Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for May 29th, 2009

Is this 64GB Kingston flash drive on ebay Canada genuine or fake?

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mhaidar78

We suspect this is probably not a genuine 64GB Kingston. We think seller mhaidar78 (registered on ebay Canada) probably bought these from a fraudulent Chinese wholesaler. Why do we suspect this? We have four reasons for our suspicions:

First: the slightly low price on the buy it now listing.
Second: that the seller accepted a lower offer that would probably mean a financial loss if it is genuine.
Third: the low start price for the item above sold at auction.
Fourth: the fact that buyer IDs are hidden – usually a sign of fraud when selling flash memory.

If you bought a 64GB Kingston DataTraveller 150 from ANY seller on ebay you should test it on arrival with h2testw. So far it seems that most (if not all) are proving to be fakes from China. If you use a fake one you will end up losing files. There are posts on our blogs about the visual tell-tale signs that will help you identify counterfeit flash drives of this model. Your test with h2testw will confirm whether it is fake or genuine.

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

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Written by fightflashfraud

May 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Yet another fraudulent ID in China selling fake flash on ebay?

zybkodim68568

Can we beleive that ebay seller zybkodim68568 (registered in China) is selling genuine 16GB flash drives?? We suspect not. The model shown below offered by this seller has a classic sign of fake flash – a little shiny sticker with the drive capacity. It seems likely that our suspicions will prove correct if the seller doesn’t cut and run from ebay before we get the evidence.

zybkodim68568

If you bought a flash drive from this seller 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 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

An ebay member registered in Israel with stock in the USA?

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This seller’s flash drive listings look a bit suspect to us. The seller registered in Israel on April 13th 2009 but the location given for flash drives is Ramla, USA, though the seller’s handbags are listed as being in Ramla, Israel. We know there is a Ramla in Israel but it’s news to us if there is a Ramla in the USA. The seller is using private auctions – usually a surefire sign of fraud.

If you bought a flash drive from this seller we strongly advise you to test with h2testw – we suspect it could be fake capacity.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

May 29, 2009 at 1:16 AM