Smoktech’s TFV12 Prince tank is so wildly popular some internet sellers have capitalized on that momentum to deceive their customers. Reports have been going around about a TFV12 Prince imitation scam in which people market knockoff tanks and coils as the SMOK products and sell them to unsuspecting customers on eBay and other sites. There are some easy ways to tell if your TFV12 Prince gear is the real thing. We should mention that Vapor4Life buys its TFV12 Prince tanks and coils directly from SMOK and will guarantee that they’re the real deal. The TFV12 knockoffs can be pretty convincing, so it can be hard to tell the difference when you’re shopping online. Often, the seller will not be a reputable vape company and will post the tank or coils for a shockingly low price. That’s usually a red flag, but it’s not foolproof. Scammers design the imitation tanks and coils with similar specs and fonts, so the untrained eye —or even the most expert vaper— can be fooled. That is until the product doesn’t perform as well as it should. This isn’t the first time this has happened with a SMOK product, so the company launched a special verification system in March 2017 that helps consumers know if they’ve been a victim of a TFV12 Prince imitation scam...or any Smoktech product imitation ruse for that matter. SMOK updated its packaging and its security system app to include a multi-pronged verification process you can use after you buy a product:
Scan the Code A on the product package; it should show up as “not activated”
Scratch the protective coating that conceals Code B
Click “Activate Your Product” on App
Scan Code B again and confirm
Once all these steps are completed, you’ll get a “Congratulations” message if you’ve got a bona fide TFV12 tank or coils on your hands. If you’re planning on reselling the item at some point, click “Bind To User,” so your verification will be saved for future reference. SMOK advises that anyone who gets an alert that reads “Sorry; this activation code failed,” try to scan Code B again and then immediately contact the place where you bought it if you still get an error. Visit the SMOK website for more information on how to tell if you’ve been a victim of a TFV12 Prince imitation scam.