Numerous fake Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards sold on Ebay

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  1. BangTail

    BangTail Ancient Guru

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    I saw those $90.00 1080 Tis as well and I don't understand why that auction hasn't been taken down.

    Obviously, nobody is selling multiple EVGA 1080 Tis for $90.00 a pop, so it must be a scam.
     
  2. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Also isn't it a "Graphics Card"... instead of "Graphic Card".
     
  3. Elder III

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    I always disable offers from outside of North America. That seems to remove nearly all of the obvious scams. Any price that is too good to be true is usually exactly that in my experience.
     
  4. Katsoc

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    so ok they arent real 1080tis but even if they are fake say like a 1060 it might be a good deal but if its old like a gtx 960 then it isnt so good i would ask them first what card it is just in case u can get a good deal but Cavet emptor!
     

  5. Arbie

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    As for eBay listings of "GTX 1080 TI" (or 1080, or 2080) for $100 "Buy It Now" - and similar popular item deals that are too good to be true.

    First, almost all these offerings show US or Australian locations. That's because they are either brand new zero (0) feedback accounts using fake addresses OR hijacked existing accounts from those countries. It's easy to dismiss the former, but the latter are more interesting. Scammers buy stolen eBay credentials* on the dark web and take over the account. They link payments to their own Paypal account and start posting these fake deals. Ideally - for them - the credentials would have high positive feedback scores, with the account being active until recently. If the original seller handled nothing technical, the most determined of these scammers will even generate a few fake sales of RAM sticks or similar, with positive feedback from shills.

    So - besides avoiding "too good to be true" and zero feedback sellers - watch for (1) sellers who have no seller feedback; (2) accounts that were dormant until recently; (3) accounts that have sold little or nothing technical. And of course the use of "Buy It Now", which allows these guys to get paid and get out. But similar cautions should be observed in auctions.

    I have used eBay safely and successfully for a long time, but you do have to be careful on higher-ticket items.

    * Often exposed in a data breach on some other, less secure site. The biggest problem is reused passwords. If Jack uses the name "Jack2000" and password "jac2k" both on eBay and his Home Depot account, when the latter is inevitably breached, scammers will auto-try the same credentials on eBay, Amazon, banking sites etc. So always use at least a different password on every site.
     
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  6. vbetts

    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    Let's keep the bigotry to none here. Only warning.
     
  7. Nyebodnye

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    I bought a 'cheap' 1050ti off of Fleabay. Installed latest drivers - Unigine benchmark at 720p was 20fps. 1080p wouldn't even run.
    Card claimed it has 4Gb RAM but benchmark wouldn't run because card was probably a GTX460 or something with 1Gb RAM and BIOS modified.
    The box it came in stated "Made in China" and in very very small print "Priorto working on your computer" (yes, no space there), "Make sure the golden finger of the graphics card is fully mounted to the PCI-E slot", "MaKe sure the other end of the monitor cable" (yes, capital K)
    Final ending sentence is "installation if the graphics card"
    Quality!!!!
    It's being returned.
    As previously mentioned - GTX 1xxx cards DO NOT HAVE A VGA CONNECTOR. I know this now.
     
  8. The Goose

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    Ive been buying and selling for over 12 years on Ebay.... not on a daily basis but every few weeks and ive only been caught by one bad seller and one buyer trying there luck, ive had some good deals on pc hardware and diy tools, i bought items sold as faulty that worked fine, Ive taken a gamble on many items and been lucky, but the same goes for me...the buyer got the good deal, the devil is in the detail, if you dont read the description and you get bitten then its your own fault when buying, the same goes for selling....give every detail to protect yourself. Fake gpu`s are a common item from China and have been for several years, haggling may work in the big Uk cities like London or Manchester but its not an option in small rural towns.

    Fake gpu`s are plentiful on Ebay.....do your research first then your wont need to blame Ebay.
     
  9. scatman839

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    oof, yeah, sorry you got scammed dude

    this is one of the major give aways, a vga port, also they all have the exact same connections, 1* vga, 1* dvi, 1* hdmi. and yeah practically no gpus have vga anymore
     
  10. Loobyluggs

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    Actually, it's the opposite - the lower the population, the higher the chance they are going to haggle and, they do.

    As for caveat emptor, I must say that is a disgusting attitude for online purchasing and you are now in 'that box'.

    Just disgusting.
     

  11. Prince Valiant

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    Ebay is only seller friendly if you operate a large store on the site, for a normal seller they'll side with the buyer practically every time. Buying or selling offsite is a better alternative but sometimes it's hard to beat eBay (or Amazon).

    I prefer to give things away if they're functional and I can find someone that will use them.
     
  12. Loobyluggs

    Loobyluggs Ancient Guru

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    It's a splurge of special pleading, not worth anyone's time.

    But, I certainly would not want giving away anything technical to someone I know on my conscious.
     

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