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Copycat handsets are unavoidable. Once, a friend of mine bought a counterfeit Samsung Note 2 in Petaling Street. These devices are not authentic, but some of these copycats are good and usable. You may not be able to differentiate the real phone from the fake one with just a glance, but one distinctive difference between authentic and counterfeit devices are their screen sensitivities.

According to Android Headlines, there were 644 cases of knock-off devices in Malaysia alone. OPPO Malaysia also mentioned that a number of pirated Oppo smartphones — such as the Find 7 and N3 — have been detected.

Image Credit: OPPO Malaysia

Garry Gong, the regional manager of OPPO Malaysia, explained that the company is taking this matter very seriously, and that they are very concerned about the number of cases of counterfeit devices discovered in Malaysia. He further emphasized that people should only buy OPPO smartphones from authorised OPPO dealers.

“This is one of the serious cases since OPPO came to Malaysia and we are truly concerned about the situation. OPPO have lived as part of the nation’s family member, this issue not only rips off the consumer and provides shoddy products, and we truly cannot accept any cheating cases to our customers. We are devastated over the situation and it is our responsibility to take action upon the situations and shall take legal action once we found any unethical parties and counterfeiters,” he said in a statement released by OPPO. Garry further mentioned that legal action will be taken against any vendors who are caught selling copycat OPPO devices.

If you’re looking to buy an OPPO device, make sure they have a legitimate OPPO Authority Certificate. Authorised OPPO Malaysia dealers will also display a notice (as shown below) to indicate their status, and to make it easier for buyers to identify them.

Image Credit: Lowyat.net
Image Credit: Lowyat.net

If you would like to report a counterfeit OPPO smartphone, you can contact OPPO Malaysia via its official hotline at 1-800-88-6776, through its website, or on its Facebook page.

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