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Archive for May 22nd, 2009

Just exactly what is this ebay member in Australia selling???

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okik_2005

Just exactly what is ebay member okik_2005 selling in this listing seen on ebay Canada?? The picture shows a 16GB Kingston flash drive (there is no 32GB in this particular model) – the wording in the listing states:

Please note photo indicated the appearance of the USB Only. Never been used.
Features/Specifications:

    Capacities – 32GB green
    Dimension – 2.30 x 0.93 x 0.35v*38mmx23.6mmx9.9mm)
    Operating Temperatures 0 to 60c / 32 to 140 F
    Convenient -pocket sized for easy transportability
    Simple -Just plug into a USB Port
    Practical – no cap to lose, USB connector protected within case
    Fashionable – Available in multiple colors by capacity

So – is the flash drive’s colour code dark red or is it green? – green means 2GB not 32GB!
Does it have a cap as shown in the picture or is it retractable as suggested in the description?
Just what exactly is on sale here? One thing is for sure – I wouldn’t bid on this!

If you bought this item you should test immediately with h2testw to find out what you really got.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 11:03 PM

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Obviously fake 64GB Kingston listed by ebay member in Italy.

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One of the most obvious fake Kingston flash drives has been listed by an ebay member in Italy. The drive pictured is not 64GB, it is a fake capacity drive and users will lose files after a while. If you bought a “64GB” Kingston flash drive that looks like this test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Ebay member in Belgium relists a fake bought from Chinese fraudsters?

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psphacking

An ebay member registered in Belgium listed this 16GB flash drive that we think is probably fake capacity. The seller only seems to be listing one so we suspect it was purchased on ebay from a Chinese fraudster. The seller may not be aware that it is likely to be fake – but we think it it is probably a much lower capacity drive. Why? Because we have not yet come across one of these that was a genuine 16GB drive. If you bought one of these from any ebay seller you should test it immediately with h2testw.

We urge everyone thinking of selling flash memory items on ebay to test their items with this program before listing them on ebay. Besides downright deliberate fakes you can sometimes find that a few of out of a batch of drives where the chips are not the top A grade (and therefore cheaper) can fail. Sellers – you reputation is at stake!

Report in to SOSFakeFlash If your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

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Another ebay seller of fake flash registered in China?

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cnegbal

We strongly suspect that this flash drive listed by cnegbal is fake capacity. We have not yet come across one of these that is genuinely a 16GB flash drive. If you bought one of these on ebay (whoever the seller was) we strongly advise you to test it immediately with h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash If your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Suspected fake 16GB USB flash drive from UK powerseller

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first2save

Feedback suggests that this item from UK powerseller first2save could be fake capacity. If you bought one of these test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Is eac-buy a new Chinese fraudster or an old one with a new ID?

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eac-buy2

This seller has recently started selling flash drives. Registered with ebay at the end of November the seller has what at first glance appears to be a good (100%) feedback score. However, closer examination reveals that half the positive feedback comes from IDs no longer registered on ebay. We suspect that this is a carefully planned new ID for a member of a very old fraud gang.

All feedback prior to 11 February comes from people who are no longer registered on ebay and the items can’t be viewed because the items are over 90 days old. The fightflashfraud team think there is something very fishy about this! Over the last couple of months the seller has built on the positive feedback from people no longer on ebay (which we very strongly suspect is fake) to get a 100% feedback score of 192 by 17th April.

This seller had mainly been listing card readers and key rings until very recently. Now a range of 16GB flash drives (three of which are pictured above) are being offered on buy it now for £11.99 with free postage. This seems too cheap for the drives to be real – real 16GB flash drives (lower grade ones rather than the most reliable top notch ones which are more expensive) cost nearer £20 even from sellers with very low margins.

There is something very strange about this seller’s feedback. Every single ID that left this seller positive feedback between the date of registration (27/1108) and 11th February 2009 is no longer registered on ebay. Could it be a coincidence that all 98 comments leaving positive feedback came from members who quit ebay? We don’t think so!!

A quick look at the feedback left by one “buyer” for sellers reveals guess what? Every single seller was left positive feedback. Every seller (with three exceptions including eac-buy) is no longer a registered user!! Not only that the IDs of these sellers are almost all familiar as either fraudsters in our database or suspects de-registered before we could gather the evidence.

One thing is for sure I wouldn’t have a flash drive from eac-buy even if the seller sent me one for free – I value my files too much to trust them to something sold by such a suspicious looking character! 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 22, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Is sinceritytrading selling a real 32GB Sandisk flash drive?

sinceritytrading

Hong Kong based seller has listed a 32GB Sandisk flash drive (pictured left) for $78.49 (USD) with free shipping. Is this a genuine 32GB flash drive? If so it’s a great bargain. How to tell whether to buy this?

Well the seller has a feedback score of 1092 – that looks promising doesn’t it? Feedback score is 99.5. Should we trust the seller? Let’s have a look at this drive on the Sandisk site before we make up our minds.

Here is a screenshot of what we found on the Sandisk site:

sandisk32

So there is a 32GB listed that looks the same, it is a new model.

The only way to be sure? Test it with h2testw to check the real capacity. If you bought one of these let us know what you found – it is possible that this is one of the lower capacity drives of this model that has been fraudulently re-programmed.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 22, 2009 at 10:53 AM