Flipper Zero, a versatile “hacker multi-tool”, has taken the hardware world by storm. The combination of investigative and infiltration tools in a single open source module appeals to both novice and experienced users.
It is a prime target for scammers looking to make a quick buck through fake websites.
The Anatomy of a Fake Flipper Zero Website
Most fake Flipper Zero sites mimic the sleek design of the genuine site, flipperzero.one. They also tend to use HTTPS and display a padlock in the URL bar. However, it is important to remember that HTTPS alone does not guarantee the legitimacy of a website, meaning only that the connection between your device and the website is encrypted.
Price is another sign of a fake website. While the original Flipper Zero retails for $169. A fake website zerotools[dot]net lists the device for €199,99 ($220,24) with no extra charges like shipping.
Fake websites often ask for the same personal information you normally give when ordering online, such as your name and address. However, they tend to prefer cryptocurrency payments, which are harder to track than traditional methods like card, PayPal or Google Pay. This preference for cryptocurrencies should be a red flag.
Avoiding Fake Flipper Zero Websites: Tips and Tricks
- Buy directly from the developers: Buy from the official website (flipperzero.one) or from the Kickstarter page. Although you may have to wait for stock availability, you can be sure of the authenticity of your purchase.
- Buy from legitimate retailers: Flipper Zero developers have identified many online stores as genuine sellers. The list, reproduced from the official Discord server, includes the following:
- Be wary of websites that offer prices that look too tempting or too low to be true.
The rapid rise in popularity of Flipper Zero has led to an increase in fake websites seeking to take advantage of their willing customers. By learning how to spot these fake sites and following the tips above, you can protect yourself from scams and ensure you're buying a genuine Flipper Zero device.