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A brief hands-on with the fake Core i7

A brief hands-on with the fake Core i7

Our friend Dan Evans at's Gearlog was fortunate enough to be rebuilding his home desktop this weekend. We say "fortunate" because after calling a mutual friend and neighbor (Microsoft TechNet contributor Greg Steen) for some thermal paste, Dan came to find that Greg had fallen victim to the fake Core i7 scam plaguing customers over the last week or so.

Thanks to Dan Evans from PC Mag's Gearlog for letting us check out the fake Core i7. Sarah Tew/CNET

You can read Dan's hands-on with Greg's fake chip here. He was kind enough to bring the box over for us to check out, too. We were struck in particular with how heavy the box felt. In talking to Maingear CTO Chris Morley about it later, we learned the weight was likely not an accident. In addition to counterfeiting the packaging to look convincing enough to pass through the distribution system, the scammers also had to account for the scales along the way that measure package weight.

It was obvious as soon as you opened the box that its contents were fake, and a careful reading of the sticker on the packaging would have revealed suspicious-looking typos. But assuming the weight of the box was purposefully calibrated to trick the distribution path, the scammers apparently knew they had to account for more than just a visual inspection to get through the system.