Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for February 28th, 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.


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, and  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.