Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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

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