Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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What to people mean by fake flash drives?

When people talk about fake flash drives they usually mean a drive that reports itself as a higher capacity than it is.  This is not the same as a counterfeit. A counterfeit is something that is pretending to be a brand. The problem is not the same. Something that is counterfeit may in fact be quite servicable – for example a counterfeit Gucci handbag could still be a perfectly functional handbag – it’s just not a real Gucci.

However, a flash drive that says it’s 8GB but is really only 1GB will cause all data over about 970mb to be lost/corrupt. For someone like me this could be an absolute disaster. I bought flash drives on ebay sold as being 8GB, 16GB and 32GB to use with students on a video course. Had I tried to move a 4GB video file from a camera to any of these drives for students to edit, all the hard work they had put into the filming would have been lost. Although both the counterfeit Gucci handbag and the fake capacity flash are fraud; to my mind fake flash is a much more serious issue than the counterfeit Gucci handbag – yet much less is done to stop it. See the page what is a counterfeit? for more.

Written by fightflashfraud

November 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM

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  1. Hi,
    I have got one of these fake ones, supposed to be 16GB but 3.9 GB in reality. And it is really bad when I gifted this to friend with some our photos. He was kind to report it only 1 month later….

    I faked by “hongkongxpat852” on ebay …


    December 21, 2008 at 3:33 AM

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