Fake Chinese SD Card Scam!

The whole thing’s a big scam! I *bleeping*(f**king) knew it all this time. We’ve been paying hundreds of dollars for “big” microSD cards, but the greedy corporations have been hiding the good stuff from us. They just pretend there’s a difference between small ones and big ones So we’ll pay more for this kind of cheap plastic Then they unlock the functionality. Well, you know what? Thank you eBay.. Thank you for helping me See the light with this one terabyte micro SD card for $32 and 99¢. By the way guys just so that you don’t have any doubt to prove that these are real. I’ve actually been buying these things for all of our cameras. We are gonna save a fortune! Or maybe not… But you could save a fortune with Mack Weldon! Mack Weldon makes great underwear, T-shirts, socks, wallets and more and they last for a long time. They believed in simple shopping. If you use code TechTips, you’ll get 20% off at the link below [Intro Music] In all seriousness though guys, I did actually buy a couple of these cards but only for the purpose of shedding some light on these… fake capacity scans and showing you how they work. So um… Let’s rip this open and take a closer, look at what arrived in the mail? So our card in particular here looks like a verbatim card on the outside down to even the little… little “V” logo in the corner Let’s get this this baby opened up or at least it would mostly look like it if it weren’t for this like… weird “Serif” font here that you often find on cheap Chinese devices. What’s actually sorry side note here, like if you think about it, it’s so ridiculous! Like obviously they weren’t gonna pay for an expensive font! But it’s not like they paid verbatim to rip off their logo either. Why can’t they pirate a decent-looking font? And then the weirdest thing is like if you look really close the letters are fine It’s just the numbers, like they didn’t have numbers in their font pack and while we’re at it, why is the Year on here. Chinese pirates? It’s like you’re not even trying! So moving back to our packaging here for a second and there’s some claims here high-speed high-performance, waterproof, shockproof. Those are pretty dubious claims and oh, this is interesting! Wow, that’s funny. So it claims 2,000 songs in the mp3 format. That’s actually a… Probably our first hint and then our second hint is gonna be this EAN code down here. So it’s eight four three eight six oh, five, six three six zero one zero and if you put that into Google first hit here is OH… The plot thickens! A 32 GB micro SDHC That happens to look well similar. It’s got the same outer packaging here… as the one that we got but then and our card has the rip-off verbatim markings and then actually, this looks the same – hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Now there’s also apparently a… Listing for like a SanDisk USB Drive or something like that But either way it’s not looking good for this card, but you know what though? I’m gonna keep an open mind. So let’s go ahead and give it a shot. All right, so… showed up and boom! Look at that! Check this capacity out – 976 GB And Anthony has actually already pre-loaded a couple files on here just to show that it does in fact work I might need my tinfoil hat back after all. It’s a conspiracy the corporation’s Look at this works it’s just fine So far so let’s go ahead and grab maybe a bigger file. Pop this on here! Oh Woof. Oh, that is, that is not an impressive speed what how fast is this thing supposed to be I – I believe it says class 10 – Class 10 That 10 plus or is that class 10 and a free adapter – That’s class ten and a free adapter out there. and a free adaptor. All right *some strange noise from linus* Tight speed that’s higher than high You know high height-height-height um actually no – class 10 is 10 megabytes per second sustained is the minimum 10 megabytes per second? Yes Okay Alright Alright Okay sure, in fairness to them this is indeed ish ten tenish, I mean not really but I’m gonna close up I’ve See in class 10 cards that are held up a lot faster *laughs* Yes, the minimum right speed. So like class 10 in.. 2006 I mean it must be legit, right? Like these guys have got 93 percent positive feedback Like they’ve actually got positive reviews here And more and they’ve got they’ve got reviews going back like a year Very good seller delivers what promises? Best new one terabyte micro SD. I’m happy with the end of my I was ordered. I can recommend this seller This seems that shopping cost too high Positive feedback… uuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmm Okay, buy all your codes here who that sounds legit awesome price sell are very helpful would recommend and buy all your codes here counselor door instead of have to pay more for taxes That’s the negative review Anthony thinks it’s over writing existing data And what did I say? I thought it was Oh, yeah I thought it might just be like some weird like caching thing because we were copying off in the network drive that clearly Isn’t it so okay. Yeah, you’re probably right then. So oh crap and Naturally, the file that I copied is one that we’re not going to be able to play back. It’s an MOV I mean I didn’t think Okay, so that works, oh wow when you copy from the oh it’s even worse How? Because we can’t check these VMs I-I Really I feel like I’m just watching paint dry right now I can watching files Transfer but like it’s fascinating and I just I can’t look away from it because I I don’t know what wizardry, this is Is this like a lotto thing Some of them are fake every once in a while they ship for real ones. So they get a positive review. I Don’t they don’t exist what is going on here? Okay, so as we can see if you open up all the files we copy them originally there yeah cuz it’s 47 points for gigs Yeah, and if we open up one of those files, yeah, go there so it didn’t overwrite it. So that was that’s my my theory out the window and obviously we still have uhhhhhhhh you know there 920 gigs so all looks good, right? Yeah. Yeah, but these copies that we made everything you can’t transfer over after 32 gigs *sound effect by a human* Whoa, it’s fake Its fake Okay, so then What what why? All right, so let’s explain what’s going on here the highest capacity Legit micro SD card at the time of writing actually, huh? That’s convenient. I have one right here is this 512 Giga what are they called integral? That’s right. And one of these is gonna run you a few hundred dollars, so Obviously those $30 SD cards that we bought off eBay are scams But here’s the thing if the cards arrived and they were just completely non-functioning plastic dummies or if they showed up in people’s computers as 32 gigs Well, they would immediately leave negative feedback and file for a return through eBay’s buyer leading the scammers with No money for their effort. In fact, they would lose money because They would have had to send something like even a plastic, you know empty junk cost something So that is why they designed them to misreport. He pulled the capacity thing again, and it’s like very convincing But how are they doing this? So this scam is as old as SD cards themselves be they full-sized ones or micro ones Inside every SD card as you might expect is flash memory along with a micro controller So there at least two chips? Even on one of these tiny little guys and that micro controller is really really small it manages Communication with a host device like a PC or camera and it has information like the total size the physical layout the vendor ID the Product ID the serial number the date of manufacture And all of this gets reported to the host device and the micro controller acts as a go-between to fetch / Store data from the flash memory on the SD card. It’s not unlike an SSD controller in its overall Functionality, but it’s much simpler in design and much lower in both power consumption and performance so then if you know how to program or that is Reprogram the micro controller you’re able to modify what it reports to the host including the capacity and the Vendor ID making some well made fakes. These aren’t particularly well made very difficult to identify or Discover the problem with before your return window is up So our ei encode investigation likely revealed the true nature of this beast Which raises the question then I mean now that we’re out our $30.00 anyway Is there a way for us to at least restore it to a working 32 gig model so we can at least get some? Use out of it In a word no in more words Sort of actually so the card as it is will always report that it is one terabyte in size unless we had the Expertise and the time to reprogram its microcontroller again But what we can do is we can create a small partition on it that we can then use Normally though there are still some stumbling blocks that we could hit here so there are only a handful of Factories in the world that make NAND flash which means that there’s a chance that this thing is slow but perfectly functional The issue is that we don’t know where it came from so it could be from like a small Chinese fab It could be from a reject bin and a legitimate one or it’s even possible that it was produced during a so-called third Shift when a legitimate factory that makes authorized Goods starts up again at night without the brand owners Authorization and produces more of the same goods to sell out the back door Often without the same degree of quality control. So to figure out Where exactly the flash is there are a couple of tools that we can use so there’s age to test W by pice heise Heise Okay, probably that one is by far the most useful but F three is an open source Linux alternative and HDD low level format tool by HD guru is also a pretty good bet now any partition creation tool that allows you to specify Where the partition is placed on the card is gonna help you do this But first there’s a couple things you got to do. You got to get anything important off of your fake SD card I mean, it’s just in general get everything off it as fast as you can but this whole process is gonna wipe it anyway If you aren’t sure how much useable space you have by the way H to test W is the way to go Takes a long time to run though. So naturally we didn’t run it, but Anthony actually did some poking around and figuring out where It should be so we’re just gonna kind of Yolo it and make a 32 gigabyte Partition on the end of the card since earlier testing revealed that the beginning was unusable So, how are we doing here? So well, actually here you’ve done in disc manager so Actually, it ended up being the beginning of the card I thought I was getting yeah, because as it turns out the higher sector counts that were giving me the Good rights. Yeah, we’re actually the beginning of the drive. Oh, okay, so that’s cool I guess we’ll see if that works out And so this is just unallocated and it doesn’t even show up in any way and this is now a 32 gig SD card, basically, I guess that leads us pretty tightly into our conclusion Should you buy an SD card that you think might be fake in a word? No in more words Hell no in still more words. Yes but only for people that you really really don’t like so be on the lookout guys for deals that look too good to be true from vendors that you don’t recognize because remember Even names that you know and trust like eBay Aliexpress or even Amazon mean nothing in cases where the brand that’s actually shipping and selling the product is not affiliated with them and remember these guys allow pretty much anyone to sell their platforms and Not every scam may even be as obvious as the one we outlined today some of them for example might have half of their advertised capacity so you would have to write a lot of data to them before you would pick up on it or They might use slower flash. Meaning that your UHS two-class card wouldn’t be able to record 4k video properly in some cases the capacity and the Performance might even be the same but then when you go and clean warranty service turns out it was a counterfeit or reject That’s why we always recommend Linus brand flash memory products Why does brand flash memory products are upfront about being a complete and utter scam? 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100 thoughts on “Fake Chinese SD Card Scam!

  1. As of 2019 Sandisk does do a micro SD at 1TB,

    >BUT!< there are no retailers currently selling it, (also trying to get anything past 128GB £35-50, is near impossible in store)

  2. I'd use a sd card of 400Gb with a usb card reader for like 60-90 dollars in total as a usb stick.

  3. Krecoo are crap they say there class 10 SDXC UH1~1 there not that's why you can buy a 256 GB in eBay for 7 pounds . Use as external SD on phone don't bother apps you transfer just won't load get a Samsung Evo plus more money but worth it plus uses UHS-3 speeds .

  4. The China are low grade SD cards and they put class 4 6 10 UHS 1 there not there crap low quality . The price will tell you that.

  5. I sell stuff on eBay and I once sold cards just like this without realizing it. Only realised when a customer explained it to me. Accidentally ripped off a load of people and lost quite a bit of money as I obviously couldn't sell them.

  6. @ 11:28 Anthony doesn't know his powers of two… 2^15 = 32768, plus, 32 GB is 32000 MB, we're talking gigabytes and megabytes, not gibibytes and mebibytes

  7. In the package says SD "HC" And what i know is that the sd card is no mear to the claimed capacity if it uses hc tech, since sd hc is maxed at 32gb, instead you should search for SDXC instead

  8. The scary part is that Linus' rant at the begging is REALLY convincing. i almost expected him to transit into Moon landing conspiracies and Clockwork Elves without taking a breath!

  9. Have you ever tried doing computer stuff on a wooden boat swimming in the rough sea? Pirates don`t have it that easy you know.

  10. Why he is saying it is fake he didn't try it on another computer, the sd task is to store files on it he can store 100 Gb video file or more and try it on another computer and he can watch the video ,He didn't try that and he says 47 Gb in the video and you can see how he create a 32GB disc in inside of it . The video he tried was corrupted and after testing it he says that it is fake if you do not Tested it right don't say it is fake that's my opinion.

  11. Obviously its a good scam, look at these fools, and at 18000 sells

  12. They make fake eggs. Yes, chicken eggs.
    Here is a Chinese proverb not many foreigners know,
    "If you can cheat your own mom and get away with it, but you don't, then you're stupid".

  13. And you feel like you're watching paint dry?
    I've always been wary of any product that's "Made in China." So many warnings about Chinese scams, how can anyone really trust their products? They almost always break soon after purchase or they're made from poor quality materials.

  14. Some of these product descriptions are absolutely hilarious, I remember one of them said "new upgraded SD card capacity has been expanded and upgraded from original". When I asked the seller what that meant, they said that they were able to "increase the onboard storage capacity" of these cards. Suspicious…

  15. Every SD card on wish is fake. I bought three 256GB SD cards and I have software that reveals the true capacity and they where all 16 GB

  16. I remember there being a tool on backtrack for testing and reprogramming all storage.
    It tested the available storage bit by bit, then gave you a number range to give an accurate report of size.
    You could also change it to report insane numbers in seconds without the scan.

  17. I feel for this shit, I didnt realize it until I tried formatting it for my MoTo as an internal drive.. It is usable in that config..

  18. If you watch this in .75 speed it sounds like Linus is trying really hard to pull off a scripted video drunk!

  19. Long time fan, first time subscriber…………sorry I'm a slacker. Just needed to say that I hate all the YouTube advertising, jarring cuts to commercial, terribly bad content creator plugs and so on……..That said, your segways to product placement are hands down the best. I never know when its coming, its creative and makes it more enjoyable. Anyway, thank you for all the hard work and good vids.

  20. I have a 32gb Sandisk extreme, I recently went into Disk Management and realised there is another 32gb that is inaccessible. I tried formatting and extending bit couldn't do anything.

  21. Today you can get 2 1TB "Unbranded" micro sd cards for only 9.99$. Bargin of a life. Linus must order 100+

  22. Hello I recently bought pendrive from China and for some reason it won't work after talking with sealer hi give me one of his software to reprogram pendrive and it works .and at the same time I ordered 128 gb pd also (fake one) I format with that with same software and whola it's showing real size and working properly

  23. huge editing team, can't get a decent closeup shot of the card so we can see exactly what he's going on about with the fonts

  24. there is a program that checks the size of an sd card, not by what the sd says, not by the amount of data you can upload on that, but by the amount of (memory cells or something like that).

  25. I actually bought a 400GB and two 128GB cards from Alibaba just to prove to myself they were fake. The 128s were actually 128MB (because there's a reason to make that in the 2nd decade of the 21st century). The 400GB really was 400GB but about as fast as a 3.5" floppy drive. It also randomly erased itself periodically.

  26. I got a 128Gb micro SD on ebay. Plugged it in my phone and it was constantly having to be removed and put back in to be recognised. after a week, it just kept saying it needs to be formatted (even after formatting it countless times) but never worked. I got a full refund without returning it! I put it in my camera, it worked after a format, takes 20-30 photos then the rest show up fully black. It cost me a fair bit, about 20% lower than the powerseller prices, but they guarantee a authentic product I guess. I never replaced it as I never liked micro SD cars. They always fail withing a few years and are so easy to break! broke 6 of them already, usually they snap inside my phone when i drop it or they break inserting/removing them…… ohh, and my dog ate my 64Gb one lol

  27. I am glad to have seen your video I bought a Verbatim 256GB card microsd with several adapters in the package like a usb with microsd slot in the back and the usual SD card with a micro slot in the back. There seemed to be no alarming issues at close glance he fonts seemed god the entire thing seems legit and well presented. So I went to move me ableton live files and loopmasters clips from my laptop to my PC. I cut and pasted te loopmasters files with about 126GB of sounds , Loops, and Midi sequence as well as sample records to make My clips for use in the remixes I am working on. When I left the house it said 4 hours till completion of transfer Mnd ou i assumed it was slow because of a particular individual I may or ma not have possibly definitely not applied centrifugal force tot henetted bag I had the Laptop In as I was being belittled and bitched at b so jerk of an imp ho thinks because he has a job as a manager at a food store in the mall that he is sme kind of superhero…SO like I said I most definitely did not hurk my laptop at the individuals head at an undisclosed location in the united states where I was definitely not being yelled at for being concerned more about my life than the profitability of the paco's tacos stand and its portion control that gets all f___ed up when THe homies are working the line cause they hook everyone up not just their friends but everyone gets double servings of bourbon chicken and shrimp wit lobster sauce, so hen he twas to scared to say anything to the people h know whee doing in stead of ratting them out I had to reach deep not my inner Jerry Maguire and go off on the pathetic little dude 33 and at a dead end job in the prime of his life and when he told me I better watch who I was talking to I snapped a bit more and may have deffnatel not got midevil on his asss ofr a minute when I knew the cameras could not seno evil and unfortunately the bag slipped and definitely did not fly at his head hitting the wall behind him and then immediately moving forward…to pick up my CPU of course…the little man thought I was after him and started to whimper that he was sorry…there it was my golden opportunity…"YES YOU AREA SORRY MOTHERF___C_r and you will always be a sorry pathetic loser with no bca bone and skin like a snake shedding as he goes pretending to be the man of steel when is nothing more than the man of kale. The reason I ell the ridiculously long story is that one, The fact that his face actually changed like 5 different expressions as the object that was not flying at him full force he went from BAdass angry stomping bots guy with the scrunched up forehead and thick ass eyebrows that make him look like he is always planning something sleazy. Then He had a second of thinking did he just say what I think he just said…oh hell no….Then came the WHy I ought to …..MEan face like popeye the sailor man…but he must have forgot his spinach because he went from I'm strong to the finish cause I eats me spinach …to scaling the wall of the countertop to get some coverage between the two of us. ….as he realized that not only was the bag with acpu and a efw accessories init flying right at him but he recognized my face ad shifted form YEa I said it that's right and I am coming for you next word that comes out your mouth…scrunched eyebrows and evil eyes then about 4 steps into it I switched to " What the ….did I just throw a perfectly good computer at this useless ass knucklehead damn I am not gonna be happy when that gets where its goin…then my face was strait please God let me catch it before it hits the all or the linoleumI don't have anything on tha hard drive saved and I was working for weeks on about 30 separate projects. So, after he hauled ass to the back storage room and locked himself in pretending to call the cops, I say pretend because he had way too much dope on hi to call the police eve if the place was robbed. meanwhile yelled back he does not have to worry about me i am good but oh uea I finn quit so you can have fun covering my sht for the rest of the week Ashole. That fet really good, but then back to the SD card i was already home praying to the Gods of Flash memory and Drive lore please bring me back t life…and there it was I got the flies the damn thing still worked just have to plug in a keyboard but the kicker is here…dudh duh duhhhh! THe funniest part was when he was thinking I was going after him I was almost able to watch it and stop the insanity, but alas I did not and it hit the stupid ass Carrossel rie where you put a quarter in it and it just goes up and down cause its a ghetto ass ride that only works partially. The Cd rom Shattered off but who cares about that no one needs cds anymore or a DVD player.BUt my music…SO I get home and try to transfer the music to my PC it only lets me get it the first 100 fies about 32 gigs. I never saw that though until today I just assumed it was with my PAyton Manning skills or the fact that it never got transferred in the first place. now I See that exactly 32 gigs is where it stops I know now that I know nothing John Snow…DAmn those Chinese fakeparts producers I thought just once it would be real but my life is big pile of shit and everything in it turns to the same just because God Likes to see me struggle through every moment of every day. They are definitely getting a lot of people and they offer 32 64 128 256 512 1nd 1 tb all form same company

  28. lol, I got scammed on 64gb SD card couple years back which turned out to be 8gb storage with "64gb" illusion drive

  29. The way it works? The controller chip maps memory addresses that don’t exist. Sd cards write consecutively (as we already know because they don’t manage wear). This means it starts with register 0000 and goes ip to whatever register the controller says is the last address. So once the small registers fill up it will eventually write to nonexistent memory. So it basically dumps it with out an error.

  30. If there are micro SD cards out there with 1tb and 2tb… Why the hell do smaller hard drives even exist? Shouldn't the standard capacity for a hard drive be at least 2tb now? I just don't understand how such massive micro SD cards exist for so much less money, and yet hard drives don't generally go past 4tb. And hard drives coming with machines and game consoles STILL only having 500gb??

  31. I bought a 2TB usb stick from Amazon, got it, wasn't the same colour, and it was 1tb. I thought it was strange because the 2tb stick was the same price as the 1tb stick.

  32. If it was a 32GB card, they should have done a bit less than 32gb since cards advertised as 32gb are never 32gb. I'd probably just put it at 31gb to be safe

  33. i'm also guilty of buying one white-colored with transparent lid 128 GB OTG USB Flash Drive for only about 5$. Turned out it was only 32 GB.
    Fool me once, shame on them. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  34. ive doanloaded thousands of free font packs and copied them from games,software etc.that had them in clear format^^

  35. I see you may have a comotia A+, but uou are missing yhe Net+. Obviousky your cat5 ethernet caes needs to be organized. No worries, I have a wireless ethernet solution that routes all your connections from your switch closet directly to your pc via wireless connection. Not a NiC card but again the solution is simple.
    You should get Net+ certified.

  36. Ok so you COULD have a 1TB micro-sd card but they'd be for pro photographers or for high storage in a small space needed for a lab ect.

    if you look past the 20 dollar 1TB microsd cards on amazon you will find real ones for 1100 – 2000 dollars…

  37. looks like there stall up to no good but maybe I'm wrong


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