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Archive for May 28th, 2009

32GB sospetto Kingston DataTraveler 150 sull’Italia ebay

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guerino1946Pensiamo che gli azionamenti dell’istantaneo 32GB elencati sull’Italia ebay da guerino1946 siano capienza falsa. Il venditore non può conoscerlo probabilmente per essere una falsificazione – forse qualcuno dovrebbe avvertire il venditore e suggerire che guerino1946 li provi con il programma libero h2testw.

AGGIORNAMENTO 29/05/09
Sembra che qualcuno possa riuscire ad avvertire questo venditore che gli azionamenti erano falsi poichè nessun sono stati venduti ed il venditore più non sta elencandole. Sembra che questo venditore sia probabilmente una persona non colpevole che conned dai fornitori fraudolenti ed ha fatto la cosa onorata. Se i nostri risultati sono corretti lo salutiamo per fare la giusta cosa!

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Large number of 16GB and 32GB drives listed by new seller

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No less than 98 16GB and 32GB flash drives have been listed at auction with a start price of 99 cents by new USA ebay seller taiwanhid. The two drives are pictured below – the 32GB on the left and the 16GB on the right.

taiwanhid

If these drives are genuinely the capacities claimed the seller is taking a huge risk and could lose hundreds of dollars if people don’t bid above the wholesale cost. Would you take such a risk? We wouldn’t. If you bought a flash drive from this seller we suggest you test it with h2testw as soon as it arrives.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 28, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Suspect 64GB Kingston flash drive listed by yet another ebayer

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adrfer10

Ebay seller adrfer10 (registered in Spain) has listed 64GB flash drives that we suspect are counterfeits as the picture does not show the engraving we would expect to see on the metal part of the drive if it was a genuine Kingston. Not only that but the picture tells us that these came from a fraudulent wholesaler in China. If you bought one of these 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 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM

New ebay ID for an old familiar fraudster? We suspect so!

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upcomingtrend

Ebay seller upcomingtrend (registered in Hong Kong on 18th Sept 2008) has listed the flash drive shown above on Ebay. This seller had achieved a 100% feedback score of 344 when we looked. The question is – was this score achieved by selling flash drives. A quick examination of the items sold returns the answer: NO!!!

So just what has the seller been selling until now, and at what sort of price? The answer is very interesting – the majority of sales were for styluses for nintendo DS. A few were for screen protector film for the same item. The vast majority of sales had a final value of 10 cents (US) – with free post and packing. The highest final sale value we could see were one at 88 cents US and about half a dozen at between 50 and 60 cents US. Therefore the seller has made quite a loss selling these items.

Why would the seller keep on selling these items at a loss?? Would you do this?? Is upcomingtrend a rich person willing to make a loss to provide the world with styluses and screen protectors. We don’t think so. We think this was a cleverly constructed long term plan to lull ebayers into a false sense of security before launching a career as a seller of fake capacity flash drives. Here are the 5 models on offer from the seller:

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All models are listed as 16GB and we suspect that all models are fake. We think that upcomingtrend was a carefully planned new ID for one of the old familiar fraudsters. We have seen this time and time again. We have news for such fraudsters – in the words of my Grandfather “We are not as daft as we are cabbage-looking!” If you bought a flash drive from upcomingtrend test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 28, 2009 at 8:29 AM