Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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.

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  1. This is quite common. You need to be persistent – paypal are notorious for the automatic responses from robots (computer programs) rather than real human beings. You need to get past the robots to a real live common-sense person. The real people say you are quite right it would be illegal to return the drive and you then usually get your refund quite quickly, at least in the UK, not sure how it is in Germany.

    We are limited in what we can do as we have jobs and do this in our “spare” time for free. The advice given comes out of our experience – it was because we were victims of this fraud that we began trying to do something about it.


    March 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM

  2. Thanks, but this statement help me neither! As said the PayPal wont continue the refund procedure unless the bought product is resent to the seller. I think you make in this blog more theory; reporting and publishing rather than real backup and logistic cooperation and support.

    Thanks any way for your efforts, I will try to use another excutive channels and I may tell you what happen in the end.


    March 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

  3. On no account should anyone post a fake back to a seller. for one thing illegal in most countries to send fraudulent items through the postal system. Also the return address probably doesn’t exist. Fraudsters who succeed in getting buyers to post items then say they never got the item and refuse the refund.


    March 16, 2009 at 9:40 AM

  4. Dear Admin,

    as advised, I claimed for a refund from the seller through PayPal by reporting the fraud and the disputation to the buyer safety committee at PayPal.

    However, the seller raised a “conflict details” demanding the back sending of the stick before refunding the amount, as it seems to be a normal intermediate step at PayPal.

    What is your advise for the next step?



    March 15, 2009 at 9:56 PM

  5. It is likely that the fraudulent programming carried out on these sticks failed resulting in no capacity. I think you are right – the seller wants to bury the evidence. I would be disinclined to return the stick – apart from anything else sending fraudulent items through the postal system is illegal in most countries. I will get in touch with you by email.


    March 15, 2009 at 12:14 PM

  6. Hereby, I provide you with the item number in



    March 15, 2009 at 9:21 AM

  7. Hi again,

    I used the named software with the result ” Error Accessing Target”. This quite normal, since the target has no storage capacity in it.

    The eBay seller started his business in Germany with 3 positive comments now. I sent him an email yesterday through pay pal asking him about this problem and that I think that the stick is fake. He said that I am the first person to place such complaint. Moreover he did not react on the word fake, which indicating that there surly something fishy there. He wanted me to send him back the stick so that he tests it, meanwhile he will send me another tested stick. He will take both sending costs.
    I think he wants to withdraw the fake evidence by introducing me another functioning one.
    I am not going to send it now until I read your opinion about the case.
    The eBay name of the seller is 007zacke and he is now registered in the German eBay. His real name I will keep as discreet, since I am not 100% sure about the originality of the stick.


    March 15, 2009 at 9:01 AM

  8. No storage capacity at all?? Did you submit your test results from h2testw using the report a fake tab on the sosfakeflash blog? If not please do so – this gives the project vital evidence about fake drives.


    March 14, 2009 at 6:48 PM

  9. I got such offer (SONY 64G) for 73€ on eBay, which I paid through Paypal. The USB is fake and has no storage capacity in it. I am going to follow this guy through ebay and Paypal.


    March 14, 2009 at 3:03 PM

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