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Archive for January 2009

Is UK seller electronicnshop1976 (selling a fake 64GB Sony) blind?

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When warned by an ebayer that the 64GB Sony Micro Vault listed by electronicnshop1976 was counterfeit the seller responded with: “if you look at it properly,nowhere does it bear that name” Oh doesn’t it?
Here is the picture in the listing:
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January 31, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Chinese seller of fakes pigpingxian – report of fake Hello Kitty

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Following on from reports to sosfakeflash about fake flash drives being sold by pigpingxian (and two models confirmed as fake with details and test result) a Hello Kitty flash drive from this seller has been reported as fake to fightflashfraud. We are awaiting test results from the buyer.

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January 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Beware of seller rambo.xumin

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Until now fightflashfraud has concentrated on fake and counterfeit flash drives on ebay, however there are many other fake flash memory items being sold. This appears to be one. Item number: 270323857109 sold by rambo.xumin on 30-Dec-08 at 17:14:52 GMT for EUR 37.00 has been reported to fightflashfraud as fake. The listing title for this item was:
NEW SONY 16GB MEMORY STICK PRO DUO MARK2 PSP CAMERA
Test results for this item have not been received by fightflashfraud but may have been lodged with sosfakeflash. This seller seems to be targeting Spain in particular.

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January 30, 2009 at 8:42 PM

el vendedor de Ebay del demonedemone vendió las impulsiones del flash del USB de Sony 64GB – ninguna tal impulsión hecha por Sony

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Sony no hace impulsiones del flash del USB 64GB. Vea por favor:¡Impulsiones micro falsas del flash del USB de la cámara acorazada de Sony 32GB 64GB 120GB 360GB 500GB disponibles en eBay!

vendedor de Ebay del demonedemone descrito como:

Nada menos que 64GB a tu disposición en tan solo unos 10 gramos de peso y una de las mas rapidas tasas
de transferencia!

Flash drive SONY 64gb PEN DRIVE

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UN ARTICULO QUE EN TIENDAS PUEDEN SUPERAR LOS 200€!!

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January 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM

rongcle Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China – Call to All Ebay Members

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Only a few hours ago SOSFakeFlash released a warning about eBay fake flash seller rongcle. SOSFakeFlash has just received information that this seller has started to list his fake flash drives again.

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It is amazing! A seller with a score of 94.7 is actually able to sell and list on eBay! It can mean only one thing to SOSFakeFlash. Nobody home. Or eBay no longer has any employee’s left . Or they have laid off anyone with an IQ greater than 10! Is eBay THAT DESPERATE FOR MONEY?

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 30, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Warning tech12342008 is selling 64GB Kingston FLASH DRIVE MEMORY on Ebay

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eBay seller tech12342008 is currently listing Kingston 64GB USB Flash drives for sale on ebay. The model shown is is only made up to a capacity of 32GB.

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Kingston does not put sticky labels for sizes on their usb flash drives. It will be properly engraved. If you have purchased a usb flash drive from this seller, please test it immediately using the software H2testw 1.4. If you do not have the advertised capacity report to SOSfakeflash using the report a fake tab at SOSfakeflash.wordpress.com.

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 30, 2009 at 6:27 AM

Ebay Alert! UK ebayer selleverything1911 selling “64GB” Kingston!

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Ebay seller selleverything1911, based in the UK, is selling something that does not exist in listings in which buyer IDs are hidden. There are no 64GB flash drives in the Kingston Data Traveller range of the model shown in the (deliberately?) poor picture shown in the listing. The picture is so poor that one can not even tell what colour the drive is. Kingston drives in this range are colour coded and there are none above 16GB. Most of the fake / counterfeit drives in this range sold on ebay are green (colour code for 2GB) – you can’t even tell this from the seller’s picture. This is a cropped pic as there was a huge amount of background):
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An ebayer who bought a fake or fraudulently program who has been keeping an eye on those selling Kingston Data traveller on ebay sent selleverything1911 this message:
Kingston do not make a 64GB drive in this range. Therefore you can not sell one as it doesn’t exist. Think these are discontinued 512mb or perhaps 256mb (can’t remember the colour coding of the discontinued drives) – end sales and test with h2testw to reveal true capacity (windows will report 64GB due to fraudulent reprogramming) – remember it is a criminal offence to sell such items!

This is the reply she had from selleverything1911:
i have already been informed of this i have been testing mine since i was told about it and your right about half of the ones i brought are fake capacitys but the others are fine. i have learned my lesson even with the ones that work sold i have still lost a fortune all because i wanted to make a bit extra for my family. thanks for the info.

Fool or deliberate fraudster? Either way selleverything1911 is listing fraudulently programmed drives of a capacity not made by Kingston in this range – fightflashfraud inclines to the view that anyone hiding buyer ID’s is probably a deliberate fraudster. They may have started life as low capacity Kingston in the range (now discontinued in favour of higher capacities of 1GB to 16GB, so not show on their website) or be replicas of low capacity Kingston drives.

The drives being sold here are probably (as usual) 2GB – for more information see fake 16GB Kingston

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January 29, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Ebay Alert! Uk seller ice_fcuk

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Seller ice_fcuk is using private buy it now listings to sell reprogammed (or counterfeit) 64GB flash drives. The drive is either a counterfeit, not made by Kingston at all, or it is a 2GB Kingston drive fraudulently reprogrammed to report 64GB to the operating system. The seller and Ebay have both been notified that this is a fake – but the listing is still there!

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January 29, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Counterfeit 32GB Kingston sold by UK seller anetamarkiewicz

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This seller appears to have sold a mixture of genuine 16GB Kingston and counterfeit / fake capacity 32GB drives – so far nobody has left negative feedback for the fake 32GB (actually only 2GB) here is a picture of the fake capacity drive:
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January 29, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Ebay alert uk-trader-2000 selling 64gb Sony may indeed be innocent

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UPDATE
British seller uk-trader-2000 sold over 20 fake 64GB Sony Micro Vault, real capacity 4GB. The seller refunded buyers who complained that is was fake. It seems that, though he was suspicious about the cheap price he didn’t think to test his drives. Please sellers – check that your flash drives actually have the capacity stated before listing them for sale! The seller then listed ten drives buyers returned as faulty as a bulk lot. Did he not consider that someone who was not technically savvy would not understand that the drives would need to be reprogrammed to be at all useable? Even then it is likely they would be very slow and of poor quality. See this article about counterfeit Sony
The seller has contacted fightflashfraud and says he is innocent and did not know there was anything wrong with the drives when he bought them. Here is what the seller told fightflashfraud:

You are quite correct i sold a number of the 64GB flash drives on Ebay, they were sold as unbranded and the name Sony did not appear anywhere within the listing, this was as i was suspicious myself given the price i had paid for them that they were infact genuine Sony products. After all a 64GB flash drive is a 64GB flash drive, or so i thought.
I sold approximatly 20 of the flash drives within 2 days, after receiving my second complaint the drives were not functioning correctly I e-mailed every buyer (you can check with E-bay if you wish as the message was sent through them),notifying them some buyers had experienced problems and if there were problems with there drive i would provide a full refund. To date i have refunded approximatly 17 out of the 20 sales, the remaining 3 did not respond to me message.
As for the the selling of the ‘Lot of 10 flash drives’ this clearly stated in the item listing and title that these were returns, as people had experience problems with them. The drives are not entirely useless they can be formatted and partitioned to 4GB and they function fine. Also i have read somewhere possibly this web-site that there may be software to ‘re-flash’ the drives. Whilst i am in full support of the writer that adverting names brands when you know they are fake is fraud, i was not acting in that manor.

The seller seems to mistakenly believe that it is only fraud if you mention a brand name. This is not the case. The reason that Sony is mentioned here is that the picture in listings shows packaging with the
Sony trademark name MICRO DRIVE. It is a breach of the law for anyone other than Sony to use this name and Sony do not make a drive of this size.
Therefore the item is indeed a counterfeit Sony and the fact that Sony is not mentioned in the listing does not change this, contrary to the seller’s understanding of the situation. The fact that he had no intention of deceiving people into thinking these were Sony drives does not change the fact that they are counterfeit Sony.
We would like to hear from buyers that have been refunded by this seller and would urge him to refund the remaining few buyers that have not yet had a refund. We will be more than happy to be able to confirm that he is in fact an honourable seller once we have the evidence to confirm this.

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January 28, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Ebay Alert! Old time fraudster chaiching28 is selling again!

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An old hand at flash fraud, seller chaiching28, is back to selling fake flash after giving us a short holiday from his activities! SOSFlash has documented evidence of 50 fake drives sold by this fraudster before dropping out of view. We have personal experience of chaiching’s fake capacity flash – be warned. You’ll notice that it looks as though the background colour in this picture has been rubbed away – that’s because when the writer bought one chaiching was selling the self same drive as 32GB. When ebay started to be more alert to fake capacity and counterfeit 32GB drives this cunning simply erased the text from the picture, added the new text and re-programmed the drives to report 16GB.
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January 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Ebay fraud – ebayers who warn buyers about fraud attacked!

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Reports from ebayers who were warning buyers about fake flash and those who were warned by other ebayers that the drives they bought were suspect suggest Ebay is launching a round of attacks against the ebayers who are doing what ebay itself has singularly failed to do until now.
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January 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Evidence of fraud by rongcle now coming in

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The frankenflash project is now beginning to receive evidence of the fraud perpetrated by rongcle since the beginning of December. If you bought from this seller test your drive immediately with h2testw and report your fake to sosfakeflash.
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January 26, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Suspect seller rongcle stops listing – we need fraud evidence!

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Ebay seller rongcle has been suspected of fraud since joning ebay at the beginning of December. Despite some negative feedback that suggests that drives are fake capacity and one Ebayer reporting to fightflashfraud that a drive failed a test with h2testw no details of an item with test results have been received to date. This seller has probably realised that the game may be up and is lying low – but without hard evidence the seller can not be added to the database. Hard evidence of fraud is needed before a seller can be anything more than a suspect – just as in a legal case. If you bought a flash drive from this seller and have test results showing that it failed testing with h2testw please report your fake! – only when we have concrete evidence can a seller be added to the fraudster list.

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January 26, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Ebay Alert suspect Israli seller theddking hides buyer IDs

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Ebayer theddking bought fake flash from many sellers and is now selling flash drives and hiding buyer IDs – hiding buyer IDs is almost always a sign of guilt. If you bought a drive from this seller test it immediately it arrives with h2testw as there is a strong possiblilty that it is fraudulently reprogrammed to report a higher capacity than it actually has.

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January 26, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Ignorance is not bliss master-of-sales: a foolish Israeli ebayer

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Ebayer master-of-sales does not seem to have fully understood the messages sent to him by an ebayer in the UK about item number 270332268593. The ebayer who warned ther might be a problem was alerted by the typical packaging for fake capacity flash drives and factory rejects sold on ebay a while back.

Drives sold using this packaging have proved to be either fake capacity (fraudulently reprogrammed) or faulty drives that should have been destroyed at the factory. The test results for this item (which master-of-sales sent to this ebayer) were passed to fightflashfraud. The results indicate that the item is a faulty drive that should have been destroyed, not (as the ebayer who contacted the seller first thought) a fake capacity drive.

On investigating this ebayer’s feedback it was apparent that master-of-sales had bought from some well known fraudsters. The ebayer who had contacted master-of sales warned the seller to test all drives and end listings for any drives that failed testing with h2testw.

The listing by master-of-sales (which shows no information about sales or buyers) spotted by this ebayer was not cancelled. This may simply be foolishness on the part of the seller or it could be deliberate fraud. Here is a screenshot of the listing provided by the ebayer who warned the seller about the item:
master-of-sales-listing

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January 25, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Ebay Fake Flash Sellers Alert India – A Mystery In New Delhi

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Our story of counterfeit Kingston Flash USB drives begins in New Delhi, India. The famous lime DataTraveler at 2GB is being sold in magical sizes – from 16 GB to strange 40GB and even 80GB advertised capacities on eBay. These Sellers are trying disclaim the quality of goods by saying they are Chinese products and so can not take any responsibility. Most Kingston DataTravelers ARE MANUFACTURED IN CHINA, so how is it that major relate outlets around the world do not have dissatisfied customers storming their doors? Some of the most advanced and sophisticated technologies at reasonable prices are being manufactured in China. This is the 21st century, the “made in China” excuse does not hold water – for many Brand Name products.

Join SOSFakeFlash on an exploration of just how widespread counterfeit and fake flash usb drives are on ebay.

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Warning KINGSTON DataTraveler 100 USB Flash Drive 128GB Appearing For Sale On The Internet – A Guide

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Please Check Kingston’s Official Site for the flash USB drives currently offered. They do not offer any KINGSTON DataTraveler 100 USB Flash Drive with a capacity of 128GB. The highest capacity appears to be 64GB.

Reported to SOSFakeFlash, we have documented some of the sources for these 128GB USB Flash Drives that are stealing the Kingston Name for counterfeiting and selling false capacity usb flash drives. You will find useful information to help you learn and spot the fakes – what you can to to find a genuine Kingston USB Flash Drive on the internet.

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January 25, 2009 at 4:26 AM

Ebay Begins To Address Issue Fake Flash Device Sellers

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Evidence is now appearing that Fake Flash Sellers of false capacity MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash drives are being removed by eBay. Listings are down. Many sellers based in the Orient have stopped selling – anything. There are still individual listings for known fakes appearing in the United States and United Kingdom. Canada is showing signs of becoming active in offering these items. SOSFakeFlash is not sure if this is a reroute attempt to continue or if it is simply recent acquisition from disreputable wholesalers.

If you have bought any MP Player, Memory Card or USB Flash drive on eBay in the last three months you should test the item immediately with h2testw for it’s actual capacity against the advertised capacity. Report any false capacity device to SOSFakeFlash without delay – see Report A Fake. You have little time as the evidence trails are disappearing.

To Claim, To Help and to learn more about Brand Name Counterfeits…

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 24, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Buying Kingston and Sony USB Flash Drives On eBay Safely – A Guide

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If you exercise care and research you can occasionally buy genuine Kingston and Sony USB Flash drives on eBay. BUT you need to do your homework first!

Please review the information presented to help you find genuine USB flash from Kingston and Sony on eBay.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 24, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Ebay Alert! Seller lazy-juicy selling fake/counterfeit 32GB Kingston

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Hong Kong based seller lazy-juicy has been suspected of  flash fraud on ebay  by fightflashfraud for some time.  Until Item number: 320333976800 from this seller was listed we had no evidence to back up our suspicions, so were unable to even list the seller as a suspect. However, by listing this item, the seller has convicted himself/herself as a fraudster – Kingston do not have a 32GB flash drive in this range – see post about fake 16GB Kingston drives for more info. It’s a fraudulent item. If you bought ANY flash memory item from lazy-juicy you should  move all files off  it and test with h2testw. Send your test results, your id, seller id, item number and a description of the item to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com  and see the sosfakeflash blog for refund advice

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January 23, 2009 at 12:54 AM

Counterfeit 64GB Sony Micro Vault – another UK listing

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UK seller grahamsellars89 (who only became a member on 29th December) was advised by an ebay member that the two 64GB drives  he  listed are counterfeit/fraudulently re-programmed. Despite being advised to check with Sony whether they made such a drive (they don’t) he obviously didn’t. He stated that they were working fine and was advised to test the drives with h2testw – he didn’t. This guy is either an ignorant fool or a deliberate fraudster – either way as a UK citizen he could face a prison sentence for selling these drives after being advised that they were fake.

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January 22, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Alert! test usb flash drives bought from rongcle with h2testw.

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Ebay seller rongle has been on fightflashfraud’s watch list since becoming a member at the beginning of December. We considered this seller could be suspect immediately listings appeared as several pictures were exactly the same as those of de-registered fraudsters. This is probably one of our old “friends” returning with a new ID. An ebayer has contacted fightflashfraud saying that the drive he bought turned out to be 2GB not 16 – no surprise to fightflashfraud! We are awaiting test results from this ebayer – when these arrive a picture of the drive in question will be added to this post.

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January 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM

What Is It That eBay Sellers of Fake Flash Devices Using Private Auctions Just Don’t Understand?

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It is no secret that eBay is NOT the place to buy flash devices such as usb flash drives, memory cards or MP Players. There are genuine sellers of these items on eBay but they are few and hard to find -buried under the cheap and not so cheap fake flash heap. The traffic in counterfeit and fake (flash capacity) has been around for a long time on eBay, old eBay members say it dates back to 2003 but most internet evidence starts appearing in 2005.

eBay Fake Flash sellers come and go. The most recent trend is to use Private Auctions so that there is no evidence of what was purchased. This is against the intent eBay had for the use of such listing. Like other fake flash sellers they do get found out. But these sellers add to their crimes when they are caught by a member. SOSFakeFlash has seen this repeatedly in eight months of investigating.

Seeing it is believing it. Here is one of the most obvious and glaring examples.

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January 22, 2009 at 5:52 AM

What Do eBay Fake Flash Sellers jinyu_zheng, dai_xinyu, zhujunpeibay Have In Common?

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jinyu_zheng, dai_xinyu, zhujunpeibay are all documented and investigated eBay Fake Flash Sellers. What do these sellers have in common? Are you interested? Curious? This article is not going to be pleasant for some to read.

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January 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM

Is it safe to shop on ebay? – The problem with ebay/paypal

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The answer to this question can be either yes or no – it depends on what  you want to buy, how well informed you are about the items you want to buy, and whether the seller is trustworthy or not. I have bought video cameras, computers, jewellery, software and all sorts of items on ebay and been in touch with (by email  or in person) some lovely people – I love the ebay idea – it’s brilliant.  However, in practice, all the ebay/paypal (same company) promises about safe shopping mean nothing.

Fraudsters selling fake items are left to continue selling until lots of ebayers start reporting the  fraud and claiming refunds – even then (because ebay/paypal run mostly on automated systems) action is slow – do you think the email you got from ebay/paypal came from a human being?  It was probably sent automatically from a computer program (a robot). See sosfakeflash for how to get past the robots. If you bought fake flash on Ebay do not give up on getting a refund – fight to the end. Only by hitting ebay/paypal and the fraudsters in the pocket can we stop this fraud on ebay.

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January 22, 2009 at 1:40 AM

Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account

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The evidence gathered in the last eight months by the FrankenFlash Project and their groups indicates that buying MP Players, USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards is a very risky business. You will find more than enough documented evidence at sosfakeflash.wordpress.com.

So if you are going to bid and buy on eBay why use a credit card instead of bank account funding?

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Suspect seller colourspaceshow switches to private listings

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Ebay seller colourspaceshow switched to private listings when items offered for sale switched from clothing to mostly USB flash drives and memory cards at the end of December. This seem to be highly suspect behaviour – why hide seller ID’s when selling flash memory unless your items are fake flash??

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January 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

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Ebay Alert! Fraudster barrylamshop de-registered

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Fraudster barrylamshop who has used all sorts of devious tricks to hide his fake flash activities is now de-registered. If you bought from this seller of fake capacity flash you need to act quickly.
See this article on sosfakeflash for more information about this fraudster.

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January 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Ebay alert! Ignorance is not bliss – UK fake flash seller sarahc0178

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UK seller sarahc0178 who has only been an ebay member since 15/11/08 has listed 4 x 128GB Voyager flash drive on buy it now for £140 with bidder IDs kept private. Three have already been sold. This item does not exist. Corsair do not make a 128GB Voyager. This seller apparently bought from a Chinese wholesaler – and as we all know this is where the majority of fake flash items come from.
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January 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Hong Kong Fake Flash eBay Sellers – How To Get PayPal Refunds

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ebayers with Fake Flash drives bought on eBay from Hong Kong or China , SOSFakeFlash asks that you use a new procedure to resolve claim issues and get your refund at PayPal.

The Government of China does not condone or promote the traffic in counterfeit Flash drives. Citizens of this country who choose to engage in the illegal reprogramming of Flash drives or knowingly persist in selling them, need to be reported. The Chinese law enforcement agencies need your assistance and cooperation to help them identify the sources.

The actions are very direct in addressing the fake flash seller. This method sends a clear direct message to an eBay Seller who has sold fake flash drives to eBayers. Early reports indicates it is having results addressing the refund issue.

This article is reprinted from SOSFakeFlash. It appeared at their site on September 19th, 2008.

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January 21, 2009 at 7:09 AM

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eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide

eBay sellers of fake flash MP Players, memory cards and usb flash drives prefer private auction listings. They avoid detection the longest, make antonishing profit and create the longest list of victims who will be made obsured by this listing category. Sellers who use this listing type are not found only in the Orient, you will find them everywhere including in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe. Some begin selling this way, others resort to this listing type when negative feedback starts to come in revealing the truth about what they are selling.

SOSFakeFlash has been warning about this for a long time. It is even in the eBayer’s guide written by ebayers sent to victims needing help.

Exactly what is a Private Auction listing? Why is it so deadly? What did eBay intend for such listings? How is it being abused? Every eBayer should read this guide, even if they did not buy a flash device. If you want a safe buying experience on eBay, don’t expect eBay to educate you or PayPal. To become eBay smart you have to look elsewhere. The bottom line for these companies is sales not your protection. Fake flash victims or those interested in buying any flash devices on eBay should read it too. The first step in protecting yourself from a purchase you may regret. Learn why private auctions can be so deadly.

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What Do eBay Fake Flash Sellers zhidao16888 – jingpinwu688 – hxiongxu Have In Common?

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zhidao16888, jingpinwu688, hxiongxu are all documented and investigated eBay Fake Flash Sellers. What do these sellers have in common? Are you interested? Curious?

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January 21, 2009 at 4:50 AM

Ebay Alert! fraudster manyilove2008 does a runner!

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Fake flash seller manyilove has done a runner. Suddenly today (following publication of a post about this this seller’s fraud by a member of the Frankenflash project yesterday) there are no items listed for this seller now – though when this article was first published earlier today there were plenty of listings for 8GB MP3 and MP4 players from manyilove! We have the fraudsters on the run – but we need your test results and help in watching suspects to make them all run away and stay away – or be thrown off by ebay if they don’t!
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January 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

How Fraudulent Sellers Stay One Step Ahead Of Ebay and PayPal

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Have you ever wondered how a fraudlent seller manages to stay on eBay? Gets around PayPal? Why sellers of counterfeit flash drives stay in the game – even when complaints mount against them? How when a fake flash sellers are removed from eBay – four new ones sprout to take their places?

This article is reprinted from SOSFakeFlash. It Originally appeared on their site on September 4th, 2008.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

January 19, 2009 at 5:06 AM

Suspect seller rambo.xumin using private auctions

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Yet another seller seems to be keeping buyer IDs private to cover fraudulent tracks. If you bought from rambo.xumin test your flash immediately with h2testw. If it fails the test send your ebay ID, seller’s ebay ID, item number and test results to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com and see refund advice on sosfakeflash

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January 18, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Seller disubs deregistered from ebay

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Successful ebay fraudster disubs is now deregistered and listings for his fake flash drives have been removed. If you bought flash from this seller you need to act quickly if you want a refund. Test your device with h2testw and use the results to claim a refund through paypal.

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January 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM

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Ebay Alert! Seller petermak_hk suspect fraudster

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Seller petermak_hk is using private auctions to sell flash items such as MP4 players. Fightfakeflash is awaiting test results from an ebayer who bought from this seller so that the buyer’s test results can be confirmed and passed to sosfakeflash for addition to the database. Seller petermak_hk is also selling “32gb” flash drives marked with the registered trademark name DATA TRAVELLER. This trademark belongs to Kingston. Kingston does not make a 32GB drive of this type so how can he sell one? 21 ebayers bought one of these on 17th January alone. None can be contacted to suggest they test their drives because buyer IDs are kept private. Draw your own conclusions.
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January 17, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Ebay Alert! paypalzzg9527 suspected as fraudster

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Fightflashfraud suspects that ebay seller paypalzzg9527 who has been selling flash drives in private auctions is a fraudster selling fake flash. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2tesw (free program which you can download from the testing category) and send results to both fightflashfraud@gmail.com and sosfakeflash@gmail.com

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January 16, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Suspect sellers on ebay

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All those selling flash drives on ebay with listing which keep buyer IDs private at the end of auctions or when an item is sold on buy it now are automatically considered to be suspect sellers by fightflashfraud. SOME SELLERS LISTED UNDER THE SUSPECT CATEGORY MAY ACUALLY BE INNOCENT OF FRAUD
They may have innocently bought counterfeit and/or fake capacity drives from a supplier. Both fightflashfraud and sosfakeflash have come across this situation. However, those who keep buyer IDs private are fairly certain to be guilty. See the page about suspect sellers for more info.

Alert! – wusimz de-registered

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Fraudster wusimz has now de-registered following the efforts by ebay fraud victims to warn buyers about this villain whose usb flash drives were all fake capacity – other fake flash items were sold too. If you bought any flash memory item from wusimz you need to act quickly – test with h2testw and claim your refund as soon as possible.

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January 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Is disubs the most successful ebay fraudster?

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Only one confirmed fake flash item from disubs has been reported to the frankenflash project, yet there are many comments indicating that disubs has supplied fake or faulty flash memory items to many buyers. The apparently fake or faulty items that got disubs negative feedback on ebay include USB flash drives, SD cards and MP3/MP4 players – Pay attention ebayers! Always look at seller’s negative feedback – if there is ANY NEG for a seller offering a flash memory item do not bid or buy! Check seller out by looking at the fraudster list on sosfakeflash and checking with previous buyers – only then should you consider buying. If anyone reading this bought a flash memory item from disubs please test your item with h2testw (download free from testing category) and send results along with seller ID and item number to one of these email addresses:
For usb flash drives: sosfakeflash@gmail.com or for other flash items fightflashfraud@gmail.com

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January 12, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Alert! devious fraudster auctionlimited222

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This devious Hong Kong fraudster is now posting listings with his location shown as Canada and elsewhere and keeping buyer ID’s private. This is to cover his fraudster tracks and get away with selling counterfeit/fake capacity Kingston drives (see other postings to learn the difference between counterfeit and fake capacity) in the case of flash memory counterfeits are always fake capacity. NEVER BUY FLASH DRIVES FROM SELLERS WHO KEEP BUYER ID’S PRIVATE – IN OUR EXPERIENCE ALL FLASH DRIVES SOLD LIKE THIS ARE FAKE CAPACITY – AND SOMETIMES COUNTERFEIT TOO!

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January 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM

16GB Fake Flash USB Tidal Waves Continue On eBay – Victims of False Capacity Devices Pour Into SOSFakeFlash For Help

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Fake 16GB Flash Memory USB drives are being dumped on eBay and there is no sign of it stopping. Observed since November 2008, eBay Sellers of fake flash devices have unloaded these items in astonishing quantities. It is not unusual for these sellers to list more than 2000+ in a period of three weeks.

eBay members are hunting the Internet for information as to why their flash drives are not working, why they are losing precious files. They are now discovering the horrible truth – victims of a fake flash purchase on eBay.

Not only are eBayers testing drives they have just received, they are also testing earlier eBay Flash drive acquisitions as well – the mysteries of why the earlier drives lost files is being revealed.

Anyone who tested a flash drive and found they bought a fake on ebay can add their evidence to the sosfakeflash database by reporting their fake. Please assist in tracking new seller ID’s by reporting suspect sellers for investigation.

Sellers are being shut down, but they are also popping up again. Many have sleeper id’s they keep in reserve. These id’s often do not show a recent registration date but can be as old as two years. When caught they run or are forced off ebay by eBayers on the War Path.

Flash drives are often listed on ebay for silly prices – the difference is made up in the shipping and handling charges often as high as $30 or more. This strategy means eBay is losing money in commission. Beware of this tactic. Oh, they will “refund” you the drive purchase but will evade any attempt on your part to recover the shipping costs. Clever is it not?

Leave negative feedback for an eBay Seller if your testing confirms you have been sold a false capacity drive. Do not wait until you receive a refund. Help other victims. If you left positive, you can still add follow up feedback revealing the truth about your purchase.

Be on the lookout for wacky drive sizes for brand names. Sony Micro Vault fakes are showing up on eBay. Kingston is also being targeted. Watch out! Always go to the manufacturers site to see what they offer in usb flash drives before considering an eBay purchase.

For Kingston the colour coding matters. Brand name drives are normally sealed so that you have a serious scissor war to get to your new flash drive. Any snap packing should be a warning to you. One of the most popular capacities of flash drive is 16GB – for about 25% more victims could have bought a genuine 16GB drive elsewhere and been spared their current ebay ordeal!

Stay away from any flash device purchase on eBay. It is just too risky. We estimate that for every genuine drive sold – 10,000 fakes are sold, perhaps more. It is a sad situation. But until eBay gets out the vacuum cleaner and cleans up the mess you will be better off shopping somewhere else.

If you are a victim in this Fake Flash Tidal wave on eBay, claim. Fight back. Help other members in trouble as much as you can. Share your experiences on the posts.

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 12, 2009 at 5:02 AM

Ebay Alert! irena-ebai UK fraudster selling counterfeit Sony

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An ebayer has alerted fightflashfraud about this UK seller that seems to be knowingly selling a counterfeit Sony flash drive. The drive being sold is advertised as 64GB and the picture clearly shows the brand name Sony and the trademark name microvault on the packaging. Sony do not make 64GB microvault drives as you will see from other posts. Given the response the ebayer got to a question about the drive it seems that this seller probably knows it is a fake drive. In the UK someone who knowingly sells an item like this is likely to face a prison sentence. The flash drive in question (ebay item number 180319396065) was sold for £57 – great profit if this fraudster is allowed to get away with it as the drive is probably no more that 4GB. The seller has three more of these listed at the moment. We await developments!

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January 11, 2009 at 7:38 PM

ALERT! fraudster i.c.distribution using private auctions

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Fraudster i.c.distribution is now using private auctions to hide his tracks – you should never bid on flash drives in a private auction as it is certain to be a fake capacity drive. If you bought a flash drive from this seller move any files off it (you will lose any above the true capacity of the drive) and test it immediately with h2testw which you can download from the post about the program in the Testing category.

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January 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Guide On Fake Sony 32GB 64GB 120GB 360GB 500GB Micro Vault USB Flash Drives Published by FakeFlashNews

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You can now buy a genuine super sized fake Sony Micro Vault drive on eBay! FakeFlashNews has just published a Guide to help you. In Fake Sony 32GB 64GB 120GB 360GB 500GB Micro Vault USB Flash Drives Available on eBay! you will learn about the latest seller discovered on eBay – lozzy_17, Sony Electronics Warning and Help, where to find the real models produced by Sony – even historical background on Alerts to Fake Sony Flash drives. It includes the 16 report written by BJ Gleason, one of the most detailed story studies ever done back in 2005!

To read click here: Fake Sony 32GB 64GB 120GB 360GB 500GB Micro Vault USB Flash Drives Available on eBay! It was written by TechReporters and information received from Zahid at SOSFakeFlash.

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 9, 2009 at 6:37 AM

Fake 32 GB flash sold in allproductsold1 private auction

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allproductsold1Devious seller allproductsold keept buyer ID’s private and hid feedback comments in an effort to make detection of fraud difficult. The model that has been confirmed as a fake capacity by fightflashfraud is shown above. It is a 2GB drive reprogrammed as 32GB – few fraudsters are this bold now as ebay is more likely to notice fakes over 16GB. If you bought ANY flash from this seller it is likely to be fake capacity – test immediately with h2testw. At the time of writing this seller has no current listings.

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January 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Alert! flash fraudster kungfuchiuchiu

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Hong Kong seller kungfuchiuchiu is a confirmed fake flash fraudster. The confirmed fakes are the three models shown below:
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If you bought a flash drive from this seller you should move any files off the drive (be aware that you will lose anything above the true capacity of the drive) and test it immediately with h2testw which you can downoad free from the posting about the program in the testing section. For comprehensive advice on getting a refund on fake flash drives see the sosfakeflash blog.

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January 8, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Alert! fake flash ebay seller mp3eternity

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We now have evidence against fraudster mp3eternity – two models reported with test results which confirm the drives are fake capacity. If you bought these drives you should try to move any files you saved off the drive (you will lose any data you saved above the true capacity, I’m afraid) and test it with h2testw which you can download free from the test category of this blog. If it fails the test (as it surely will) save the test results along with the seller ID and item number in a text file.
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January 8, 2009 at 12:51 AM

Dave’s fix for a powerangollee fake flash drive

Hello all,
I purchased a flash drive from Powerangolee which was rated at 16GB turned out to be 4GB in a fancy dress costume with a faked capacity. It was cheap thankfully and easily restored to fully working condition.
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January 7, 2009 at 4:18 PM

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Alert! powerangolee seller of fake flash

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fightflashfraud has confirmation that the model of flash drive shown in this picture is a fake capacity drive.
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It is very likely that all models sold by powerangollee are fake capacity. If you bought a flash drive from powerangolee you should test it immediately with h2testw – you can download this program free from the testing section of this blog. If it fails the test please email your test results to sosfakeflash@gmail.com. You should also open a paypal dispute to claim a refund (follow the advice on the sosfakeflash blog) and report the item using the link at the bottom of the item listing.
An ebayer who bought this item has successfully reprogrammed it to be an innocent 4GB flash drive. You will find his guide to doing this in the fix fake flash category.
Another model of Fake Flash sold by powerangolee was reported to sosfakeflash

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January 6, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Merple’s guide to fixing hacked flash drives

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An ebayer who was warned by the owner of this blog about a fake flash drive she purchased managed to fix her drive so that is now a usable innocent – no longer a fake capacity frankenflash monster. You can see the guide she wrote about how she did this here – if you bought the same model try her solution and let fightflashfraud know how you got on by leaving a reply to this post.

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January 6, 2009 at 9:11 PM

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SOSFakeFlash Thanks Fake Flash Victims For Spreading The Word

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SOSFakeFlash, part of the FrankenFlash Project would like to thank victims of fake flash devices for their contributions and efforts to fight this horrible plague of data loss – it is Global.

YOU CAN, AND DO, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

By reporting your fakes to SOSFakeFlash it is possible to publish an alert on the internet!
By posting us in forums, we can see new traffic coming into the main site – wonderful! More people helped! Spread the news. It helps everyone.
By contributing solutions to fixing fake flash devices you help others to make a little safe flash device – an innocent no longer FrankenFlash!

Every effort, great or small, makes a difference.

On behalf of all victims – THANK YOU!

Written by KittyFireFlash

January 5, 2009 at 4:31 AM

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New Policy On Alerts For Fake Flash Sellers Using Private Auctions

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Effective immediately, any seller confirmed selling a fake usb flash drive, MP Player or flash memory card on eBay and who uses PRIVATE AUCTION Listings (a violation of eBay’s intent for this auction category) will not only have the confirmed counterfeit item presented in an alert on sosfakeflash – but also any other flash device recently sold.

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January 4, 2009 at 11:14 PM

3 new fake flash sellers on ebay?

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We became aware today of three new sellers that may be selling fake flash drives. The seller ID’s and item numbers that were reported as possible fakes were as follows:

janisabele item 170291166802
paypalzzg9527 item 260341573046
rongcle item 220338803452
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January 4, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Evidence of fraud by wusimz

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Ebayers have reported that all three models of 16GB flash drive sold by wusimz are fake capacity drives – reports indicate that  all are actually 2GB drives. Results from the test program h2testw prove that drives are fake capacity. All data above 1.9GB is lost/corrupted. If you bought a flash drive from this seller do not store any important files on it otherwise you are likely to lose them. You should move any data off the drive and test it with h2testw, which you can download from the post about the program under the testing category.  These are the 3 drives being sold by wusimz:

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If you bought a flash drive from this seller please send the test results to sosfakeflash@gmail.com along with the seller id and item number so that it can be added to the fakeflash database. You should open a paypal dispute to claim a refund and also report the item to ebay. Read the advice about refunds on http://www.sosfakeflash.wordpress.com – this will help you get a quick refund.

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January 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

New seller of Kingston fake capacity

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This is the small picture used by  lxmei98 to advertise a fraudulently re-programmed 2GB Kingston flash drive so that it appears to be a 16GB drive. His larger picture is exactly the same as used by fraudster wusimz to sell the same drive.  The same large picture has been used previously by several fraudsters who are now deregisered. See this post for the large picture and more information about Fake 16GB Kingston

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January 3, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Master Report Ebay Fake Flash USB Drives – Memory Cards – MP Players 200804 – 200812 – To Help You Recognize The Fakes

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Ebay Master Report on Fake Flash for 8 months from the FrankenFlash Project. It Includes not only the documented fakes listed on ebay but all the other models listed and sold by a seller caught. Not all victims have reported in. This report will help you identify fakes that you have purchased but are not on file with us. The report only includes sellers we have investigated. We have others in the database, waiting for a victim to report in. Ebay listings may disappear but we have preserved the information. You can still report in for a seller (see report a fake tab at SOSFakeFlash) using the information in this report and also your ebay item number. Make sure to specifythe page, column and row item number for your seller for your model on our report.

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January 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Report Ebay Fake Flash USB Drives – Memory Cards – MP Players 200804 – 200812 – To Help You Recognize The Fakes

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Ebay full report on Fake Flash for 8 months from the FrankenFlash Project. See the fakes listed on ebay, investigated and confirmed to be fake (counterfeit). A must have for anyone interested in trying to by flash items such as USB drives, memory cards and MP Players on eBay.

See the Flash devices sporting their counterfeit cloths. A Full report 175 eBay Sellers exposed, 404 models . It covers 200805-200812. This is the report everyone wants and for many eBayers wished they had before they bid on a counterfeit drive.

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January 3, 2009 at 7:09 AM

eBay Fake Flash Plague How Many Countries Have Been Impacted By Fake Flash Memory Cards – USB Drives – MP Players?

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eBay is one of the major distribution conduits on a global scale for fake (false capacity) flash memory cards, usb drives and MP Players. It has been for quiet a few years. The damage in data loss, financial loss and personal trauma to eBay members can not fully measured. Only eBay has the data, or so they would like to think.

The FrankenFlash Project is releasing in this article the countries and tallies reported for an eight month period. But first a little background on how it all started…

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January 3, 2009 at 5:52 AM

digitmonde Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Deregistered – Canada

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digitmonde is an eBay seller of fake capacity flash USB drives and MP Players. The selling of fake flash usb devices is only in the Orient, right? Wrong! Based in Canada, digitmonde has been a very busy beaver of fake flash selling! Just about every flash device sold is suspect and that could be close to 1800+ items.

digitmonde has just deregistered. Test and Claim with PayPal – Quickly!

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January 3, 2009 at 1:22 AM

Alert! Fraudsters selling reprogrammed Kingston drives

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New sellers (probably well known fraudsters using new IDs) are advertising 16GB flash drives  which seem to be fraudulently re-programmed 2GB Kingston drives have appeared recently on Ebay.  They do not mention the brand name in listing (though it is clearly shown in the larger picture) to avoid detection. Be aware that some ranges of Kingston drives (such as Kingston mini fun and the data traveller type shown below) are colour coded according to their capacity.  If you see the picture below in a listing  for a 16GB drive then it is certainly a fake capacity drive – we have the evidence – test results! If you bought one of these please send test results, seller ID and item number to sosfakeflash@gmail.com and use this information to claim a refund through paypal. You should also report this fraud to both Ebay and Kingston – if ebay is pursued through the courts by Kingston over allowing this fraud you can be sure it will end quickly!

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See the page about Kingston data traveller of this type for more info.

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January 1, 2009 at 8:43 PM