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Archive for March 2009

Deliberate fraud is not the only issue – so is faulty memory!!

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It has been brought to the attention of fightflashfraud that a UK seller (not, it seems, a deliberate fraudster) has recently sold faulty USB flash drives on ebay. The ones the seller had used were fine so the seller thought (when a buyer complained that the two tested with h2testw failed) that the buyer was up to something – an understandable suspicion!

We can assure the seller the buyer is completely honest and is not doing anything other than trying to protect people from losing valuable files! She has reported to us that 5 out of the 10 flash drives she bought from the seller in question were faulty. This doesn’t really affect her (other than the fact that she wasted her money) but it could affect anyone who saves files to a faulty item from this seller – they could lose their files! She is hoping to make the seller understand the issue rather than drag him through the mire.

SELLLERS – PLEASE TEST YOUR DRIVES WITH H2TESTW

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March 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

SOSFakeFlash Reports Counterfeit Corsair Voyager 64GB On eBay

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Corsair now joins Sony, Kingston and Transcend to have their brand name usb flash drives counterfeited and sold on eBay. The joys of fake flash selling, the profits are so good and for brand names commanding high prices the profit is addicting. The misery of fake flash buyers, the woes of data loss and trying to get money back.

SOSFakeFlash has now two ebay sellers reported and of course confirmed. Sellers or want to be sellers on eBay. Pay Attention! Make sure you test your merchandise properly. The program H2testw 1.4 doesn’t cost you a penny and links to it are found out the FrankenFlash Project sites. It will save you a lot of coming misery if you purchased cheat merchandise. The wholesale prices for usb flash drives are not Cheap and never have been. Visit the http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/ to learn more about prices. That new site is devoted it educating sellers and buyers.

The most disturbing things is that both Corsair and Kingston have had their lastest flash drives faked. This hurts! It costs a lot of money to develop new technology and having it ripped off and counterfeited with cheap imitations causing data loss and a very negative experience in the consumers mind is damaging. As usual, don’t expect eBay to wiggle a finger to stop it. They will only do the bare minimum and have always chosen the easily road – closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. It’s some time hard to see the difference. eBay appears as addicted to profit as the fake flash sellers. Mean while, brand names can suffer and the buyers too.

We understand the problems of the current economic situation. But if you penny pitch when it comes to usb flash drives, you will be knocking at our door soon. SOSFakeFlash has had a rash of fake Data Traveler 150 32GB fakes being reported on eBay. Add the recent Transcend, Sony and now Kingston we have only one sad conclusion:

Until eBay visits the Betty Ford clinic to clean up their profit fee addiction and develops a backbone to address the fake and counterfeit flash device issue for brand names and no name in MP Players, Memory Cards and USB Flash drives – STAY AWAY FROM BUYING ANY OF THESE ITEMS ON EBAY! It is not safe.

You need to understand the realistic prices. Once again SOSFakeFlash has some advice if you want to buy these items on eBay;

Use a Credit Card! Fight with PayPal’s silly payment system that tries to discourage you from using a credit card, blocking the options. Struggle through their pages to get to the options to use it.

Why? Because if you are bitten with a fake flash purchase you don’t have to suffer their moaning and groaning and excuses. You can call your credit card company. PayPal hates this. Victims of fake flash love this. It seems the credit card companies are more interested in your business and welfare then they are. Read Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account

If you are a fake flash victim read up on all the Paypal advice in:

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

We know times are hard, but a usb flash drive is an investment. Don’t be come a victim of fake or counterfeit usb flash. Be very careful with brand names, Corsair’s Voyager just joined the brand names being sold counterfeited as fakes on eBay.

Ebay seller well19820906 sells very attractive 8GB fake

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Seller well19820906 sells a very attractive 8GB fake flash drive. The seller’s picture doesn’t do this drive justice! In reality it is extremely attractive looking and very slim. However, it is fake capacity. Had the seller sold such a nice looking slim drive at it’s real capacity (2gb) for a similar price there would probably have been quite a few buyers. Pictures from the buyer will be added later. well19820906-8gbblue

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March 28, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Are ebay fraudsters guople and appolly one and the same?

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We have a question  – are ebay fraudsters guople and appolly one and the same?  Here at fightflashfraud we have been watching these sellers and think these are recent ebay IDs being used by a familiar ring of fraudsters who have been operating on ebay for a long time. As fast as one ID can be shut down, another appears. Feedback indicates that the items pictured are fake capacity, but for these seller ID’s to be shut down hard evidence is needed. This is where you, dear reader, come in. If you bought from these sellers please test your items with h2testw and submit as much other detail as possible  to the sosfakeflash blog using the “report a fake” tab. This is the evidence that helps to get seller IDs de-registered.

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March 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

FlashChipTutor Publishes Article Series on Counterfeit Fake Sony Microvault USB Flash Drives

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The Sony Micro Vault brand name for usb flash drives is a target for fraudsters and scammers. Selling false capacity usb flash drives under this brand name, consumers and resellers are being stung! Many who purchase these drives are losing data! eBay sellers are purchasing these dangerous items from internet sites in China and Hong Kong. Some are victims who have not bothered to do their homework in researching the product they are selling. Others know exactly what they are doing and are reaping Hugh profits.

Recently these fakes have been showing up for sale locally on eBay in the UK, Europe and also North America. FlashChipTutor has identified these usb flash drives and has presented them for all to see!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

UK seller yungathart33 is selling third-hand fake Sony

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A foolish seller, yungathart33, is selling a third-hand fake 64GB drive and would not listen to reason. He probabably will get next to nothing for the item as ebayers are now more aware of the fakes – so he could potentially land himself in trouble, or even prison, for next to nothing. Sellers – please pay attention if someone warns you an item you are selling is fake!

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March 24, 2009 at 9:38 PM

demonedemone Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – Spain

demonedemone is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives. Based in Spain demonedemone sold counterfeit Sony Microvault 64GB. Sony has yet to make one beyond 32GB.

 

Important Reading:

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

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March 24, 2009 at 7:05 AM

ebay seller areumdaum84 knowingly relists a fake flash drive

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Seller areumdaum84, based in Korea but trying to appear as if in the UK, was warned that there was no such thing as a 128GB flash drive by an ebay member on 12th March. The seller ended a listing and therefore escaped being listed here as a fraudster earlier. However the seller is currently selling the exact same drive with an impossibly large capacity in private auctions. This guy is a deliberate big-time fraudster as sure as eggs is eggs. In our experience if one item from a seller is fake, all are. The seller currently has hundreds of 64GB drives listed on buy it now. These are 99.999% likely to be fake too. If you got a drive from this seller test it with the free program h2testw and use the report a fake tab on sosfakeflash to give details for our database. Many visitors to our blogs don’t realise this but:
Without our database victims of fake flash on ebay would probably not be getting refunds!
There are a lot of companies watching these blogs – Ebay, Payal and Kingston seem to be among them. The evidence we gather from buyers is vital. It is also vital that victims who bought fakes warn others who bought the same item. Otherwise the fake flash plague will continue. Be a responsible citizen of the world – do something about this!

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March 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

ebayers b_dog_2910 and akabowman sell fake 64GB DataTraveler

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UK seller b_dog_2910 is listing a fake capacity flash drive in a private auction – a sign of deliberate fraud. Kingston do not make the model shown in this capacity. There is only one genuine 64GB Kingston and this is not it.

On 22-Mar-09 at 16:50:17 GMT, seller akabowman added the following to a listing for the same fake flash drive after being warned that the item was fraudulent, rather than doing the right thing and removing the flash drive from sale:

All sales are final and no refunds are available due to time wasters in the past.
Items are sold as seen in pictures and have not been opened or tampered with.

Hmm – that’s pretty clear then – if you are daft enough to buy a fake from akabowman you can kiss goodbye to your cash!

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March 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Suspect Hong Kong based ebay seller of Media players

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Investigations by fightflashfraud indicate that elect-republic, a Hong Kong based seller of media players, is very likely to be selling fake capacity MP3/MP4 players. Feedback shows two comments about fake flash drives but only one that suggests media players are fake. However there are strong indications from what fightflashfraud discovered that it is highly likely that elect-republic is a fraudster. If you bought a media player from this seller you are strongly advised to test it’s capacity with h2testw as it is very likely that the capacity is much less than advertised.

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March 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Ebay seller ren-ren-buy de-registered and listings removed.

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An ebay seller of fake transcend flash drives, ren-ren-buy, is now de-registered and listings have been removed. We have had test results for the drive shown here confirming what was obvious from a visual clue (wrong colour band) – the drive is not a genuine 16GB Transcend and has nowhere near 16GB capacity.
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This fraudster will no doubt pop up again – we’d be interested in information from anyone who bought from a seller with a different ID but the same return address as shown here:
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March 23, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Another new seller of fake capacity flash in China?

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yinghua1289 It seems there is a new ebay seller in China is selling flash drives with old familiar packaging used for fake flash drives. Seller yinghua1289 is keeping user id’s hidden – generally a sign of deliberate fraud. Beware of any flash drive than comes in this sort of packaging. Never bid on flash drives if your ID is hidden. Sellers are not protecting you by doing this – they are just trying to avoid their fraud being detected.

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March 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Is UK ebay seller silverfire_sales a fraudster?

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We have been alerted to the possibility that UK ebay seller silverfire_sales may be a fraudster. This seller’s listing says:
*This item is shipped from China, Import Tax may need to be paid*
High capacity 32GB USB flash drive covered in a metal and high quality faux leather casing for safe and easy portability.

With its attractive design, inspired directly from traditional leather knife holders, this little USB flash drive easily fits into your pocket or on a lanyard / keychain, and will carry your valuable digital files around with you wherever you go.

This suggests that silverfire_sales is using dropshipping. Dropshipping is a system in which the seller never actually sees the items they are selling. Items are delivered directly from the supplier – providing ample opporunity for fraudulent wholesalers to land the flack on the person (in this case silverfire_sales) who lists the item for sale on ebay or elsewhere.

An ebayer tried to warn silverfire_sales about this possibility but got a rather rude response. Here is the message the ebayer sent to this seller:

Hi, I guess this is a dropshipping item. Many such items are fakes. If your items (like most flash drives of 8GB and over coming out of China) turn out to be fakes you could end up with a host of angry buyers and a load of negative feedback. I suggest you get your supplier to send you one so that you can check it is genuine. There is a small free program called h2testw you can test flash memory items with quickly and easily. I test all my flash memory with this program and have found it very reliable. All the best,
Helen

Here is the response from silverfire_sales:
Quit sending spam, no one wants your crappy software other than idiots.

Seems like silverfire_sales either didn’t understand the issue or is a deliberate fraudster. We await developments.

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March 22, 2009 at 8:27 PM

16GB DataTraveller with no storage capacity whatsoever.

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Seller luck088 seems to be yet another Chinese seller with a beam-me-up for the almost instantanious delivery of goods. The seller’s feedback indicates that he was able to deliver the first item “sold” to the United States so fast that the “buyer” was able to leave feedback the same day!

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However, a UK ebayer who bought a 16GB flash drive from this seller on 11th March did not get it instantaneously. The seller’s picture of the drive is shown above right. It arrived on the 20th March. Unlike most of the “16GB” DataTraveller drives coming out of China this one (buyer’s pictures below) was red colour – though the red plastic appears to be a slightly brighter colour than the genuine article and the label is not right. This drive had no useable capacity at all as it was completely unformatted. We note the seller withdrew these from sale – so it seems they realised their mistake after dispatching the drive.

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March 21, 2009 at 2:39 PM

New Site FlashDriveFacts Launched To Promote Consumer Awareness About MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards

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To educate the global public on MP Players, USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards the FrankenFlash Project has launched a new site – http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.comahead of schedule.

Recent work by eBay Fake Flash Angels is outreach campaigns to eBay Sellers revealed that most had purchased their fake and counterfeit flash devices from internet sites in Hong Kong and China. Most sellers after having been convinced to test withdrew their listings. In investigating these sites, it was clear that the source of these items pouring into eBay came from this region. Something had to be done!

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UK ebayer re-sells a fake from chaiching 28 to another ebayer.

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sbrownsenergy What is worse than fake flash sellers in china? People in the UK who knowingly re-sell these fake flash drives! Seller sbrownsenergy paid no attention to an ebayer who said he should not re-sell a fake flash drive ( item number 110350102194 purchased on 16th February for £11.00 from chaiching28). UK seller sbrownsenergy has 100% feedback score at the moment. This is likely to change if item number 270356865115 (pictured left) which the seller was warned about is not removed from sale quick-smart. The seller is using a private auction to hide the buyer’s ID – a dirty business.

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March 20, 2009 at 8:29 PM

New Website Site Joining The FrankenFlash Project Soon – Scams MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards

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The FrankenFlash Project has a new site that will be joining the project very soon. FLASHDRIVEFACTS at http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/ will address consumer education on the subject of flash technology for MP Players, USB Flash Drives and Memory Cards. Chaired by Flashchiptutor, it will expose counterfeit and fake items available on the international market.

Why is there a need for a new site? How can you help?

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Another ebay seller in China with a “beam me up Scottie”

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Based in China, seller meidwa seems to be another of those with a Star Trek “beam me up device” for the instant delivery of goods. The seller started selling items with purchase prices of  under 50p at the end of  February and was getting positive feedback within 24 hours. We wish someone would beam meidwa (and the fake flash this seller now seems to be peddling) to another planet. If you bought flash memory items from this seller test them immediately with h2testw. They are almost certain to be fake. The 32GB Kingston USB flash drive being  sold certainly is.

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March 18, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Ebayer luring62 lists massive fake Kingston USB flash drive

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Ebay member luring62 has  listed 360GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives on ebay France.  There is no such thing as a 360GB USB flash drive, it is not technically possible. The items are fake. The seller may not realise – but the fact that user IDs are being kept private suggests otherwise. Perhaps someone in France could ask the seller to check this out with Kingston and comment here on the seller’s response. Here is a picture:

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UPDATE 22 March
Seller luring62 has ended listings early and is not currently listing anything for sale.

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March 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM

honnli1 – have you got any information about this ebay seller?

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A number of people seem to be looking for information about ebay seller honnli1 who seems to be only selling media players. We at fightflashfraud do not currently have any information about this seller but it seems (as people are searching for information) that the seller’s items are suspect. We suggest that anyone who bought from this seller download h2testw here and tests their player with it. If  it proves to be a fake save the test results.

Leave a comment on this post to alert others, then report the item to sosfakeflash using the report a fake tab. Report the item to ebay (using the report this item link at the bottom of the item page) then open a paypal dispute (following the refund advice you will find on sosfakeflash) to get your money back. Be sure to leave negative feedback (or if you already left a positive follow it up saying item was fake) – good luck all.

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March 17, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Ebay seller niuren2008 de-registered and listings removed

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An eBay seller, based in China, who apparently sold counterfeit Kingston USB flash drives has been de-registered by ebay and listings have been removed. Seller niuren2008 was suspected of being a new id for a seller of these counterfeits who stopped listing these drives and currently has no listings.

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March 17, 2009 at 6:46 PM

New China-based ebay member ko_091582 sells counterfeits

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A new seller of fake flash drives, based in China is selling fake Kingston and Sony drives. The seller, ko_091582, is hiding buyer IDs in his buy it now listings. This suggests that the seller is a deliberate fraudsters. The drives listed by this seller are pictured below.
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Here is a picture of one of this seller’s recent listings:
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Notice the miss-match between the title and the picture?

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March 17, 2009 at 5:49 PM

UK seller stucam01354 sells fake 64GB Kingston USB flash drive

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The use of an incredibly tiny picture does not hide the fact that the drive pictured in ebay listing 180336335909 is not the only genuine 64GB USB flash drive sold by Kingston. The tiny picture and the fact that the seller did not respond to a qestion from an ebayer about this suggest that stucam01254  is fully aware of this fact.

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March 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM

UK ebay seller sbrownsenergy re-sells fake from chaiching28

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Despite being told that the item purchased from chaiching28 was fake sbrownsenergy  has continued with a private auction for this 16GB  fake flash drive.  The seller probably knew when listing it as private auctions tend to indicate deliberate fraud.

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March 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Fake Kingston sold in private auctions by UK seller amws786

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UK seller amws786 is selling a fake 64GB kingston flash drive and keeping bidder IDs private. The use of private auctions is a sign that the seller is deliberately committing fraud when flash drives are sold. Private auctions are not meant for items like this. amws786

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March 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

More UK ebay sellers list fake Sony 64GB USB flash drive

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More UK sellers failed to respond to warnings that the 64GB Sony flash drives they have listed are fake. Current listings of fake 64GB Sony flash drives are from llewellyn1940, fire4217 and tc320

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March 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Another UK ebayer falls victim to fraud on dhgate.com

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Many ebayers in the UK have bought fake flash drives from Chinese wholesalers on sites like dhgate.com – one such ebayer realised there was something wrong but (not having any computer knowledge) listed the 10 fakes he bought from a seller on dhgate.com for sale on ebay as follows:

vaio_dhgate_victim This is an auction for a 10 x 512gb microvault U.S.B flash drives.
These items are being sold as faulty, I dont know whats wrong with them you can put stuff on them but cannot play it back? maybe a cheap fix for some one with knowledge??
Properties say they are 500gb each ?i have loaded one with over 8gb and it didnt say it was full? so i dont know what size they are??

We strongly advise ebayers who buy flash drives from any source with a view to re-selling on ebay to bone up on flash drives before buying so that you know what’s really available. Avoid drop-shipping unless you have previously dealt with the supplier and know they are trustworthy. Always check the drives with h2testw before approving payment to sellers on sites like allibaba.com and dhgate.com – and certainly before  listing them for sale on ebay! Better still, avoid these sites altogether.

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March 15, 2009 at 9:57 PM

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Fake 500GB Sony USB flash drive listed by UK ebay seller

label_m09 An ebay seller has listed a massive 500GB fake Sony drive. Seller label_m09 has only been registered since 13-Mar-09 in the United Kingdom and has 0 feedback.

We at fightflashfraud suspect this is a deliberately fraudulent seller who previously listed the item under another ID.

 Do not bid on this item – there is no such thing as a USB flash drive of this capacity produced by Sony or anyone else.  It is just not technically possible to produce a flash memory item of this capacity at this size!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

UPDATE March 16th
Seems that one of these sold for £15 including postage today. This is probably less than the seller paid for it. Looks like the seller will have made quite a loss here. The remaining one is on £13.00 including postage as I update the post. Seems more ebayers have become aware that there are no USB flash drives above 64GB and most above 8GB on ebay are fake.

UPDATE 02 August 2009
We note that there have been a lot of visits to this old post in the last couple of days. This suggests to us that many people have recently fallen prey to a similar fraud. Although the capacities available are now higher than they were when this post was originally written the highest capacity genuine flash drive currently available is only around half the capacity that was advertised by this seller.

At the time of writing this update (as far as we have discovered at this point) only five flash drives above 64GB are available. There seem to be four drives at 128GB – but availability is very limited. There is only one of a higher capacity than 128GB. If you bought a flash drive advertised as 500GB please leave a comment here about where you got it. They are all fakes!!!

UPDATE 10th August 2009
As we have noticed a lot of people visiting this post recently we decided to do a quick update on this post for those that don’t bother to read the comments. The highest capacity flash drive now available is no longer 128GB but is now 256GB – again from Kingston.

There are still no 500GB flash drives!! If you really need flash drives of over 16GB (and most people don’t!) then buy direct from the manufacturer or the approved suppliers they give links to on their websites. Otherwise you have only yourself to blame when you run into trouble with lost and corrupted files!

UPDATE 28TH SEPT 2009
We note this post is still getting lots of visitors which suggests that there are still fraudsters out there selling supposedly 500GB flash drives. There is still is not (and never will be) a 500GB USB flash drive! Hard drive, yes – flash drive, no. There is a difference between the capacities of flash drives and hard drives – they are composed differently so there will never be a genuine 500GB USB flash drive. The highest currently available capacity is 256GB. They are extremely expensive, so buyers would be better off buying a portable hard drive that connects with a USB cable as these are much cheaper!! Not only that, they will be more reliable.

UPDATE 08th December 2009
If you are looking at this old post we wonder why?

Please let us know by leaving a comment – we can’t quite understand why it is such a popular post!

Chinese ebay seller gouple lists familiar fake flash drives.

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The ebay seller gouple is using some very familiar pictures in listings. The picture in the centre is a well known fake Kingston previously sold by many Hong Kong and China base fraudsters who have now been de-registered from ebay.  The other familar pictures were used by these same fraudsters. This suggests an old fraudster with a new ID.

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March 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Another UK seller ignores a warning about fake Kingston

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UK ebay Seller jslohia3, registered on 18th February, has a current feedback score of 3. Despite being informed that the flash drive shown here, listed as a 32GB Kingston, is fake this seller has not removed the item from sale. jslohia31

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March 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Ebay seller in Germany sells notorious Fake 64GB Sony USB flash drives

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007zacke Based in Germany, ebay seller 007zacke sold a notorious fake Sony drive shown on the left. An ebay member reported in to fightflashfraud saying that the  drive received from the seller had no capacity whatsoever.It seems likely that, in this case, the fraudulent programming normally carried out on these counterfeit/fake capacity drives (to fool the computer’s operating system failed) leaving the drive unsuable. In some ways the buyer was lucky – at least (as no files could be saved on the drive) the buyer didn’t lose valuable data. At the time of writing four buyers of these fakes have left positive feedback for 007zacke and the seller has no active listings. The seller kept buyer ID’s hidden – usually a sign of deliberate fraud on the part of  those selling flash memory items.

If you bought a drive that looks like this from this seller (or anyone else) you are strongly advised to test it with h2testw (available as a free download) and claim a refund from the seller if it fails the test.

Here is a picture provided by the buyer of this badly programmed fake Sony showing the error message he got in h2testw:

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UK seller fire4217 is selling a notorious Sony fake

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Despite being warned a few days ago by an ebay member that the 64GB Sony USB flash drive listed was fake UK seller fire4217 has not ended the listing. This is the same model listed by irena-ebai and other UK sellers which seems to have been supplied by Nanchang Luotian Media Co., Ltd. one of many suppliers in China/Hong Kong selling fake capacity flash drives.

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March 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Appeal to ebayers: please warn sellers about fake flash memory

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We at fightflashfraud (and other groups of ebayers who are concerned about the fake flash problem) need your help to rid ebay of fake flash memory. If you are reading this blog you have already become aware of the issue. This may because you are an ebay seller who was warned by ebayers that items you are selling are likely to be fake. It may be that you are an end-user who suddenly started to lose files you saved to flash memory.

Whoever you are – if you see anyone selling a flash memory item on ebay that looks as if it is fake please send them a message telling them you think it may be fake and asking them to test it with h2testw. Many ebay sellers do not know their items are fake – they are victims of the fake flash plague just like their buyers. Mostly they will have bought from fraudsters in China and had no idea the drives were fake capacity.

It will only take you a few minutes to send a message and you could save the seller from landing in a lot of trouble. If the seller has not removed the item from sale or been in touch with you after two days please leave a comment on this post with the item number and seller ID so that members of the frankenflash project can try to contact the member.

Fake 64GB USB flash drive deliberately dumped on buyer?

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jogias_electronics Did UK seller jogias_electronics deliberately dump this 64GB Sony fake on an unsuspecting buyer? After getting a warning from an ebay member that this item was fake the seller ended the listing 3 days early. Not to remove it from sale but apparently to sell to the current high bidder. The fact that the buyer ID was hidden makes it seem likely that jogias_electronics is a deliberate fraudster who dumped the fake quick to avoid being de-registered. This was a criminal act. So was posting the item – which breaks the law in the UK and many other countries. If you bought this item test it with h2testw and claim a refund through paypal.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

UPDATE on 15th March
This seller has a current buy it now listing for this item – steer well clear!

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March 13, 2009 at 1:46 PM

suspect ebay seller in Latvia

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An ebay seller based in Latvia may be an innocent seller who is a victim of a fraudulent wholesaler (as many ebay sellers world-wide have been) or could be a deliberate fraudster. This seller has 3 extremely suspect items currently listed on ebay. The item numbers in question are:
Item number: 220375809865: 256GB KINGSTON Data Traveler USB flash drive,NEW!
Item number: 220375232868: 128GB KINGSTON DATA TRAVELER USB PEN FLASH DRIVE
Item number: 220375614011: Corsair 128GB USB Memory Flash Voyager Pen Drive, NEW!

These items are undoubtedly fake as solid state (flash) memory of these capacities is not yet technically possible for such small drives. The smallest dimentions for a 128GB solid state flash memory drive (newly released) is 2.5 inches – the same size as has been available for small dimension removable hard drives of the older type for the last two or three years.

eBay Victim Counterfeit Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive Detects Ebay Hong Kong Seller Ring

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An eBayer victim of a false capacity Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive purchased on Ebay has found a group of eBay Seller id’s all selling fake the same Transcend JetFlash V30 in different sizes, ranging from 16GB to 32GB.

He attempted to warn eBay and reported in to S0SFakeFlash. His reward? To receive a suspension from eBay!

Once again eBay punishes it’s members instead of the sellers who sell these fake capacity usb flash drives. eBay appears to protect the sellers despite the damage done to members, the data they lose to these dangerous devices. Whether branded or not, it seems eBay’s only concern is to avoid any conflict with it’s sellers based in Hong Kong or China. It does not matter to them the damage done for brand names such as Transcend, Sony or Kingston in terms of consumer confidence. It also appears that their claim of having 2000 employee’s engaged to combat fraud is a sham. Yet, they do have time to punish members who attempt to warn them and the global community about the problem.

How is it that members are able to see what eBay refuses to? See what this victim found!

Counterfeit Transcend JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drives Sold On Ebay Hong Kong Seller Ring

Yet again a UK ebay seller lists a fake 64GB USB flash drive

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Yet again an ebay seller in the UK failed to respond to a warning about the fact that the 64GB flash drive listed is a fake and has a much smaller capacity than shown in the operating system. Although the seller (nutsy95) does not mention Kingston the drive in the picture looks like a 2GB Kingston.

Fraudsters in China have produced fake capacity flash drives either by re-programming drives which were either originally genuine small capacity drives (usually 4GB or less) from manufacturers like Sony, Kingston and transcend so that they appear to have much higher capacities or producing items which are entirely counterfeit. Either way the use of fake capacity USB flash drives (like the one listed by nutsy95) will eventually lead to all files saved on the USB flash drive being lost or corrupted.
UPDATE 24/03/09
As nutsy95 is still selling these fake drives the seller is obviously a deliberate fraudster.

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March 10, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Old time fraudster chaiching28 still allowed to sell on eBay

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Despite the fact that ebay must be well aware that chaiching28 is a fraudster this long time seller of fake flash memory has been allowed to continue peddling his fraudulent goods on Ebay. The writer of this post bought a fake flash drive from this seller months ago. After a rapid rise in negative feedback and paypal claims this crafty seller seemed to stop selling fakes for a short while.

Fraudulent ebay seller chaiching returned selling mainly fake capacity media players as well as a few fake USB flash drives. You can see pictures of the seller’s other fake flash items elsewhere on the blogs. It seems chaiching28 has stopped listing again – waiting to see if you got away with it again chaiching28? This is one tricky fraudster. On the right is a suspect media player sold by chaiching28 that got a lot of negative feedback but is not pictured elsewhere yet.

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March 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Ebay sellers of USB flash drives please take note!!

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Selling flash memory on ebay? Please read this!! Yet another ebayer (rexiho1987) who listed fake flash drives has been de-registered by ebay and had listings removed. Sellers please be aware that if you don’t check that your flash memory items are genuine this is likely to happen to you. If you plan to sell brand name USB flash drives check the models offered on the company’s web site – if the drives you are thinking of selling are not an exact match with a drive on the company’s web site then the item is counterfeit and undoubtedly fake capacity. There is a simple way to test the capacity of flash memory items – use the free program h2testw

Helen’s downloadable guide to fake flash drives updated!

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Helen’s downloadable guide to fake flash has now been updated a bit with a little new information. It still only covers USB flash drives but she hopes to do further updates in the future. Keep your eye on the page at the top of the right hand panel titled “Guide to fake flash”

Transcend 32GB Counterfeit USB Flash Drive Found On eBay – JetFlash V30

Transcend joins Sony and Kingston to have counterfeit USB Flash Drives sold on eBay. JetFlash V30 line had a maximum genuine capactiy of 16GB in size. Transcend, like Kingston uses colour coding to distinguish different capacities. Currently targeted by counterfeit flash sellers is the 4GB model that is being supersized to astonishing 32GB capacity. It this 4GB model is also pretenting to confuse and to sneak in at 16GB a genuine size. Only the true 16GB has the pink band not green.

Sold on eBay by hellopetpet was a 32GB Flash drive.

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Notice the colour band is green. The colour coding chart for the JetFlash V30 shows:

JetFlashV30

So green would be a 4GB usb flash drive and not a 32GB flash drive. The ebayer who performed the testing with H2testw 1.4 reported what size? 4GB!

This same model (green code) is for sale right now on ebay as 16GB by…

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Guide – Protect Yourself Against Counterfeit Fake Transcend USB Flash Drives – Product Verification

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How do you tell a true Transcend USB Flash Drive from a Counterfeit (Fake – False Capacity)? Where can you check?

Transcend is the latest Brand Name to suffer from Counterfeiting for USB Flash Drives, joining Kingston and Sony. SOSFakeFlash recently received their first confirmation of a Transcend 32 JetFlash V30 USB Flash Drive being sold on eBay by seller hellopetpet. The Transcend 32 JetFlash V30 is only made up to 16GB in size. When SOSFakeFlash reviewed eBay for Transcend Flash drives it was not difficult to detect the true capacity from the counterfeits. Like Kingston, Transcend uses colour coding. Within a few minutes two other sellers were detected selling counterfeit Transcend 32 JetFlash V30 flash drives, ren-ren-buy and maya.city .

You should visit the Official Transcend site to check out what they sell. USB Flash Drives Made By Transcend

For older models, type the model in on google, then look for the transcend website. Like most manufacturers these days they don’t show an archive of older models, but like many sites, the pages are still there.

Transcend is very much aware of the counterfeiting of their products and have set up product verification.

In order to protect our customers rights and our superior brand image, we have set up this site to allow customers to verify the authenticity of their products.

Product Verification

Go to their webpage and verify the flash drive you bought. You can use it to check other products to see if they are genuine too. If you don’t see your drive, get a message that they did not make it, have doubts or questions, please contact them for help:

techsupport@transcend.com.tw

If you performed testing and found you bought a counterfeit, let them know. Tell them where you bought the item and from whom. The only way to put a stop to this problem is to help. You probably chose transcend to AVOID buying a fake in the first place. Let them know where you bought your counterfeit from!

If you need or want to test the real capacity of your usb flash drive see: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives If it turns out you bought it on eBay and is a fake, please Report A Fake to SOSFakeFlash.

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March 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Suspect looking ebay listing for a 64GB Kingston USB flash drive

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The listing above has a number of potentially suspicious features. No picture of the drive in question is given – this could be because the item is an obvious fake as there is ony one 64GB Kingston. The item is listed as being located in the UK but the member selling the item is registered in Thailand. This could simply mean that the member moved to the UK. However it could mean that the seller is trying to disguise the fact that the item is coming from the far east.

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March 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Counterfeit 64GB Sony Micro Vault from mislam0961 on ebay

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UK ebay seller mislam0961 has listed a counterfeit and fake capacity 64GB USB flash drive showing the Sony Micro Vault name. This ebay member has not removed this item from sale despite being told by an ebayer that the item is fake. Are people who list on ebay totally unaware that selling such items is a criminal offence and that they could land themselves in jail?

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March 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Very odd goings-on on ebay indeed!

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There are now quite a few UK IDs registered recently on ebay who seem to be giving positive feedback to fraudsters in China/Hong Kong at lightening speed. Ebay members apparently registered in the UK have given positive feedback to many known fraudsters like lazy-juicy and continue to give positive feedback to suspect sellers. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 7, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Suspect seller happybaby has no current ebay listings.

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Ebay seller happybaby (based in Hong Kong) who fightflashfaud has considered suspect for some time is no longer listing anything for sale. If you bought any flash memory item from this seller you are strongly advised to test it with the free program h2testw. Just enter h2testw in the search box to get to the post giving information about the program and a download link.

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March 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Suspect sellers of MP3 and MP4 players on Ebay

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There seem to be a lot of ebay sellers with suspiciously low prices for MP3 and MP4 players on sold on a buy it now basis. Many of them are charging next to nothing for the players, but postage charges are high. This is a way of acheiving two things:
1) minimising ebay fees
2) making it unlikely that buyers who find the item is fake or faulty will try to get a refund.
If you see an MP3 or MP4 player on buy it now where the shipping costs are four times that of the item we think you should consider this extremely suspicious and steer well clear of the item! If you bought such an item we think you should be able to test it with h2testw as you can with USB flash drives and most (if not all) memory cards.

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March 7, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Ebay seller maya.city is strongly suspected of being a fraudster

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The ebay ID maya.city has only existed since 17th February 2009 in Hong Kong. On the right is a very obvious fake item sold by maya.city – a fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveler. Can we point out yet again to everyone that the highest capacity Kingston DataTraveler of this type is 16GB – there are absolutely no genuine DataTraveler drives that look like this in higher capacities.

The seller’s early feedback is very interesting indeed. The picture below shows the first three feedback comments left for this seller.

Note the date: 19th February. Wow! buyers were quick off the mark to leave good feedback!!
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A quick look at the item bought by barrymark33 reveals something interesting – the feedback was made the same day as the purchase! Wow, maya.city must have a Star Trek beam-me-up device to deliver items to buyers!! Either that or the buyer was the seller’s next door neighbour!

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Ok let’s find out if barrymark33 might be maya.city’s next door neigbour then:
barrymarkfbprofile
Seems not, then. So maya.city MUST have a beam-me-up device. Ok, then maya.city – when are you going to sell us beam-me-ups? I am sure we would all like one!
UPDATE
Ebay have de-registered the seller and removed listings so it seems they are aware maya.city is a fraudster. If you bought from maya.city you should immediately test your item and claim a refund from paypal.

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March 7, 2009 at 5:17 PM

UK ebay seller l.c.hayes de-registered and listings removed.

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Ebay seller l.c.hayes chose to ignore a warning that there was no such thing as a 120GB USB flash drive and sold this counterfeit Sony drive with a fake capacity. Ebay have de-registered the seller and removed listings so they are aware the flash drive sold by l.c.hayes is a counterfeit and fraudulent item. If you bought this item you should immediately claim a refund for your counterfeit from paypal.

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March 7, 2009 at 12:17 PM

UK based ebay seller gambinnno123 lists obvious fake flash drive

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UK seller gambinnno123 has listed one of the most obvious fake USB flash drives we have seen recently. The listing is on buy it now with buyer information hidden – pretty well a sure-fire sign of fraud. The packaging is very familiar – it was used for many fake drives a while back. If you see packaging like this steer well clear! The vaio trademark is reserved by Sony for laptops. It has never been used for flash drives. These items are 100% fake. Anyone who buys will end up losing their files and we think gambinnno123 knows it! If you have bought USB flash drives on ebay or elswhere on the internet, or are thinking of doing so (whether for personal use or to re-sell) we advise you to download Helen’s guide to fake flash. You can download it from the page Guide to fake flash listed at the top of the right-hand panel. It doesn’t cover everything but will give you some idea of what to look out for. gambino

Ebay seller nasbeg01 de-registered and listings removed

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UK based ebay seller nasbeg01 listed 500GB USB flash drives showing the Sony brand name. There is no such thing as a 500GB USB flash drive from Sony or anyone else. It is simply not technically possible at the moment. It seems that Ebay has de-registered nasbeg01 and removed listings for these items. Anyone who bought these fakes should immediately file a paypal dispute on the basis that they were sold a counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive. Ebay obviously knows these items are fraudulent, therefore (as they are the same company) paypal also knows. If you paid by credit card you can do a chargeback – there is information about this on the sosfakeflash blog.

How An eBay Seller Of Counterfeit Fake Kingston USB Flash Drives Traps Himself

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Recently an eBay seller, honchai9974 made some serious mistakes in selling counterfeit 32GB and 64GB Kingston DataTraveler usb flash drives. To See how read: honchai9974 Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – United Kingdom

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March 6, 2009 at 6:01 AM

Kingston USB Flash Drives – Getting Help How To Detect Counterfeits And Fakes – Product Verification

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Get Help! Did you buy an 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 120GB or 128GB Kingston USB Flash drive you think is a fake or counterfeit? Countries in Asia are very vunerable to these counterfeit items, but Europe and even North America are experiencing an increase of these items circulating for sale. Kingston is aware of the problem and they have set up a web page to help. There are technical support numbers you can call.

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An interesting slide show about fake flash.

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A recent comment on sosfakeflash has a link to a slide show about fake flash that fightflashfraud found rather interesting. You might also find it interesting and informative! A link to the slide show is provided below:
http://www.slideshare.net/belonesox/fake-flashes-from-topkeen-presentation

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March 6, 2009 at 1:11 AM

Ebayer lists job lot of 10 64GB Kingston USB flash drives

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An ebayer who apparently found 10 “64GB” Kingston USB flash drives in the garage of his new house has listed them on ebay as a job lot. Anyone who uses these will end up losing all their files after a while. The seller was sent a warning about these by an ebayer but may not have read the message yet. We can only hope that xenbobo sees the warning message before the auction ends and removes them from sale.
UPDATE (11.45pm 5th March)
Either xenbobo did not read the warning messages sent by an ebayer before the auction ended, or chose to ignore them as the 10 fake flash drives in this job lot apparently sold for £83 plus £6 postage. We can only hope that the seller now contacts the buyer to cancel the sale of these fake items. If not, the seller will have broken the law. It is a criminal offence to sell counterfeit and fake items. If the buyer receives the items, discovers they are fake and contacts the police the seller could be arrested, prosecuted in a court of law and sent to jail as a number of laws will have been broken in this sale.

Ebay fake flash seller cckelectronic99 uses private auctions

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Confirmation of a suspected fake flash drive from cckelectronic99, a seller based in Hong Kong, has been received by fightflashfraud. The drive shown on the right was advertised as 16GB but test results reveal the true capacity as 2GB. The seller is using private auctions to hide buyer details – again we stress that you should never buy flash memory from a seller who hides your ID. What they are really trying to hide when they do this is their fraudulent dealings. cckelectronic99

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March 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Suspect UK seller asht067 lists drives with buyer information hidden.

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An ebay member has informed fightflashfraud about UK seller asht067. This seller has been an eBay member since 05-Sep-06 in the United Kingdom and has a feedback score of 1 at the moment. This seller is currently listing an obviously counterfeit 64GB Kingston flash drive and some generic drives that are also likely to be fake. All listings are buy it now with no buyer information shown.
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The picture on the left shows a generic drive in familiar packaging for fakes. The picture on the right shows a counterfeit and fake capacity drive. Apparently this seller previously sold flash drives at computer fairs – so it seems that fake flash drives have been sold at computer fairs as well as on ebay, other websites and some high steet shops.

One would imagine that people who sell at computer fairs would have some knowledge about the technology they sell. We await further information to establish whether asht067 has simply acted foolishly or is a fraudster.
UPDATE 6th March 2009
As asht067 has not ended listings for these fake USB flash drives despite having read the warning messages sent by an ebay member two days ago we can only conclude that this seller is a deliberate fraudster.
UPDATE 9th March 2009
Seller did end the listing for the counterfeit data traveller but is continuing with sale of what we think are generic fake capacity drives.

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March 5, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Ebay seller net-monsters kept buyer ID’s private in buy it now

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net-monsters UK based seller net-monsters kept buyer ID’s private while selling what appear to be fake 64GB USB flash drives in a buy it now. You should never buy flash memory items from a seller who does this. IDs being kept  private are a strong indicator of deliberate fraud. Sellers of fake flash drives do not hide your ID for your protection – they do it to protect themselves. 

This seller was informed that the item was likely to be a fake – not a 64GB drive but a much smaller one fraudulently programmed to fool the operating system. The seller ignored the ebay member who sent the message – an indication that the seller was probably well aware of this fact. As ever, buyers should test with h2testw.

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March 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Negative feedback for suspect ebay seller supersellercn88

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Ebay seller supersellercn88, based in China has had negative feedback about the MP3 MP4 player shown on the right which suggests that the true capacity of this item is 1GB rather than the 8GB advertised by the seller. Another model from this seller seems to be 2GB rather than 8GB.

We await evidence from buyers confirming that this is the case. If you bought one of these and it does not have the capacity claimed please report in using the report a fake tab on sosfakeflash.

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March 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Ebayer who sold fake 64GB Kingston ends listing

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Ebay seller honchai9974 ended listings early following a warning from an ebayer that the flash drives pictured were fake, however buyers are still waiting for refunds. If you bought from this seller test your drive immediately and claim a refund through paypal.

Guide to fake USB flash drives now available from fightflashfraud!

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An ebay member has produced a guide to fake USB flash drives and has provided this to fightflashfraud in pdf format for you to download.  The guide shows a variety of both fake and genuine flash drives and gives guidance about ways to spot fake USB flash drives. If you bought a USB flash drive that seems suspect you should test it immediately with h2testw. Fake flash drive = lost files in the long run!  Go to the page:  Guide to fake flash to get this valuable information

Flash drives with Sony’s Vaio trademark on them are fake.

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For the information of all buyers: The Sony trademark name Vaio is used only for laptops – it is not (and never has been) used for other items such as USB flash drives. Any flash drive displaying this name is an illegal counterfeit. Not only that – it is fake capacity and you will lose your files after a while if you buy a flash drive like the one below:

vaio

Drives like this are produced by fraudsters who program the control chip to display any capacity they like to the operating system. Use one and you will eventually lose your files. Do not buy a flash drive if you see the Vaio name either on the packaging or the drive itself!!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

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

Ebay member with 0 feedback selling fake 64GB Sony

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An eBay member with no feedback score super-sella1 is selling one of the most well known fakes – the 64GB Sony in the infamous packaging where capacity is shown in as 64G instead of 64GB. super-sella1 is likely to have a feedback score of  -1 fairly soon.

Ebay seller samcat_123 listing fake 240GB USB flash drive

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Ebay seller samcat_123 has not removed listings for 240GB USB flash drives. This seller is also selling fake 64GB drives. The seller acted quickly when warned that there was no such thing as a240GB USB flash drive. However the action was not to remove the listings! No, instead samcat_123 took the precaution of changing the picture from the obvious fake 64GB Sony Microv Vault packaging to a fuzzy picture without the packaging. We think this indicates there is little doubt that this seller is deliberately commiting fraud. If you bought one get the seller’s contact details, then report the seller to the police when your item arrives.
Remember that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A 240GB USB FLASH DRIVE!!!

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March 1, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Ebay seller matkru007 lists Kingston datatraveler usb flash drive 240GB

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UK based ebay seller matkru007 (a member since 18-Oct-08) has not stopped listings for a 240GB Kingston drive despite being told that they are fake, that buyers would lose their files and that selling these is in fact a criminal offence. This seller bought his fakes on alibaba.com – a site that many who found themselves with fakes bought from. If you discovered you were committing a criminal offence in full view of the world would you continue to do so?  This seller is doing just that. Does matkru007 that selling these could result in a criminal conviction and a prison sentence?

Can we make this crystal clear: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A 240GB USB FLASH DRIVE!!! Such a thing is simply not technically possible yet. If you see one advertised anywhere we can say with absolute certainty that it is a fake.

Hong Kong seller ren-ren-buy sells fake Kingston

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Ebay seller ren-ren-buy (ID registered on 23-Feb-09 in Hong Kong) claims to be the SOLE ebay seller selling Real 32GB Capacity memory stick . We beg to differ. The model shown is not made in capacities over 16GB – ren-ren-buy  is selling fake/counterfeit drives.

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March 1, 2009 at 12:37 PM

More fake Sony Micro Vault flash Drives listed by UK ebayers.

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Despite being warned that their items are fake a number of sellers in the UK  failed to remove listings of  fake USB flash drives showing the Sony name and/or  the Sony trademark name Micro Vault.  Sellers who ignored warnings and continued selling include james_escort, ikhan1985,  nixilixi and xlornajcx. If you bought from these sellers (or anyone else who sold a similiar drive)  you should test the drive with h2testw to discover it’s real capacity. Claim a refund through paypal and report the seller to Ebay. People who sell such drives are commiting a criminal offence.  If you see drives like the ones in the pictures below listed on eBay you can be certain they are fake! Note that fake items showning a brand name are counterfeit and their sale is a serious criminal offence.

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March 1, 2009 at 12:01 PM