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Late last year, a group of thieves managed to successfully steal a shipment of EVGA GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards from a truck bound for Southern California. Now, it appears that these same graphics cards are being sold in Vietnam to oblivious customers who only found out they bought stolen goods when they checked with EVGA.
According to the Facebook group Vietnamese Gaming Drama, the seller is including a limited one-month warranty at an enviable price point for the cards, which is expected from stocks arriving in Vietnam that come from "unofficial" sources. However, one user said that once they checked the serial code of their card with the hardware company for warranty claims, they were told that their product matched one of the cards that was lost in the heist in California. This therefore suggests that the remainder of the shipment that ended up in Vietnam is in fact the shipment that was stolen several months ago. Isn't that the darndest thing?
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The statement from EVGA at the time confirmed that the stock was valued at $329.99 to $1959.99, meaning that there were a handful of exceedingly powerful cards in the shipment. Whether the entirety fell into the retailer's hands or whether the expensive ones were pocketed by the thieves for their personal use is not known. What is definite is the fact that these customers have unknowingly bought stolen goods and should return them to EVGA as per the laws of the United States. On the other hand, EVGA should get in touch with this retailer and find out where they secured this shipment and track down any stock that is unaccounted for.
VideoCardz, who broke the story, has not identified the retailer which will prevent people from buying stolen cards. Yet, it does mention that it's not a small store which suggests that this could be a household name that's accidentally seen some sought-after graphics cards fall into its lap. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out now that EVGA is aware of where the cards landed following the heist.
Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games, Nvidia
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