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Archive for May 25th, 2009

Suspect 16GB flash drive listed by ebayer registered in China

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The packaging on this 16GB flash drive from seller zhongguocarpet is commonly used by Chinese fraudsters to sell fake capacity flash drives. If you bought a flash drive from zhongguocarpet (or one from another seller in similar packaging) you should test immediately with h2testw – you are in danger of losing your files. If this is (as we suspect) a fake capacity drive please report it to sosfakeflash.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Australian ebayer dumps a job lot of fake Kingston!!

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Here seller tfross89 is dumping a job lot of fakes and suggesting that some other ebay member would like to continue with the fraudulent sales he “hasn’t time” to do. Knowingly selling such items is illegal and could land a seller in prison. Here is what the seller says in the listing:

These are the same drives found all over eBay. If you take a look at the Kingston website you will find that they do not list this drive. This is because like the rest of the 64gb Kingston Datatraveler drives found on eBay they are not authentic Kingston. They are made by Kingston China. Although they look authentic, they are not authentic Kingston Datatraveler 64gb drives. They are all in original packaging. They are still selling well, with prices ranging from $90 – $120. When you multiply that by 48, theres some serious to profit to be made! I myself haven’t got the time to sell these drives; so heres your chance to cut out the Chinese middle man and buy them direct from AUS. Save on shipping, and save on the worry of them not arriving! Don’t miss out on an awesome selling opportunity. The postage will be registered.

We hope ebay kicks this seller off ebay – he is inciting others to commit the fraud he daren’t continue himself. After all, if he continues he could end up in prison! We consider this even more despicable than continuing to sell them himself (see earlier post about this seller to learn more) – he should be marched straight to jail!!

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Refined fake sold on ebay Ireland by seller registered in China

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A seller registered in China tried to fool ebayers that fake 16GB flash drives being sold were located in Ireland. This is one of the little tricks used by fraudsters to lull ebay buyers into a false sense of security – make it look as though the item is in a “safe” country. There is no safe country!! Only the very few safe sellers we have found – you can see the tiny list on sosfakeflash.

Ebay has now removed listings for the fakes sold by sfrankish5872 – so they are obviously aware the drives were fake. Unfortunately this means that buyers are left somewhat in the lurch as they cannot access the item they bought. If you bought a flash drive from sfrankish5872 test it immediately with h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash If your testing confirms you have a false capacity device. The information provided by buyers about fake capacity devices is stored in a database. Ebay and Paypal are aware of this and it is one of the things that forces them to act against sellers. If a seller is in the database it helps buyers get refunds.

Read the refund advice given on sosfakeflash then pursue a refund through paypal. Do not give up – paypal often puts obstacles in your way – the advice on sosfakeflash will help you overcome these.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 5:52 PM

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Seller on ebay Australia lists faulty (fake?) Kingston flash drives

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We think these 64GB Kingston flash drives listed on ebay by yshopretail (a member registered in Australia) simply have to be both counterfeit and fake capacity. It would seem from reading the listing that the seller knows there is something wrong with these as it says in the listing:


The seller is evading responsibility here – what this means is probably just that 60-70% of buyers have not noticed there is something wrong yet – we think all will eventualy lose their files! This is just not good enough. Do not buy these drives!! We suspect the ones from this seller at higher prices are fake too.This seller has also listed suspiciously cheap Sandisk flash drives.

You should test any drives purchased from this seller with h2testw immediately as you are at grave risk of losing files if they are (as we are fairly sure) both counterfeit and fake capacity.

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

UPDATE 27/05/08
We received the following communication from the seller yesterday:


im yshopretail

These flash drives are not fake. how the hell are they going to be fake when i by my products from brightpoint australia who supply dicksmith electronics, strathfield car radios, jaycar and pretty much every one else in australia that owns a retail business. We pay cost approx $110 when we order over 1000 at a time (we split it with other retailers) anyways i can guarantee they are not fake so please do reuin my reputation by saying they are fake. i am selling these items cheap becuase of a bad batch and brightpoint will not offer warranty becuase of the purchase order which is over 30 days old. i’d rather sell them and make something than nothing.

awaiting for your reply


We suspected that the seller was not telling the truth so we checked it out with Brightpoint – here is the response we got from Brightpoint:

Thank you for your e-mail.
Please be advised that we are not allowed to give any sort of information about the account that we hold. However we do not stock Kingston Data Traveler 64GB Flash drives at all.

Meenu Sidhu
Customer Service Representative | Brightpoint Australia

That’s pretty straightforward then, the flash drives didn’t come from Brightpoint. Not only that, we suspect that yshopretail and fufu$$ are one and the same. Neither ID is currently offering anything for sale and feedback for both has been made private. Hiding feedback is hardly the action of an innocent person.

UPDATE 13/07/09
Having got away with this with not a single negative the seller has now listed a job lot of 20 Kingston at auction. We know the seller is less than truthful as you can see above and we are convinced these are counterfeit. A simple check of the serial numbers with Kingston will show whether we are right or not.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM

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An apparently fake 16GB Sony from ebay seller in China

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It seems that we may have found another fairly recently registered fraudster ID in China. The refined flash drive being sold here by shigur looks very much like one that has previously been sold under other fraudster IDs. If we are correct it is not made by Sony and is not 16GB.

If you bought one test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM

CLE USB 32 GO en vente sur la France ebay – est-il faux ?

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Le vendeur monemail-3000, enregistré sur la France ebay vend cette commande 32GB. Nous pensons qu’elle pourrait être fausse – habituellement ceux avec de petits autocollants brillants est capacité fausse. Le vendeur peut ne pas savoir.

Peut-être quelqu’un pourrait demander à monemail-3000 pour l’examiner avec h2testw.

Rapportez dedans à SOSFakeFlash si votre essai vous confirme ont un dispositif faux de capacité.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Ebay members in Australia list obvious fake 32GB Kingston flash

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This flash drive listed by handyatlasdave (registered in Australia) is an obvious fake – Kingston do not make this model in capacities above 16GB. We think this one probably only has a real capacity of 512mb – anyone using a fraudulently programmed flash drive like this ends up with lost/ corrupted files. We think the seller bought these from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler. The same fake has been listed by eternal212, another ebay member in Australia.

Sellers should always test their drives with h2testw to check that they really have the capacity claimed by a wholesaler before listing them for sale on ebay. Selling fakes like this is illegal and sellers run the risk of being prosecuted for the offence. 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.

UPDATE 27/05/09
handyatlasdave This seller is also listing the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 model shown on the left. Usually where a seller lists one fake then all drives tend to be fake. We think the DataTraveler 150 is a counterfeit sold by to ebayers by fraudulent Chinese wholesalers.

We suspect that handyatlasdave knows the flash drives being sold are fake. Why? because buyer IDs are hidden. Hiding buyer IDs is usually a sign of deliberate fraud on the part of a seller.

UPDATE 29/05/09
We have received two comments submitted about this seller from someone calling themselves Jane who used a fake email address.

This person provided no details of the purchase or what (if any) testing was undertaken. We leave it to you, dear reader, to judge whether the comments from “Jane” are to be taken seriously. Here are the two comments from Jane:

i bought from this seller no probs

i bought from this seller and had no issues

We have had a look at which flash drives listed by the seller actually sold. It looks as though none of the DataTraveller 150 model sold, only the very obvious fake – the blue and white one that is not made at this capacity! Therefore if “Jane” is really a buyer then a nasty shock is on the way when files become corrupt or vanish into thin air once the real (very small) capacity is exceeded.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Are these 32GB Kingston flash drives on ebay USA genuine??

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Is this 32GB Kingston flash drive listed by US seller edmarsinc genuine? We can’t be sure. The seller has been registered on ebay for a long time – so we hope that he or she tested the drives properly with h2testw rather than simply looking at the properties. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to contact edmarsinc and get the seller to test the drives with h2testw now if they didn’t do so before.

Many honest ebayers have recently bought flash drives to sell on ebay from fraudulent wholesalers in China and are unaware of the problem. It is up to you, dear readers, to alert them to this problem – the team is exhaused. There are far too many sellers listing Kingston drives that may be counterfeit for us to be able to contact more than a small fraction of them. We need your help dear reader – without it victims of fake flash (both buyers and sellers on ebay) will not be warned and many many more people will end up losing valuable files. If a seller ignores your warning please let us know – this is usually a sign of deliberate fraud.

Written by fightflashfraud

May 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM