“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” — you have probably heard this proverb before. Trezor has experienced it first-hand, as Trezor clones have been released over the years of its activity. However, in recent weeks, a one-to-one copy of Trezor One was found. In other words, a fake Trezor device, manufactured by a different, unknown vendor.
While Trezor clones are marketed under a different name, manufactured by (legitimate) legal companies, allowing you to distinguish them from the original, a fake Trezor tries to replicate the original to the bone. It seeks to be as indistinguishable from the original as possible. It is not dissimilar to counterfeit brand clothing.
Similarly to clothing fakes, a fake Trezor One is often sold at a steep discount. This should act as the first red flag. Others will be described below.
More importantly though, let’s have a look at why fake Trezor devices can be a severe threat to your security. Since they did not manufacture the device, they cannot guarantee its function. These fake devices are thus unsuitable for secure storage of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.
You would not entrust your money to somebody who has already cheated you by selling you a different product than you thought you were buying. We, therefore, recommend not to use this device and report it to Trezor, which would help them fight these scams and provide you with a legitimate device.
How to check if your device is genuine
Check for the hologram when logging in for the first time to the wallet.trezor.io. See picture above.
Fake holograms are often very similar to those used on their older packaging . If you purchased your device in the Trezor shop or at one of the authorized resellers in 2017 or 2016, there are overwhelmingly big odds that there’s nothing to worry about and your device is genuine.
How to shop for a genuine Trezor One device
The simplest way to procure your genuine Trezor One is to buy it at the official Trezor shop - Click here
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