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(WFLA Tampa Bay)   Florida Men wanted for replacing external hard drive with Play Doh   ( wfla.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Orange County, Florida, hard drives, external hard drives, Police, Target stores, Polk County Sheriff, different Target stores, Orlando, Florida  
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3860 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Aug 2018 at 2:20 PM (4 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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4 days ago  
Man, you really can make anything with that stuff!
 
4 days ago  
It's a semi-soft drive now.
 
4 days ago  
They used their credit cards, didn't they?
 
4 days ago  
D'oh
 
4 days ago  
"Play-Doh Hard Drive" is not a euphemism
 
4 days ago  
Florida Men wanted for replacing external hard drive with Play Doh

FloriDoh.
 
4 days ago  
Common scam is common, but usually done better.

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4 days ago  
replacing external hard drive hardware with Play-Doh

THE FARK AM I READING??
 
4 days ago  
Should have used Silly Putty. You can at least store images on it.

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4 days ago  

Clockwork Kumquat: Should have used Silly Putty. You can at least store images on it.

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4 days ago  

probesport: Common scam is common, but usually done better.

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The nuts and bolts are better than a WD Green.  Just sayin'...
 
4 days ago  
Still amazes me that people go so far out of their way for such little gain. If criminals like this put their time and effort into activities that are actually productive, they could make a lot more money. I know people are doing weird shiat for meth or whatever, but how lucrative can the "external hard drive on the black market" market really be? I can get a legit (or is it?) 4TB USB HDD on Amazon for $100.
 
4 days ago  

probesport: Common scam is common, but usually done better.

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Well hey, the victim got an upgrade to a SSD!

=D
 
4 days ago  

d23: probesport: Common scam is common, but usually done better.

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The nuts and bolts are better than a WD Green.  Just sayin'...


That's an incredibly ignorant statement.

The aluminum, hardware, and magnets inside that WD Green are totally better than just a couple nuts and bolts.
 
4 days ago  

BretMavrik: Still amazes me that people go so far out of their way for such little gain. If criminals like this put their time and effort into activities that are actually productive, they could make a lot more money. I know people are doing weird shiat for meth or whatever, but how lucrative can the "external hard drive on the black market" market really be? I can get a legit (or is it?) 4TB USB HDD on Amazon for $100.


Came here to say this. It's not even like they can resell the external drive. They spent the time to break open the enclosures and remove the bare drives. What's the market for sketchy unlabeled black-market hard drives? They can't fetch more than $20 a piece in an "as-is" sale....

Nevermind that doing this 69 times at 14 Targets is GOING to raise the attention of some loss-prevention algorithm long before anyone even realizes there's play-doh in the boxes.
 
4 days ago  

BretMavrik: Still amazes me that people go so far out of their way for such little gain. If criminals like this put their time and effort into activities that are actually productive, they could make a lot more money. I know people are doing weird shiat for meth or whatever, but how lucrative can the "external hard drive on the black market" market really be? I can get a legit (or is it?) 4TB USB HDD on Amazon for $100.


+1.  ~$6500 retail value per the article, selling them on ebay or somewhere else will probably get them half that, then they split that between 2 people.  It's not worth the time.  Crime doesn't pay well enough.
 
4 days ago  
I'm a regular at my local Home Depot and love the stories about people faking returns.  Cans of "paint" full of water are frequent, so is rocks/bricks/heavy stuff inside boxes.  I only learned of it when I bought some power tool and the guy at HD said "Hey, always open the box before you leave the store to make sure you're not buying a cinder block."
 
4 days ago  
I returned a PS4 to a store, they never so much as opened the box to verify its contents.  Talk about a missed opportunity.

/would never do that.
//has been known to purchase an item, have it fail prematurely, go to store, buy another of the same product, then swap out good & bad and let the store deal with the return instead of going through the RMA process with the manufacturer.
 
4 days ago  
Upon capture, the perpetrators said that the data on the hard drive was extremely dangerous, and could attack at any time, so they had to deal with it.
 
3 days ago  
Maybe they need parts to make one of these?

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3 days ago  
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That's nuts!
 
3 days ago  

Fern Crest: Maybe they need parts to make one of these?

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What makes you think I'm dough....or that I'm playing around?
 
3 days ago  

Millennium: Upon capture, the perpetrators said that the data on the hard drive was extremely dangerous, and could attack at any time, so they had to deal with it.


+1

/Hydraulic Press Channel Guy, is that you?
 
3 days ago  

TheCableGuy: I returned a PS4 to a store, they never so much as opened the box to verify its contents.  Talk about a missed opportunity.

/would never do that.
//has been known to purchase an item, have it fail prematurely, go to store, buy another of the same product, then swap out good & bad and let the store deal with the return instead of going through the RMA process with the manufacturer.


Did that in the Army. Had an old beat up Gortex field jacket I picked up for 10 bucks. Took it to CIF to exchange for a new one. Since it was an exchange, I don't have to sign for it. Now I have a brand new personal jacket!

In the Army it is never "stealing" we called it "government property serving the same function in a different location". Like when you lose a donkey dick (removable fuel spout for the 5 gallon cans) and you have to go do a midnight acquisition run at another unit.
 
3 days ago  

Craw Fu: +1. ~$6500 retail value per the article, selling them on ebay or somewhere else will probably get them half that, then they split that between 2 people. It's not worth the time. Crime doesn't pay well enough.


$6159 for 69 (giggity) drives

$89.26 per drive, that are now not in enclosures or in retail packaging and don't have receipts.

Yeah, so not worth it.

// looks like 2TB seagates

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3 days ago  

lordargent: Craw Fu: +1. ~$6500 retail value per the article, selling them on ebay or somewhere else will probably get them half that, then they split that between 2 people. It's not worth the time. Crime doesn't pay well enough.

$6159 for 69 (giggity) drives

$89.26 per drive, that are now not in enclosures or in retail packaging and don't have receipts.

Yeah, so not worth it.

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Looks like something you'd blow up from remote control.
 
3 days ago  
Considering that the store staff didn't bother to actually check before giving the scammers the money, I'd say they kind of had it coming.
 
3 days ago  

NephilimNexus: Considering that the store staff didn't bother to actually check before giving the scammers the money, I'd say they kind of had it coming.


Really? You expect the person behind the customer service counter to take apart everything to make sure someone didn't swap out the guts with play doh? Those lines move slow enough as it is.
 
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