Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Yet another seller listing fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler drives

This listing  showed an item that would have been an expensive way of buyers losing all their files. The seller did not know that this flash drive was fake and that soon there could be angry buyers reporting this to ebay, paypal, Kingston and the police. Having ben told the item was fake The seller has apologised and removed the listing so we have removed identifying informaton from this post. This seller bought from Chinese fraudsters – which after a little investigation he realised and provided the person who warned him with details of where the drive was purchased.

Sellers should test their items before listing to avoid  the fate that awaits those who sell items like this – negative feedback, deregistration from ebay and even the posibility of jail as selling an item like this is a criminal offence. This drive was not 64GB – it was probably 2GB fraudulently programmed to fool the operating system into seeing it as 64GB.

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 6, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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  1. We have checked and the seller ended the item early himself – the honourable course of action.

    fightflashfraud

    May 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM

  2. ebay has suspended the auction, or the vendor as withdramn it.

    Rik

    May 7, 2009 at 2:27 PM

  3. The label is certainly not like the label used on current Kingston drives – fraudsters may have copied an old label and modified it. Fraudsters are seldom very competent! They make a lot of mistakes – one of the things that helps us catch them out. However it is getting more difficult – some are gettng smarter – we need to keep one step ahead!

    fightflashfraud

    May 6, 2009 at 8:08 PM

  4. Actually i’m under the impression it’s a 4gb, because you can see the “6” of “64gb” is a different font on the screenshot.

    Rik

    May 6, 2009 at 6:59 PM

  5. A reaction from the vendor:

    “I didn’t know that, how can I see that it is an imitation? I just got it from the internet…
    I don’t want to have any problems at all…”

    The action is withdrawn so i guess there was no bad intention, just ignorance

    Rik

    May 6, 2009 at 2:10 PM


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