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Archive for February 22nd, 2009

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.

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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!

Written by fightflashfraud

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

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