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#243466 12-Dec-2018 19:18
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Hi, I had a mate who wanted me to buy from the internet a Google Team Drive unlimited lifetime cloud storage, and a 5TB Onedrive lifetime cloud storage for a few quid, literally a few bucks.

I am guessing there is something amiss about these things but I'm not sure what to tell him.

I don't give you a link because when I googled it, it's literally sold everywhere all over the world!

Though from my reading it is somebody's business account that your "drive" will be linked to ...

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  #2144449 12-Dec-2018 19:29
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I can't see a legitimate source for those deals, so it might be questionable or 'developer accounts'. Not sure. You might find it expires in 3-12 months by which time they've taken the money and run...


But as for how they generally make it unreasonably cheap:


  • Most people don't use anywhere near the full storage space, so those only using <20GB subsidise the rest.
  • The majority of very large files tend to be present in many different users' accounts - pirated content, installers etc. It's rare for people to have TB of unique content. So checksum it all and anything that matches, store one copy instead of 500+.
  • Lots of people, especially enterprises, can find themselves buying subscriptions and then forgetting about them, or not using them to the full extent.

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  #2144464 12-Dec-2018 20:04
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So people sign up for a Google suite account and sell access to the account and you will get some random email address.
The scammers set it up as a company and add you as an employee to that company.
Normally done via stolen credit cards and get people to pay 100US or so then run away with the money.

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  #2144498 12-Dec-2018 20:14
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That's a point. Buying digital goods with stolen CCs then reselling them is a common scam. Then the original CC gets revoked, and either Google/MS takes the loss, or they cancel the service you bought and you have no recourse.

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