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Archive for May 2009

Obvious fake capacity Kingston listed on ebay Australia

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mariasporcic

This obvious fake has been listed by seller mariasporcic. The seller may not be aware that these are fake capacity flash drives which will cause users to lose their files after a while. Perhaps Australian ebayers could ask the seller to test them with h2testw. Buyers – test all flash memory items with this free program!

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

UPDATE 03/06/09
Wow – now this seller has listed a bulk lot of 30 of these fakes:
mariasporcicbulk

And whoops! “maria porkie pies” (porkie pies is cockney rhyming slang for lies) forgot to change the wording at the bottom when listing this – 48 were previously listed using ID tfross89 – guess who the buyer was?? Yes you got it none other than mariasporcic who bought the job lot of 48 from tfross89 for AU $1,550.00! Wonder if this means the seller is aware of this post?? Here’s what it says at the bottom:

Note: These are the same drives found all over eBay. If you take a look at the Kingston website you will find that they do not list this drive. This is because like the rest of the 64gb Kingston Datatraveler drives found on eBay they are not authentic Kingston. They are made by Kingston China. Although they look authentic, they are not authentic Kingston Datatraveler 64gb drives. They are all in original packaging. They are still selling well, with prices ranging from $90 – $120. When you multiply that by 48, theres some serious to profit to be made! I myself haven’t got the time to sell these drives; so heres your chance to cut out the Chinese middle man and buy them direct from AUS. Save on shipping, and save on the worry of them not arriving! Don’t miss out on an awesome selling opportunity. The postage will be registered.

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May 31, 2009 at 11:28 PM

64GB faux suspecté Kingston DataTraveler 150 commandes instantanées

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labonneaffaire666

Nous suspectons que ces derniers les commandes instantanées étant vendues à l’enchère par labonneaffaire666 sur la France ebay soient des contrefaçons achetées d’un grossiste frauduleux en Chine. Si le vendeur devaient examiner ces derniers avec h2testw nous pensons qu’elles s’avéreraient avoir une capacité minuscule. N’importe qui utilisant Kingston contrefait finit les dossiers vers le haut de perte après un moment parce qu’une fois que la vraie capacité est dépassée il y a nulle part pour qu’ils soient stockés.

Si vous vous trouvez acheté un rapport faux de dispositif de capacité dedans au sosfakeflash.

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May 31, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Obvious fake 16GB Kingston listed by ebayer registered in China

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haifter

Registered on ebay China, seller haifter has listed the very obvious fake capacity drive above. Hundreds of these have been sold by fraudsters on ebay. As this drive is fake we exepect the other models shown below will also prove to be fake capacity.

haifter

If you bought a flash drive or media player from this seller test it immediately with h2testw.

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

UPDATE 11/06/09
As of today haifter has sold over a thousand fake flash drives and MP players since launching his fake flash operation on ebay just under a month ago. Here are his sales figures to 11/06/09:

Items Sold: 94.52%
Total Value Sold: £9289.66
Total Value Shipping: £0.00
Total Value Not Sold: £82.26
Sold Item Fees: £357.20
Unsold Item Fees: £21.10

If haifter’s items had been genuine he would have made quite a loss, but as they are fake he has made a reasonable profit.
Ebayers – wake up and smell the coffee – you cannot buy real flash memory items at the prices haifer is selling at -only fake capacity ones! Never leave feedback before fully testing such items whoever the seller is!

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May 31, 2009 at 5:03 PM

La impulsión falsa del flash de 64GB Sony enumeró en España ebay

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pachecko18Esta impulsión del flash de Sony enumerada por pachecko18 es una falsificación. Sony no vende impulsiones del flash 64GB. Esto es una impulsión falsa del flash de la capacidad – cualquier persona usando uno de éstos terminará para arriba con los archivos perdidos y corrompidos.

Si usted compró uno de éstos pruébelo con h2testw para encontrar la capacidad verdadera. Nos sorprenderán si es mayor que 1GB. Este vendedor parece utilizar subastas privadas y ha tenido ya regeneración sobre flash falso de la capacidad así que pensamos que éste es fraude deliberado. Hay consejo sobre sosfakeflash sobre conseguir reembolsos si usted compró artículos de destello falsos.

Divulgue por favor adentro al sosfakeflash con sus resultados de la prueba y otros detalles de la transacción.

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May 31, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Un membro ebay in Italia che vende falsificazione 16GB Kingston

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xbox-360_123

Il venditore xbox-360_123 ha venduto parecchi di questi azionamenti dell’istantaneo di Kingston di capienza di falsificazione.

Nessun dei compratori sembrano esaminarli come tutte le risposte positive di sinistra. I compratori perderanno finalmente le lime usando questi – dovrebbero provarli con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a sosfakeflash se le vostre esposizioni di prova voi hanno un dispositivo falso di capienza.

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May 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Suspect generic 32GB flash drive listed on ebay UK

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alpenkhagram

We think these flash drives extremely likely to prove to be fake capacity. The fact that buyer IDs are kept private suggests that the seller has something to hide. We strongly advise buyers to test with h2testw.

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

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May 31, 2009 at 7:08 AM

La falsificazione 32GB oltrepassa l’azionamento istantaneo elencato sull’Italia ebay

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digitalsmile65

Il venditore digitalsmile65 sta offrendo questo azionamento falso dell’istantaneo di capienza sull’Italia ebay. Il venditore non può conoscere questo ma questo oltrepassa l’azionamento istantaneo non è fatto nella capienza 32GB. Quello indicato qui sembra essere un modello 2GB. Forse qualcuno dovrebbe suggerire le prove del venditore questi con h2testw per scoprire la capienza allineare.

Segnali dentro a sosfakeflash se le vostre esposizioni di prova voi hanno un dispositivo falso di capienza.

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May 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM

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A bold fraudster in China selling fake trascend flash in bulk?

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myseller8888

This listing was either put up by a very bold fraudster or a very foolish ebay seller registered in China. The buy it now price is far too low for these flash drives to be genuine. You cannot buy 32GB flash drives (even generic ones rather than brand name drives) anywhere at a wholesale price of £11 per unit!!

As far as we are aware the highest capacity Transcend drives of this type are 16GB – what do we think about this listing from seller myseller8888? We think these are fake fake fakity fake! When is ebay going to wake up and smell the coffee?

Buyers – wake up to the facts – a high proportion of USB flash drives, memory cards, memory sticks and media players are fake capacity. This is not just on ebay but elsewhere too. Test any flash memory item you buy with h2testw.

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May 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Un membro ebay in Italia che vende falsificazione 32GB Kingston

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shoppers084Il venditore shoppers084 ha venduto parecchi di questi azionamenti dell’istantaneo di Kingston di capienza di falsificazione.

Nessun dei compratori sembrano esaminarli come tutte le risposte positive di sinistra. I compratori perderanno finalmente le lime usando questi – dovrebbero provarli con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a sosfakeflash se le vostre esposizioni di prova voi hanno un dispositivo falso di capienza.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 30, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Suspected new fake flash seller in China.

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yiweng668668b

We strongly suspect that the new seller ID yiweng668668 has been created to replace that of one of our fraudster friends who have been obliged to quit ebay for the present. If you bought one of these you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

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May 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Is this 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay Canada genuine or fake?

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mhaidar78

We suspect this is probably not a genuine 64GB Kingston. We think seller mhaidar78 (registered on ebay Canada) probably bought these from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler. Why do we suspect this? We have four reasons for our suspicions:

First: the slightly low price on the buy it now listing.
Second: that the seller accepted a lower offer that would probably mean a financial loss if it is genuine.
Third: the low start price for the item above sold at auction.
Fourth: the fact that buyer IDs are hidden – usually a sign of fraud when selling flash memory.

If you bought a 64GB Kingston DataTraveller 150 from ANY seller on ebay you should test it on arrival with h2testw. So far it seems that most (if not all) are proving to be fakes from China. If you use a fake one you will end up losing files. There are posts on our blogs about the visual tell-tale signs that will help you identify counterfeit flash drives of this model. Your test with h2testw will confirm whether it is fake or genuine.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Yet another fraudulent ID in China selling fake flash on ebay?

zybkodim68568

Can we beleive that ebay seller zybkodim68568 (registered in China) is selling genuine 16GB flash drives?? We suspect not. The model shown below offered by this seller has a classic sign of fake flash – a little shiny sticker with the drive capacity. It seems likely that our suspicions will prove correct if the seller doesn’t cut and run from ebay before we get the evidence.

zybkodim68568

If you bought a flash drive from this seller we suggest you test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

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May 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

An ebay member registered in Israel with stock in the USA?

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7116231

This seller’s flash drive listings look a bit suspect to us. The seller registered in Israel on April 13th 2009 but the location given for flash drives is Ramla, USA, though the seller’s handbags are listed as being in Ramla, Israel. We know there is a Ramla in Israel but it’s news to us if there is a Ramla in the USA. The seller is using private auctions – usually a surefire sign of fraud.

If you bought a flash drive from this seller we strongly advise you to test with h2testw – we suspect it could be fake capacity.

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

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May 29, 2009 at 1:16 AM

32GB sospetto Kingston DataTraveler 150 sull’Italia ebay

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guerino1946Pensiamo che gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo 32GB elencati sull’Italia ebay da guerino1946 siano capienza falsa. Il venditore non può conoscerlo probabilmente per essere una falsificazione – forse qualcuno dovrebbe avvertire il venditore e suggerire che guerino1946 li provi con il programma libero h2testw.

AGGIORNAMENTO 29/05/09
Sembra che qualcuno possa riuscire ad avvertire questo venditore che gli azionamenti erano falsi poichè nessun sono stati venduti ed il venditore più non sta elencandole. Sembra che questo venditore sia probabilmente una persona non colpevole che conned dai fornitori fraudolenti ed ha fatto la cosa onorata. Se i nostri risultati sono corretti lo salutiamo per fare la giusta cosa!

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May 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Large number of 16GB and 32GB drives listed by new seller

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No less than 98 16GB and 32GB flash drives have been listed at auction with a start price of 99 cents by new USA ebay seller taiwanhid. The two drives are pictured below – the 32GB on the left and the 16GB on the right.

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If these drives are genuinely the capacities claimed the seller is taking a huge risk and could lose hundreds of dollars if people don’t bid above the wholesale cost. Would you take such a risk? We wouldn’t. If you bought a flash drive from this seller we suggest you test it with h2testw as soon as it arrives.

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

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May 28, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Suspect 64GB Kingston flash drive listed by yet another ebayer

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adrfer10

Ebay seller adrfer10 (registered in Spain) has listed 64GB flash drives that we suspect are counterfeits as the picture does not show the engraving we would expect to see on the metal part of the drive if it was a genuine Kingston. Not only that but the picture tells us that these came from a fraudulent wholesaler in China. If you bought one of these we suggest you test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

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May 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM

New ebay ID for an old familiar fraudster? We suspect so!

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upcomingtrend

Ebay seller upcomingtrend (registered in Hong Kong on 18th Sept 2008) has listed the flash drive shown above on Ebay. This seller had achieved a 100% feedback score of 344 when we looked. The question is – was this score achieved by selling flash drives. A quick examination of the items sold returns the answer: NO!!!

So just what has the seller been selling until now, and at what sort of price? The answer is very interesting – the majority of sales were for styluses for nintendo DS. A few were for screen protector film for the same item. The vast majority of sales had a final value of 10 cents (US) – with free post and packing. The highest final sale value we could see were one at 88 cents US and about half a dozen at between 50 and 60 cents US. Therefore the seller has made quite a loss selling these items.

Why would the seller keep on selling these items at a loss?? Would you do this?? Is upcomingtrend a rich person willing to make a loss to provide the world with styluses and screen protectors. We don’t think so. We think this was a cleverly constructed long term plan to lull ebayers into a false sense of security before launching a career as a seller of fake capacity flash drives. Here are the 5 models on offer from the seller:

upcomingmodels

All models are listed as 16GB and we suspect that all models are fake. We think that upcomingtrend was a carefully planned new ID for one of the old familiar fraudsters. We have seen this time and time again. We have news for such fraudsters – in the words of my Grandfather “We are not as daft as we are cabbage-looking!” If you bought a flash drive from upcomingtrend test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 28, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Are these flash drives from a USA ebay seller genuine?

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redkoi888 An ebay member registered in the USA, redkoi888 is listing 64GB Corsair and Kingston flash drives at auction with start prices below wholesale. If the drives are genuine this would be a risky strategy as the seller could well lose hundreds of dollars. The fact that buyer IDs are hidden at auction end suggests that the seller has something to hide. If you bought flash memory from this seller we suggest you test immediately with h2testw.

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

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May 27, 2009 at 11:51 PM

“Generic” 32GB flash drive listed by ebay member in Australia

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secondhandoz

Generic? Then why is a Kingston drive pictured? We also wonder why buyer IDs are hidden by seller secondhandoz. We think we know the answer. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2testw – we strongly suspect you are in danger of ending up with lost or corrupted files.

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

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May 27, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Seller in Netherlands lists suspect 32GB Kingston flash drive

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philippe99000Netherlands based ebay seller philippe99000 has listed a 32GB Kingston flash drive that we think is almost certain to be fake.  This seller has a history of buying items on ebay from documented fraudsters (some of whom use private auctions) – almost all these fraudsters are listed in the sosfakeflash database. This ebayer then re-sells these fakes. We think he may be aware he is selling fakes because buyer IDs are hidden – usually a sign of deliberate fraud.

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May 27, 2009 at 6:57 PM

L’azionamento falso dell’istantaneo di 64GB Sony ha venduto nelle aste riservate sull’Italia ebay

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Gli azionamenti di questo istantaneo di 64GB Sony hanno elencato dal membro che ebay acciaio2009 (registrato in Italia) è falsificazione. Sony non fa gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo 64GB. Gli utenti concluderanno le lime in su di perdita. Se compraste uno di questi provilo con h2testw. Se compraste un azionamento istantaneo su ebay che viene a mancare prego questa prova segnali dentro a sosfakeflash.

acciaio2009

 Il venditore acciaio2009 ha fornito uno screenshot delle proprietà dell’azionamento a ” prove” it’ capienza di s. Ciò non dimostra niente salvo che l’azionamento istantaneo è stato programmato per visualizzarsi come 64GB al sistema operativo. Questi informazioni sono false – la verità può essere scoperta con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a SOSFakeFlash se la vostra prova lo conferma ha un dispositivo falso di capienza.

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May 27, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Obvious fake 32GB Kingston listed by ebayer in Australia

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icemanpeterepeteThis obvious fake 32GB Kingston has been listed by ebay member icemanpeterepete registered on ebay Australia. The seller may not be aware that the Kingston drives listed are fake – perhaps a kind ebayer will let the seller know.

If the seller tests with h2testw he will find out the horrible truth – the capacity of this drive is nowhere near 32GB – most likely only 2GB. Anyone using one of these eventually suffers file corruption and file loss.

UPDATE 28/06/09
Seller icemanpeterpete apparently also sold the more recent counterfeit 64GB Kingston as well as this very obvious old fake shown above. 16 fake Kingston were sold by this person but only 5 buyers seem to have noticed they were diddled by this seller.

If you are a buyer who got a supposedly 32GB or 64GB Kingston from this seller and you get in touch with Kingston they will confirm these are fake. You should immediately claim a refund from the seller by opening a paypal dispute.

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May 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Hong Kong based ebay seller lists suspect 64GB Kingston

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aabbcc147

We think that aabbcc147 (registered in Hong Kong ) is selling fake 64GB Kingston drives on ebay. It didn’t take long for counterfeiters in China to start making copies of Kingston’s latest offering – also their highest capacity drive. Some of the counterfeits produced by fraudsters didn’t even have a flash chip in them!

However (sadly, as at least the user doesn’t lose any files if there is no chip!) most of the time the fraudsters do remember to put a chip in – seems it is usually 4GB.

Fakes with 4GB chips are very dangerous as it takes a long time for victims to realise something is wrong. You can store quite a lot on a 4GB chip so you are unlikely to find your files are lost or corrupted for some time. It’s only really if you use a drive for large video files that you would notice quickly in normal use.

The top picture is the the seller’s the bottom one is a genuine drive. There are two differences – we have pointed out one of them. Can you spot the other? If you bought one check that there is engraving on the metal part – if not then we are pretty sure it is not the genuine article.

Test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Is this a genuine 64GB flash drive listed on ebay UK?

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tinytim123456 We think that this flash drive is probably not a genuine 64GB one as we have never come across any high capacity drives of this model. If you bought a flash drive that looks like this test it with h2testw to establish whether or not it is genuine. We are certain you will find that any USB flash drive that looks like thisis a fake that corrupts files.

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.

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May 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Elencato istantaneo falso di 64GB Kingston sull’Italia ebay

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emilcia104Un flash ovviamente falso di 64GB Kingston è stato elencato sull’Italia ebay dal venditore emilcia104. La vendita di Kingston soltanto un 64GB pendrive ed esso non osserva niente come questo. Il venditore non può essere informato che è falsa – forse qualcuno in Italia potrebbe dirgli. Può controllare la capienza allineare con il programma libero h2testw.

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May 27, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Suspect 64GB Kingston listing from an ebay member in Belgium

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josverstraelen2340
Would you start the bidding for a genuine 64GB Kingston drive at 1 euro? Could you possibly afford to risk losing so much money? Wouldn’t you include a photo so that buyers could see what they are bidding on? We think this listing by an ebayer registered in Belgium looks suspect. Test all flash drives bought on ebay with h2testw – most are fake capacity.

UPDATE 29/05/06
This seller seems to have sold two 64GB Kingston wes suspect may have been fake but is not currently listing anything for sale. We await developments. No doubt we will eventually find out if this seller was simply a little foolish and is innocent of fraud or whether this is a suspicious character.

Buyers – test all flash memory with h2testw!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 26, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Bargain 64GB Kingston flash drives listed by USA ebayer?

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cozmo5050

We think the 64GB flash drives listed by cozmo5050 seem a little too cheap to be genuine. The fact that buyer IDs have been hidden is also somewhat suspect. Private sales are not intended for items like flash drives. If you bought either of these you should test it immediately with h2testw.

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

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May 26, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Suspect packaging suggests this 16GB flash drive is a fake

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The packaging on this drive listed by danielearchi on ebay Italy is commonly used by fraudsters in China for fake flash drives. We have not yet come across a genuine flash drive in this type of packaging. We stronly suspect that this 16GB is a fake capacity drive supplied by fraudulent wholesalers in China. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

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May 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Yet another fraudulent ebay seller ID registered in China

zhongel

Here we have yet another obvious fake listed by an ebay seller registered in China – we suspect this is yet another attempt by our “old friends” to sneak back onto ebay. Old wolves in new sheep’s clothing. If you bought a flash drive from zhongel you should test it immediately it arrives with h2testw. We think all flash drives listed by this seller will prove to be fake capacity.

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

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May 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

UK ebayer lists “faulty” 64GB flash drives for sale

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UK ebayer streetfiction (feedback score: 1) has listed “faulty” 64GB flash drives on ebay. We do not think they are faulty we think they are fake capacity.streetfiction

Here is what the seller says:

These USB’s are sold as faulty, some do not like being formatted;
I don’t know what the problem is but when I formatted one it gave me all kinds of problems..
If you just want to store info AND TREAT IT AS A UNWRITABLE DISK it is fine, but if you try and format it, you MAY have a problem.
I am not taking returns, or bad feed back for this item, so I am starting with no reserve.
THIS MEANS; NO ITEM NOT AS DESCRIBED TO PAYPAL.
THIS MEANS; NO NEGATIVE FEED BACK.
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE THE RISK DO NOT BID.

Buyers will be taking a very large risk! What is the real capacity of these drives? 16GB? 8GB? 4GB? 2GB? 1GB? Less than 1GB? The seller is listing these at auction with a start price of 99p but an enormous postal charge of £9.49! As you can get a real 16GB for about £22 real 8GB drives for £15 or less, a real 4GB for under £10, 4GB for around £7.50, 2GB at around £5 and 1GB for £4 or less (including postage) we don’t think risking a punt on a flash drive of an unknown capacity that you might not even be able to fix is worthwhile!

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May 26, 2009 at 6:06 AM

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Suspect 16GB flash drive listed by ebayer registered in China

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zhongguocarpet

The packaging on this 16GB flash drive from seller zhongguocarpet is commonly used by Chinese fraudsters to sell fake capacity flash drives. If you bought a flash drive from zhongguocarpet (or one from another seller in similar packaging) you should test immediately with h2testw – you are in danger of losing your files. If this is (as we suspect) a fake capacity drive please report it to sosfakeflash.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Australian ebayer dumps a job lot of fake Kingston!!

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tfross89bulk

Here seller tfross89 is dumping a job lot of fakes and suggesting that some other ebay member would like to continue with the fraudulent sales he “hasn’t time” to do. Knowingly selling such items is illegal and could land a seller in prison. Here is what the seller says in the listing:

These are the same drives found all over eBay. If you take a look at the Kingston website you will find that they do not list this drive. This is because like the rest of the 64gb Kingston Datatraveler drives found on eBay they are not authentic Kingston. They are made by Kingston China. Although they look authentic, they are not authentic Kingston Datatraveler 64gb drives. They are all in original packaging. They are still selling well, with prices ranging from $90 – $120. When you multiply that by 48, theres some serious to profit to be made! I myself haven’t got the time to sell these drives; so heres your chance to cut out the Chinese middle man and buy them direct from AUS. Save on shipping, and save on the worry of them not arriving! Don’t miss out on an awesome selling opportunity. The postage will be registered.

We hope ebay kicks this seller off ebay – he is inciting others to commit the fraud he daren’t continue himself. After all, if he continues he could end up in prison! We consider this even more despicable than continuing to sell them himself (see earlier post about this seller to learn more) – he should be marched straight to jail!!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Refined fake sold on ebay Ireland by seller registered in China

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A seller registered in China tried to fool ebayers that fake 16GB flash drives being sold were located in Ireland. This is one of the little tricks used by fraudsters to lull ebay buyers into a false sense of security – make it look as though the item is in a “safe” country. There is no safe country!! Only the very few safe sellers we have found – you can see the tiny list on sosfakeflash.

Ebay has now removed listings for the fakes sold by sfrankish5872 – so they are obviously aware the drives were fake. Unfortunately this means that buyers are left somewhat in the lurch as they cannot access the item they bought. If you bought a flash drive from sfrankish5872 test it immediately with h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash If your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. The information provided by buyers about fake capacity devices is stored in a database. Ebay and Paypal are aware of this and it is one of the things that forces them to act against sellers. If a seller is in the database it helps buyers get refunds.

Read the refund advice given on sosfakeflash then pursue a refund through paypal. Do not give up – paypal often puts obstacles in your way – the advice on sosfakeflash will help you overcome these.

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May 25, 2009 at 5:52 PM

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Seller on ebay Australia lists faulty (fake?) Kingston flash drives

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yshopretailking

We think these 64GB Kingston flash drives listed on ebay by yshopretail (a member registered in Australia) simply have to be both counterfeit and fake capacity. It would seem from reading the listing that the seller knows there is something wrong with these as it says in the listing:

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU BUY THIS ITEM YOU ARE AGREEING THAT NO REFUND/EXCHANGE WILL BE GIVEN. YOU BUYING THIS PRODUCT AWARE THAT THERE IS A CHANCE IT MAY BE FAULTY AS IVE HAD APPROX 30-40% RETURN RATE.

The seller is evading responsibility here – what this means is probably just that 60-70% of buyers have not noticed there is something wrong yet – we think all will eventualy lose their files! This is just not good enough. Do not buy these drives!! We suspect the ones from this seller at higher prices are fake too.This seller has also listed suspiciously cheap Sandisk flash drives.

You should test any drives purchased from this seller with h2testw immediately as you are at grave risk of losing files if they are (as we are fairly sure) both counterfeit and fake capacity.

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

UPDATE 27/05/08
We received the following communication from the seller yesterday:

hi,

im yshopretail

These flash drives are not fake. how the hell are they going to be fake when i by my products from brightpoint australia who supply dicksmith electronics, strathfield car radios, jaycar and pretty much every one else in australia that owns a retail business. We pay cost approx $110 when we order over 1000 at a time (we split it with other retailers) anyways i can guarantee they are not fake so please do reuin my reputation by saying they are fake. i am selling these items cheap becuase of a bad batch and brightpoint will not offer warranty becuase of the purchase order which is over 30 days old. i’d rather sell them and make something than nothing.

awaiting for your reply

thanks
salma

We suspected that the seller was not telling the truth so we checked it out with Brightpoint – here is the response we got from Brightpoint:

Thank you for your e-mail.
Please be advised that we are not allowed to give any sort of information about the account that we hold. However we do not stock Kingston Data Traveler 64GB Flash drives at all.

Regards,
Meenu Sidhu
Customer Service Representative | Brightpoint Australia

That’s pretty straightforward then, the flash drives didn’t come from Brightpoint. Not only that, we suspect that yshopretail and fufu$$ are one and the same. Neither ID is currently offering anything for sale and feedback for both has been made private. Hiding feedback is hardly the action of an innocent person.

UPDATE 13/07/09
Having got away with this with not a single negative the seller has now listed a job lot of 20 Kingston at auction. We know the seller is less than truthful as you can see above and we are convinced these are counterfeit. A simple check of the serial numbers with Kingston will show whether we are right or not.

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May 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM

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An apparently fake 16GB Sony from ebay seller in China

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shigur

It seems that we may have found another fairly recently registered fraudster ID in China. The refined flash drive being sold here by shigur looks very much like one that has previously been sold under other fraudster IDs. If we are correct it is not made by Sony and is not 16GB.

If you bought one test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM

CLE USB 32 GO en vente sur la France ebay – est-il faux ?

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monemail-3000

Le vendeur monemail-3000, enregistré sur la France ebay vend cette commande 32GB. Nous pensons qu’elle pourrait être fausse – habituellement ceux avec de petits autocollants brillants est capacité fausse. Le vendeur peut ne pas savoir.

Peut-être quelqu’un pourrait demander à monemail-3000 pour l’examiner avec h2testw.

Rapportez dedans à SOSFakeFlash si votre essai vous confirme ont un dispositif faux de capacité.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Ebay members in Australia list obvious fake 32GB Kingston flash

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handyatlasdave

This flash drive listed by handyatlasdave (registered in Australia) is an obvious fake – Kingston do not make this model in capacities above 16GB. We think this one probably only has a real capacity of 512mb – anyone using a fraudulently programmed flash drive like this ends up with lost/ corrupted files. We think the seller bought these from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler. The same fake has been listed by eternal212, another ebay member in Australia.

Sellers should always test their drives with h2testw to check that they really have the capacity claimed by a wholesaler before listing them for sale on ebay. Selling fakes like this is illegal and sellers run the risk of being prosecuted for the offence. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

UPDATE 27/05/09
handyatlasdave This seller is also listing the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 model shown on the left. Usually where a seller lists one fake then all drives tend to be fake. We think the DataTraveler 150 is a counterfeit sold by to ebayers by fraudulent Chinese wholesalers.

We suspect that handyatlasdave knows the flash drives being sold are fake. Why? because buyer IDs are hidden. Hiding buyer IDs is usually a sign of deliberate fraud on the part of a seller.

UPDATE 29/05/09
We have received two comments submitted about this seller from someone calling themselves Jane who used a fake email address.

This person provided no details of the purchase or what (if any) testing was undertaken. We leave it to you, dear reader, to judge whether the comments from “Jane” are to be taken seriously. Here are the two comments from Jane:

i bought from this seller no probs

i bought from this seller and had no issues

We have had a look at which flash drives listed by the seller actually sold. It looks as though none of the DataTraveller 150 model sold, only the very obvious fake – the blue and white one that is not made at this capacity! Therefore if “Jane” is really a buyer then a nasty shock is on the way when files become corrupt or vanish into thin air once the real (very small) capacity is exceeded.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Are these 32GB Kingston flash drives on ebay USA genuine??

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edmarsinc

Is this 32GB Kingston flash drive listed by US seller edmarsinc genuine? We can’t be sure. The seller has been registered on ebay for a long time – so we hope that he or she tested the drives properly with h2testw rather than simply looking at the properties. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to contact edmarsinc and get the seller to test the drives with h2testw now if they didn’t do so before.

Many honest ebayers have recently bought flash drives to sell on ebay from fraudulent wholesalers in China and are unaware of the problem. It is up to you, dear readers, to alert them to this problem – the team is exhaused. There are far too many sellers listing Kingston drives that may be counterfeit for us to be able to contact more than a small fraction of them. We need your help dear reader – without it victims of fake flash (both buyers and sellers on ebay) will not be warned and many many more people will end up losing valuable files. If a seller ignores your warning please let us know – this is usually a sign of deliberate fraud.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM

Is wonzheng a seller of fake capacity flash drives?

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wonzheng We consider that this flash drive sold by wonzheng looks rather suspect. It is a model favoured by numerous fraudsters and is apparently one of the longest standing drives to suffer the frankenflash treatment at the hands of Chinese fraudsters.

“What is the frankenflash treatment?” I hear you ask. It is the programming of the drive’s control chip to display a false capacity to the operating sysem. All USB flash drives have to be programmed in order to be useable. No programming = unusable drive.

All the USB flash drives listed by wonzheng are commonly sold on ebay at fake capacities.

The fact is that the same tools used by manufacturers to program genuine capacity drives are also used by fraudsters to make small capacity drives (usually 2GB or under) seem to be 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB – whatever the fraudster thinks they can get away with. The end result? Users’ files are lost/corrupted – sometimes this is valuable data that can never be replaced. Beware of flash drives at bargain prices – they are extremely likely to be fake capacity!!

This seller has a very large number of flash drives listed – far more than one would expect from someone new to ebay (seller registered in China on April 2nd) so our feeling is that this is likely to be a new ID for an old fraudster. Anyone who bought flash drives from this seller should test it immediately with h2testw.

If (as we strongly suspect) your drive fails the test please submit test results along with seller ID, your Id, item number and any other details you can provide (such as an address on the envelope, seller details registered with ebay or paypal etc) These details assist us to link the numerous IDs used by fraud gangs in China to swindle buyers on ebay.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Is this a genuine 64GB USB flash drive??

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albert803

Recently registered in the USA, ebay member albert803 has listed a number of this model of flash drive. If they are genuinely 64GB the seller is taking a huge risk by listing them with such a low start price. The seller could lose hundreds of dollars. Who can afford to take such risks in the current economic climate? Perhaps some kindly ebay member would like to suggest that the seller tests these drives with h2testw to check that they are genuine. The seller risks negative feedback, paypal claims and subsequent suspension from ebay if they prove to be fake capacity.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Obvious fake 64GB Kingston listed by USA registered ebayer

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webmartusa2009

The 10 Kingston flash drives listed by webmartusa2009 are obvious fakes. Kingston do not make a 64GB flash drive that looks like this. Perhaps someone in the USA would like to warn the seller that the 64GB Kingston flash drives he or she has listed are fakes and will cause users to lose files. The seller should remove the items from sale immediately and test them with h2testw to discover the truth. We would be interested to hear what response anyone who warns this seller gets about the matter.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Another fake 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay UK?

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peter-pyper

We suspect that the 64GB Kingston flash drive in this listing is a counterfeit produced by Chinese fraudsters. The seller may have no idea that it is likely to be a fake capacity item.

UPDATE
However, the fact that the buyer ID was not shown at the end of the auction may be an indication that seller peter-pyper did know. The item sold for £52.77 – which we think is below the wholesale price for these. If you bought this item test it immediately on arrival with h2testw and inform the seller if (as we suspect) it proves to be fake.

If the seller is unco-operative Report in to SOSFakeFlash and (after reading the refund advice at sosfakeflash) make a paypal claim.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM

UK seller lists suspect 64GB Kingston flash drives

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cybershotdude

This 64GB Kingston flash drive listed by UK seller cybershotdude seems likely to be a counterfeit produced by Chinese fraudsters. If our suspicions prove correct then the drive’s capacity is nowhere near 64GB and could even be less than 1GB. The use of private auctions also looks suspicious – private auctions are not intended for items like flash drives. If you bought one of these please test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

A Fake MP Player Sold On Ebay – A Look Inside To Verify The Flash Chip Capacity

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Most people who buy a fake MP Player often think it is defective. Others eventually realise the truth the hard way. Often people will use the program H2testw to check what the actual capacity of the MP Player is. A few will open the player up to examine the flash chips used. These chips, if they can be decoded and searched on the internet will reveal the truth.

Republished from SOSFakeFlash, we think you will find this article very interesting to read.

SOSFakeFlash publishs a lot of consumer alerts on fake flash sellers prowling ebay for buyer victims. Evidence is collected and stored in a database. eBayer id’s, eBay item numbers, the model sold by the seller along with other important information.

It leads to alerts being issued on the internet and sellers being added to the famous eBay Fake Flash Sellers List. As time goes by the counts against sellers increase. Some times a victim will report in months after the fact, long after the ebay listings have disappeared. The project works hard to preserve information. Alerts are issued after the information has been collected, not before! Necessary given eBay’s recent behavior of shutting fake flash sellers down quickly to be able to remove all traces of lising information.

SOSFakeFlash, in this article will take you inside of a fake MP Player purchased on eBay and show you how it is possible to prove it is a false capacity, confirming what the program H2testw 1.4 reports in capacity testing.

Paypal likes to demand that victims return fake flash usb drives or mp players or memory cards to get a refund. “Return the crime to the criminal!” they order. On other occasions they will dismiss the test results of H2testw 1.4 and demand you find somebody at Southby’s to certify that you received a counterfeit.

The FrankenFlash Project has been in operation for over 14 months, they know something about fake mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards. The simple fact is, when the devices are taken apart – the truth is revealed. It only confirms what the program H2testw 1.4 reports. The secret? It lies in the actual flash drive nand memory chips in the device!

For most victims, taking apart a fake MP Player is not a task they feel up to. The latest contributor, Niko is up to the task and is presenting his findings for everyone to see! He has two fake MP Players to reveal to you, this is the first one sold by hitech2day. You will quickly see there is nothing “defective” here! It is clear deception on the part of fake flash sellers.

To PayPal and eBay, do pay attention! To fake flash sellers, watch out! We do our homework “dears “.

Listed on eBay hitech2day offered this model. Is it 16GB?

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When Niko opened the drive this is what he saw:

hitech2day-16GB-1

So what did the flash drive chip for storage show?

hitech2day-16GB-2

It was a samsung 904 k9lbgo8uom pcbo CAK468P2

If you visit InspectorTech’s site you will see the following post: Samsung Nand Flash – How To Decode Flash Storage Chips To Find True Capacity

and if you scroll down you can visit the samsung link. Give this a try. http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/partnumberDecoder.do

now enter the information characters for:

k9lbgo8uom

This is good practise for anyone with a samsung nand flash drive chip to try out!

There is no “m” available for the last character.

k9lbgo8uom

So click on search.

k9lbgo8uom-Results

So here we see the real chip size. It is 32G bit. 8 bits is a byte so we need to divide by 8. That makes 32Gb /8 = 4GB.

So eBay seller hitech2day has lied about the true capacity! hitech2day was not selling a 16GB MP Player but a 4GB MP Player. eBay, PayPal are you still with us? Can you do the math and follow the evidence? Do you really think ebay buyers are complaining without cause? If ebay members can do their homework, why can’t you? It’s not rocket science, you know.

Now the controller chip for the MP Player difficult to read in the photo:

hitech2day-16GB-3

It is:

AK2025
8L014BA 1LP

We can’t tell you much about it at the moment.

eBay members are not imagining things about the fake mp players being sold on eBay.

The problem is very real! Both eBay and PayPal are very much aware of it. Only they prefer to show a blind eye. After all, the money is good! The FrankenFlash project has observed that eBay and PayPal do not intend to put a stop to the traffic in fake mp players being sold.

You don’t believe us? Please have a look at this:

Stop this Multi-Million Dollar Fraud on eBay

Just how far back in time does it go? If you are a victim of a fake flash MP Player, make sure that you register there. You can also register for other fake flash items too! Let it grow! And grow! The FrankenFlash Project collects information too, so do not forget SOSFakeFlash or to report in! Every item matters and counts.

SOSFakeFlash issue’s alerts on the internet to warn and assist victims. They can not and will not issue an alert without evidence. It is very powerful! It is a record and it stays forever. They also will NOT remove an alert! If a seller on eBay is caught, the alert stays!

Niko is currently searching for a solution to repair this fake MP Player. If one is found he will present it to everyone.

Keep an eye out for Niko’s other fake flash MP seller and his repair solution coming soon.

SOSFakeFlash published an alert on seller hitech2day, please read: hitech2day Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China Fake MP Players

Written by techchips

May 24, 2009 at 5:07 AM

Suspect listing on ebay for 32GB Kingston flash drive

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persian_si

The buy it now price set by persian_si (registered on ebay Canada) for this 32GB Kingston flash drive seems a bit too low for the drive to be genuine. If you bought this we suggest you test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 1:49 AM

An obvious fake 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay France

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cristianoronaldocr7

This flash drive listed by cristianoronaldocr7, an ebay member in France, is an obvious fake. Anyone using one of these sold as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB will begin to find that their files become lost or corrupted after a while. If you bought a flash drive that looks like this as anything other than a 2GB drive then you have a fake capacity drive. Test it with h2testw to discover the truth.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 23, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Are the flash drives from this new seller in China genuine?

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stonebluesky

A new seller in China is listing flash drives on ebay. Are these drives listed by stonebluesky genuinely 16GB or not? We suspect not because buyer ids are hidden – usually a sign of fraud. Also most of the drives from this seller have the little shiny capacity labels commonly used by fraudsters. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Fake 32GB Kingston flash drive sold on ebay France.

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Based in France, ebay seller grosmelon listed this fake 32GB Kingston flash drive on buy it now for just under 40 Euros. If you bought this item test it immediately with h2testw. You are in grave danger of losing all your files if you use a fake capacity flash drive. grosmelon

If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM

US seller lists suspect 64GB Kingston USB flash drive on ebay

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techtreasure

We think that techtreasure (registered in the US) is selling fake 64GB Kingston drives (pictured left) on ebay. If you bought one check that there is engraving on the metal part – if not then we are pretty sure it is not the genuine article. Test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 23, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Is what the properties show proof of drive capacity?

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saliba49

The simmple answer is no! A new ebay seller in Sweden is trying to “prove” to us that this fake capacity “64GB” Kingston is genuine by showing the properies as seen by the operating system. Even if saliba49 had given a picture large enough for us to actually read the figures it would prove nothing. The only thing properties shows is that the control chip had been programmed to tell the operating system a particular capacity. The capacity shown is not necessarily the same as the actual capacity.

How do you find out the real capacity? With h2testw!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 23, 2009 at 3:34 AM

Just exactly what is this ebay member in Australia selling???

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okik_2005

Just exactly what is ebay member okik_2005 selling in this listing seen on ebay Canada?? The picture shows a 16GB Kingston flash drive (there is no 32GB in this particular model) – the wording in the listing states:

Please note photo indicated the appearance of the USB Only. Never been used.
Features/Specifications:

    Capacities – 32GB green
    Dimension – 2.30 x 0.93 x 0.35v*38mmx23.6mmx9.9mm)
    Operating Temperatures 0 to 60c / 32 to 140 F
    Convenient -pocket sized for easy transportability
    Simple -Just plug into a USB Port
    Practical – no cap to lose, USB connector protected within case
    Fashionable – Available in multiple colors by capacity

So – is the flash drive’s colour code dark red or is it green? – green means 2GB not 32GB!
Does it have a cap as shown in the picture or is it retractable as suggested in the description?
Just what exactly is on sale here? One thing is for sure – I wouldn’t bid on this!

If you bought this item you should test immediately with h2testw to find out what you really got.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 11:03 PM

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Obviously fake 64GB Kingston listed by ebay member in Italy.

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harddiscount2008

One of the most obvious fake Kingston flash drives has been listed by an ebay member in Italy. The drive pictured is not 64GB, it is a fake capacity drive and users will lose files after a while. If you bought a “64GB” Kingston flash drive that looks like this test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Ebay member in Belgium relists a fake bought from Chinese fraudsters?

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psphacking

An ebay member registered in Belgium listed this 16GB flash drive that we think is probably fake capacity. The seller only seems to be listing one so we suspect it was purchased on ebay from a Chinese fraudster. The seller may not be aware that it is likely to be fake – but we think it it is probably a much lower capacity drive. Why? Because we have not yet come across one of these that was a genuine 16GB drive. If you bought one of these from any ebay seller you should test it immediately with h2testw.

We urge everyone thinking of selling flash memory items on ebay to test their items with this program before listing them on ebay. Besides downright deliberate fakes you can sometimes find that a few of out of a batch of drives where the chips are not the top A grade (and therefore cheaper) can fail. Sellers – you reputation is at stake!

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

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May 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

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Another ebay seller of fake flash registered in China?

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cnegbal

We strongly suspect that this flash drive listed by cnegbal is fake capacity. We have not yet come across one of these that is genuinely a 16GB flash drive. If you bought one of these on ebay (whoever the seller was) we strongly advise you to test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Suspected fake 16GB USB flash drive from UK powerseller

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first2save

Feedback suggests that this item from UK powerseller first2save could be fake capacity. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Is eac-buy a new Chinese fraudster or an old one with a new ID?

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eac-buy2

This seller has recently started selling flash drives. Registered with ebay at the end of November the seller has what at first glance appears to be a good (100%) feedback score. However, closer examination reveals that half the positive feedback comes from IDs no longer registered on ebay. We suspect that this is a carefully planned new ID for a member of a very old fraud gang.

All feedback prior to 11 February comes from people who are no longer registered on ebay and the items can’t be viewed because the items are over 90 days old. The fightflashfraud team think there is something very fishy about this! Over the last couple of months the seller has built on the positive feedback from people no longer on ebay (which we very strongly suspect is fake) to get a 100% feedback score of 192 by 17th April.

This seller had mainly been listing card readers and key rings until very recently. Now a range of 16GB flash drives (three of which are pictured above) are being offered on buy it now for £11.99 with free postage. This seems too cheap for the drives to be real – real 16GB flash drives (lower grade ones rather than the most reliable top notch ones which are more expensive) cost nearer £20 even from sellers with very low margins.

There is something very strange about this seller’s feedback. Every single ID that left this seller positive feedback between the date of registration (27/1108) and 11th February 2009 is no longer registered on ebay. Could it be a coincidence that all 98 comments leaving positive feedback came from members who quit ebay? We don’t think so!!

A quick look at the feedback left by one “buyer” for sellers reveals guess what? Every single seller was left positive feedback. Every seller (with three exceptions including eac-buy) is no longer a registered user!! Not only that the IDs of these sellers are almost all familiar as either fraudsters in our database or suspects de-registered before we could gather the evidence.

One thing is for sure I wouldn’t have a flash drive from eac-buy even if the seller sent me one for free – I value my files too much to trust them to something sold by such a suspicious looking character! If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Is sinceritytrading selling a real 32GB Sandisk flash drive?

sinceritytrading

Hong Kong based seller has listed a 32GB Sandisk flash drive (pictured left) for $78.49 (USD) with free shipping. Is this a genuine 32GB flash drive? If so it’s a great bargain. How to tell whether to buy this?

Well the seller has a feedback score of 1092 – that looks promising doesn’t it? Feedback score is 99.5. Should we trust the seller? Let’s have a look at this drive on the Sandisk site before we make up our minds.

Here is a screenshot of what we found on the Sandisk site:

sandisk32

So there is a 32GB listed that looks the same, it is a new model.

The only way to be sure? Test it with h2testw to check the real capacity. If you bought one of these let us know what you found – it is possible that this is one of the lower capacity drives of this model that has been fraudulently re-programmed.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 10:53 AM

An exceptional offer on ebay France from powerseller m.p.a.g!!

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m.p.a.g

If these flash drives from powerseller m.p.a.g in France are genuine then this is indeed an exceptional offer. Somehow we don’t think so. Profit margins on flash drives are quite narrow and we think the price is too low for these to be genuine 32GB flash drives. The seller’s negative feedback suggests we are correct in thinking this. If you bought a flash drive from this seller you should test it with h2testw immediately.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Fake 64GB Sony listed by ebay member in Italy

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acciaio2009

This 64GB Sony flash drives listed by ebay member acciaio2009 (registered in Italy) is fake. Sony do not make 64GB flash drives. Users will end up losing files. Perhaps someone could ask the seller to test it with h2testw. If you bought a flash drive on ebay that fails this test please report in to sosfakeflash.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 21, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Fake 32GB flash drive listed by ebay member in Italy

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quma_trading This obvious fake 32GB Kingston was listed by quma_trading, an ebay seller based in Italy. Anyone using one of these will eventually find that files are lost or corrupted as the real capacity is much less than 32GB. Flash drives like this are programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system.If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 21, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Danger of drop-shipped flash drives

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Look carefully at listings and you will see that some sellers are registered in the European union but their items are located in Hong Kong. This means that drop-shipping is used – the items are sent directly by the supplier in China. This means that in most cases the seller has never actually seen the items being sold. This means that they cannot verify whether they are genuine or not – so (as all the fake flash drives seem originate in China) there is a very good chance that such items will turn out to be fake.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Another ebay member in Australia lists suspect Kingston

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An ebay seller registered in Australia has listed 64GB Kingston flash drives in ebay auctions. It is possible that they could be counterfeit drives made by fraudsters in China – we can’t tell from the seller’s picture. Ebay sellers around the world have purchased fake 32GB and 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives from fraudulent wholesalers in China and are selling them at prices that are often below wholesale cost.

Some sellers (possibly including tanibakes) are unaware of the problem. They may well think they got them cheap on the sites used by these fraudsters because they are buying from the manufacturer. If they are counterfeit they are also fake capacity and will eventually cause users’ files to become lost or corrupt.

tamibakes

If you bought 64GB Kingston flash drives from Chinese wholesalers to sell on ebay test your items before listing them on ebay. The easiest way is to do this is with h2testw. Perhaps someone in Australia could contact seller tamibakes and any other seller in Australia listing these and suggest the seller tests them with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if you are either a buyer or seller and testing confirms you have a false capacity device – give as much information about your purchase as you can.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Another ebayer in the United States lists suspect Kingston

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villajacarandas-corp

We think that villajacarandas-corp (registered in the US) is selling fake 64GB Kingston drives on ebay. It didn’t take long for counterfeiters in China to start making copies of Kingston’s latest offering – also their highest capacity drive. Some of the counterfeits produced by fraudsters didn’t even have a flash chip in them!

However (sadly, as at least the user doesn’t lose any files if there is no chip!) most of the time the fraudsters do remember to put a chip in – seems it is usually 4GB.

Fakes with 4GB chips are very dangerous as it takes a long time for victims to realise something is wrong. You can store quite a lot on a 4GB chip so you are unlikely to find your files are lost or corrupted for some time. It’s only really if you use a drive for large video files that you would notice quickly in normal use.

The top picture is the the seller’s the bottom one is a genuine drive. There are two differences – we have pointed out one of them. Can you spot the other? If you bought one check that there is engraving on the metal part – if not then we are pretty sure it is not the genuine article.

Test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Suspect 32GB Kingston listed by US ebayer

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pacho692007

Could you afford to list a genuine 32GB Kingston flash drive with a start price way below the wholesale price and no reserve? We don’t think pacho692007 can either. We think this is a Counterfeit flash drive made by fraudsters in China which will cause users to lose their files. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

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May 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Power seller in China joins the fake flash gravy train?

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sicilydreamermulti

Powerseller sicilydreamer, a member since 05-Aug-05 in Hong Kong has recently added a huge range of 8GB flash drives (some of which are shown above) to the repetoire of items being sold on ebay. This seller does not have the knock-down prices of most other sellers based in China. None of the drives listed has a start price under £17.

We were beginning to wonder whether we had finally found a genuine seller in China. Until we spotted the model on the right, that is. This is being sold on buy it now for £17.32 with free P&P. Not cheap for a genuine flash drive but not particularly dear either. However, we are certain this one is a fake – in which case it is an expensive way of losing your files. You can lose 7GB of files much more cheaply by buying from fraudsters with lower prices!

sicilydreamer

If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

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May 20, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Australian ebayer lists very suspect Transcend V30 flash drive

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An ebay member registered in Australia has advertised a job lot of 5 Transcend flash drives. The picture used by okik_2005 is tiny but nevertheless it seems to show a 1GB drive. Transcend do not list any V30 flash drives with a capacity of 32GB on their web site. The highest capacity seems to be 16GB. We conclude that this must be either a counterfeit or a 1GB drive that has been re-programmed to display a fake capacity. Anyone using such drives eventually ends up with lost or corrupted files. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

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May 19, 2009 at 8:41 PM

128GB flash drive on ebay France – beware this is fake!!

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christ57480

This flash drive sold by christ57480 is fake capacity – there is no such thing as a 128GB USB flash drive – it is not technically possible to make a drive of this capacity at this size yet. The packaging is commonly used for fake capacity flash drives. Anyone using such items will eventually lose all their files. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

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May 19, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Suspected counterfeit 64GB Kingston listed by US ebayer

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jenniffderafer2314

We think the price of this 64GB Kingston flash drive is too low for the item to be genuine. We think this is probably a counterfeit which seller jenniffderafer2314 bought from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler. If we are right then anyone buying one of these will end up with lost/corrupted files in the long run. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 19, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Fake 64GB flash drive listed in ebay Australia.

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milany69 Ebay member milany69 (based in Australia) has listed this familiar fake64GB Kingston flash drive for sale. Anyone using one of these will eventually lose their files. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw and report in with your results.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 18, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Fake 64GB flash drive on ebay France – beware users will lose files!

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nadin357

Seller nadin357 (based in France) is selling fake 64GB Kingston flash drives commonly seen on ebay. The seller has found that one doesn’t work but does not seem to know why and has listed it as faulty for a much cheaper price. We can tell nadin357 why it is not working – it is because the drives are fraudulently programmed to fake capacities and eventually all of them will be useless and users files will be lost or corrupted. If you bought one you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

UPDATE: 14/07/09
Seems that not a single buyer noticed they bought a fake from this seller – now the seller seems to be selling counterfeit Kinston DataTraveler 150 – a less obvious fake than the one above.

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May 18, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Another new Chinese fraudster selling flash drives on ebay?

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milliondog

Hong Kong seller milliondog looks a little suspect to fightflashfraud. This seller built up a feedback score since registering on ebay on March 17th 2009 by selling mobile phone screen protectors. I say “selling” but it looks a bit like at least the first 12 feedback comments were from IDs set up by the fraudsters themselves. All were recent, they all “bought” from the same items from the same few ids… alarm bells ring when we see things like this.

Fraudsters often start by selling something innocuous and start with false feedback left by their cronies before diving into fake flash sales. The positive feedback fools people into thinking the flash drives must be ok and protects their feedback going into minus numbers if someone does find them out. Is this the case with milliondog? Time will tell – and we are fairly sure what the story will be. We urge anyone who bought a flash drive from this seller to test with h2testw.

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

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May 18, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Suspect 16GB Sony USB flash drive listed by new ID

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sellasera68258
An ebay member since 26-Mar-09 in China sellasera68258 seems to be selling a familiar fake in the listing shown above. If we are not mistaken this drive is not manufactured by Sony and it is not 16GB. We think this is the same fake listed by a number of Chinese fraudsters. If we are correct in our conclusions we think this seller knows they are fake as buyer IDs are hidden – which is usually a sign of deliberate fraud when selling flash drives. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

UPDATE 02/06/09
Looks as though we were right – this seller seems to have been suspended and listings removed after selling only three of these.

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May 17, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Beware of 128GB USB flash drives on ebay – they are fake!!

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tsa_tsa128 This supposedly 128GB USB flash drive has been listed on ebay Italy by seller tsa_tsa. A drive of this size with 128GB capacity is simply not technically possible yet.

We can confidently say this is a fake capacity drive which will cause users to lose their files. The seller has also listed a 64GB version – as one is fake it is very likely the other is too. If you bought a flash drive from tsa_tsa you should test with h2testw immediately and report in with test results, seller ID, your ID and item number.

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

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May 17, 2009 at 5:20 PM

THE CHEAPEST REAL 32GB FLASHDRIVE ON EBAY??

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cherrieslover
We would be keen to learn whether ebay seller cherrieslover is actually selling genuine 32GB USB flash drives or not. The seller claims to be selling the cheapest real 32GB flash drive on ebay and we would like to know whether or not this is true. If you bought one please test it with h2testw and let us know your results.

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May 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM

wholeselling-auctions Ebay Fake Flash Seller Of MP Player – Memory Card – Usb Flash Drive

wholeselling-auctions is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) Flash USB drives, MP Players and Memory Cards. Based in Hong Kong wholeselling-auctions is an old fake flash seller, now using private auction listings.

The first documented fake was in June 2008. wholeselling-auctions is very skilled and slippery in selling false capacity items. He knows exactly what he is selling. His dumps in volume. When the heat turns up, he will hide in his fake flash shell, quietly waiting for a new opportunity.

In the fall of 2008 wholeselling-auctions managed to elude SOSFakeFlash and victims by closing his fake flash shop. No alert was ever published, but he was added on the fake flash honour role – the list of eBay fake flash sellers.

Test anything you bought from this seller and make sure you leave immediate feedback! SOSFakeFlash is listing every fake model investigated and even those not yet confirmed. Just recently returned he has already sold more than 3000+ items. He needs to be removed from eBay permenently. Only eBayers can do that. eBay has done nothing for more than one year. Currently he has earned more than $60,000 US.

Please do not let him get away again!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. Every single item and count is needed. Make sure to raise a dispute with PayPal. If you funded with a credit card, you may wish to contact your credit card company to expidite a refund with a reversal. wholeselling-auctions demonstrates what is wrong with eBay and just how bold fake flash sellers are. Scroll through his feedback and contact positive feedback members – ask them to TEST. If you left positive and have discovered you were sold false capacity – do follow up feedback immediately to alert people to the truth!

Don’t forget to leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims and it will only allow a fake flash seller to continue, do you really want that?

wholeselling-auctions’s address:

ChiWa Wong

Room 718, Blk7. Sah Chuen Hse, Lek Yuen Est. Shatin N.T.
Hong Kong

To see wholeselling-auctions’s negative feedback Please Click Here – review the complete history to see how far back it goes!

May 14th, 2009 – we have 11 eBay listings confirmed fake .

Sold by wholeselling-auctions:

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1917

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1916

Not yet investigated:

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A genuine 16GB flash drive being sold in a private auction??

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We suspect that the flash drives from jono_1223 may be fake. Why else would seller jono_1223 be using private auctions? If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 16, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Suspect 64GB flash drives sold on Ebay France by leeseowon84

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64leeseowon84 We strongly suspect that the 64GB USB flash drive pictured here is fake capacity and that anyone who bought one will eventually start to find that their files become lost or corrupt. Why do we think this?

Two reasons – firstly we saw the same drive listed in the UK and it turned out to be fake. Secondly the seller of this item; leeseowon84, a member in France, also sold the same model but “128GB” – there is no such thing as a 128B USB flash drive! We think the seller got these from Chinese fraudsters. Probably from the same fraudulent wholesaler that duped our UK seller.

If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 16, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Fake MP player sold by China based seller lovehuangfeifei2008

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This 8GB MP3/MP4 Radio FM Player sold by lovehuangfeifei2008 has been reported as fake capacity buy a buyer. If you bought a player from this seller you should test it immediately with h2tesw. We have had test results for one player from this seller showing that it is fake capacity.

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

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May 16, 2009 at 1:28 PM

New ebayer based in China selling suspect 16GB flash drive

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hotmail1024
We think this item from new ebay seller hotmail1024 is likely to be fake capacity as we have not come across any genuine 16GB drives of this model. All have been much lower capacities with control chips programmed to fool the operating system (and therefore the user) into seeing them as 16GB. If this is fake capacity buyers will eventually lose all their files. If you bought one of these we strongly suggest you test with h2testw before you use it. If it proves to be a fake please report in with your test results, seller ID, your ID and item number so that your results can be confirmed and added to the sosfakeflash database. Any additional information you can provide such as sender address on the envelope would assist in our investigations.

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

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May 16, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Fake and suspected fake flash drives listed in France by UK seller

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hausmanjacob

hausmanjacob Based in the UK an ebay seller who registered in January 2009 has been shopping in fake flash land and is flogging the fakes in France. Seller hausmanjacob has listed a suspect drive (shown above) and a batch of 5 obvious fakes (shown on the left) – obvious because these are such well known fakes sold in all sorts of fraudulent capacities 16GB, 32GB, 64GB.

The seller has sold quite a few of the drives shown on the left previously but so far most buyers have not noticed. One did and got a refund – sadly the buyer left a neutral comment rather than a neg. Eventually buyers will begin to lose their files because there is nowhere for them to go.

The seller knows they are fake, having had one complaint and, as buyer IDs are hidden, one can only conclude that this seller is a deliberate fraudster. If not, one wonders why they are not listed in the UK – indeed one wonders if this is a new ID for someone in the UK who got caught selling fakes by alert ebayers when they were listed there. If you bought one you should test it immediately with h2testw – you are at grave risk of losing your files!

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

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May 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM