Not only do you have to worry about email or phone scams, but also scams involving fake hardware.
There is a new scam in the world every day, but some of them have the capacity to surprise, although not in a good way.
While the end is seemingly never in sight for email and phone harassing scammers, all of whom target our finances in some way, it seems a new scam is emerging in America, and it’s largely a case of buyer beware. always buying the real thing.
It’s a scam that affects how you back up your computers and devices, as a Twitter thread reports how a cheap external solid state storage device that advertises 30TB turned out to be two 512MB microSD drives plugged into the inside of a cloned Samsung SSD case with dubious firmware. .
The board says HUB-TF2 and has two cards attached to it (trans flash? SD cards?). pic.twitter.com/gKd84tXIXI
– ray [REDACTED] (@RayRedacted) August 25, 2022
Inside, the firmware had been hacked to read like 15TB each, even though the storage contained a total of 512MB each and totaled a maximum of 1024MB, or just one megabyte.
The result of this storage scam is that you have already spent the money, with the scammer selling the products and handing you a drive that not only wastes your money, but also wastes your backup.
You may be able to get a refund, but your backup is also worthless.
For those of you who are following this thread but don’t understand the scam:
The scammer obtains two 512 MB flash drives. Or 1 gigabyte, or whatever. They then add pirated firmware which causes it to misreport its size.
Windows reports EXACTLY 15.0 terabytes. Not 14.89, Not 14.78
– ray [REDACTED] (@RayRedacted) August 26, 2022
Actually, your files will not be written correctly to this drive and your backup will not exist. The scammer not only took your money, but also messed up your backup in the process.
We have checked online stores in Australia for evidence of this fake unit, and have found nothing so far, but it is definitely a case of buyer beware, and why buying the real thing from real brands is what people should do.
In hindsight, this isn’t too far removed from the dodgy memory cards you can find on the market, many of which are labeled as being produced by the real companies, as scammers target those looking to be cheap.
When it comes to storage, this scam makes it important to make sure you buy from a brand, like SanDisk, WD, Seagate, Samsung, Kingston, Toshiba, LaCie, Crucial, PNY, Lexar, etc.
In short, if you need one of these devices, consider buying a brand associated with the actual hardware release, as cheap doesn’t always mean you’re getting the real deal.