Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for April 16th, 2009

Fake Kingston and Sony USB flash drives – a horrific problem

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We are horrified at the variety of fake Kingston and Sony drives sold on the Internet generally and ebay (our main focus at the moment) particularly.
SELLERS: PLEASE DO RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING KINGSTON OR OTHER BRAND NAME DRIVES FOR RESALE!
Most are fake – you will lose money and end up with angry buyers if you do not check that items are genuine.

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April 16, 2009 at 7:20 PM

ebay seller yummymummy18-08-86 sells an expensive fake

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Here is a rather expensive fake being sold by UK seller yummymummy18-08-86 – this drive probably has a real capacity of about 512mb not 16GB – the real 16GB is red. The value of this drive would be about £3.50 – £4.50 if it was not fraudulently programmed to show a higher capacity to the operating system. It is worthless as it stands. There are real 16GB flash drives available for around £20 – £30 so buying this would be an expensive way of losing all your files! We strongly advise people not to buy Kingston drives on ebay – so far we have not found any real ones, only fakes. In fact we’d strongly advise avoiding flash drives on ebay altogether as there are so few genuine ones.

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April 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Seller apealy probably a familiar ebay fraudster with a new ID

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Seller apealy is selling the usual set of fake 16GB flash drives from a familiar ring of Hong Kong fraudsters. Some of the pictures used are exactly the same as previously used by this fraud ring – especially in the early listings. They are obviously cottoning on to how easily we spot these as apealy has changed to new pictures for some drives. Here is a screenshot of a listing for the most obvious fake – the real 16GB model is has red plastic, not green!
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April 16, 2009 at 7:16 AM