Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Flash fraud on Ebay

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There are two types of flash fraud that have occured on ebay – counterfeit flash drives and fake capacity flash drives.
Also see the page titled The fake flash problem and posts in the fake flash category for more information. Most of the fraud is perpetrated by sellers from Hong Kong / China.  Most of the drives being sold are unbranded fakes, but some are  counterfeits or reprogrammed name brand drives.  At present the reprogramming  of brand name drives seems mainly to be 2GB Kingston drives re-programmed to show as 16GB when you look at the drive properties. This blog is dedicated to the fight against the fraudsters who flood ebay with fake capacity drives. There is a printable/downloadable guide to fake flash on the Guide to fake flash page – link at the top of the panel on the right.

Did you spot a seller with suspect flash memory items that are not already mentioned on this blog?
If so please help in the fight against fake flash on ebay. There are two things you should do:
1) Send the seller a question saying you think the item may be fake capacity and asking them to test their item with h2testw and tell them about our blogs.
2) Leave a comment on this post giving the ebay item number so we can follow it up.
Let’s make ebay a real community and fulfil the dream of a safe place to shop!

Written by fightflashfraud

November 24, 2008 at 2:30 PM

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  1. Nell – open a paypal dispute and claim a refund if you have not done so already. This is a known fraudster and the frankenflash project has test results for other models in our database. Follow the refund advice on sosfakeflash – this should help you get a quick refund from this fraudster. We will do a post about the item you have reported to us to help alert others.


    April 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM

  2. Hi there I bought a fake 8GB flash drive from seller pigpingxian which doesn’t seem to be mentioned here or elsewher. Here are the test results from H2testw:

    Details given by Nell have been removed to protect buyer’s privacy. The information has been filed for later inclusion in the FrankenFlash database.


    April 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM

  3. Readers,
    It’s time I weighed in publicly on this. The webmaster and I are already penpals.

    You the reader can easily do your homework on this… Search ebay for “4th” and “mp3”
    No surprise that hotselling.store88 and and zhoucongqing and honnli1 and appear dodgy – Look thru the feedback by negatives on
    Its all too simple to figure it out ain’t it?

    If we can figure it out and you can figure it out with a bit of guidance – WHY CAN’T EBAY
    Have a prowl thru the first feedback of and geomeiphoto
    Is it any surprise that much of the positive feedback has been left by deregistered ids
    You yourselves can judge the multiple id issue for yourselves…

    And the early positive feedback leads you directly to other currently operating sellers who appear to be counterfeiters. I searched for “3rd” and “mp3” today – I’m too disgusted to say more.

    Any commonsense will tell you what to search for – do I hear the search string “16gb” “mp3” “free shipping” (“8gb” works too) If readers can suggest any other useful search strings – let us know.

    I’d remind readers that whilst we are familiar with some of the shapes/types of fake players – we are not as knowledgeable as we would like – assistance with some of the newer shapes/types particularly with larger screens would be greatly appreciated.

    Its time that the readers ratcheted up the pressure. Write to the Hong Kong Police – write to the Hong Kong consumer protection authorites – write to ebay. This issue has the potential to break the ebay that we know and love in the face of an inevitable legal class action.

    And for the authorities that we know who are reading this blog with interest – the immense size of the fraud is destroying confidence in chinese and hong kong goods and services. Its only a matter of time before some companies shift offshore or reduce their investments and that cannot be good.

    Cheers, Meteor


    February 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM

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