they were made of plastic and have foam HSF's with a stick on paper fan, you'd know if you had one, it wouldn't not work correctly, it just wouldn't do anything at all. So if you've got one not working correctly, its not one of these counterfeits its something else.
The entire thing is overblown. It was only a few hundred faked goods that was probably swapped by a few individuals.
Even a few hundred is a lot to the eye of the people and industry.
Let's say 300 of them was taken because of the Distributor or replace or swapped (stolen). 300 x $290.00 is $87,000 dollars
That is one huge lost. Even if it was just 100 CPU that was swapped that is 29,000 dollars. Still a huge lost.