[Video] I Ordered a FAKE Ryzen 5 3600 from Best Buy

We got our hands on what was supposed to be an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 from Best Buy and you won’t believe what’s inside! Buy AMD Ryzen 3600 CPU (PAID …

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40 Comments on “[Video] I Ordered a FAKE Ryzen 5 3600 from Best Buy”

  1. I had a customers back in the late 2000's bring me an external usb drive they bought at Circuit city and when taken apart, inside was a block of wood painted black and screwed to the sata to usb board.

  2. the worst I had was not long ago, when I bought an socket AM4 Athlon second hand, and it had slightly bent pins. It was just enought for them to not got into the MoBo, but I managed to straighten them, works perfectly eversince

  3. what the reality probably is, is he bought it from a marketplace seller that had their name something almost identical to best buy. it happens all the time with newegg and amazon as well, walmart too even. the problem is these companies don't vet anyone that creates a page beyond the initial signup. after that they're free to set their name to whatever they want. I've even seen some go as far as to word for word copy paste the adds from whoever they're trying to imitate so it's harder to tell the difference. in my opinion, this is on best buy for not regulating their marketplace better. assuming of course, it actually is a case of he bought it from a fraudulent 3rd party on best buys marketplace.

  4. 2:36 DeTECHtive, Linus we need this to be a series about fake products. ("badge required")

    Like all those Nintendo Switch clones on Facebook marketplace that you can tell are PSP Vitas modded with emulators to scam people. Sad.

  5. Oh hell! This happened to us at work. We had a hand-built i7 graphics station and the processor died. In almost 30 years of IT I've never seen a processor die. We looked at the serial and it was for an OEM processor, which was wrong because we got it in a box. A lot of back of forth with intel and the shop and we finally got it replaced when we threatened calling the cops. I thought it was stolen goods but but may have been de-lidding. I'm in Thailand, by the way, so there's a higher chance of this kind of nonsense.

  6. Man those old crosshair motherboards were really good looking. Plain red and black colour scheme. It's just so simple yet so good. And affordable too.

  7. Did you serious do a video about a scam then tell everyone how to do it and even give advice on which ones not to delid? WTF Linus?

  8. With camera and X-ray technology being what it is. It is easy to understand why the perpetrator chose to swap the item for a look-alike adding some more complexity or the theft rather than just swapping it with a brick which is way more suspect to curious people. I mean what Best Buy worker would just bring a brick in?

  9. If anyone is interested in how some of these larger scale/volume scams are done, here's a good read:

    This kind of switch-scam takes a bit of time to exexute. Meaning you need either A) Long unsupervised access time to the part, or B) Short unsupervised access time to multple large volume shipments going to the same recipient / customer.

    A is the typical Online Retail return scam. Usually single point or small scale, and they have the time they need to fudge the product in private, during the return window.

    B is far more incidious, and has exploded in frequency the last 12 months due to, well, everything. I'll explain:

    Switch-scams in the Logistics and distributor chain. As an entity in this chain, from single workers to companies, you have hands-on access to large volume. But most don't have much time with it, especially not unsupervised. At this point in transit, goods are just stacked on pallets and wrapped, so very difficult to know if they've been tampered with.

    What they do have access to, explicitly or stipulated through experience, is the frequency / intervals a distributor or retailer recipient gets shipments at. If you are (working at) a distributor, you'll often know this info down to goods manufacturer and model type granular levels. So the scam process usually means they find a window to sneak off large volume boxes or even entire pallets, and they exploit and manipulate the normal workflow, logistic process and very common mistakes, to serve as cover and not cause suspicions.

    In case of boxes, they'll sneak it out in whatever way they can do so, and some times even register it as a backorder or a breakage. They'll then do their thing with the goods, and return it to the location in time for including it with the recipient's next shipment.

    In case of pallets, because it's so difficult to not cause notice when sneaking off something that big, they don't actually try to do so. What they'll usually do, is have one or more accomplices, then load the target pallet onto "the wrong" truck. That's a mistake that happens all the time so it rarely causes suspicion.

    The truck driver will snap a photo of the pallet tracking label, and drop it off locally (or sometimes even get a duplicate label to stick on a decoy pallet). Then they'll scan that photo or the duplicate label on the decoy pallet, generating a tracking record along the route that makes it look like the target pallet has been on the truck, hauled off far away by the time someone notices that pallet has gone astray. This buys the scammers the time they need, to do their thing with the goods inside.

    On the return trip back to the terminal / distributor "with the misplaced pallet", they pick up the pallet again, now containing the fake goods, and drops it off as normally expected, to be shipped to the recipient on their next delivery.

    Unless the truck has a GPS tracker, it wasn't manipulated, and they actually inspect that data – there's no practical way of telling that the truck took that little local detour. And unless the pallet itself has a GPS unit planted in it (rarely done for consumer product shipments), there's no telling that the pallet didn't actually stay on the truck for the duration of the trip.

  10. It is also possible this happened all the way back at the factory. Just as it is possible a certain YouTube channel staged this whole thing for the views. It could also be that I am writing all of this to deflect suspicion away from the real culprits: Retired attorney Jack Thompson, Intel and the Reptilians. This is how conspiracy theories start.


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