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    Counterfeit VCDS?

    Came across this site today:
    http://link-removed.com

    Looks a bit suspect to me....
    Last edited by Uwe; 01-16-2015 at 04:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CocoPops View Post
    Came across this site today:
    http://link-removed.com

    Looks a bit suspect to me....
    Yup. Lots of "VAG 11.11" and "VAG 12.12" out there, they're all counterfeit.

    Easy way to tell for most vendors, other than the price being too good to be true: it comes with a CD/DVD. Except for Pro kits, no legitimate interfaces ship with physical media. You download the software from Ross-Tech. The counterfeiters send it on CD/DVD because you have to use their cracked version for the cloned hardware to work.

    Jason
    Last edited by Uwe; 01-16-2015 at 04:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CocoPops View Post
    The other big giveaway is the dodgy "VAG11.11" label on the head of the OBD connector.

    Vag Com (VCDS) 12.12.0

    Latest Version: 12.12.0
    Errrr...no it's not!

    Even genuine second-hand cables usually fetch more than 200 GBP in the UK so if it costs much less than that then alarm bells should immediately start ringing. That said, I read on another forum a while back about an unfortunate chap who spent 190 GBP expecting to receive a genuine cable and it turned out to be a fake. Always best to just buy either direct from Ross-Tech or one of their approved re-sellers.
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    It's ok, I'm not buying, I already have a genuine cable direct from RT.. Just wondered if RT chased any of these hooky sellers?

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    Since Diagnostic World is kind enough to have an actual physical address on their site, they will be getting a C&D letter from an attorney.

    Thank you!

    -Uwe-

    Edit/PS: I've edited the above messages to remove the original links. There's no reason to make that site look more legit to the search crawlers by having links to it here.
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Is there a method to report these? Or via forum is ok?

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    This thread is fine.

    -Uwe-
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    Looks like the C&D letter did the trick because the counterfeit kit is no longer listed on the DW site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    This thread is fine.

    -Uwe-
    Uwe; One of the benefits of forums like this is that we can be a some-time web crawler in the battle against pirates. I didn't go purposely looking for this, but I stumbled across the site. Had a sniff around the site - definitely has a "doobie-whiff" (dubious odour) about it! Even has your company name in the add!
    Pirate?

    Suggestion: you might consider making this thread sticky - so it's easy to find in future
    Last edited by DV52; 02-10-2015 at 01:44 AM.
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    Haha...

    Love this line:
    "The VAG COMs only work with the software provided by me on the CD ! Please do not attempt to upgrade or update the software from internet as your cable will not work anymore."

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