devices. And since Amazon is a reputable retailer, people trust that products are not scams. Before making major online purchases, you should ask yourself these three questions.

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Source: Consumerist
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