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Additional safety precautions have been taken for iPhone 15 boxes, giving retail employees and customers a new way to actually check out the device &mdash ; but you will need a UV lamp.
Scammers are trying to sell counterfeit iPhones using convincingly replicated device packaging. Apple has added a new invisible watermark system in an attempt to eradicate this practice.
An insider known as Majin Boo on X shared the video, originally posted on Weibo by user @Pengnone. The video shows someone shining a UV light on the iPhone 15 box to reveal watermarks and a QR code that helps verify the authenticity of the device.
There are some concerns that scammers will be able to copy this watermark. It looks like the QR code may be what makes this system more secure, as it likely contains a system-verified code that won't be easy for scammers to copy.
Customers purchasing from major retailers will not have to worry about the authenticity of the device. However, the resale market and smaller sellers have more opportunities for fraud.
The boxes of the new iPhone 15 are equipped with a security system that displays holograms under a UV lamp. This is a measure introduced by Apple to recognize genuine mailboxes and prevent fraud pic.twitter.com/oBhQoc5IDI
— Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) September 21, 2023
If in doubt, check the device's serial number and make sure it matches what's on the package. Additionally, check the box for problems or manipulations that may indicate fraud.
The iPhone 15 lineup is available for pre-order and will go on sale on Friday, September 22. Many device configurations are already sold out, so scammers are likely to be active on the day of the big release.