Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for March 23rd, 2009

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:
renpack

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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