Buying a cheap iPhone? Here’s how to make sure it’s legit

Can you tell which of these iPhones is counterfeit?

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (WCMH)–Reynoldsburg police have a few tips for people looking to save some money on an iPhone.

Reynoldsburg police say they have received five reports in the past several weeks from people who say they thought they were getting a real iPhone, only to find out it’s fake. They say a local Apple Store has verified that 20 phones were fake in the last months.

Dierre Raysaun Buckhanon
Dierre Raysaun Buckhanon

Police arrested 22-year-old Dierre Raysaun Buckhanon and charged him with selling counterfeit iPhones over Craigslist after he was allegedly willing to sell a fake iPhone 6S to a city detective.

“If you’re getting a great deal on a brand-new iPhone 6 and it seems way too good to be true it probably is,” said Detective Brian Marvin with RPD.

“I’m fairly certain we have more than one individual in our own city selling them, and apparently they’re going across Columbus selling them out there as well.”

There are several ways to tell if an iPhone is fake.

The first is the presence of a white bar across the top where the time is shown. This is not a feature of Apple’s iOS.  The second indicator is that the Calendar icon will look incorrect, because the number will rest at the bottom of the app and not float in the middle.

The phones also won’t upload Apple applications or work as a normal iPhone.

Police say the fake iPhones are lighter than real ones, and may have some discoloration on the box.

Police warn these are just some subtle indicators and that if you have doubt about the phone, they say not to buy it.

Anyone with questions can call the Reynoldsburg Police Department at 614-322-6918.

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