Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for May 9th, 2009

Is ebay seller szmds a fraudster selling fake flash drives?

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Based in China, seller szmds registered with ebay on 13th January 2009. This may well be selling fake flash drives. A neutral comment left for the seller suggests this:
“2GB memory stick, reflashed to pretend it’s 8GB, but my money was refunded.”
If you bought a flash drive from this seller you should test it immediately with h2testw. If it proves to be fake please use the report a fake tab on sosfakeflash to report in with your test results, seller ID, your ID and the item number – this is the minimum amount of information needed to add your item to the fakes database. Any other information you may be able to provide to assist our investigations would also be appreciated.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 9, 2009 at 10:30 PM

US ebay seller hesgmrzg knowingly sells a fake Kingston

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hesgmrzg A new seller in the United States, hesgmrzg has listed a fake 64GB Kingston with the words not authentic. Does this seller not realise that selling brand name goods that are not authentic is both against ebay rules and a criminal offence? The buyer of this fake will lose all their files if they use this drive as it is a small capacity drive fraudulently programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 9, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Is ebay seller wildrx3 a rich person subsidising purchases?

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wildrx3 Would you buy brand new items for over 100 Australian dollars then list them on ebay with a start price of under a dollar each? If the 64GB Kingston USB flash drives being sold by wildrx3 are genuine then the seller must be a rich philanthropist who is willing to risk making a large loss. We suspect not. We think that the seller has been shopping in the orient an purchased counterfeit drives that look like the real Kingston superficially but (assuming the fraudsters remembered to put a flash chip in them at all) will have a very small real capacity. We suggest the seller tests them with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 9, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Familiar looking 8GB USB flash drive in suspect packaging

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mediumsizebill It looks as though mediumsizebill, an ebay member in the United States, has been on a shopping trip to fake flash land. The seller returned with a batch of a common fake (one of the longest standing fakes sold on ebay) in familiar packaging that has been frequently use for a range of fraudulently programmed drives. If you bought this item we strongly advise you to test it immediately with h2testw. If you use it you are at very high risk of losing all your files.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 9, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive

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tfross89Another obvious fake listed on ebay in Australia. The feedback for this seller shows something interesting – it looks as though 2 out of the 3 ebayers who bought these fakes realised there was a problem. Or perhaps the seller realised they were counterfeit after listing them.

The seller may have refunded those that gave the feedback about honesty – but what about the first buyer? It seems that this buyer did not realise – did this buyer also get a refund? Is the seller as honest as these buyers think? We don’t think so!

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Why don’t we agree with the buyers? because it seems the seller bought a bulk lot of these (probably 50) and is now knowingly selling the remaining 48 as a lot for AU $800.00 for someone else to do the dirty with!

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 9, 2009 at 9:29 AM

opdoam eBay Seller Offers 16GB USB Flash Drive Pensticks At Fabulous Cheap Prices – Warning!

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eBay opdoam is offering 16GB USB memory pen stick drives at great prices! You can buy one for less then $20 far below the true cost of the flash drive chips. Is opdoam trying to help buyers in this recession by subsidizing the cost for cash strapped buyers? We don’t think so.

Please test anything you buy from this seller with H2testw. Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. And hurry! Let us know if this seller is determined to lose money by offering flash drives below the costs of chips.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

May 9, 2009 at 4:21 AM

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Australian ebay member goes shopping in fake flash land

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18-kristen-2008An ebay member in Australia has been shopping in fake flash land and bought a batch of the most obvious fakes possible. If 18-kristen-2008 took a quick look at the Kingston web site it would be obvious that this item must be fake. Kingston do not make this drive in capacities above 16GB! Sellers should do thorough research before buying flash drives to re-sell on ebay. There are a large number of fraudulent wholesalers selling fakes in bulk. Anyone who has not done their research is likely to fall into the trap of buying fakes from fraudulent wholesalers. If you bought a flash drive like this you should test immediately with h2testw.

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

Perhaps someone would like to inform the seller that the items listed are fake capacity and will cause buyers to lose all their files. The seller is at risk of ending up with angry buyers, negative feedback, de-registation from ebay and possibly even arrest, conviction and imprisonment.