Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

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Written by fightflashfraud

February 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Posted in fake flash

The importance of feedback comments on ebay

We have noticed that a lot of buyers who bought fake flash drives, memory cards etc. on ebay do not actually say this in their feedback for the seller. This defeats the whole purpose of feedback as (though that individual may have been refunded) sellers often go on selling fakes to others.

Buyers should always test flash memory with the free program h2testw before leaving feedback and should state in their feedback that the item was fake or faulty if it fails testing. This acts as a warning for other buyers.

It is a seller’s responsibility to ensure that their goods are genuine and fit for purpose – being too kind to someone who sold you a fake could be very unkind to many other buyers!!

looking for a particular ebay seller?

If you are looking for a particular ebay seller either because you bought from them or because you suspect they may be selling fake flash memory just enter the seller’s ebay ID in the search box on the right.

If we have not published about a seller you are suspicious of see the Report suspect ebay sellers page, if you bought a fake from a seller we haven’t written about see the Report Fakes and Counterfeits page.

You will find links to these pages at the top of the right hand column.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM

WARNING: defective flash drives on ebay are not faulty but fake!!

In recent months we have seen a lot of flash drives listed on ebay as faulty – they are not faulty. They are deliberately manufactured by fraudsters in China to show a fake capacity to the operating system with the result that anyone using a fake capacity flash drive eventually discovers that the drive corrupts their files.
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Written by fightflashfraud

July 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Fake capacity flash drive problem continues on ebay…

Today we recieved the following comment regarding USA ebay seller schettersauto which prompted us to make the first new post here for many months:

On ebay.
seller: schettersauto

item: 256gb pen stick USB 2.0 flash drive. Metal construction. New in package. NR!
item #: 150886238679
Read the rest of this entry » – beware of this new website

A comment today suggesting that 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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Ebay still has plenty of fake capacity flash drives for sale.

After months of not bothering to look we checked ebay to see if they had erradicated the sale of fake flash memory yet. No – of course not. We only looked at flash drives but no doubt there are plenty of other fake capacity flasn memory items (MP players, memory cards etc.) still being sold as well.
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512GB USB flash drives don’t exist!

There is no such thing as a genuine 512GB USB flash drive – 512 megabytes, yes, 512 gigabytes, no. Anyone who buys one of these (whether on ebay from estore301 or elsewhere) will discover they got a fake that corrupts files.

By USB flash drive we do not mean the larger solid state hard drives that use flash memory – we mean the little things the size of a cigarette lighter (as per all those pictured on this blog, often called memory sticks) that you can put on a keyring, in your purse or in your pocket.

Some people (either willfuly or through ignorance) misunderstand what we are talking about and tell us that they do! They will, no doubt, exist one day but that day has not arrived at the time of writing, and is unlikely to before the end of 2011.

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

February 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Fake Kingston memory cards sold on ebay by onestopmagicbox

If you bought a memory card from onestopmagicbox you are advised to test it with the free program h2testw immediately – you run the risk of data loss and corruption by using it as buyers report that they are fake capacity counterfeits.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

February 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Farewell from the fight flash fraud team

We are sick to death of wasting our time with this blog as we’ve come to the conclusion that ebayers will never learn so we are taking a break – possibly permanently.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Posted in fake flash