Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 18, 2009 at 9:15 PM

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  1. Hi Umar,
    It seems that you, like several other sellers, have been a victim of fraudsters on We at fightflashfraud cannot emphasise enough that sellers should test all flash memory items with h2tesw before they either release payment to suppliers on sites such as or list them for sale on ebay or elsewhere. The majority of flash drives sold on the Internet seem to be fake. Any seller who wishes to preserve his or her reputation should test flash memory items with h2testw before listing them for sale.


    February 19, 2009 at 10:19 PM

  2. Hello. About this USB, this was not my fault becuase i did not know anything about this fake flash drive. I brought this USB for USA wholesaler.
    The seller was china-2008-wholesale.
    At this point, i have ended my listing.


    February 19, 2009 at 9:19 PM

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