Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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www.flashdrive500gb.com – beware of this new website

A comment today suggesting that http://www.flashdrive.500gb.com was offering genuine 500 gigabyte flash drives prompted the first new post on this site since September 2011. Here is a screenshot of the site’s product page:


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szesze2009 auctions fake capacity flash memory on ebay

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Seller szesze2009 is auctioning USB flash drives and memory cards on ebay that are certain to be fake capacity. A fake capacity flash drive or memory card inevitably corrupts your files once the real capacity (usually a maximum of 4GB) is full. Do not be fooled by what the operating system shows you; the capacity shown is due to fraudulent programming of these devices.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Test all flash memory bought on ebay from livetime2010

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We think it highly unlikely that there is really 16 gigabytes of built in flash memory in the MP3 players sold on ebay by livetime2010 – probably more like 16 gigabits (2GB) programmed to look like 16GB. A fraudulently programmed flash memory device eventually corrupts files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Test flash drives from ebay seller mainplayer-com-hk with h2testw – fake!!

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If you bought a USB flash drive on ebay from seller mainplayer-com-hk test it immediately with h2testw – it is certain to be fake capacity, which corrupts files! We wonder if there is a connection between this ebay seller and the website in Hong Kong shown in the screenshot below, where flash memory items seem to be sold too cheaply for them to be genuine:

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Did you buy flash memory on ebay from flash.sales80 or flashstore.710? Test with h2testw

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Did you buy flash memory on ebay from flash.sales80 or flashstore.710? These sellers have been suspended by ebay and their listings have been removed so buyers will find that the item they bought has vanished from their won list. Both these IDs belong to a fraud gang in Singapore and any flash memory item sold by either of them is likely to be fake capacity, which corrupts files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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May 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

fake 32GB SD cards sold on ebay by webc.guy & remote.car

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Feedback left for Singapore fraudsters webc.guy & remote.car by buyers reports the true capacity of the SD cards shown in this ebay listing as 4GB. Both these IDs (selling identical cards) belong to a fake flash fraud ring that has been selling fake capacity flash memory items on ebay for some time. Fake capacity flash memory corrupts files.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

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May 3, 2010 at 6:25 AM

ebay sellers fail to understand the fake flash memory problem.

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Seller berny65 (registered in Germany) is an example of a seller who bought counterfeit, fake capacity 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drives from a fraudulent supplier. This seller tested with h2testw and the results seem to have shown they had a real capacity of under 4GB.

This ebayer, like a number of others in Europe and the Americas, has been selling them as defective. The sellers who do this obviously do not appreciate the true nature of the fake flash memory problem. These flash drives are not defective in the normal sense – they are counterfeits deliberately created by fraudsters in China.

PLEASE BE AWARE FOLKS THAT THE SALE OF COUNTERFEITS IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE!!

Like all counterfeit flash memory items they were created using small capacity memory chips (usually under 4GB) that are usually of very poor quality and would be very prone to failure anyway and programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system. Even if they can be restored the original capacity – seldom easy and always time consuming – the chips will be even more prone to failure than they were before.

The best thing that can be done with USB flash drives and other flash memory items that fail testing with h2testw is to destroy them so that no one can ever use them and lose their files.

Huge feedback scores and high positive % on ebay mean nothing

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If you buy things on ebay do not be fooled into thinking that ebay sellers with a huge feedback score and a high percentage of positive comments are necessarily trustworthy.

The screenshot above shows a current listing from proven ebay fraudster wendy2008268. As you can see from the screenshot this seller has a huge feedback score and a 99.4% positive score, yet wendy2008268 has sold fake flash memory items on ebay for a long time – probably at least 18 months.

There are probably thousands of ebayers who have been defrauded by this seller – worse still, some of them may have lost important files by saving them to a fake flash drive or memory card from this seller.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

March 6, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Buyer suspects this 8GB Sandisk SDHC card sold on ebay is fake

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A buyer left feedback for idea_fashion saying he or she suspects this 8GB Sandisk SDHC card is fake. If the buyer is right it will corrupt files. The best way to check whether a flash memory item is fake is to test it with the free program h2testw.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 7, 2010 at 12:30 AM

ebay gremlin from china has sold lots of fake flash memory items

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Seller lingpao has sold a number of models of fake USB flash drive and fake memory cards that will corrupt users’ files. We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 25, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Seems we have yet another fake flash gremlin on ebay

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wangying868

Seller wangying868 has mainly supplied 32GB SD memory cards like the one in the listing above but has also sold a number of the fraudsters’ favourite leather type flash drive. We fully expect that all flash memory items from this seller will turn out to be fake capacity items that will corrupt anything saved to them after a while.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 26, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Looks like an ebay gremlin selling fake capacity MP players

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gremlin2s We think the 16GB MP players from Hong Kong seller tamstore003 will be fake capicity – a lot less than 16GB.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

tamstore003

UPDATE: February 2010:
This seller is now a proven fraudster who has sold a large number of fake flash memory items – if you bought an MP player, USB flash drive or other flash memory item from this seller then you should test it immediately.

If you have not saved a lot of files to it you may be able to retreive the data – but once the true capacity is exceeded you are likely to lose everything you saved to it. Please warn others who bought the same item as you from this seller.

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November 7, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Suspect looking 8GB flash drives listed by UK ebay seller

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needformemoryThe shiny little capacity stickers on these 8GB USB flash drives sold by needformemory make us suspect that these are fakes purchased from a fraudulent wholesale outlet in the far east.

Every flash drive with these stickers the fightflashfraud team tested turned out to be fake capacity – we are sure these will be too. Fake capacity flash drives cause data loss and corruption.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 4, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Fake 16GB Transcend SD cards sold on ebay USA

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We have reason to beleive that the 16GB Transcend SD sold by acesdistributing in the listing above is counterfeit and fake capacity. Users will find that photos etc will become corrupted or vanish after a while.
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Baby Gremlin in China slow to start fake flash sales career

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lone_glacier

babygremlin1It looks as though our fraudster friends were unsure what to do with the new ID lone_glacier (registered on ebay on August 1st) – go for the mix or the single item?

The seller started with jade pendants followed by a dress and some sandals – so it looks as though it was going to be the mix, but sales did not take off. Only 4 pendants sold (3 at 60p and one at 63p all with free P&P) so lone_glacier started at a loss.

Now all listings are for 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory sticks with a bid start price of 99p with free P&P. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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August 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM

New seller auctions 32GB SD cards – probably fake capacity

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gynkanshui33

We strongly suspect that the 32GB SD cards sold by gynkanshui33 will prove to be fake capacity. Many thanks to Jason for alerting us to this seller.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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August 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Are these 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory cards on ebay genuine?

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halmusawy

UK ebay member halmusawy has listed a lot of 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory cards on ebay. Some are on buy it now and others are listed (as above) in auctions with 99p start. We hope that halmusawy didn’t buy these from a fraudulent wholesaler in China, as many other ebayers have done. We will be interested to hear from buyers who have tested these cards.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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August 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Seems we have another Hong Kong Fraudster on ebay

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elaishop

The flash drive show here is the fraudsters favourite! Why? It is easy to re-program to any fake capacity the fraudsters like – take your pick! Would you like a 4GB fake? Perhaps you’d prefer an 8GB or 16GB fake? If you really want to lose a lot of data our friends in Hong Kong can even reprogram these to 64GB or higher so that you can lose as many files as you like!

This seller also offers the journalist’s dream item:

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If the journos in the frankenflash project didn’t think these were fake they would be rushing to buy one from elaishop at this price!!

If you bought a flash memory item from elaishop and ran into problems with it do not beleive any guff about it being faulty! This is deliberate fraud – test your drive with the free program h2testw, report in to sosfakeflash, file a claim with paypal and report the seller to ebay – link to h2testw download page (free program from German computer magazine) is provided on our article about the program

Please report in to sosfakeflash with all the information requested in this article – don’t leave it on the site – send it to the email address – then it can go into our fake flash database so that an alert can be issued on the Internet.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 18, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Canadian ebay seller with suspect MP players

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Ebay member sell-it-fast-online-com listed what we think were counterfeit Kingston flash drives. The listings were removed by ebay, no doubt as a result of pressure from Kingston about the issue of counterfeits. We think that this listing for MP players is also suspect.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 18, 2009 at 1:32 AM

32GB SD card listed by ebay member in Ireland seems too cheap

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mac_gor

We think the 32GB SD memory cards listed on ebay by mac_gor (a seller registered in Ireland) seem too cheap to be genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 16, 2009 at 11:36 PM

Another suspect seller in China offering flash drives on ebay

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jun_ting1218Seller jun_ting1218 offers several models of flash drive in buy it now listings on ebay including the fraudsters’ favourite (shown left) – this drive is a favourite because it is both very attractive and extremely easy to program to false capacities. This seller cleverly built up a huge feedback score with jewellery before listing flash drives which we are almost certain will turn out to be fake capacity.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Are these sellers’ flash memory items genuine or not?

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Sellers tomyaho, ramwardo and hoodox have a lot of Sandisk flash memory items listed on ebay. Some of them seem rather too cheap to be genuine as far as we can see. Could they be counterfeit and therefore fake capacity? We won’t know until buyers test their items. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

August 1, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Could this be a new fraud ID registered on ebay China?

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motolter

Seller motolter registered on ebay China on February 20th and has no feedback yet. We find it a bit suspicious that this listing for a 64GB flash drive had such a low start price. If you bought this item you should test it with h2testw on arrival.

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June 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Impulsión falsificada del flash de 64GB Sony en España

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dancasman

Este listado en España ebay demuestra una impulsión de destello falsificada. Esto no fue hecha por Sony y no es 64GB. Cualquier persona usando uno de éstos encontrará que los archivos llegan a ser perdidos o corruptos un poco después. El vendedor dancasman puede no realizar que son falsificaciones. Fueron compradas probablemente de un comerciante fraudulento basado en China. Una prueba con h2testw revelaría la verdad sobre estas impulsiones que tienen probablemente una capacidad verdadera menos que 1GB.

Divulgue por favor adentro al sosfakeflash con sus resultados de la prueba y otros detalles de la transacción.

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June 6, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Fraudster changes ebay ID – but we are not fooled.

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newgoodies2009Fake flash seller gooditemonly has changed ID to newgoodies2009 but we uncovered this deception in no time at all. One 16GB MP player is already in the sosfakeflash database and we expect that the classic fake USB flash drive on the left will soon be joining it along with the various other models being sold.

As well as fake capacity media players and USB flash drives it seems from feedback that the seller’s memory cards are also fake capacity. This devious seller is now using private auctions to try and hide the fraud. Buyers – test anything you bought from this crook under either the gooditemonly ID or the new one newgoodies2009 with the program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Problems with a flash memory item? Maybe it is a fake flash drive!

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Did you buy an MP player/ USB flash drive/ pen drive/ memory stick/ memory card and find that after a while your files were lost or corrupt? Maybe you bought a fake flash drive!! All these items use the same type of memory which is easily programmed by fraudsters to display a false capacity to the operating system. Beware! If you use any type of fake flash memory you will eventually lose all your files – your music, your photos, your video, your documents, your spreadsheets – everything!!

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May 10, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Appeal to ebayers: please warn sellers about fake flash memory

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We at fightflashfraud (and other groups of ebayers who are concerned about the fake flash problem) need your help to rid ebay of fake flash memory. If you are reading this blog you have already become aware of the issue. This may because you are an ebay seller who was warned by ebayers that items you are selling are likely to be fake. It may be that you are an end-user who suddenly started to lose files you saved to flash memory.

Whoever you are – if you see anyone selling a flash memory item on ebay that looks as if it is fake please send them a message telling them you think it may be fake and asking them to test it with h2testw. Many ebay sellers do not know their items are fake – they are victims of the fake flash plague just like their buyers. Mostly they will have bought from fraudsters in China and had no idea the drives were fake capacity.

It will only take you a few minutes to send a message and you could save the seller from landing in a lot of trouble. If the seller has not removed the item from sale or been in touch with you after two days please leave a comment on this post with the item number and seller ID so that members of the frankenflash project can try to contact the member.

Ebay seller Alert!! Beware – your items may be fake!

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It seems that many ebayers in the UK are buying fake USB flash drives and other fake flash memory items in bulk  on web sites such as dhgate.com, alibaba.com and shoponclearance.com.  They are then re-selling these items on eBay without realising their items are fake.  We cannot stress enough how important resarch and testing are if you plan to sell flash memory items such as USB flash drives, SD memory cards, pro duo memory sticks, MP4 players and so on.

If an item shows a company name (such as Sony or Kingston) check their website to see if the item matches what is shown there. If not,  it is probably fake. Whether or not they are branded items you should test them immediately they arrive with h2testw. Do not either release payment to the seller or list the items on eBay unless this test runs without errors.

Ebay seller uk-trader-2000 falls victim to Internet fraud

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UK based ebay seller uk-trader-2000 seems to have been an innocent victim of internet fraud. This seller bought what were advertised as Sony flash drives on the Internet. He bought them from Chinese wholesalers who, it seems, knowingly commit fraud on sites such as dhgate.com and re-sold these drives on eBay thinking that looking at the properties of a drive was enough to check that they were genuine. We have heard from some buyers and see from the seller’s feedback that he has refunded others we didn’t hear from. He is not alone – many ebay sellers have fallen victim to fraudulent wholesalers. We strongly advise everyone to check with Sony, Kingston etc before buying anything with a brand name or trademark belonging to these companies.
This seller is now very out of pocket as a result of his mistake – fightflashfraud hopes he can eventually get his money back – but he may have a long, hard fight ahead! We urge him not to give up. Why should fraudsters be allowed to walk off with our money?

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February 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM

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