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Archive for April 2009

PayPal Orders You To Return Fake MP Players, Fake MP Players , Fake USB Flash Drives, Fake Memory Cards To Get A Refund? Think Again!

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Are you thinking of obeying PayPals demands to return fake MP Players, Memory Cards or usb flash drives purchased on eBay from a fake flash seller to get a refund? SOSFakeFlash has published many articles on why you should not. We think you should read the latest article just published by FakeFlashNews.

eBay Refunds For Fake Flash USB drives – Returning For Refunds. How Many Addresses Do Fake Flash Sellers Have – A Buyer’s Confusion

After reading it please consult PayPal How Long Do You Have To Claim For A Refund In Disputes? A Guide About PayPal From eBayer’s Experiences. and read all the helpful articles published in that guide to assist victims of fake flash purchases on eBay!

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April 29, 2009 at 5:02 AM

Is ebay seller paulandzhuzhu a fraudster or a philanthropist?

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Is UK based ebay seller paulandzhuzhu a wealthy philanthropist?
Have we found someone who who is willing to sell a 32GB flash drive at below cost for the benefit of a lucky ebayer? We suspect not, particularly in the light of the fact that the seller is selling this in a private auction. We all know why sellers hide buyer IDs when selling flash drives – to bury the evidence. We at fightflashfraud suspect that this seller is testing the water to see if he can get away with selling fakes.

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April 28, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Suspect UK seller uses private listings

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Is UK ebay seller fastflashstore a fraudster?  Feedback left by dissatisfied buyers and the use of private listings seem to suggest this is the case. We at fightflashfraud would like to hear from customers of this seller.

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April 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

UK seller nextvision-uk selling own-brand fakes?

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nextvision-uk This is an unusual case. UK seller nextvision-uk may be selling own-brand fakes! An ebay member working with the frankenflash project recently purchased an “own brand” 8GB flash drive from seller nextvision-uk. The buyer felt the low price made the drive seem suspect, so before purchasing the buyer contacted the seller through ebay and got a very re-assuring response. The drive failed testing with H2testw so the buyer contacted the seller through ebay with this information. The seller responded to this message by saying to send the drive back for a refund. Not only did the buyer inform the seller that the drive was not a genuine 8GB flash drive, the buyer also emailed the test program to the address provided on the invoice and asked the seller to test the drives for himself. There was no response to this email and listings for this drive have remained on Ebay.

The buyer then contacted fightflashfraud who looked at the listing and noticed something that seems to indicate that this is deliberate fraud. In the terms and conditions it says”Please also note that items will NOT be considered for exchange/refund once negative feedback left.” Hmm – fighflashfraud is inclined to translate this as: “Keep your mouth shut and you get a refund if you discover my drives are crap, but if you expose me as a fraudster by leaving negative feedback you will lose your money” – we could be wrong of course, but it seems unlikely. Time will tell! We will be interested to hear from anyone else who bought from this seller.

There are some very odd things about the item the buyer alerted fightflashfraud to (item number 190298552424) for one thing, after being told it was fake the seller reduced the price instead of removing the listing and testing the items. For another the buyer list changed in a very strange way as demonstrated by the image below:


The buyer list originally showed many more buyers than it does now – a screenshot of part of the original list is on the left. The list seen by anyone visiting the listing now is shown on the right – it has gone into reverse order around buyer hanaspanaspoon and all buyers after a certain point on the 20th have vanished although there were buyers after this. Very fishy indeed in the opinion of the fightflashfraud team!

UPDATE 30th April
The buyer contacted a few other people who bought this drive and those who have replied said their files were corrupted. It seems we have a deliberate fraudster here – if you bought a drive from this seller test it with h2testw and claim a refund. As this seems to be deliberate fraud which causes file loss by someone in the UK perhaps buyers might want to consider reporting the seller to the UK police.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 27, 2009 at 12:46 AM

New suspect ID appears on ebay selling flash drives

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The listing shown above looks very suspect to fightflashfraud – we think taoline2 may be a new ID set up to sell fake flash drives. At the moment this ID has no feedback. If you have bought from this seller please test your drive with h2testw and let us know if our suspicions are founded.

UPDATE 17/05/09:
Seller taoline2 removed listings for the drive above and at least one other model shortly after this post was originally published. The fairly obvious fake above has not been listed again but other drives at a similar overall price have been listed again. The price is just a little too low for it to be likely that the models shown below are genuine 16GB drives.


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April 26, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Fake flash on ebay: yuanaya – an old “friend” with a new ID??

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Seller yuanaya is a new ID on ebay – at time of writing this ID has a feedback score of 20. This seller is not using the standard small picture/s previously used in listings but the main page pictures remain the same old faithfuls we have come to expect from an identified fraud ring. Nobody with an ounce of sense should think of buying from this seller – the picture below shows why! This is a well known fake capacity drive. We do not know for sure whether the fraudsters simply reproduced a 2GB kingston casing without realising that Kingston drives of this type are colour coded according to capacity or simply re-programmed real Kingston to show higher (fake) capacities. Either way anyone who buys one of these will eventually lose all their files.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Suspect yexinhong888 de-registered and ebay listings removed

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A suspect seller who sold 16GB flash drives, yexihong888, is no longer registered on ebay and ebay have removed the seller’s listings. This indicates fightflashfraud was correct in thinking that this seller is a fraudster. If you bought from this seller test your drive with h2testw and claim a refund.

Written by fightflashfraud

April 23, 2009 at 9:19 AM