Look on eBay and you can buy apparently by a Samsung charger for just over £1. This seems too good to be true given they’re listed elsewhere for just under £25, because it is.
Fake phone chargers are easy and cheap to get hold of. The trade off is that 99% of those sold online failed a basic safety test in an experiment carried out by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
What does this mean for you? The risk of damage to your phone, electrocution, burns and house fires, warned the London Fire Brigade.
They released a report around the dangers of counterfeit chargers after an investigation highlighted some potentially deadly faults.
“I was shocked at how potentially dangerous these chargers are,” fire investigator Andrew Vaughan–Davies said.
“There have been some near misses in the last few months and, unless people stop buying them, it’s only a matter of time before we are called to a fatal fire.
“For the sake of saving a few pounds is it worth putting the lives of your family at risk and taking the chance of potentially destroying your home?” (more…)