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Archive for February 2009

More fake USB flash drives listed on eBay by UK sellers.

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The picture below shows a fake USB flash drive listed by UK seller  sue-hawk.  This seller was warned the item is fake but seems either not to have understood the significance of the warning or is a deliberate fraudster. At the moment we do not know which for sure. Time will tell. We are inclined to think that this ebayer has simply acted foolishly. Suffice it to say that this flash drive  is not (as advertised by the seller) a 64GB drive and the buyer will lose their files after a while if  he or she uses it.

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There seem to be a large number of UK sellers who have recently bought fake flash drives to re-sell on Ebay. If you are a seller who has been warned by another ebayer that your item is fake – pay attention!!

Selling such items is a criminal offence and you could land in prision if  you continue with the sale once you have been warned that the item is fake.  There is no excuse.  If you have been told an item is a fake you should remove it from sale immediately.

Ebay seller Alert!! Beware – your items may be fake!

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It seems that many ebayers in the UK are buying fake USB flash drives and other fake flash memory items in bulk  on web sites such as dhgate.com, alibaba.com and shoponclearance.com.  They are then re-selling these items on eBay without realising their items are fake.  We cannot stress enough how important resarch and testing are if you plan to sell flash memory items such as USB flash drives, SD memory cards, pro duo memory sticks, MP4 players and so on.

If an item shows a company name (such as Sony or Kingston) check their website to see if the item matches what is shown there. If not,  it is probably fake. Whether or not they are branded items you should test them immediately they arrive with h2testw. Do not either release payment to the seller or list the items on eBay unless this test runs without errors.

UK seller p-s-3-world de-registered and listings removed

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UK seller p-s-3-world had a very short career on ebay. The seller paid no attention to a warning that an item was fake as there are no USB flash drives over 64GB and continued with the listing anyway. If you bought from this seller claim a refund through paypal immediately. Ebay knows the  item is fake and has removed the listing and de-registered the seller.

Those Multiple IDs eBay Fake Flash Sellers Use On eBay To Sell MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards – eBayers Are Not Happy!

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SOSFakeFlash and victims have wondered for a long time, how do fake flash eBay sellers in the Orient just keep coming back? Why do some of them have such old start dates on eBay? The FrankenFlash Project finally has some very interesting information about that. Also on why eBay is losing sales.

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What Can You Do About Fake 8GB 16GB MP Players On Ebay?

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SOSFakeFlash Reports that Fake MP Players are the lastest plague to hit eBay. Harder for Buyers to spot before they leave postive feedback. Why? A 16GB false capacity MP player that turns out to be only 2GB can hold as many as 500 songs. It takes time to load. Most buyers of MP Players just use technology and are not techie. They fall for the “opphs a defective item” song sung by the fake flash seller. The lure of “free shipping” is one of the strongest pulls to end up in the fake flash pit. It appears that eBay fake flash sellers in Hong Kong and China know this so well – they have studied their buyer audience carefully. Here is advice – a Guide from SOSFakeFlash.

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February 26, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Ebay seller dudez_wear selling fake 64GB Kingston

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Based in Ireland seller dudez_wear is selling fake 64GB Kingston flash drives. The seller has paid no attention to the warning that these are fake capacity and counterfeit sent by an ebayer. Ebay ID’s are being hidden by dudez_wear – this is generally an indication that the seller knows the item is fraudulent. Here is a picture:
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February 25, 2009 at 3:43 PM

More fraudsters de-registered from Ebay!

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More fraudsters have been de-registered during the last 24 hours. If you bought flash memory from any of them test your item immediately and claim a refund from paypal if it is a fake. You need to act quickly to get a refund through paypal. It is very important that you submit test results etc by using the report a fake tab on the sosfakeflash blog. It is the collection of  this information by sosfakeflash that has led to quick refunds. If you do not submit this information there is no clear evidence that you bought a fake and less evidence to help victims to get refunds.
The sellers l.c.hayes, pangoal, lazy-juicy and gangsta_memory are no longer ebay members.

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February 25, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Ebay fraudster calltimtim de-registered

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Yet another fraudster the frankenflash project was watching is now de-registered (no longer an ebay member). Victims – get your evidence of calltimtim’s fraud to us and claim your refunds through paypal quickly!

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February 25, 2009 at 8:52 AM

A note to ebay about fraud on your site

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Hello eBay, it seems you are finally paying attention. We wonder why you suspended our accounts for warning ebay members about fraud. It’s a pity you were not so quick to suspend the fraudsters!! If you want us to help you then you should restore all the accounts that warnings about fraud were sent from. You should also refund all those who were defrauded! Then we will work with you.

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February 25, 2009 at 12:12 AM

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Ebay seller h-and-f-collections appears to be a fraudster.

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Nice try h-and-f-collections! You didn’t get posted here before because you removed the listing showing an obvious fake after a warning from ebay members that the item was fake. It looks like you may well be a swindler after all!
Now instead of showing a picture of an obvious fake 32GB Kingston you are showing a picture of a real one. However, you say buyers may get a different model – so suddenly you acquired a lot of different genuine models you don’t picture? After listing an obvious fake????
You will be reported to Kingston, eBay and the police as we suspect that you are deliberately committing fraud.
Buyers beware of this seller’s weasel words! Here is a screenshot showing a part of his listing:
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Due to fast-moving stock indeed! We don’t think so!! Don’t you mean due to the fact you don’t actually have the genuine one in the picture, just a load of fakes that will cause your buyers to lose their files? The good luck we think buyers need is to read this post before they consider buying!! Ebayers, watch this guy and report him!
UPDATE
Seller has been de-registered from ebay and listings removed. Buyers need to test drives and claim refunds fast.

Ebay seller master-of-sales de-registered and listings removed.

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Ebay seller master-of-sales is de-registered and listings have been removed. He listed what seemed to be factory rejects which should have been destroyed. Whether he understood what he was told by ebayers who warned him or not is unclear. Ebayers were alerted that these 4GB drives might not be functional by packaging commonly used by Chinese fraudsters a while back. This packaging has re-surfaced recently in the UK and elsewhere. Be suspicious if you see packaging like that shown in the screen shot of his listing which you can see in fightflashfraud’s original post.

We at fightflashfraud appeal once again to sellers – if a buyer sends you a question that indicates your item may be fake or faulty PLEASE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND INVESTIGATE!
The ebayer warning you could be very experienced in the area of flash fraud – at the very least they will have some knowledge through becoming a victim. Pay attention and test your flash memory item with h2testw!

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February 24, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Hello Kitty USB flash drive a fake?

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A 4GB Hello Kitty flash drive currently listed by a Hong Kong based seller comes in suspect packaging that is very familiar to fightflashfraud. This type of packaging was very common on fakes a while back and has re-emerged recently. The fact that at the end of an auction the buyer ID was hidden is further cause for suspicion. The only complaints buyers have made so far has been about items not arriving – but as we are well aware most buyers do not test their drives. Here is a picture of the item in question:
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February 24, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Hong Kong eBay Fake USB Flash Drives – MP Players – Counterfeit Ring

SOSFakeFlash asks what is so special about 935 Choi Ping House at Choi Yuen Estate in Sheung Shui, N.T., Hong Kong? It is the place many fake usb flash drives and MP Players are mailed from to unsuspecting eBay members. The FrankenFlash Project has been monitoring for a long time. Four ebay seller id’s all have something in common, a person by the name of Yu zhikang. The common eBay seller id’s are: fox.town, chaiching28, davidtam000,i.t.smart_electronic . There could be more id’s involved.
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Ebay sellers – if ebayers warn item is fake, take note.

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If you have listed an item and ebayers tell you it is fake please pay attention. There are a lot of knowlegable ebayers out there – victims of fake flash themselves. They may be either sellers who bought from dishonest Chinese companies or end users who bought on Ebay and learned a lesson the hard way. They know what they are talking about and seldom if ever get it wrong. You should immediately end your listing and check your item. The easiest way is with h2testw – if it’s a large capacity drive a test involving the first 20GB should be enough to show it is fake. If your drive comes in packaging like the ones below it is certainly fake – in fact at these capacities there are no drives that look like these anyway!
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See the page How to tell whether a USB flash drive to see the only real 32GB and 64GB Kingston – everything else is fake. Also see posts about fake Kingston for info about lower capacity fake Kingston.

SOSFakeFlash Investigating eBay Fake Flash Counterfeit Operating In Hong Kong

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SOSFakeFlash is investigating a counterfeit Ring Operating in Hong Kong. To make connections between eBay seller id’s it is critical the fake flash victims on eBay send in the addresses of the sellers. Keep those envelopes! If you have been asked by a seller to return a fake flash item, send the address provided to SOSFakeFlashDrive@gmail.com.

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A UK seller has listed a 500GB USB flash drive on ebay

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This is what the seller says in the listing:

MASSIVE 500 GIGABYTE, 500GB USB 2.0 PEN DRIVE. now only 60 pounds more than a 64 gig drive……..
3 AVAILABLE……… THESE WERE PURCHASED DIRECT FROM A BIG NAME MANUFACTURER IN ASIA FOR 1 OF OUR DIRECTORS, HE IS NOW ON THE DOLE SO IT IS BEING SOLD. THESE ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UK….. these COST OVER $2,000 AND HAVE NEVER BEEN USED, THEY ARE TESTED AND READ 527 GB (GIGABYTE)

By testing the seller seems to have meant a quick look at the properties (which according to what he says show OVER 500gb? – sloppy programming we think) and loading a few files. He has been advised by an ebayer to test with h2testw and has told this ebayer that the time the test will take to run is over 160 hours – a whole week! The listing will be over by then and some poor sap (or even 3 poor saps) may have paid £199 for something that is neither use nor ornament!
UPDATE 23/02/08
The seller has been persuaded to test the item – results will take several days. We will be most surprised if (as he insists it will) the item proves to be genuine. We think he is in for a nasty shock. The seller has now ended the listing.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Ebay alert! tunubunu selling fake 32GB Kingston in private auction

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UK based seller tunubunu was warned yesterday that the Kingston pen drive listed was fake. The facts that the seller has not responded, is still selling and is hiding buyer IDs suggests that this is deliberate fraud on the seller’s part. Buyers beware!

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February 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

UK seller l.c.hayes still listing fake 120GB Sony USB flash drives

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Despite being told that there is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive Ebay seller l.c.hayes has continued with the sale of these. I trust this seller understands that such sales are a criminal offence which can result in a prison sentence.

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February 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM

UK seller davidmiller532 still selling 120GB USB flash drive

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Despite being warned that there is no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive davidmiller532 is still listing both these and 64GB drives. All are likely to be fraudulently programmed drives of a much lower capacity (probably no more than 4GB) which will cause data loss for users.

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February 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM

It appears only_teethin is a deliberate fraudster selling fake Sony

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Despite being warned several days ago that the 64GB flash drive listed for sale is fake only_teethin, a seller based in the UK, has not remove the listing. This is the same model listed by many other sellers. The honest ones either removed their listings or are using them to warn others about the fakes. The fact that buyer IDs are hidden is a further indication that only_teethin is a deliberate fraudster.

If buyers report him to the police he could well face a prison sentence, and quite right too – not only does the sale of fake capacity flash drives defraud people out of money; it does something much, much worse – causes the buyer to lose their files.

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February 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Ebay seller fox.town may sell hacked 16GB MP3/MP4 players

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It seems that ebay seller fox.town, based in Hong Kong, carelessly sent an unhacked 2GB Mp3/MP4 player (rather than one that had been hacked to 16GB) to one of the buyers – so he didn’t even need to test the drive to know it was not a 16GB model as the properties clearly showed it as 2GB.

It seems that fox.town fights dirty. Seller fox.town gave a buyer a refund and is now trying to get an unpaid item strike against the buyer – a tactic that has been seen before. If this happens to you remember that you have the proof that you paid and were refunded in your paypal account. A word of advice about refunds – don’t EVER communicate with a fraudster directly if you paid using paypal. Open a paypal dispute – then they are unlikely to be able to get away with this sort of tactic.

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February 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Information Just Published On PayPal To Assist Victims Claiming Against Fake Flash Sellers By SOSFakeFlash

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SOSFakeFlash has just released a new guide on Paypal disputes. So many people ask about about time windows and what to do when a claim is closed by PayPal. The information answers a lot of questions and is a collection of articles published. It covers:

1. Paypal on filing claims, time windows and reopened investigations against a seller.
2. Advice – a collection of important articles for you to read. Based on SOSFakeFlash’s experience.
3. Stories – What eBayer’s have experienced and what they have to say.

To read their article: PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences.

Written by KittyFireFlash

February 22, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Source of some of the fake Sony Flash drives sold on eBay

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We at fightflashfraud think we have tracked down the original source of a number of the fake 64GB sold on eBay by sellers including irena-ebai and others who used the same picture. This company also sells fake 120GB flash drives.

Company Name: Nanchang Luotian Media Co., Ltd.
Street Address: Huaqiang Road Saige C 1506
City: ShenZhen
Province/State: Guangdong
Country/Region: China
Zip: 518000
Telephone: 0086-0755-83638891
Mobile Phone: 13692143010
Fax: 0086-0755-83638891

Perhaps the Chinese police might like to do something about these fraudsters?

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February 21, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Evidence of fraud by eBay seller pangoal – fake 16GB Kingston

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We now have concrete evidence of fraud by Hong Kong based seller pangoal. The seller registered with eBay on December the 10th and has sold many fake flash drives since registering. We immediately suspected that this seller may be a known fraudster with a new ID. The pictures used by pangoal are exactly the same as those used in listings under a number of other (now de-registered) IDs used by fraudsters. Here is a picture of the drive we have test results for:
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As can clearly be seen in the picture it clearly shows the Kingston name. Test results confirm what we knew just by looking at the picture – this is a fraudulently programmed 2GB drive. The 16GB model is red not green!
It says in the listing:
We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction. If your item is not as described or faulty when you receive it we will replace if for you with no additional charge. Many sellers supply grey market, refurbished or factory seconds goods at similar pricing to us. We guarantee that our products are brand new, official and first quality. If an item is used or refurbished it will be clearly stated in the listing.
What it should have said is:
We gaurantee data loss when you use this fraudulently programmed flash drive, worth half what we will rip you off for even if it wasn’t actually dangerous to use.

UPDATE 22/02/09 at 19:31
See comments for what a buyer did to get a quick refund via paypal. If you bought this item (or any flash drive from this seller as all are progably fake) we suggest you follow his example and do the following in this order:

    Test your drive with h2testw
    Report the item to Ebay immediately – the item infringes copyright and is fake capacity – fraud on 2 counts
    Open a paypal dispute immediately after reporting item to ebay
    Escalate to a claim immediately after this
    Submit your test results along with your ID, item number, seller ID and purchase date (independent evidence) to sosfakeflash using the report a fake tab
    Leave the scammer negative feedback so that it’s difficult for him to get away with this again
    Comment on your refund experience on this post

UPDATE
This seller is not currently listing any items but is obviously planning to do so in the future. He sent this message to an ebay member who left him negative feedback:

hello
so sorry to take trouble to u ,u had got money ,pls help help us withdraw bad feedback,ok?
pls give us your hand

wait for your good news

cheers

– pangoal

We have a message for pangoal and all peddlers of fake flash – negative feedback is not the only thing your victims would like to give you. They would like to give you a nice long jail sentence – not only were you trying to obtain money fraudulently but users of your fake items will eventually lose all their data. That is something which cannot easily be forgiven.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Ebay seller lists 360GB USB flash drive

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azkamall This is the flash drive listed by a UK based eBay seller.

This seller swapped his ID on Friday after being warned that the item was fake and as the listing remained up we wrongly assumed that the seller did this for fraudulent reasons.

As someone working in IT one would have expected the seller to be well aware of the issue of data loss. The listing should have been removed immediately and the item tested with H2testw.

UPDATE
We have now been informed by other eBayers that the seller has updated his listing asking that people do not bid on the item and is trying to get eBay to remove the listing and refund his fees.

It seems very unlikely that eBay will do so – they are far too fond of money to give it back!

The seller himself has left a comment saying that he has now removed the listing. Our apologies to him for making an assumption about why he changed his ID – we came to the wrong conclusion because the item was still listed.

PLEASE SELLERS! IF EBAYERS WARN YOU AN ITEM IS FAKE TAKE HEED! REMOVE YOUR LISTING AND TEST WITH H2TESTW – THERE ARE A LOT OF EBAYERS OUT THERE WHO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!

Ebay removes listings from petermak_hk

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Ebay has removed listings from petermak_hk. This is presumably because they finally cottoned on to the fact that he was selling counterfeit Kingston. If you bought flash memory from this seller you are strongly advised to test with h2testw.

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February 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

UK sellers fozzy*500* and captaind2005 list fake 64GB Sony

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captaind2005Two more UK sellers have listed fake Sony 64GB Micro Vault drives. They, like so many others, do not seem to understand that looking at the drive properties only shows what the fraudsters who programmed them want you to see. This is very far from the truth.

The fastest and easiest way to establish whether a drive is genuine or fake capacity is to test with h2testw. We stress yet again that Sony do not make 64GB drives like the one shown on the right – if you see a drive like this for sale be sure it is fake.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UK seller idealnumbers_co_uk lists fake capacity Kingston.

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UK seller idealnumbers_co_uk has listed 5 fake 64GB Kingston on a buy it now at £55 with buyer ID’s hidden. This seller registered a business account on ebay on 26-Jul-06 in the United Kingdom. Until listing this item the seller had apparently only bought 15 items and sold none. The drive shown in his tiny picture (shown at the bottom of this post) seems to be a 2GB drive. The seller has not responded to an ebayer who warned the drive is fake. This seems like classic fraudster behaviour. You can see the wording of his listing and his pictures below. Two people have bought already – three more victims to go! View the listing
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UK website seems to be listing fake capacity USB flash drives

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We at fightflashfraud have learned that the UK website http://www.usb-memory-stick-direct.co.uk is apparently selling fake flash drives. Seems the problem of fake drives on the Internet is worldwide. When will sellers learn to test their drives with h2testw before putting them on sale we wonder?

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February 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Ebay seller alerted that 120GB Sony flash drive is fake

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Thankfully some ebay sellers take heed of warnings from members about fake flash items. Here is an example:
An ebayer who spotted a fake 120GB Sony flash drive being listed sent the seller a question. The seller posted the question and answer in his listing:

Q: Not a real 120GB see: http://fakeflashnews.totalh.com/2009/01/09/guide-on-fake-sony-32gb-64gb-120gb-360gb-500gb-micro-vault-usb-flash-drives-published-by-fakeflashnews/ 18-Feb-09
A: Hi there … seems i may have been sold some fake goods then! We are investigating the capacity etc and authenticity with the suppliers and the site that you’ve directed me to. Thank you! At least I bought them via paypal so will get my money back, hopefully! Thanks again! I’ve made sure that everyone can see our discussion by ticking the box to allow it …
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UK seller umarkal lists Sony 360GB Memory stick/Flash Memory!!

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UK based seller umarkal was advised by an ebayer that there is no such thing as a 360GB Memory stick. The selle did not understand that you can’t tell anything by looking at the properties of a drive in the operating system and that there are NO FLASH DRIVES above 64GB. Following the warning from an ebayer all umarkal did was look at the properties and add this screenshot of what the properties showed to the listing:
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This does not tell us anything about the real capacity of the drive – only what the control chip tells the operating system. The way fake flash fraud works is by programming the control chip to report a false capacity to the operating system. The seller needed to test the drive with h2tesw to find out the truth.

On 19th February this seller left a comment saying he removed the listing. We have now checked and umarkal has indeed removed his listing. He was obviously yet another innocent seller who fell victim to fraud. We urge sellers to do research before buying flash memory items and to test them before listing them for sale – this avoids all sorts of problems for them as sellers and avoids end users losing their files. We wish this seller well in claiming a refund from his supplier.

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February 18, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Ebay seller uk-trader-2000 falls victim to Internet fraud

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UK based ebay seller uk-trader-2000 seems to have been an innocent victim of internet fraud. This seller bought what were advertised as Sony flash drives on the Internet. He bought them from Chinese wholesalers who, it seems, knowingly commit fraud on sites such as dhgate.com and re-sold these drives on eBay thinking that looking at the properties of a drive was enough to check that they were genuine. We have heard from some buyers and see from the seller’s feedback that he has refunded others we didn’t hear from. He is not alone – many ebay sellers have fallen victim to fraudulent wholesalers. We strongly advise everyone to check with Sony, Kingston etc before buying anything with a brand name or trademark belonging to these companies.
This seller is now very out of pocket as a result of his mistake – fightflashfraud hopes he can eventually get his money back – but he may have a long, hard fight ahead! We urge him not to give up. Why should fraudsters be allowed to walk off with our money?

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February 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Readers of this blog might find this interesting

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I came across an old post on another wordpress blog that readers of this blog may find interesting.
You can see this post here

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February 18, 2009 at 7:32 PM

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Ebay members danbot_123 and ikhan1985 list fake Sony

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Two more UK sellers, danbot_123 and ikhan1985, have each listed a fake 64GB Sony USB drive using the same picture as irena-ebai.

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February 18, 2009 at 4:26 PM

eBay fraudster calltimtim goes into hiding!

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An eBay fraudster based in China who sold fake flash has gone into hiding. Suddenly there are no items for sale from calltimtim. This appears to be as a result of members of the frankenflash project telling this fake flash seller that we are onto him. Here is a picture of a confirmed fake (false capacity) SD card sold by calltimtim.
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If you bought flash memory items from this seller you are strongly advised to test them with the free program h2testw which will reveal the true capacity of the drive and how much data was lost or corrupted. You can use this evidence to claim a refund from calltimtim through the PayPal dispute console. If you bought using a credit card the credit card company can do a chargeback to recover your money if calltimtim and PayPal are unco-operative. Please submit a report of your fake to sosfakeflash. There is lots of useful advice about refunds on the sosfakeflash blog and you can see pictures of confirmed fake USB flash drives from this seller there.

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February 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Ebay alert doctorxu88 deregistered and listings removed

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It seems that fightflashfraud’s suspicions about China based seller doctorxu88 were correct. The seller is now deregistered and listings have been removed – very unusual as the seller had no negative feedback. If you bought a flash drive from this seller you need to act quickly to get a refund.

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February 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Seller arifqammar lists fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveller on eBay

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Seller arifqammar, based in Ukraine, has listed a number of “32GB” Kingston DataTraveller USB flash drives on Ebay. The drives pictured appear to be 4GB models. If you bought a Kingston DataTraveller from this seller please test it immediately with h2testw. Please report your fake to sosfakeflash using the report a fake tab.

UK seller nixilixi lists fake 64GB Sony

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Seller nixilixi has not responded to the ebayer who pointed out that the flash drive pictured is a fake. Sony is not mentioned in the wording of the listing but is shown on the drive package. Does this seller not realise that selling fraudulent items like this is a criminal offence and that doing it so publicly provides all the evidence needed for a conviction and a prison sentence. Is it worth is for a few quid?

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February 18, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Ebay Alert! UK eBay seller gangsta-memory lives up to his ID.

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It seems that the UK based ebay seller gangsta-memory (an ebay member since 6th December 2008) is living up to his choice of ID. It amazes fightflashfraud that so many fraudsters choose ID’s like this which seem to reveal their intentions. This seller was warned about the fake flash issue about a week ago but apparently chose not to respond to the ebayer who sent a message. We at fightflashfraud are left with the inevitable conclusion that gangsta-memory is a deliberate fraudster as the choice of ID suggests. We advise you not to buy from this seller. If you have already bought from this seller test the item with h2testw (free program) – we think it will fail the test. If so, please report the item to sosfakeflash by using the report a fake tab and open a paypal dispute with the seller.
Here is a picture of one of this seller’s obvious fakes:
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It shows what seems to be a 2GB drive in a listing with the title: Brand new 64GB flash drive memory stick, UK SELLER – fightflashfraud has news for you and your buyers, gangsta -memory. There is no genuine 64GB USB flash drive that looks like this!

A seller’s experience of buying fake flash on dhgate.com

Here is the experience of an eBay seller who discovered the drives he bought from dhgate.com were fake:

I found DHGate.com around Christmas time and thought what a bargain, cheap gear from China, must be because its direct from the suppliers, how wrong i was!
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February 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

SOSFakeFlash Releases List Of Genuine eBay Sellers For MP Players – Usb Flash Drives – Memory Cards

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SOSFakeFlash at the request of victims who bought False Capacity MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash Drives has just released a list of Safe Sellers on eBay. Sellers who sell true capacity items and stand behind their products!

See Safe Ebay Sellers For USB Flash Drives – MP Players – Memory Cards – Genuine Capacity/

This is a new program lauched by the FrankenFlash Project. eBay members may nomiate sellers. eBay sellers may apply. The list is dynamic and will be updated. A similar program will be launched for internet sites soon.

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Seller tannedweekend sold fake 64GB Kingston

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The image above shows the fake 64GB Kingston sold by tannedweekend on February 12th. This seller was warned by an ebayer that this drive was fake but did not respond to the ebayer’s message or remove the listing. If you bought this item from tannedweekend please test it with h2testw. Although the listing does not mention Kingston the picture shows the Kingston trademark name DataTraveller. This type of drive from Kingston is colour coded – Green is for 2GB. This type of drive is only made in capacities up to 16GB – if you see a drive being sold that looks like this which is advertised as having a capacity of over 16GB then it is fake. Please report the matter to Kingston and if it is being sold on eBay you should also report it to them.

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February 15, 2009 at 5:57 PM

An ebay member lists yet another fake 64GB flash drive

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Ebay member rexiho1987; registered on ebay since 4th Nov 2008 has 4 listings for fake 64GB flash drives. Although the listing does not mention Sony the photograph is a smaller version of the photo previously used by irena-ebai and the original picture clearly shows the words Sony and microvault. An ebayer has sent a message to the seller warning that the drives are fake. Here is the seller’s picture:
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Here is the original picture used by irena-ebai:
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Is this an innocent seller (in which case why make the picture so tiny that you can’t read what it says on the packaging?) or a fraudster trying to obscure the evidence? We await developments.
UPDATE 17/02/06 AT 5.54PM
Although this seller never responded to the ebayer who warned the drives were fake, rexiho1987 removed the listings before there were any bids. This could either be because rexiho1987 knows they have been caught out or because the seller found out that the ebayer was right. Usually honest sellers respond to an ebayer who warns them so fightflashfraud suspects that it is simply that rexiho1987 realised the game was up. The seller is welcome to respond to this post.

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February 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Ebay member cklives fails to understand about fakes

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Ebay member cklives listed and sold a fake 64GB drive showing a registered trade mark belonging to Kingston for £40. The capacity of the drive pictured in the listing appears to be 2GB. This member ID was created on 13th January so (at least on the surface) it would appear that this is an inexperienced member who simply does not understand the fake flash issue. An Ebay member sent cklives a message about the drive as follows:
You obviously are not aware of this but DataTraveller is a Kinston trademark name. Kingston flash drives of this type are colour coded and the largest capacity of genuine ones is 16GB. The one in your picture is a 2GB model. Fraudsters re-program the control chip to report the drive as a higher capacity (in thi case 64GB) you will find information about this on sosfakeflash. The easiest way of verifying the true capacity of such drives is to test them with the h2testw – a free program you can download from the Internet. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news – but selling it is likely to result in a very angry buyer and negative feedback which I am sure is the last thing you want.

cklives replied as follows:
its not kingston….and ive tested it and it is 64gb

The Ebayer replied:
If it’s not Kingston then I’m sorry to say it’s counterfeit. Legally only Kingston can use the DataTraveller name – anyone else using it is liable to prosecution. If it shows the DataTraveller name and it’s not Kingston it is counterfeit. Both selling counterfeits and sending them by post are criminal offences and could land you in Jail. I wonder exactly how you tested it, because counterfeits (in our experience)are never the capacity advertised. I strongly recommend that you test with h2testw. If you do this I am 99.999% sure you will find I am right. With something programmed to such a large size this is the only practical way to check a drive’s capacity without destroying it.

One can only hope that cklives took the ebayer’s advice and tested the drive. If the seller genuinely did not understand the issue we hope he does now and has refunded the buyer’s money.

UPDATE 8TH MARCH: Ebay has removed cklives listings and de-registered the member – so presumably the seller did not volunteer refunds to those who bought these fraudulent items.

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February 15, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Victim seller of counterfeit fake capacity 64GB reports it to Sony

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A seller, who thought he was selling genuine Sony drives but discovered (after selling a number of them) that they were fake, has been in contact with Sony. He bought them on a site called dhgate.com which seems to operate in a similar way to eBay. He has kindly provided a copy of his correspondence with Sony for your information. He sent this email to Sony:
Hi
I have recently fallen victim to the fake ‘Sony’ 64GB USB Drives scam and thought i would report when i have purchased the items from so you may be able to take some action. They were from a chinese web-site called www.dhgate.com
A number of the drives are widely available in various sizes, obviously all fakes.
I’m not sure if you can take action given it is based in China, but i thought i would let you know anyway.
Thank you

Sony responded as follows: Sony Japan are aware of the problem

The seller is now pursuing a refund from the sellers zhenhao9588 and chengxang188 whom he bought from on dhgate.com. His report of fakes on dhgate.com is not the only one we have had. Sellers beware of buying flash drives from this site, it appears there are many fakes on sale here and on other sites, notably alibaba.com.

UK seller arkadzik lists fakes bought from chaiching28

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An ebayer in the UK arkadzik is trying to re-sell a fake 16GB USB flash drive (a known reported model for which we have test results) and possibly other suspect items bought from notorious fraudster chaiching28 despite being told that the flash drive bought from this seller is fake. Also looks like arkadiz listed one flash drive bought from powerrangolee and one from phonebase113 – also known fake flash fraudsters whose models are on record.
UPDATE ON 15/02/09 at 7:23pm
Presumably, as the fake items are still on sale, arkadzik doen’t care about defrauding other ebayers. The honourable thing to have done would have been to remove the items from sale, test them with h2testw and claim refunds through paypal from the fraudsters they were purchased from.
UPDATE On 15/02/09 at 9:39pm
Another ebayer got in touch with arkadzik today and it seems that arkadzik is now trying to rectify the situation. Unfortunately there is now a mess arkadzik needs to sort out because two people bought fake items. This mess could have been avoided if arkadzik had paid more attention to the first ebayer’s warning.
We at fightflashfraud strongly advise anyone selling flash memory items to heed any warning from other ebayers and test their items with h2testw before anyone buys – otherwise you may have an unholy mess to sort out!
UPDATE On 16/02/09 at 4:18pm
Seems as though arkadiz was just pulling the wool over the ebayer’s eyes in indicating he would end the unsold item and refund buyers. The unsold fake 16GB drive was re-listed and is currently for sale by auction or buy it now. We say to arkadzik – be sure your sins will find you out!

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February 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Seller pangoal lists an obvious fake capacity 16GB Kingston

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Seller pangoal, an eBay member since 10-Dec-08 in China, has listed a “16GB” USB flash drive using exactly the same pictures as well known and fully documented fraudsters such as wusimz. This seller is probably part of the well known fraud ring operating in Hong Kong China. Many of the ID’s used by this ring of fraudsters are presently de-registered from eBay. They register new ID’s and start again, then when things cool down they start listing under the old ID’s once much of the evidence of their fraudulent activities is no longer visible.
The pictures used by pangoal clearly show a 2GB Kingston not a 16 GB one and can be seen by entering wusimz in the search box even if this seller’s listings suddenly disappear, as they are exactly the same.
The question fightflashfraud would like an answer to is this:
How long is eBay going to allow such obvious fraud to continue?
Those who have been trying to combat the sale of fake flash devices for months need your help if you see a listing like this one from pangoal please question the seller and comment about the reply you get. Please also report the item to eBay immediately. If enough people join in we may eventually be able to make eBay a safe place to shop – eBay obviously isn’t going to do it!

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February 13, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Tell-tale signs on packaging of fake Sony flash memory on eBay

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When fraudsters make packaging for their fake Sony memory they tend to make mistakes like putting G instead of GB on the packaging for USB flash drives – such as in the picture below.
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Another clue that the flash drive pictured is a fake is the fact that Sony have never made 32GB, 64GB or higher capacity drive like this! Always check Sony’s website to see whether the item you are interested in even exists before considering a purchase.
You can simply place your cursor over this link to a Youtube video and click the play button in the little window to see this video by an ebayer talking about some tell tale signs on the packaging of a 4GB Sony Pro Duo memory stick.

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February 13, 2009 at 1:56 PM

USB Flash Drives On eBay Fakes 8GB 16GB 32GB – A Buyer And A Seller Speak On The Subject – Videos

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The problem of fake flash usb pendrives on eBay is an epidemic – often referred to as a plague. It kills data. Sold by unscrupulous ebay sellers these false capacity drives have caused so much harm to eBay members. It’s not just about money. It is the files – gone forever!
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February 13, 2009 at 5:19 AM

Don’t trust the operating system on flash drive capacity

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Did some idiot tell you your lovely new flash drive is a fake but you know it isn’t because the operating system tells you it is exactly the advertised size? Not only that but you put some files on it and it works?
You just bought a shiny new 16GB flash drive on Ebay or elsewhere on the Internet, waited with anticipation for it to arrive – and when you stuck it in the computer and looked at the properties this is what you saw:
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The only thing the properties box shows is what the operating system “thinks” the size is. This is not the same thing as showing the TRUE capacity of a drive!
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February 12, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Communication from shop-uk about suspected fake 4GB Kingston

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An ebayer noticed a 4GB Kingston drive listed by shop-uk was not the correct colour for this size of drive and sent the seller the following message:

I hate to say this but I think the drive you are listing may be a 512mb one not a 4GB. The best way to check whether I am right or not is to test it with h2testw which you can download free from the Internet. Looking at the properties will not help as if this is (as I suspect) a small capacity drive that has been fraudulently reprogrammed (probably in China) then it will report itself to the operating system as 4GB. You can find out about the issue of fake flash at http://www.sosfakeflash.wordpress.com
The reason I suspect it is one of these fakes is that it’s the wrong colour for a 4GB drive.
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February 12, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Innocent seller buys fake Kingston from Chinese web site

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A victim seller who heeded a warning from an ebayer about the possibilty of the drives being fake checked and found that they were indeed fake. This honourable seller ended the listings before anyone had bought. We now know that the seller bought from a Chinese site. This website and others selling fake flash are listed in this posting If you are a seller who found you bought fakes from a website please comment on this post.

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February 11, 2009 at 4:33 PM

eBay Ignores Issue of Fake USB Pendrives – Investigated Seller calltimtim Allowed to Unleash Yet Another Wave On eBay Members

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It is no secret that eBay prefers to shelter sellers of false capacity flash devices such as MP Players, Memory cards and usb flash drives. After all these sellers generate a lot of revenue for eBay. Imagine just how much money they have made since the problem began back in 2003. Until recently, both seller and eBay lived in fake flash profit paradise. eBay members are fed up and began to take action starting in the spring of 2008. Did eBay address the problem? Not really. If a seller was caught and negatives poured in in feedback, eBay forced a temporary suspension as a deregister, to allow the sellers score to cool off. A perfect example of this? Fake Flash seller, calltimtim.

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February 11, 2009 at 4:47 AM

UK seller shop-uk lists fake-looking 4GB Kingston DataTraveller

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An Ebayer based in the UK, shop-uk, has listed a 4GB Kingston DataTraveller flash drive which may well be a fraudulently re-programmed 512mb drive. The drive pictured in the listing is the wrong colour for a 4GB of this model. The seller may not realise that it is a fake – however the use of private listings (hides buyer ID’s) for items such as flash drives usually suggests deliberate fraud. As has been explained elsewhere in blogs about fake flash Ebay intended private listings to be for particular types of item – a 4GB flash drive is not one of them!
We thought the days of fakes below “8GB” being listed were over as real flash drives of 1GB – 4GB are easily obtained at quite low prices now. We were obviously wrong. Personally I bought what seems to be a genuine 4GB drive (the drive is admittedly not a well known brand – but it tested ok with h2testw) from innovico_surplus for a similar price. I haven’t got round to using this drive yet but I have found the program h2testw to be extremely reliable in checking flash memory – and (beleive me) I am someone with a use for a lot of reliable flash memory items of all sorts!
The frankenflash project hopes to publish information about where you can buy genuine flash memory on the Internet soon – but so far our list is rather short! You can help us by telling us about any ebay sellers or web sites selling the genuine article – flash memory you have tested with h2testw and found the test ran without errors.
We need you input folks!

Ebay seller actonart17 lists fake or counterfeit 64GB Kingston

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UPDATED ON 11/02/09
Seller actonart17, based in Greece, listed fake/counterfeit 64GB Kingston flash drives. This seller seems to have been unaware that the item is counterfeit. The seller has today removed the listing before anyone had bought.
Please note that Kingston only sell one 64GB drive at the moment and it is not black, as the drive listed appears to be. An ebay member in England drew this item to the attention of fightfakeflash but, as the member has no knowledge of the Greek language, felt she could not warn the seller adequately. However, unless someone in Greece warned the seller it seems her messge got through and the seller has acted honourably. We at fightflashfraud applaud honourable sellers who remove listings of fakes when alerted to the problem. We wish the seller well.

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February 10, 2009 at 11:33 PM

fightflashfraud Message to eBay And PayPal on Fraud for MP Players Memory Cards And USB Flash Drives

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At the “report a fake” Tabs for FrankenFlash Project Sites they begin with a reminder to you both and to eBayers of recent lawsuits against you. It was a warning. It was also to educate people that you have been brought to task before. We said:

Any company who had been involved directly or indirectly with a transaction involving fake flash – ie counterfeit goods is liable and responsible – if they chose not to respond to the situation or take the warnings issued by customers seriously. To ignore the issue is to condone it.

You both have had opportunity to address the situation. You chose not too. So we turned up the heat. Exactly what temperature do you need before you choose to address the situation and also to come clean before the public?

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February 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

eBay Struggles to Hush And Erase The Truth About Sale of Fake and Counterfeit MP Players Memory Cards USB Flash Drives

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eBay rather than taking responsibility for fake (false capacity) MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash drives being sold by it’s sellers on eBay has been trying to hush and erase the truth. Even using the old and very lame excuse of eBay and Paypal being seperate companies hoping members are willing except this spin. eBay set up Paypal long ago. The two companies are very capable of cooperating – if they want too.

Quietly on tip toe, eBay is trying to shut down these fraudulent sellers. Little choice now. The sunny days of fake flash profits for eBay, Sellers and Paypal are gone. eBay members have gathered to wrap all three in dark and stormy clouds.

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February 9, 2009 at 10:02 PM

eBay Victim Reveals His Views And Personal Buying Experience On Ebay For Fake Flash (False Capacity) USB Pendrives Drives

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Since 2003 eBay has been a serious source for acquiring false capacity mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards on a global scale.

SOSFakeFlash has traced distribution to 53 different countries in only nine months of investigation. There is no safe eBay Country to buy from. Not one country. Every eBay country suffers from the same fake flash plague. It is everywhere!

Victims of fake flash device purchases on eBay learn the sad truth about eBay’s attitude and the sham for “Buyer Protection” offered by PayPal. So many never got a refund. Less of an issue now. But over the years so many buyers, not only lost data, they lost money too.

If you are getting or got a refund, you should thank victims who fought for you in the last 9 months. Many drove Paypal insane. Paypal in return, drove these victims crazy and wore victim typing fingers to little stubs. So many, after all that effort, got nothing. No refund. What they did succeed in doing is make it more difficult for both eBay and PayPal to continue ignoring the situation!

One ebay member, whom we will call FlashAtom asked if he could share his views and experience with you. We are interested in your opinions and thoughs on what he has to say.

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Never Accept Operating System Report Of Size – Beware On eBay 16GB 32GB 64GB

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Buyers of usb flash drives need to test with H2testw 1.4 . Never believe in the advertised capacity, even if a seller presents a screen capture of the size as seen by the operating system. Fake and Counterfeit USB flash drives have been digitally altered to “lie” about their true capacity.You can not trust what you see in operating size. You should not believe that a usb flash drive will be of genuine capacity just because a seller presents a screen capture of the size seen. The only way to be sure is to test your drive with a software such as H2testw 1.4 You should never store any data on any usb flash drive until you have tested to make sure you have the advertised capacity. It could save you from data loss and it will give you peace of mind.

A perfect example of how you can fall into the fake flash pit is the recent case of eBay Seller Guruelectronics. SOSFakeFlash has known about this seller for months, but without evidence little could be done. guruelectronics presented operating system size as proof the drives being sold were good. The reality is that he only showed what the operating system saw and as we all know fakes are reprogrammed to lie about their real capacity. The drive was presented with sexy reassurance and of course, free shipping!

If you bought this drive or one that looks like it, on eBay, the internet or even at a local store do not use it to store data without testing with H2testw 1.4 to ensure the advertised capacity matches actual capacity!
This drive typically has a 2GB flash chip. Do not attempt to repair this drive by opening it to find the controller chip or flash drive serial. The circuit board is glued with epoxy to hold it to the bottom casing. If you seperate the bottom to see the flash chip, the drive will in future wiggle and slide in the casing.

Under no circumstances should you accept any excuses from guruelectronics or any other seller about this flash usb drive being “defective“. A digitally altered flash drive is not defective, it has been reprogrammed to lie about it’s true size – guruelectronics attempted convince customers usb flash drives being sold were of the correct size. Do not allow yourself to be convinced by any seller who shows you what the operating system might see.

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February 9, 2009 at 2:03 PM

eBay Member Reveals eBay’s Actions On Fake Flash Problem – In UK

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Do you want to know what an eBay Member reveals on eBay’s actions to address the issue of false capacity usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards being sold on eBay?

If so, you might like to read: eBay Member Reveals Latest Information As eBay Struggles To Address Issue of Fake USB Flash Drives, MP Players and Memory Cards being sold just released by SOSFakeFlash.

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February 9, 2009 at 4:56 AM

Suspect packaging alerts ebay buyers to fake flash on ebay

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Recently fightfakeflash noticed that ebayers have reported the re-appearance of flash drives in packaging used for fake flash drives some time ago. An example can be seen below: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Seller ko_091582 Sells fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drives

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Seller ko_091582 registered as an ebay member on 1 July 2008 but there was no activity on the account until near the end of January 2008. This seller, based in China, began by selling jewellery items but has now (having got 5 positive feedback comments) switched to selling flash drives. There are no current listings for jewellery items. This seller’s listings are very careless – items 280311404858 and 280311132264 are both titled
New Kingston 32GB stainless steel Memory Stick USB 2.0 but one shows what appears to be an 8GB Kingston DataTraveller in plastic and the other shows a metal drive bearing the name Sony. Kingston do not make a stainless steel 32GB flash drive – the only real 32GB Kingston drives can be seen here.

UK seller deemingac lists counterfeit/fake 32GB Kingston

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Seller deemingac may be innocent of fraud and may have listed this counterfeit Kingston without realising – this remains to be seen. The drive in question appears to be an 8GB model from a range that is only made up to 16BG capacity. The ebayer who drew this item to our attention has advised deemingac to look at the Kingston web site to see that the drive is not a 32GB drive.
UPDATE
The ebayer who warned deemingac that the drive was not a 32GB model has left a comment that indicates that this seller is an innocent victim who has now removed the listing, which indeed he did – and very quickly at that. We are always glad to hear that a seller has acted honourably. Honest victim sellers end their listings as soon as they find out their drives are fake and refund anyone who has bought. We applaud honest sellers like this.

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February 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Seller herergr8products4u lists fake 32GB Kingston

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UK based seller herergr8products4u is listing a 32GB Kingston Data traveller on buy it now with user IDs kept private – generally a sign that the seller is not innocent but knows they are selling a counterfeit item. The model of DataTraveller shown is not made in 32GB and the one pictured seems to be a 2GB model.
UPDATE 11/02/08:
Fightflashfraud has been informed today by the ebayer who reported this item to us that the seller has removed the fakes from sale. Can anyone who bought one please report in by leaving a comment that includes the item number and their Ebay ID. To protect buyer’s privacy this information will not be published – only buyer comments will be shown on the blog. We now think, as the listing was removed, that this seller may have made a big mistake rather than being a fraudster. As some drives were sold before the listing ended we need buyer feedback to show the seller is honourable to clear his or her name. Buyers please respond. The seller is also invited to comment. Where we have evidence showing that a seller is an honest victim of fraud by others we will always publish something to this effect.

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February 8, 2009 at 12:20 PM

UK seller skyhighhorizons lists fake/counterfeit 64GB Kingston

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Ebay seller skyhighhorizons, based in the UK, is listing fake 64GB Kingston flash drives without a picture. When an ebayer asked the seller to provide a picture the ebayer got the reply that the seller does not have a digcam. The ebayer then asked for a description. The description did not match Kingston’s ONLY 64GB drive but it does match the 2GB DataTraveller.
The seller’s description was: “it is white with a green cenre and has a cap.”
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Hmm – so that describes the only real 64GB Kingston, shown above, does it? Read the rest of this entry »

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February 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Suspect ebay seller phillipham8 listsing 64GB USB flash drive

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UK based ebay seller phillipham8 who is still selling very suspect looking 64GB drives has a feedback score of 38 and only one negative comment. If you bought a flash drive from this seller please test it with h2testw and leave a comment here. Should your drive prove to be fake please give all information related to the transaction to sosfakeflash so that we can add your information to the fake flash database – see the report a fake tab.

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February 7, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Negative feedback for Ebay seller lazy-juicy set to increase

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Fake flash fraudster lazy-jucy has been in fightflashfraud’s sights for some time. The obvious fraud involving a counterfeit/fake Kingston which alerted fightfakeflash to this fraudster has already been reported. Although not yet shown on the sosfakeflash fraudster list, fightfakeflash understands that at least 4 buyers have sent in reports which confirm that at least two models of flash drive sold by lazy-juicy are fake and at least one (the Kingston originally spotted by fightfakeflash) is also counterfeit (as it has been fraudulently sold using a brand name) – if you bought flash from this seller test it immediately with H2testw.

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February 7, 2009 at 7:55 PM

UK seller keithhuffman687 deregistered and listings removed

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Seller keithhuffman687 an ebay member since 27 November, based in the UK, sold suspect flash drives in private auctions. Listings have been removed and the seller is now de-registered. Amazingly this seller had a feedback score of 50 at the point of de-registration and did not have a single negative! This demonstrates how few people test their drives. If you bought from this seller you should immediately test your drives with h2testw. You are in grave danger of file loss/corruption. If your drive fails the test please report the fake to sosfakeflash – use the report a fake tab. If you act quickly you should be able to get a refund through paypal.
Download h2testw here

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February 7, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Counterfeit Kingston USB flash drives listed on web pages.

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If you thought fake flash fraud was confined to Ebay, think again! There are numerous web pages advertising fake flash items – here are a selection of pages I found this morning which advertise Counterfeit Kingston drives:
128 GB Kingston on ailbaba

another 128 Kingston

Counterfeit Kingston on yilaijas.en.ec21.com

A counterfeit in New Zealand

counterfeit on made in china.com

No doubt I could have found many more – and that’s just counterfeit Kingston! The moral? Check the company’s website before buying brand name flash and TEST ALL FLASH MEMORY WITH H2TESTW!
Update 11/02/09 – here are a couple of other sites selling fake Kingston:
shoponclearance.com in China
dhgate.com in China

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February 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Ebay seller aneta301274 lists 128GB Kingston that does not exist.

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An ebay seller based in Poland, aneta301274, has listed a 128GB Kingston DataTraveller 150 flash drive. There is no such thing – fightfakeflash confirmed by telephone that the largest DataTraveller they make is the red 64GB DataTraveller 150. This is the only 64GB model and there are no higher capacity drives. It is therefore a counterfeit. Both Ebay and Kingston have been notified about this listing and the seller has been informed the drive is fake. Ebayers, do not bid on this flash drive!

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February 7, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Selling flash memory on Ebay. Test your items!

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We at fightflashfraud strongly advise any ebayer planning to sell a flash memory item such as a memory card, MP3 or MP4 player, USB flash drive etc to test the item with h2testw BEFORE YOU LIST IT – otherwise you may find yourself out of pocket when you find out too late that your items were fake. You are then in the position of having lost money on listing fees, post and packing etc when you refund buyers as well the money you wasted on buying fakes! Everyone should learn to test all flash items they buy with h2testw immediately they arrive!

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February 7, 2009 at 1:49 PM

More UK Ebay sellers fall victim to fake flash fraud

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Since Christmas a number of UK sellers who bought high capacity drives (mainly 64GB) when visiting other countries (mainly China or Japan) or from sites on the Internet have discovered that the drives they listed for sale on ebay were fakes. These victims of flash fraud bought their flash drives in all innocence with a view to re-selling them on the UK ebay site at a profit. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 6, 2009 at 8:09 PM

New suspect seller in the USA? sellstuffsold hides buyer ID’s

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An ebay member since 10-Dec-08 in the United States sellstuffsold hides buyer ID’s at the end of auctions. In a listing titled: NEW 8GB USB ZIP FLASH DRIVE with Black leather case sellstuffsold says:
FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING!!!! YES, I personally am new to EBAY but have a very experienced EBAYER showing me everything. Please bid with confidence. Any other questions feel free to ask.
Hmm… this smells of fish to fightflashfraud! If you bought a flash drive from sellstuffsold you are strongly advised to test with h2testw – you can download this free from the Testing category. If the drive fails this test please report it to sosfakeflash and follow their advice about getting a refund.

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February 5, 2009 at 11:09 PM

UK seller gnmv68 – possible suspect ebay seller may be innocent?

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At present there is no information about this seller, who has only listed a couple of suspect flash drives. This seller may be entirely innocent – we await more information.
UPDATE:
Fightflashfraud had comments from two ebayers on 7th February indicating that the flash drives sold by gnmv68 were, as suspected, fake. However it seems that this seller simply made the mistake of selling drives without testing them. He has apparently now said he will refund the buyers. Sellers take note! Test your drives before you list them and save yourself a lot of trouble!

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February 5, 2009 at 1:02 AM

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Is 94buy about to be the latest USB flash fraud seller ID?

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The ID 94buy has been used on ebay since 13 Dec 2008. Currently, as I write this, the seller’s feedback score is 186 and comments show 245 positives over the last month and 253 since the ID was first used. Only one negative comment has been left about a fishing lure not arriving. At first 94buy only sold fishing lures, a low price item – many selling at under a US $, yet the winning bidders’ IDs were hidden – very strange! After building up some positive feedback the seller added another low priced item – memory card readers. Then the seller added listings for Universal Turbo Sim Card Unlock to Samsung,Nokia,iPhone – this week 2GB flash drives have been added. Buyer IDs are hidden for all items – none of the items sold by 94buy are in the categories one might expect to find ID’s hidden. One would only expect buyer ID’s to be hidden where very high cost items – or things buyers might not want others to know they are buying are involved such as bondage gear etc. Fightflashfraud will be watching this seller – so should you!

UPDATE
On 22 March a buyer left a negative comment saying that the flash drive bought from this seller corrupted all data. Ebay subsequently removed flash drive listings. However we wonder if other items, such as the one shown below, will prove to be fake capacity too.

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February 4, 2009 at 10:25 PM

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Ebay Alert! Seller chakkkkk hiding buyer ID’s

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A comment made by an ebayer has alerted fightflashfraud to the devious activities of fraudulent seller chakkkkk. This Hong Kong based seller is listing fake flash on buy it now and hiding buyer ID’s. This is a well known technique used by fraudsters selling fake flash items. They do this to try and prevent buyers from being made aware that the item they bought has been fraudulently re-programmed to display a higher capacity to the operating system than it actually has. If you bought a flash memory item from chakkkkk test it immediately with h2testw. You can download this from the post about the program in the Testing category.

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February 4, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Ebay Alert! Suspect seller doctorxu88 uses private listings

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Seller doctorxu88, located in Hong Kong, became an ebay member at the beginning of April 2008. There appears to have been no activity on this account between registration and 23 January 2006. Now there are a large number of USB flash drives in private listings by doctorxu88. It seems likely that this was an ID set up by one of the well known fraudsters in preparation for a previous ID being clobbered by Ebay. Private listings for flash drives are generally a sign of fraud. The use of private auctions on ebay is a common ploy by devious sellers to cover their flash fraud tracks and make it difficult for fake flash angels to warn their victims.

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February 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Innocent UK ebayers list fake flash drives

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The fake flash problem is now so widespread that some innocent ebayers who bought fake flash drives (not always on ebay) have recently listed fake flash drives. A word of advice – before you re-sell any flash drive you bought please test it with h2testw which you can download directly from this blog. This is the quickest, easiest and best way of verifiying the true capacity of any flash memory item. On the good news front the number of fakes being listed deliberately is now dropping. YOU CAN HELP! Get in touch with anyone selling something suspect and tell them about this blog – they may be innocent victims. If they are innocent it is likely that they will remove listings fairly quickly.

There is a UK seller suspected by fightflashfraud of being a fraudster, but there is absolutely no concrete evidence either way at present. Can anyone who bought a USB flash drive from phillipham8 (and tested the drive with h2testw) please respond to this post – the drives sold as 64GB look like 8GB Kingston, but without test results we have nothing more than suspicions.

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February 3, 2009 at 10:02 PM

freakytech lists counterfeit / fake capacity 64GB Kingston on Ebay

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Seller freakytech, based in the Irish republic, has listed what appears to be a fraudulently re-programmed 2GB flash drive as a 64GB model. Kingston do not make this model of drive in 64GB – it is a fake!! Seller was informed the drive was fake by an ebayer but did not respond so the ebayer reported the matter to us. We have now informed Kingston that this fake has been listed on ebay. We like the do not copy notice on the picture: – very appropriate – do not copy your valuable files to a drive like this or you will lose them!
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February 3, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Hong Kong seller lazy-juicy still allowed to sell fake Kingston!

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Despite reports from ebayers about lazy-juicy listings for fake Kingston drives it seems Ebay has not put a stop to it. Item number 220354978301 listed by lazy-juicy (apparently selling a 32GB Kingston) was spotted this evening by an ebay member. The drive shown in this listing is not made at higher capacities than 16GB – the model shown in the picture appears to be a 4GB drive.
Although this seller is suspected of selling hundreds of fake flash items there are only a small number of negative feedback comments indicating that buyers tested their items with h2tesw. If you bought from this seller we strongly suggest you test your drives with h2testw (which you can download free from this blog). If it shows a brand name you should report the seller to the company concerned. For refund advice please see pages on sosfakeflash.

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February 2, 2009 at 9:14 PM