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A counterfeit stealth phone (made up by using cracked firmware) is a ticking bomb in your pocket. Unfortunately you find out that you have been fulled by the scammer when usually is way too late: you "stealth" phone has been wiretapped and you got busted.
Back in 2013, some scammers has sold on eBay an older version of the XCell firmware called "Stealth Samsung G600 firmware 7 functions". Of course a cracked version, unlicensed and especially a non-working one: once installed on a Samsung G600, the phone freezes and a black screen appear. Causes were the wrong indication by installing the firmware on Samsung G600 and not G608, and that the broken version lacks some external files that a full dump cannot achieve. Of course, the lack of hardware modifications necessary to the proper functioning was leading in the end, to an unusable and faulty phone.
Not to mention that not incidentally, JD Unlocking Services (interceptor.co.uk gsm) was no stranger to this scam: he was one of those which sell XCell cracked firmware, along with the device needed to install the firmware on the phone. All priced at £ 3,000.
One by one, eBay accounts were closed down following complaints of deceived buyers.
The newcomer : even worse than his predecessors
In early 2015 has appeared a newcomer on eBay, a scammer that sell the same cracked XCell Stealth Samsung G600 firmware 7 functions. Same scam, same fraud, same wrong installation indications regarding Samsung G600. Of course, the same result: the phone does not work. Only the price is different (and kinda desperate): $49.00.
The single way to clear up the situation was pretty much straight forward: we have bought the firmware and we have tested it after installing following scammer indications, on Samsung G600.
Please note that this kind of scammers frequently change eBay accounts by adding new ones, since the old accounts are being successively closed down due to buyers complaints or even by the scammer itself, just to cover up his traces.
The file is called "G600 full dump 7.bin" which reveals how the firmware was extracted from the phone: using a Z3X Box or NSPro and "full dump" function (read firmware). Please note that the latest versions of XCell Dynamic IMEI v2 Stealth Phone is no longer vulnerable to attack via USB, a full dump being impossible because of active security filters.
To clarify the cracked firmware version sold by scammer, we proceeded to analyze the source code. What we have found we didn't liked at all:
We have also discovered the error that makes the interception alerts (detecting lack of A5/1 and A5/2 encryption) to not work:
Obviously, after a few hours from purchase we've got a quick refund from scammer, without asking any questions. Probably he is afraid of account suspended or closed, following complaints.
Instead of trying cheap tricks by using cracked software to "defend" your privacy, you better use licensed software and genuine products. Counterfeit products has never deliver real security. When it comes about your calls security, thing are even more sensitive an you have to use only trusted products.
A counterfeit stealth phone is a ticking bomb in your pocket. Unfortunately you find out that you have been fulled by the scammer when usually is way too late: you "stealth" phone has been wiretapped and you got busted.
To not go through eBay's refund procedure or escalating claim, we offer you for free this firmware, as were sold by scammer:
The reason why we offer this firmware for free, is fighting counterfeiting. You can try this firmware on your own phone, just to experience a cracked firmware. We will not be held responsible for any loss, incidental or consequential damage, or loss arising out of installation and firmware use. You install the software at your own risk.
Also, probably some other "entrepreneur" will buy this cracked firmware and it will resell it not with $49, but with $19. And the next one will resell it only with $5. So we have not taken it step by step: we burned stages and we offer you for free this firmware.
Our advice is a pretty simple and effective one: always use the original.
This scammer has added on eBay the same fake firmware, at lower price. This time, only $25. Also, he changed his location to Germany.
We have identified another scammer on eBay, selling fake Samsung G600 stealth firmware.
danielius2010 Located in Lithuania, selling fake Samsung G600 stealth firmware on eBay: