Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for May 21st, 2009

Fake 64GB Sony listed by ebay member in Italy

leave a comment »

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

leave a comment »

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

leave a comment »

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

leave a comment »

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