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Archive for May 24th, 2009

Is wonzheng a seller of fake capacity flash drives?

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wonzheng We consider that this flash drive sold by wonzheng looks rather suspect. It is a model favoured by numerous fraudsters and is apparently one of the longest standing drives to suffer the frankenflash treatment at the hands of Chinese fraudsters.

“What is the frankenflash treatment?” I hear you ask. It is the programming of the drive’s control chip to display a false capacity to the operating sysem. All USB flash drives have to be programmed in order to be useable. No programming = unusable drive.

All the USB flash drives listed by wonzheng are commonly sold on ebay at fake capacities.

The fact is that the same tools used by manufacturers to program genuine capacity drives are also used by fraudsters to make small capacity drives (usually 2GB or under) seem to be 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB – whatever the fraudster thinks they can get away with. The end result? Users’ files are lost/corrupted – sometimes this is valuable data that can never be replaced. Beware of flash drives at bargain prices – they are extremely likely to be fake capacity!!

This seller has a very large number of flash drives listed – far more than one would expect from someone new to ebay (seller registered in China on April 2nd) so our feeling is that this is likely to be a new ID for an old fraudster. Anyone who bought flash drives from this seller should test it immediately with h2testw.

If (as we strongly suspect) your drive fails the test please submit test results along with seller ID, your Id, item number and any other details you can provide (such as an address on the envelope, seller details registered with ebay or paypal etc) These details assist us to link the numerous IDs used by fraud gangs in China to swindle buyers on ebay.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Is this a genuine 64GB USB flash drive??

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albert803

Recently registered in the USA, ebay member albert803 has listed a number of this model of flash drive. If they are genuinely 64GB the seller is taking a huge risk by listing them with such a low start price. The seller could lose hundreds of dollars. Who can afford to take such risks in the current economic climate? Perhaps some kindly ebay member would like to suggest that the seller tests these drives with h2testw to check that they are genuine. The seller risks negative feedback, paypal claims and subsequent suspension from ebay if they prove to be fake capacity.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Obvious fake 64GB Kingston listed by USA registered ebayer

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webmartusa2009

The 10 Kingston flash drives listed by webmartusa2009 are obvious fakes. Kingston do not make a 64GB flash drive that looks like this. Perhaps someone in the USA would like to warn the seller that the 64GB Kingston flash drives he or she has listed are fakes and will cause users to lose files. The seller should remove the items from sale immediately and test them with h2testw to discover the truth. We would be interested to hear what response anyone who warns this seller gets about the matter.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Another fake 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay UK?

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peter-pyper

We suspect that the 64GB Kingston flash drive in this listing is a counterfeit produced by Chinese fraudsters. The seller may have no idea that it is likely to be a fake capacity item.

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However, the fact that the buyer ID was not shown at the end of the auction may be an indication that seller peter-pyper did know. The item sold for £52.77 – which we think is below the wholesale price for these. If you bought this item test it immediately on arrival with h2testw and inform the seller if (as we suspect) it proves to be fake.

If the seller is unco-operative Report in to SOSFakeFlash and (after reading the refund advice at sosfakeflash) make a paypal claim.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM

UK seller lists suspect 64GB Kingston flash drives

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cybershotdude

This 64GB Kingston flash drive listed by UK seller cybershotdude seems likely to be a counterfeit produced by Chinese fraudsters. If our suspicions prove correct then the drive’s capacity is nowhere near 64GB and could even be less than 1GB. The use of private auctions also looks suspicious – private auctions are not intended for items like flash drives. If you bought one of these please test immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

A Fake MP Player Sold On Ebay – A Look Inside To Verify The Flash Chip Capacity

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Most people who buy a fake MP Player often think it is defective. Others eventually realise the truth the hard way. Often people will use the program H2testw to check what the actual capacity of the MP Player is. A few will open the player up to examine the flash chips used. These chips, if they can be decoded and searched on the internet will reveal the truth.

Republished from SOSFakeFlash, we think you will find this article very interesting to read.

SOSFakeFlash publishs a lot of consumer alerts on fake flash sellers prowling ebay for buyer victims. Evidence is collected and stored in a database. eBayer id’s, eBay item numbers, the model sold by the seller along with other important information.

It leads to alerts being issued on the internet and sellers being added to the famous eBay Fake Flash Sellers List. As time goes by the counts against sellers increase. Some times a victim will report in months after the fact, long after the ebay listings have disappeared. The project works hard to preserve information. Alerts are issued after the information has been collected, not before! Necessary given eBay’s recent behavior of shutting fake flash sellers down quickly to be able to remove all traces of lising information.

SOSFakeFlash, in this article will take you inside of a fake MP Player purchased on eBay and show you how it is possible to prove it is a false capacity, confirming what the program H2testw 1.4 reports in capacity testing.

Paypal likes to demand that victims return fake flash usb drives or mp players or memory cards to get a refund. “Return the crime to the criminal!” they order. On other occasions they will dismiss the test results of H2testw 1.4 and demand you find somebody at Southby’s to certify that you received a counterfeit.

The FrankenFlash Project has been in operation for over 14 months, they know something about fake mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards. The simple fact is, when the devices are taken apart – the truth is revealed. It only confirms what the program H2testw 1.4 reports. The secret? It lies in the actual flash drive nand memory chips in the device!

For most victims, taking apart a fake MP Player is not a task they feel up to. The latest contributor, Niko is up to the task and is presenting his findings for everyone to see! He has two fake MP Players to reveal to you, this is the first one sold by hitech2day. You will quickly see there is nothing “defective” here! It is clear deception on the part of fake flash sellers.

To PayPal and eBay, do pay attention! To fake flash sellers, watch out! We do our homework “dears “.

Listed on eBay hitech2day offered this model. Is it 16GB?

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When Niko opened the drive this is what he saw:

hitech2day-16GB-1

So what did the flash drive chip for storage show?

hitech2day-16GB-2

It was a samsung 904 k9lbgo8uom pcbo CAK468P2

If you visit InspectorTech’s site you will see the following post: Samsung Nand Flash – How To Decode Flash Storage Chips To Find True Capacity

and if you scroll down you can visit the samsung link. Give this a try. http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/partnumberDecoder.do

now enter the information characters for:

k9lbgo8uom

This is good practise for anyone with a samsung nand flash drive chip to try out!

There is no “m” available for the last character.

k9lbgo8uom

So click on search.

k9lbgo8uom-Results

So here we see the real chip size. It is 32G bit. 8 bits is a byte so we need to divide by 8. That makes 32Gb /8 = 4GB.

So eBay seller hitech2day has lied about the true capacity! hitech2day was not selling a 16GB MP Player but a 4GB MP Player. eBay, PayPal are you still with us? Can you do the math and follow the evidence? Do you really think ebay buyers are complaining without cause? If ebay members can do their homework, why can’t you? It’s not rocket science, you know.

Now the controller chip for the MP Player difficult to read in the photo:

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It is:

AK2025
8L014BA 1LP

We can’t tell you much about it at the moment.

eBay members are not imagining things about the fake mp players being sold on eBay.

The problem is very real! Both eBay and PayPal are very much aware of it. Only they prefer to show a blind eye. After all, the money is good! The FrankenFlash project has observed that eBay and PayPal do not intend to put a stop to the traffic in fake mp players being sold.

You don’t believe us? Please have a look at this:

Stop this Multi-Million Dollar Fraud on eBay

Just how far back in time does it go? If you are a victim of a fake flash MP Player, make sure that you register there. You can also register for other fake flash items too! Let it grow! And grow! The FrankenFlash Project collects information too, so do not forget SOSFakeFlash or to report in! Every item matters and counts.

SOSFakeFlash issue’s alerts on the internet to warn and assist victims. They can not and will not issue an alert without evidence. It is very powerful! It is a record and it stays forever. They also will NOT remove an alert! If a seller on eBay is caught, the alert stays!

Niko is currently searching for a solution to repair this fake MP Player. If one is found he will present it to everyone.

Keep an eye out for Niko’s other fake flash MP seller and his repair solution coming soon.

SOSFakeFlash published an alert on seller hitech2day, please read: hitech2day Ebay Fake Flash Seller Alert – China Fake MP Players

Written by techchips

May 24, 2009 at 5:07 AM

Suspect listing on ebay for 32GB Kingston flash drive

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persian_si

The buy it now price set by persian_si (registered on ebay Canada) for this 32GB Kingston flash drive seems a bit too low for the drive to be genuine. If you bought this we suggest you test it with h2testw to establish the true capacity of the drive.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 24, 2009 at 1:49 AM