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Reviewer buys 16TB portable SSD for $70, proves it’s a sham

Enlarge / Something doesn’t look right here. (credit: Amazon)

Amazon won’t deny that fraudulent reviews on its platform are a problem. And despite years of reports of fake storage products, listed with falsified reviews to cover up fake specs and performance claims, the scams keep coming.

On Monday, Review Geek detailed its purchase of what an Amazon listing claimed was a 16TB portable M.2 SSD for $70. The drive, like similar Amazon listings, had dozens of five-star reviews. Yet, the cheap SSD turned out to just be a 64GB microSD in a circuit board with a USB-C connector.

This is all despite the drive showing as 16TB storage on Windows, which Review Geek suspects is due to deceptive circuit board firmware.

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