true, and interesting story:
a friend of mine recently gave me a box of cohiba lanceros to put in his locker at our regular lounge.. fun stuff about this box was that it was the old one, like the boxes they used around '00, and what made it more interesting was that it was stamped mar '07. The owner of the ounge, who is a good friend, noticed I was carrying this box and wanted to see it.
After looking at it he told me that he was certain it was a fake, mostly because the box didnt correlate with the box date, but remarked that judging by the smell and looks of them they were really good fakes..
I really didnt care at the moment, as they werent my cigars..
But I did relay the respons back to my friend. It turned out that it would be very strange if not impossible that the cigars are fake. He got them from a client of his, who is probably one of the very few people in the world that is allowed to trade aluminium with cuba.. as such he got the cigars in question from one of their diplomats, they could not be fake.. fiw, the bands were the proper ones.
moral of the story, allthough looks and smell are the easiest way to identify fakes, checking the source might make for an interesting story..