Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for January 22nd, 2009

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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Written by fightflashfraud

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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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Written by KittyFireFlash

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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Written by KittyFireFlash

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 22, 2009 at 1:40 AM