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Fake Apple chargers fail safety testsBeware of buying a counterfeit Apple charger online. A UK investigation found hundreds of fake chargers dangerous, failing basic safety tests.
If you suspect that you have purchased a fake Apple charger, beware. There's a good chance it is dangerous to use. A business watchdog group based in the UK conducted a test on the safety of counterfeit Apple chargers. Investigators purchased hundreds of fake Apple chargers online From different retailers around the world. They put the [INAUDIBLE] through the same test that all chargers have to go through to be sold in UK stores. Out of 400 chargers, only 3 passed the safety test. That means the other 397 chargers had the potential to overheat or cause a fire! But these are not just sold on shady websites, you may find fakes on Amazon. In October, Apple filed a lawsuit against numerous online sellers on Amazon and Groupon that sold fake adapters, cables, and other parts. Amazon has said it doesn't tolerate the sale of counterfeits and is going after wrongdoers aggressively. How can you spot a fake? Apple has an entire page online to help you tell the difference. You also should make sure the accessory has the MFi certified logo on the package. Apple takes a cut of the sale to each certified accessory. So a few charger is suspiciously cheap, maybe costing less than four bucks You can bet that it's not a licensed accessory, I'm Bridgette Carey, keep up with the latest tech news at CNET. COM.