FCC says California website offered fake Samsung and BlackBerry phones

An online retailer, Panaystem, marketed counterfeit versions of the “Galaxy S Duos” and “Galaxy Ace” and  the BlackBerry model 9790, according to the enforcement wing of the Federal Communications Commission.

In a Tuesday announcement, the FCC claimed the devices offered by the California website contain bogus FCC identifiers — unique numbers that device makers must use to show their products meet technical specifications.

The FCC says the counterfeit Samsung devices, which are low-cost touchscreen Android models, used “seemingly-valid Samsung FCC Identifiers,” but that the company did not authorize them. The BlackBerry devices, meanwhile, were labeled with entirely invalid identifiers. 

The agency says the website faces fines of $16,000 per model per day if it keeps marketing the counterfeit devices. On Tuesday morning, the devices did not appear for sale on Panasystem, whose homepage offers a range of older model phones. Here’s a screenshot:

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The company, whose marketing slogans boast of “unique high quality products and services,” says it has been in business since 1990 and that it obtains high volumes of accessories like headphones, speakers, MP3 players from a factory in Shenzhen, China.