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Buyers beware. Micro SD card scams.

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by true_gamer, May 2, 2018.

  1. true_gamer

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    So I decided to grab a Samsung Evo plus 128GB Micro SDXC U3 card from a well known Auction site.
    Paying about the same price as anywhere else, you wouldn't expect it to be a fake.

    Turns out after it arrived today, it all look very authentic, but something wasn't right when I opened the package, and saw "Made in Taiwan" yet on the packaging it states "Made in Korea" So after some googling, I came across other people who had fake cards.

    Samsung only manufacture Storage in Korea or the Philippines.

    As it turns out, I decided to use a utility called H2testw - This is when I realised that the card was actually only 8GB (7.3GB formatted) Yet in Windows it states it has 124GB (Which made me raise an eyebrow, as I know 128GB formatted is actually 119GB usable).

    Anyway, I've reported this to the auction site, and also took the sellers details and forwarded a complaint form to trading standards.

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    Also from looking at other SD cards, it appears that Taiwan uses the same 8GB throughout a lot of counterfeiting, labelling them as other brands.

    So check to see if you have an 8 in the serial, as H2testw will give you your worst nightmare and confirm it to be a 8GB card from these scumbags.

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    Other ways to check on a package without opening, is to look at the barcode, and next to the model no. You will see which region the product is distributed too, in my case it shows CN (China) instead of EU...

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  2. bledd

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    Yup, only buy from retailers
     
  3. Rroff

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    So far I just buy the Kingston ones from 1-2 well known retailers and not had any fakes or problems - so many people I know end up with fakes when buying the top brands like Samsung and Sandisk even sometimes from relatively well known places (including a long established high street store).
     
  4. true_gamer

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    It's wrong that they've sold so many, that people will be unaware that it's fake, as it will show up as a larger capacity storage drive than it actually is...

    Anyway, this is being dealt with by Trading Standards. So hopefully I will get refunded, and the seller will get prosecuted. :)
     
  5. TheMadHatter

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    Did you actually contact the seller at any point about it ?
     
  6. true_gamer

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    Yes I did, and I'm yet to received a response. So I filled out the online form on CAB, who then got in touch to forward my info on to Trading standards. :)
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2018
  7. Vargas

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    ‘‘well known auction site”

    all too familiar on that place.
     
  8. true_gamer

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    Too be honest, after 13yrs using it, this is the first time I've been burnt.
     
  9. SexyGreyFox

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  10. Kelt

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    It's been a given for years not to buy these cards from Ebay.
     
  11. true_gamer

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  12. true_gamer

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    I've never bothered with an SD card, as I've never needed the extra storage until now. Lesson learnt... :)
     
  13. bledd

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    Just so you know, 3rd party resellers on Amazon will be fakes too. This goes for usb USB sticks and memory cards.
     
  14. true_gamer

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    I got a refund today, and the guy sent me this message.

    Do you think he's being genuine here, and do as he asked?
     
  15. SexyGreyFox

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    Benefit of the doubt, he resolved so take your comments back.
     
  16. true_gamer

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    Yeah, I thought that too. I'll get on to it. :)
     
  17. james.miller

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    Wow is it that easy for a scammer to get a buyer to take his comments back? :p
     
  18. true_gamer

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    LOL. Well he's resolved it due to my evidence - But to others that are not so tech savvy would still be scammed?

    He's not a power seller either with only 255 feedback in 15yrs. So that's why I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.
     
  19. Skorpion

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    Did you check that he had de-listed the other fakes ?
     
  20. james.miller

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    I'm not saying this is the case, however you need to at least consider that you might not be the first person to report a fake and be given that spiel by the seller. I mean think about it, look how quickly he turned you around.

    Again, that may not actually be the case but..