Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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.

If you bought USB flash drives, MP4 players or other items using flash memory from petermak_hk please test with h2testw and send results along with your eBay ID ,seller’s ID, item number and date of purchase to sosfakeflash@gmail.com for addition to the database and follow advice on sosfakeflash to get a refund. Do not bid on flash memory of any sort if the seller is keeping your id private. The item is almost certainly a fake – otherwise why hide buyer IDs? See the page about suspect sellers for information about why sellers may be considered suspect.

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Written by fightflashfraud

January 17, 2009 at 7:05 PM

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  1. Well, I actually received the “32 GB flash drive” yesterday and here are the results from H2testw. The device is clearly a fake.

    The media is likely to be defective.
    5.8 GByte OK (12326624 sectors)
    25.3 GByte DATA LOST (53135648 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    25.3 GByte corrupted (53135648 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000001782dc000
    Expected: 0x00000001782dc000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 10.5 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 6.58 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Brian Fallon

    February 19, 2009 at 4:13 PM

  2. I ordered a the 32GB USB memory stick from petermak_hk about 10 days ago and just received an email from Ebay stating the following: “Unfortunately, we had to remove this listing and cancel all bids. We don’t like to remove listings — it’s disappointing for everyone — but sometimes we need to do it.”. Sounds like they may have been fake, but the strange thing is that there are more for sale on Ebay from seller petermak_hk for the same price.

    Brian Fallon

    February 1, 2009 at 10:31 PM


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