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Archive for May 15th, 2009

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Another fake flash seller based in China?

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kikikimarket

Negative feedback (see below) suggests that the items above sold on ebay by kikikimarket (a seller based in China) are fake capacity. If you bought any of these items test them with h2testw – fake capacity items eventually cause users to lose all their files. If you find you have a fake please report in with seller ID, your ID, item number and test results so that the item can be added to the sosfakeflash database. Any other information, such as sender’s address shown on the envelope, that you can provide will assist our investigations into the fake flash issue.
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Report in to sosfakeflash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM

UK seller lists non existent 500GB USB flash drive

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ajs_socks
If we remember rightly this is not the first time ajs_socks has listed a fake flash drive. The seller escaped being posted here last time because the listing was removed either by the seller or ebay fairly quickly. Listing a fake once can be innocent – sometimes sellers do not realise the item is fake. Doing it a second time smells of deliberate fraud.

There is no such thing as a 500GB flash drive – making a device of this capacity at this size is not technically possible and is unlikely to be in the forseeable future. The only flash memory available in capacities over 64GB are solid state disks which are considerably larger than USB 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.