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Screen captures of Amazon.co.uk listings for power leads and chargers which were illustrated with counterfeit plugs. 
All of these products are shown as having illegal sleeved earth pins, or as being supplied with such cables.  
They were captured in Aug/Sept 2011.  Reviews are shown where relevant, images have had irrelevant sections removed.

Cloverleaf Mains Power
Figure 8 Mains Power
IEC Mains Power

The following example shows what could be a genuine plug (although not the Volex one claimed), but what was delivered was the most dangerous counterfeit we have yet seen. Note the customer reviews in our screen capture.
Our full report on the cable is still being prepared but here are the salient points:

  • Counterfeit fuse ( a very crude imitation with no approval marks, no sand filling, loose end caps)
  • The fuse was cosmetic and not connected to anything, the line wire is connected directly to the line pin
  • Partially sleeved earth pin
  • All pins are the wrong size
  • The plug is marked: “APProved bY BSI” and “Licence No 41231” with a counterfeit Kitemark
  • The C5 connector is wired in reverse
  • The resistance between plug and C5 connector is unusually high, suggesting that the conductors are far smaller than the 0.75mm2 claimed
     
B0011YNM90
B002M8Q0F2
B002N1OB6S
B003RJ771G
B002M8Q0ZM
B002N1KCCU
B003IO3XMC
B003L4OX00
B003L4OX64
B004A8MASS
B004A8N4SI
B004I5W29A
B004LXK2TQ
B004Q4VRW6
B0049GU9X4
B003L4OVAW_2
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