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Archive for February 18th, 2009

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:
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 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.
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.