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Archive for May 10th, 2009

Is this German ebayer selling fake 32GB flash drives?

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We found this item on ebay in Germany suspect on sight. Why? because the “size” of the drive is printed on a shiny little sticker much favoured by fraudsters in China. A negative feedback comment left by a buyer tends to support our conclusion that this is not a real 32GB flash drive.  Here is the comment in the original German and translated into English:

Artikel entsprach nicht der Beschreibung! NUR ABZOCKE! reagiert nicht auf Mails
This translates as:
Article did not correspond to the description! ONLY RIP-OFF! did not reply to mails

If you bought this drive from seller nurnacktistbilliger2009 (registered in Germany on January 25th) test it with h2testw immediately – 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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Written by fightflashfraud

May 10, 2009 at 10:03 PM

A possible fraudster selling fake Kingston on ebay in Italy

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Seller 1934renato (based in Italy) is selling this fake 16GB Kingston flash drive. The seller must have been on a shopping trip to Chinese fraudster land to get them. The fake flash drives sold by European ebayers have been purchased from fraudulent wholesalers in China. Sellers should do their homework before buying flash drives so that they know what is real and what is fake. Some of course are fraudsters themselves and know perfectly well their items are fake. Which is 1934renato we wonder? Someone who just didn’t know or a deliberate fraudster? As buyer IDs are hidden we are inclined to the view that this seller is a deliberate fraudster. 1934renato

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 10, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Problems with a flash memory item? Maybe it is a fake flash drive!

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Did you buy an MP player/ USB flash drive/ pen drive/ memory stick/ memory card and find that after a while your files were lost or corrupt? Maybe you bought a fake flash drive!! All these items use the same type of memory which is easily programmed by fraudsters to display a false capacity to the operating system. Beware! If you use any type of fake flash memory you will eventually lose all your files – your music, your photos, your video, your documents, your spreadsheets – everything!!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 10, 2009 at 8:23 PM

8GB USB flash drive with suspect packaging listed by US ebayer

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chekel2007 The seller of this item states in the listing:

ITEMS ARE BRAND NEW USB 8GB FLASH DRIVES. NOT A CHEAP FAKE. GUARANTEED TO HOLD ABOUT 7.80 GB, WHICH IS THE NORM FOR AN 8GB DRIVE.

However, we suspect that all chekel2007 did was check what size the operating sysem saw. If (as we suspect) this is a much smaller drive that has been fraudulently programmed then all the operating system shows you is what the fraudster wants you to see. Why do we suspect this is fake? The packaging is familiar to us and all the flash drives we came across in this packaging turned out to be fake capacity. Sellers please test your drives properly before listing them on ebay. The easiest way is with h2testw. 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 10, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Ebay seller in Germany lists a suspect looking 8GB flash drive.

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rex12368 Seller rex12368, registered in Germany since 27th March bought what we think are fake 8GB flash drives in bulk. So far none of the 41 buyers who have left feedback seem to have noticed as the seller’s feedback is 100% positive. If you bought this flash drive from rex12368 you should test it with h2testw immediately as you are at grave risk of losing all your files.

If we have drawn the right conclusions we think this seller may be aware that the drives are fake capacity because buyer IDs are hidden. Hiding buyer IDs when selling flash drives is generally a sign of deliberate fraud. And why do we think these are fake?

Because the packaging this comes in and the use of stickers to show the fake capacity is very common among the Chinese fraudsters who sell these drives in bulk. 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 10, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Another Australian ebayer seems to have been to fake flash land

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brutus404 It seems ebay seller brutus404 is another ebayer who took a trip to fake flash land without doing the research necessary to know what is fake and what is real. This drive is one of the most obvious fakes on ebay and other sites on the Internet. Why? because Kingston do not make this model in capacities above 16GB and these drives are colour coded – the green one is 2GB. Chinese fraudsters program the control chips to report a fake capacity to the operating system and fool users. The poor souls who end up with these often don’t have a clue until all their files get corrupted once they exceed the real capacity. 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 10, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Suspect 16GB flash drive in buy it now listing on ebay France

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chengxinhall Hong Kong based seller chengxinhall has a buy it now listing for a 16GB flash drive on ebay France for 14.90 euros with free postage. the packaging is extremely suspect – we have seen many different fakes presented in this packaging.

We think chengxinhall, who registered with ebay on 24th February 2009 may well be a fraudster and the fact that buyer IDs are hidden tends to support this conclusion. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it with h2testw immediately and report in to sosfakeflash with test results and transaction details.

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

UPDATE 31/05/09
Seller chengxinhall has now sold at lease 30 of these fakes and still has 100% feedback score. Buyers are obviously not doing the sensible thing and testing their drives with h2testw when they arrive. If they did then we are sure they would have discovered that these are false capacity drives that will cause file loss in the long run.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 10, 2009 at 5:19 AM