The sale of fake processors on the Internet has been a reality for years, and there is no reason to believe that it will stop being soon. In fact, there is evidence that indicates exactly the opposite. A few weeks ago a Twitter user posted a couple of photos in his account of what he said was an Intel Core 2 Duo processor that was sold on Amazon as a Core i9-9900K. Jaime Sanchez, the affected, warned of the matter saying that someone had exchanged the thermal diffusers of the two processors to get a juicy profit from the sale.
However, as another user indicates in the comments below, it does not seem like you have practiced any of the processors, but it seems that you simply sanded the diffuser to Core 2 Duo to mark it as if it were the i9. Evidently, Amazon entered the conversation and asked if it was a product sold by third parties through its page, but apparently it was a direct sale of Amazon itself as a new processor. The most probable thing is that it was a product that had been manipulated, but it could be a counterfeit that would have escaped to Chinese customs.
It is not the first time something like this happens on Amazon or other front-line pages, but what is worrisome is that a recent report warns of the proliferation of counterfeit products in China’s customs, among which are a significant number of Intel Core i7 processors. The conclusion we draw is that you have to be careful with online purchases, of course. Although it is true that we buy in trusted sites we can have dislikes like that of Javier Sanchez, by doing it in familiar pages we have more chances that we get the money back or change the product for an authentic one.
Spot a fake CPU!! Someone is taking and delidding old core2duo, buying and delidding a brand new i9, swapping lids, reglueing and then returning the old one with the new lid to @AmazonESP. Take a look at pictures. On the left, i9 9900k I’ve just received… #scam #fakecpu pic.twitter.com/O3MixquKn6
— Jaime Sanchez (@segofensiva) April 7, 2019