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What do we think of this ebay listing? – fake fake fakity-fake!

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clare12374 What do we think about this listing??

We think that as sure as eggs are eggs the flash drive on offer is a fake – and the seller clare12374 seems to know it! We think this seller is a deliberate fraudster, but she is welcome to prove otherwise!

Her listing says:

32GB high speed USB 2.0. USB flash drive
Supports windows, vista, mac osx and linux 2,4x
32GB Brand New sealed in packaging.
We have had these made unbranded for our company and are 100% tested and working. The benefit of this device you are not paying just for a name.

These are formatted to UK standard (Fat 32) these are good quality. We dont sell rubbish and anyone that purchases one of these will be very happy.

We beg to differ – we think clare12374’s customers will end up very unhappy when their files become lost or corrupted. Of course, by then, clare12374 will (like so many fraudsters) have disappeared off the scene of the crime.

Of course (if we are wrong and clare12374 is honest) she will immediately test any flash drives she has in stock and remove them from sale. She will also (of course) refund all buyers in full straight away, without question. Somehow we don’t see it – but you never know!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Looks like a counterfeit 32GB Kingston DT150 on ebay Italy

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It seems that ebay member clothing.srl has been shopping in fake flash land. The back of the pack shown in the listing lacks the serial number sticker that is present on genuine drives of this type. The seller may be unaware the item is counterfeit – please sellers – check your items are genuine before listing them for sale!

As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

A rash of new ebay IDs in China set up for devious fraud operation?

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classicWe strongly suspect that our devious friends in China have set up a whole new set of ebay IDs to scam ebayers with fake flash memory.

All seem to be selling a very familiar model of flash drive (the most common and longest lasting fake capacity flash drive seen on ebay – shown on the left) using the devious tactic of saying the item is in the UK although the seller is in China!

Careless ebayers who don’t read listings properly (sadly most) are fooled into thinking it must be OK if it is in the UK.

We have news for you – even if this flash drive WAS in the UK (which it undoubtedly isn’t) that doesn’t stop it being a fake capacity item that will corrupt or magically “disappear” your files.

Many ebayers in the UK and elsewhere in the world have now been supplied with fake flash by fraudulent wholesalers and listed these fakes for sale on ebay.

Some are knowing fraudsters who are selling fakes deliberately (like our devious sellers in the far east) but others are innocent victims who had no idea the items they bought were fake.

Either way, all looks well when you plug the flash drive into your computer – the operating system shows what you would expect. Great! Maybe at this point you foolishly leave the seller positive feedback – big mistake!

Perhaps you are a slightly more cautious person, so you write some files to it – seems as though they are written to the drive and they appear in the index. You are now satisfied you got a bargain and leave positive feedback for the seller. Still a big mistake!

It is only when you have “saved” enough data to the flash drive to exceed the real capacity that the problems start! Sometimes this happens months after you bought a fake capacity item. Most buyers think the drive developed a fault when this happens. Not so. It was inevitable that eventually files would be lost or corrupted because the real capacity of the drive was much smaller than advertised.

Once the real capacity is exceeded there is nowhere for files to go! Sometimes the drive becomes totally corrupt and you lose everything you saved to it. If you are lucky you may be able to retrieve some of the files you saved early on.

Do not think you can buy an 8GB drive for £6, a 16GB drive for £12 or a 32GB for £35! All you will get is something fake fake fakity-fake!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Fake 32GB Sony USB flash drive listed on ebay by UK seller

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sabiastyles786 It seems that UK seller sabiastyles786 has been shopping in fakeflash land and come back with some fake sony drives. These were not made by Sony and do not have 32GB capacity. They are fake capacity flash drives that will cause data to become lost or corrupt.

The seller’s description does not match the picture – in the listing sabiastyles786 says:

The USB connector is safely housed inside the sleek case, so you don’t have to worry about losing a cap.

Ahem – not if the drive looks anything like the one in the picture! We have seen this wording in other listings for fake Sony from ebayers registered in the UK. This makes us wonder if this new ID belongs to someone who previously tried to dump fakes on ebayers using a different ID – this sort of thing is all too common!

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Very suspect 32GB flash drive on ebay Germany

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mariandl06

This item from seller mariandl06 just screams fake to us. No flash drive in this packaging has ever proved to be genuine capacity – all were small drives fraudulently programmed to appear to have higher capacities. The seller may not be aware that these are likely to be fake.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Is this ebay member confused about what he is selling?

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aceelectronics_uk The heading on an ebay listing for over 90 flash drives by seller aceelectronics_uk says the drives on offer are 1GB Kingston DataTraveler but the picture shown (see left) is of a 2GB DataTraveler and elsewere the drives are described as 4GB SanDisk!

We were under the impression that the 1GB model had been discontinued – does this mean the seller has a huge batch of old stock or what?? We are very confused about this listing and don’t know what to make of it at all.

We will be interested to hear from anyone who bought one.

As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Is this a 16GB Kingston flash drive? No it isn’t!!

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king8830

The flash drive shown here is not a genuine 16GB Kingston – it is the wrong colour to be a 16GB drive! Seems that seller king8830 did not do the research all sellers should do before buying flash drives to sell on ebay. Buyers will end up with lost and corrupted files if they use this fake capacity item.

As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 10:49 PM

64GB counterfeit DataTraveler 150 sold by ebayer in Italy?

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mr.mino76
Fourteen buyers of this almost certainly counterfeit flash drive sold by mr.mino76 have already left positive feedback. It seems that buyers probably neither checked with Kingston nor tested their drives. These buyers are likely to have a nasty shock when their files start to be lost or corrupted.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 8:20 PM

A suspect listing by an ebay member in France

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hadi_fayad

We think this listing by ebay member hadi_fayad (registered in France) looks rather suspect.

As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Obvious fake 32GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay Italy

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daniela_m_shopThis is an obvious fake Kingston – the purple and white model is 4GB and there are no drives of a capacity higher than 16GB in this range! We do not know if seller daniela_m_shop is aware it is a fake or not.

The same model has been listed by kuor75 another ebay member in Italy.

Sellers – please be responsible – check that your merchandise is genuine before listing it on ebay!

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 2:37 PM

New ebayer in the United states lists fake 64GB Kingston

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bholding.inc2000
New ebayer bholding.inc2000 has listed this very obvious fake for sale – perhaps someone will be kind enough to tell this new ebay member that his flash drives are fake and get him to check with Kingston.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Suspected fraudulent ebay seller registered in China

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841024cj We suspect that these 16GB USB flash drives from 841024cj are fake capacity – so far it seems that no buyers have tested their items as all have left positive feedback.

The two leather-look drives are commonly sold in a range of fake capacities – the longest standing model of fake capacity flash drive on ebay.

We suspect the Hello Kitty will also prove to be a fake capacity item.

We urge all buyers of flash memory to test test them all (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 29, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Counterfeit 64GB Kingston DT150 sold by UK ebayer

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b4rga1ns_4_u

UK ebay seller b4rga1ns_4_u has sold a number of these counterfeit flash drives. Instead of doing the decent thing (refunding buyers and withdrawing them from sale) this seller accuses buyers who discover they are fake of “tampering” with the drives. Here are feedback comments from those who found out and the seller’s responses:

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This seller is obviously a proper charmer! If you bought a Kingston flash drive from this seller contact Kingston – they will confirm that your item is counterfeit. Perhaps they might even like to take b4rga1ns_4_u to court for damaging their reputation!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 28, 2009 at 7:45 PM

US seller lists a very obvious fake 64GB Kingston on ebay

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munkyhunk

Ebayer munkyhunk has been to fake flash land and come back with one of the most obvious of fake flash drives. Please sellers – do your research before selling flash drives on ebay!

As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 28, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Another new Hong Kong based seller of fakes on ebay?

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Seller sales-producer registered with ebay Hong Kong on 15th May 2009. The seller offered many of the item below and sold them at what must have been a loss by the time fees, post and packing are taken into account:
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These account for the majority of sales to date and the first feedback comment the seller received for these was on 24/06/09. The seller sold his first flash drive on the 23/06/09 – at present the seller is only listing one 4GB model shown below:
sales-producer

At the time of writing three of these have been sold and a further 30 were listed. We do not know yet whether these are genuine or fake capacity. As this model of flash drive is the most common fake capacity drive sold on ebay (sometimes in fake capacities up to a whopping 64GB) we wonder if we happened across the start of a new fraud operation.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Is this 16GB USB flash drive from Hong Kong fake or real?

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hkeagle168

This flash drive listed by hkeagle168 seems a bit on the cheap side to be genuine. As the seller was already caught out with fake 8GB flash drives we are certain this will turn out to be yet another fake capacity drive that will eventually cause file loss and corruption for anyone who uses one.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

kingstonusbcf.com Danger! Site Sells Counterfeit Kingston Products

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This site www.kingstonusbcf.com sells counterfeit Kingston Technology products confirmed by Kingston Technlogies. Located in China, this site seems immune to law authorities. SSFakeFlash, fights fraud on eBay and believes that with the assistence of the global public this site can be stopped from frauding and harming people. Read SOSFakeFlash News June 26th, 2009

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 28, 2009 at 4:23 AM

Suspect 64GB flash drives listed by ebay seller in Germany

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scenduran88 An ebay seller in Germany has listed these very suspect looking 64GB USB flash drives at auction with a start price of 1 Euro.

The seller has also listed the same model with 32GB capacity, again with an auction start price of 1 Euro. We think these were purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler and will prove to be fake capacity drives which will cause data loss for users.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 27, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Is this 32GB Sandisk listed by a UK seller on ebay genuine?

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ali3_18

We think the buy it now price for this 32GB Sandisk flash drive is a little too cheap for it to be genuine.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

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Another suspect ebay seller in Hong Kong with fake flash memory?

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Hong Kong based ebay seller ediscount88 looks a little suspect to us. Feedback suggests this seller has sold fake MP players in the past but none are currently listed for sale. However the 16GB flash drives shown below are currently on sale. So far there are no negative comments about these, however one buyer who left a positive comment said that a refund was given, which adds to our suspicion that these will turn out to be fake capacity drives.

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As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 26, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Another ebay seller of fake DataTraveler 150 in the UK

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Seller shady-aftermath07 recently sold what we think are counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives. The prices which the six sold fetched at auction was less than the wholsale price of real ones so unless this seller can afford to throw money away we are convinced they just have to be fakes – probably with a true capacity no more than 2GB. If you bought from this seller do not leave feedback until you have checked with Kingston – they should be able to tell you whether the drive is genuine or not – every real one has a unique serial number.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 26, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Hong Kong based ebay seller lists a classic fake

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showwhatThis flash drive is one of the longest standing models to be fraudulently programmed to false capacities by fraudsters and sold on ebay.

This model has been offered by almost every fraudster from the far east who sold on ebay. It has been sold as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB at various times (depending on what the fraudsters thought they could get away with) and it still keeps appearing.

Hong Kong based seller showwhat is selling it at auction as a 16GB drive but we doubt if the true capacity is more than 2GB.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM

New ebay member in China lists 32GB USB flash drives

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seminolea168518

Seller seminolea168518 (registered in China on March 27th) only bought things until a week ago. Now the seller is listing this 32GB flash drive at auction and the same model on buy it now at under £35. We think this is too cheap for them to be genuine.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 26, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Fraudulent seller esraelonline lists 2 more fake 128GB flash drives

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Fraudulent ebay seller esraelonline was warned that the 128GB USB flash drive previously listed on ebay was fake. This has not deterred this seller from listing another fake model. If you buy from this seller you can kiss goodbye to your files! There is only one genuine 128GB flash drive being manufactured at the moment – and none of the drives listed by this seller are it. Nor will any others listed on ebay be genuine.

Why? Because it is a very expensive special order item that was only announced of 15th June. It not available on general sale and there is a waiting list stretching at least a month ahead for individual special orders. We expect it will be many months from now before 128Gb USB flash drives become generally available.

Here are pictures of the two fake capacity flash drives listed by esaraelonline:

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As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

UPDATE 06/07/09
There are now three 128GB models of USB flash drive – but still none that match the items listed by this seller who claims to have tested them with h2testw. We are not convinced – he made every effort in his first listing to dissuade people from testing his drives with h2testw by saying:

Please note that testing on H2TESTW require formating the USB Flash drive. At this volume (128GB) the USB might be harmed if formated.
Again, remember that we are guaranting 128 GB capacity on this item along with 12 month warranty. Nevertheless, Warranty is void if the USB has been formated.

After being challenged by an ebay member and reading the posts here he provided a link to h2test results that (as far as we can see) do not compute! We are not in the business of persecuting innocent sellers. Everything we saw with this seller (who is magically selling nothing after leaving comments and reading our responses) seems to indicate guilt. We leave it to our readers to judge whether esraelonline can be trusted!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 25, 2009 at 9:24 PM

More than suspect 64GB USB flash drive from seller in Poland

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cdss-pl

This listing by seller cdss-pl is screaming fake fake fakity fake. Why? The packaging, the price and the fact that buyer IDs are private. The seller also listed the same model in 32GB. If you bought one of these test it with the free program h2testw.

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

UPDATE 15/7/09

This seller is now auctioning 128GB and 64GB Kingmax U-drive flash drives. We see these offered for sale by many fraudulent sellers but there is no mention anywhere on the Kingmax site of these flash drives being available at these capacities. As far as we are aware there are only three manufacturers who produce 128GB flash drives and Kingmax is not one of them so we expect these are just as fake as the one shown above.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 25, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Seems to be another fake capacity flash drive from Hong Kong

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bestvaluezone

The packaging shown here indicates that this flash drive from Hong Kong ebay seller bestvaluezone is a fake.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Seems this ebay seller registered in Italy visited fake flash land

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roberta5142

It appears that seller roberta5142 registered in Italy may have been on a visit to fake flash land and bought counterfeit and fake capacity 64GB DataTraveler 150 drives to sell on ebay. The bid start price is well below the wholesale price of genuine flash drives of this capacity, so we think these were purchased from a fraudulent supplier. The seller may be unaware that they are likely to be counterfeits – perhaps someone in Italy could get in touch and warn the seller.

Please, sellers – do not list Kingston flash drives for sale on ebay unless Kingston has confirmed they are genuine!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 25, 2009 at 6:48 AM

USA ebay member lists suspect 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150

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needforpower

We suspect that USA based ebay seller needforpower has been shopping in fake flash land and purchased counterfeit 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives from a fraudulent wholesaler. If we are right then anyone using one will suffer data loss (assuming the drives work at all) after a while. Kingston flash drives of this type should have a unique serial number which can be used to verify genuine ones with Kingston.

If you bought one of these and discover it is counterfeit report in to sosfakeflash.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 24, 2009 at 6:00 PM

This looks like a job lot of fake 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150

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i.i.x.i.i

It seems highly unlikely that the job lot of 5 Kingston 64GB DataTraveler being offered for sale here by i.i.x.i.i are genuine – the price is far too low. If you bought a Kingston DataTraveler 150 on ebay you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

MP Players eBay – Cheap Bargains or Fabulous Fraud and Profit? SOSFakeFlash Education Week

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Is eBay the place to buy MP Players cheap? Can you get a 8GB or 16GB or 32GB Player on eBay for less that $40 or $50 US? SOSFakeFlash is launching an education week for consumers. Recently they launched an general education week on fake and counterfeit memory devices sold on eBay: SOSFakeFlash Consumer Education Week 20090605 – 20090612. The Problem of Counterfeit and Fake Memory Sold On Ebay

This time they will be show casing sellers who sold false capacity MP Players. Too many buyers fall for seller claims that the units are defective. Most never learn the truth, these items have had their flash chips manipulated to report a size much larger that the chips can support. SOSFakeFlash is inviting buyers to learn more and leave comments on their experiences.

Visit this site during the next week for an eye opening education!

http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/

The information is useful, not only to people who buy on eBay but any where on the internet for MP Players. Become a smart consumer!

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 24, 2009 at 5:02 AM

New ebay ID registered in Germany lists fake 32GB flash drives

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flamur_12 The Id flamur_12 was registered on ebay in Germany on June 20th 2009 and this seller immediately listed these very fishy 32GB flash drives for sale. This makes us suspect that this ID may have been set up deliberately for the purpose of fraud.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 23, 2009 at 6:33 PM

16GB flash drive from China – too cheap to be genuine.

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judgemed96858

This supposedly 16GB flash drive is far too cheap to be genuine – real ones cost nearly double this! The seller is also offering the models below at impossibly cheap prices – guess what we think about ebay seller judgemed96858?

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As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Les vendeurs français tombent dans le piège instantané faux

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Il semble que beaucoup de vendeurs ebay ont acheté Kingston contrefait 150 commandes de Datatraveler des fournisseurs frauduleux. Les vendeurs en France qui sont tombés dans le piège instantané faux incluent : marseillais-13260, bougotte, claudineb2828, corentincc et fraise0sucre. Les vendeurs satisfont vérifient avec Kingston que vos commandes instantanées sont véritables avant la liste ils sur ebay !

Written by fightflashfraud

June 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Another seller listing a classic fake 16GB USB flash drive?

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worldseller0988Hong Kong based ebay seller worldseller0988 recently started selling this most classic of all USB flash drives to fall prey to the frankenflash treatment. We have little doubt that these like all others we have come across will prove to be fake capacity.

We doubt if the true capacity comes anywhere near 16GB – most likely they will prove to have a true capacity of 2GB or less. This seller built up a very credible feedback score before embarking on fake flash drive sales – a cautious fraudster by the look of things!

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 22, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Is this 64GB DataTraveler from a US ebayer genuine?

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dkl79

If the DataTraveler 150 flash drives sold by dkl79 are genuine why is this United States based seller keeping buyer IDs private. We suspect these may be counterfeits bought from a fraudulent supplier.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Yet another ebay seller lists 64GB DataTraveler at unrealistic price

UK seller spicybargains has listed a batch of 64GB Datatraveler 150 flash drives at the unrealistically low price of £64.99 with free P&P. No one could make a profit on genuine drives of this type at this price, therefore these have to be counterfeits sold by fraudulent wholesalers. This seller is not alone:

Seller clickon786 has listed these at £49.99 with free P&P, ronaldkibuuka at £50 plus £1.50 P&P, thecskate at £50 plus £2 P&P and all-things-reeds at £50 plus a whopping £15 P&P

Please ebay sellers – do your homework!

You cannot buy genuine 64GB DataTraveler drives at a price low enough to sell them on ebay much below £100. If you buy at a low price you are buying counterfeits which will cause file loss and data corruption fro your customers.

Do you want to be responsible for a designer’s business going under because they saved their designs to the flash drive you supplied? Or a student failing their course because their final submission was saved on a flash drive from you? Or someone losing all their family photos? These things have happened to people who used fake capacity flash drives.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 22, 2009 at 8:40 AM

UK seller p-ultimaltd lists 64GB Kingston 150 in 24hr auction!!!

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We think that the flash drive (item number 280361437726)  listed in a 24 hour auction by seller p-ultimaltd with a starting bid price of 99p has to be fake. The seller is using private auctions (usually a certain indication of fraud where flash memory is concerned) and clearly states he will not accept returns:

returns are not accepted we only resale this items from factory if you have any problems you need to contact manufacturer for your 5 yeas warranty

Think this just about says it all! Kingston will not refund your money if a flash drive is counterfeit (which we are pretty certain any from this seller will be) the seller is going to resist refunding you and so are ebay and paypal – they want to keep their mitts on the ill-gotten gains too!

Do not buy Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives from any seller on ebay!! You will almost certainly be defrauded. If there is a genuine ebay seller of these we would be pleased to hear about it – we will check with Kingston!

Looks like another fake flash seller based in China

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kenqyeung08

Feedback comments indicate that the 8GB flash drives shown above which were sold by kenqyeung08 are fake capacity (2GB not 8GB). Unlike most sellers in China (who are normally polite to buyers) this one responds to negatives by saying that buyers are lying.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Another fake 128GB Kingston flash drive

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An ebay member in Australia sold this fake 128GB Kingston USB flash drive for AU $127.50 (approximately £62.56) today. Kingston only announced the first ever 128GB made by anyone on 15th of June. The flash drive looks nothing like this and it is only available on special order. The item shown above is fake fake fakity-fake.

We hoped the seller would pay heed to the ebayer who warned him about this item being fake and remove the item from sale quickly. Not a bit of it. Instead it seems that seller tuyet130953 grabbed the money from the highest bidder and ended the sale early. Not what we would call an honourable course of action!

Ebay sellers be aware – the frankenflash project is watching you. If you sell fake flash memory then you are likely to end up with your ebay ID turning up in internet searches and your reputation going down the pan. It is your responsibility to check that your flash memory items are genuine – when you list an item you accept full responsibility for your listing. Selling fake and counterfeit flash drives is fraud and if you commit fraud you can hardly complain at the consequences.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Feedback suggests ebay seller hkonstore11 sold fake memory cards

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hkonstore11Seller hkonstore11 is not listing anything for sale on ebay at the moment but feedback suggests that the memory cards shown above and the all too familiar flash drive above were fake capacity. There is also a comment about a fake 16GB Hello Kitty flash drive. If you bought flash memory items from this seller test them with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM

64GB Corsair auctioned on ebay.com with 99p start price.

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xxasmithxx

We have no idea where this ebay member got this Corsair flash drive but we do know that if it is genuine the seller is likely to make a huge loss.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Is this a genuine 32GB USB flash drive?

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blueberry_yang2008

If the flash drive advertised here by seller blueberry_yang2008 genuinely has a capacity of 32GB we will be very surprised. The buy it now price seems too low for the seller to make a profit. The seller previously sold the same model as 2GB – we suspect this may be the true capacity of this flash drive. If you bought one of these you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 11:14 AM

New ebay member in the USA seems to have been to fakeflashland

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queen_of_luck

It seems to us that yet another new ebay member has been shopping in fakeflashland and come back with counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives in both “32GB and “64GB” capacities. The seller may be unaware that these are likely to be counterfeits – and the buyers who have left feedback so far probably didn’t either test their drives with h2testw or contact Kingston to verify them. Ever genuine DataTraveler 150 has a unique serial number which can be used to verify with Kingston that the drive is genuine.

UPDATE 24/06/09
This seller seems to have been de-registered by ebay – as usual they have made life more difficult for those who bought fakes by removing not only listings for items that had not yet been sold but those that had been bought and paid for – thanks a lot ebay!

If you bought a “Kingston” flash drive from this seller email Kingston with clear photographs of both sides of the USB connector, along with a clear photo of the back of the package. Ask them to email you confirmation that your flash drive is counterfeit. You should then be able to use this email as evidence to claim a refund through paypal. Read the articles on our blogs about PayPal refunds to learn about the dirty tricks they may employ to avoid giving you a refund so that you know how to deal with these!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 21, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Suspect looking 64GB DataTraveler listed by ebayer in Australia

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cyber_shop_2009

These 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives listed by ebay member cyber_shop_2009 (registered in Australia) look just a bit too shiny to be the genuine ones and they seem to lack the engraving that should be on the USB connector. Each DataTraveler should have an individual serial number which can be checked with Kingston to verify that the drive is genuine.

If you find you have a bought a counterfeit Kingston please report in with your evidence to sosfakeflash.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Are these flash drives listed on ebay genuine 64GB?

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rlpista88 We think that the starting bid prices listed for these flash drives offered by rlpista88 (a seller based in the United States) are far too low for these to be genuine.

We suspect they are fake capacity devices which were purchased from a fraudulent supplier in the far east.

Fake capacity flash memory causes file loss and corruption. Check all flash memory items before trusting your documents, photos, music, videos or whatever to them.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 20, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Seems this ebayer is selling counterfeit 64GB DataTraveler 150

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pctech-man
This feedback comment from a buyer indicates that the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drives sold by pctech-man (a seller based in the USA) are not genuine Kingston but counterfeits:

item did not work at all, contacted Kingston, there was no valid serial number

If you bought from this seller do what this buyer did – contact Kingston to check your drive out. No doubt you will get the same answer. Report the seller to ebay and sosfakeflash, claim a refund through paypal, and leave the seller a neg to warn others!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Nice purple colour but probably a nasty fake flash drive

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eseeshop

This flash drive from eseeshop (an ebay seller registered in Hong Kong) looks a bit too cheap to be genuine. We think it will turn out to be a fake capacity drive which will cause file loss/corruption. A negative feedback about the same model in black suggests we are right. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2009 at 7:26 PM

eBay Fraud – Another Fake Flash Memory Seller Ring -sellasera68258, yazmin_yenthe_bay, sfrankish5872

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Who is Zhonghuanyun (cao you)? eBay fake flash seller of 16GB usb flash memory drives under the id’s of: sellasera68258, yazmin_yenthe_bay, sfrankish5872. All item were sent from this address in Hong Kong:

Zhonghuanyun(cao you)

Room 305,3/F,Block A
Sun Fung Centre,88 Kwok Shui
Rd,Kwai Chung
Honk Kong

sellasera68258 and sfrankish5872 are under eBay suspension in fake flash prison. yams_yenthe_bay is attempting to evade buyers by changing his feedback to private. Those who engage in selling false capacity usb flash drives on eBay have many id’s. It spreads the risk and avoids being found out. You can learn more by reading: eBay Fake Flash Sellers Of MP Players – USB Flash Drives – Memory Cards – About Their IDs

sellasera68258, yams_yenthe_bay, sfrankish5872 engaged in hit and run selling. Together they sold many fake usb flash drives in a very short period of time. If you bought a usb flash drive from any of these eBay seller id’s you risk data loss. Please test and a file a claim against the seller id with PayPal quickly, before it is too late.

So were is Zhonghuanyun(cao you)? The FrankenFlash Project invites the Hong Kong Technology Crime Prevention Unit to send inspectors to pay him a visit. He has some explaining to do. Why did he unleash data poison on inspecting eBay members around the world? His guilt is clear/ Trying to save his yazmin_yenthe_bay ebay id from angry victims by changing his feedback to private do no good. Zhonghuanyun(cao you) fake flash deeds have been found out!

Zhonghuanyun(cao you)

Room 305,3/F,Block A
Sun Fung Centre,88 Kwok Shui
Rd,Kwai Chung
Honk Kong

is here:

Zhonghuanyun-1-Trio

Zhonghuanyun-2-Trio

If you bought a usb flash drive from sellasera68258, yazmin_yenthe_bay or sfrankish5872 please report into SOSFakeFlash using the Report A Fake Tab.

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 19, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Fake 128GB DataTraveler 200 withdrawn from sale on ebay

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golacki

Just who did the seller that listed this item as a 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 think he was fooling? Certainly not the team at fightflashfraud.

The Kingston DatatTraveler 200 was only announced on June 15th and already someone tried to cash in. The DT200 looks nothing like this picture. An ebay member asked the seller a question about the fact that it looked nothing like a DT200 and got this answer:

This was actually a prototype design release, that’s why it looks like a quite generic Kingston design. It’s actually horrendously rare and you will probably never see one again that looks like this. Despite what I have just said that is purely the design, the technical features and memory remain exactly the same.

So it’s an experimental model is it? Is this person claiming to be a Kingston insider? If he is a Kingston employee we think he will quickly be out of a job! Is our Australian friend telling us that he walked into the Kingston labs and pocketed an experimental drive without being challenged? Wait a minute… that doesn’t add up with what was said in the body of the listing! In the body of the listing it said:

“Brand new and packaged this device is ready to go from a trusted Australian Seller.”

Ahem! Companies do not package their experimental models and sell them off! We are glad the seller had the good sense to remove the item from sale before he landed himself in some very hot water indeed. The seller was right about one thing – the rarity of such an item being listed on ebay! Rarely are people quite so stupid or bold as to list such an outrageously obvious fake!

Ebay sellers – please don’t think you can get away with listing outrageous fakes like this. Members of our team are watching you. Ebay and Paypal’s ability (or more likely, willingness) to spot fakes and try to protect buyers from fraud may be non-existent but ours isn’t.

test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Looks like yet another fraudster ID registered on ebay China

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szsa19810908 Seller szsa19810908 registered as an ebay member on 15-Apr-09 in China. Just under two months later this member started listings for the 16GB flash drive shown on the left. This looks to be a classic fake that has been sold on ebay under numerous IDs for a very long time.

The seller is also listing 16GB SD cards. We strongly advise anyone who bought flash memory items from this seller to test them immediately with h2testw. We think you may well be at risk of losing all your files.

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

UPDATE: This seller has been suspended by ebay – get your paypal refund claim in quickly!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM

More suspect flash memory from an ebay seller in China

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sogoodtechSeller sogoodtech who registered on ebay China on January 18th 2009 has sold many 16GB flash drives of the model shown on the left which has proved to be fake capacity time and time again. This seller also sells 16GB SD cards which are also likely to be fake capacity. If these were genuine items the seller would have lost well over £1,000 (GBP) from his or her ebay sales to date. Our conclusion? Any flash memory item from this seller is highly likely to be fake capacity. If you use flash memory from this seller we are sure you will eventually find that files begin to be lost or corrupted.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 19, 2009 at 4:31 AM

New ebay seller lists very suspect flash

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moutainpwk2009We strongly suspect that this 64GB flash drive from ebay seller moutainpwk2009 who registered in China on 27th February 2000 is fake capacity. Who could risk selling real 64GB USB flash drives at auction with a start price of 1 EURO? Nobody!

The seller is also auctioning 32GB SD cards with a 1 EURO start price – these are very likely to be false capacity too. Do not use flash memory items from this seller until you have checked the true capacity with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Fake capacity 32GB SD Card?

kchtcarlm_sd A feedback comment suggests that this 32GB SD memory card from seller kchtcarlm may be fake capacity. The low price at which the item was sold for tends to suggest it is very likely to be fake. If so it is likely that all flash memory items from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. Fake capacity flash memory causes file loss and corruption – do not save your photos or video files on this until you have tested to ensure it is the capacity stated.

If you bought one of these you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

UPDATE 22/07/2010
We’ve noticed that there have been a lot of visitors to this very old post recently. This seller was proven to be selling fake memory cards (surprise, surprise!) about a month after this article was published (evidence of the seller’s fraud is now held in a database) and seller kchtcarlm has not been active on ebay for about a year now – suspended by ebay for fraud.

If you suspect that a memory card (or any other flash memory item) listed on ebay is fake then please let us know by leaving a comment here!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Fake 32GB Sony flash drive listed by UK ebay member

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75sprl

The description given in this listing does not match the picture – however we know the item has to be fake capacity as the largest capacity of Sony flash drive made is 16GB.

In the description the seller says:
The USB connector is safely housed inside the sleek case, so you don’t have to worry about losing a cap.
– oh no it doesn’t if the drive looks like the one in the picture!

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Are these 32GB Sandisk flash drives adverised on ebay genuine?

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beever1234

If the 32GB flash drives listed by beever1234 are genuine the seller is taking a huge risk by starting the bidding at 1p. If they are genuine and bids do not exceed the wholesale price plus postage, listing fees etc then the seller stands to lose a lot of money. The seller says:

NEVER OPENED !!! OFFICIAL DRIVE THIS IS NOT A CHEAP COPY , GARAUNTEED!! 300% MONEY BACK IF YOU RECIEVE AN UNOFFICIAL OR FAKE ITEM!!

This is a rather extravagant claim – 300%?? Did the seller do any maths at school we wonder? If not, maybe this explains the low start price! We do wonder a little why buyer IDs are being kept private if the seller’s items are genuine – after all buying a flash drive is nothing to be ashamed of. We might understand if the listing was for S&M gear – but flash drives??

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Whopping 128GB fake USB flash drive listed on ebay.

esraelonline

We can say with absolute certainty that this flash drive is fake capacity. Why? Because the very first USB flash drive of this capacity from any manfuacturer was only announced three days ago. Who won the race to be the first to produce a 128GB USB flash drive? – Kingston.

The packaging on this item would be a dead give-away that this is a fake capacity drive even if it was only claimed to have 16GB. This packaging has been used by fraudsters for a long time.

The seller obviously didn’t research what was available before buying these from a fraudulent supplier and knows very little about flash memory technology. In the listing esraelonline states:

Please note that testing on H2TESTW require formating the USB Flash drive. At this volume (128GB) the USB might be harmed if formated.

Again, remember that we are guaranting 128 GB capacity on this item along with 12 month warranty. Nevertheless, Warranty is void if the USB has been formated.

For storage and capacity assurance – please see the HD-Tach testing above.

A test with HD Tach and looking at the drive properties (shown in the listing) is not be enough to show whether a flash drive was genuine the capacity claimed by the supplier. The only valid test is h2testw which does not require formatting the drive!! – we don’t know where the seller got this idea!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Kingston Technologies WebSite Feature To Verify Capacity Offered By Product Line

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Kingston Technologies has introduced a wonderful new feature for searching their consumer usb flash drive products. You can select the capacity and see which product lines offer the desired capacity. It is a great search consulting tool and part of Kingston’s effort to combat those who would like to sell cheap imitations (counterfeits) of their products or try to super boost older models to report false capacity to operating systems.

Almost all major brand names are currently under attack from counterfeiters and re-programmers. Two companies, Kingston and Sony are fighting back. Kingston is applying additional effort to aid consumers world wide. They have a serial verification site and now have improved their search feature to show what are the capacity sizes they manufactured for a particular product line.

If you wish to purchase a Kingston usb flash drive on the internet you should always visit a Kingston website to verify they really make the product in the capacity being advertised to you by a seller. Your first step to being a smart and well informed consumer. If you don’t see the capacity offered by Kingston, you can be 100% sure that it is a counterfeit which will report a false capacity.

Such flash drives are very dangerous to use as digitally altered flash drives lead to data loss – eventually ALL FILES are lost or corrupted. To check what is currently available from Kingston see:
http://www.kingston.com/flash/DataTravelers_consumer.asp

If you are a potential reseller stay away from importing any drives like the ones below from Chinese wholesale suppliers!!

64gbsonyasakingston

64GBlarge2They were never make by Kingston. You can not purchase 64GB USB flash drives wholesale (even generic ones, let alone a brand name) at the price shown above. There is no such thing as “Upgrading” a usb flash drive, as suggested in the advert above.

You can not make a 2GB flash memory chip magically grow to 4GB, 8GB 16GB or more with some sort of software upgrade. Translated UPGRADE means “trick the operating system” into believing the usb flash drive can hold more data than it can actually hold.

If you see any USB flash drives with a shiny little sticker for size like the one on the left or the green and yellow “quality control” sticker shown in both pictures, then you are looking at a fake.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS:
Kingston does not use sticky labels to indicate the size of USB flash drives.

Kingston produce quality USB flash drives and are not so miserly as to cut corners with a sticker for the size.

If you wish to be safe consult: http://www.kingston.com/wheretobuy/Regions.asp and find a retailer near you. These are difficult times, support your local sellers and help your own country’s economy.

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 18, 2009 at 5:48 AM

Suspected counterfeit 64GB Kingston USB flash drive on ebay UK

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stu_vallance

We suspect that this flash drive listed on ebay by UK seller stu_vallance is counterfeit and fake capacity. If you bought this item test it immediately with h2testw. Using counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory inevitably leads to data loss.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 17, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Are these 16GB DataTraveler flash drives genuine or counterfeit?

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anson528168

Are the 16GB flash Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drives sold on ebay by anson528168 genuine? If not it seems that yet another Kingston model has fallen prey to the counterfeiters. A comment on sosfakeflash from an ebay member suggests that they are not genuine but we don’t yet have proof. If you bought a flash drive from this seller test it immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 17, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Confirmed A Kingston 128GB USB Flash Drive Genuine Now exists!

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Kingston now makes a 128GB usb flash drive! It is in the new DataTraveler series, the DT200 series. There is now one usb flash drive from Kingston that is a genuine 128GB capacity.

UPDATE 11/02/2010
Sadly for consumers the counterfeiters in China quickly replicated the casing of the DT200 flash drive and put inferior memory chips (of various capacities up to 4GB) inside and programmed the control chips to display higher capacities. Currently the DT200 is one of the most regularly sold counterfeit (and fake capacity) flash drives sold on ebay. For a look at a fake DT 200 see this article on Nandium’s blog.

Written by KittyFireFlash

June 17, 2009 at 4:40 AM

UK ebay seller damtech2 seems to be a slippery customer.

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damtech2

In the picture above we see how the listing for item number 220434861463 looked yesterday. An ebay member thought it looked a bit too cheap to be genuine and sent the seller a question suggesting that he check with Kingston to be sure they were genuine. The ebayer got no response from damtech 2 and when we looked at the listing for this item today this is what we saw:

damtech2b

Now why do you think the listing changed overnight?? We won’t bother saying what we think… I am sure you can guess! let’s have a closer look at the seller’s picture in the revised listing:

damtech2Hmm – we think the revised picture is very interesting indeed – what do you think? Would you trust “trusted UK seller” damtech2??

In the listing damtech tries to reassure us about the low price of the item:
Try one of our high capacity USB flash drives. We are able to provide these at a much reduced cost as we carry our own stock and purchase directly from the manufacturer cutting out the middle man.

Hmm – surely he means direct from a fraudulent wholesaler doesn’t he?? – after all the listing was originally for a Kingston flash drive!

Kingston flash drives like the one shown in the listing originally all have individual serial numbers and can easily be verified with a phone call.

If the seller had contacted Kingston (as the ebayer who contact damtech2 suggested) and they were genuine would he have changed his listing?

We had a look at the seller’s refund policy:

All returns will be accepted within 14 days no questions asked, the item must still be in the same condition as it was delivered still in the original packaging and seal not broken. If a return is made after the 14 day period a restocking fee of 15% will apply. Buyer is responsible for costs associted with returning the product. In the unlikly event there is a fault with the product, please contact the seller to arrange the return. All returned goods are checked for operation and refunds / exchanges are only granted if the item is found to be inoperable after the examination. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES MADE WITHOUT THE SAFE RETURN OF THE ORIGINAL ITEM.

So what do we make of this? Easy – if you send the drive back with the packaging intact you will not get a refund. Why? Because the drive is not inoperable – it will only become inoperable once you have saved enough files to exceed the true capacity – and you can’t do this without opening the package!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 9:04 PM

UK seller lists obvious fake 32GB Kingston flash drives

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ramsess2008_body

We thought you might be interested in the body of this listing for fake 32GB Kingston flash drives. Here (in an attempt to instil confidence) UK seller rameses2008 tells you that you can verify the drive with Kingston – and indeed you can! Guess what? Kingston will verify it is a fake!! There are no Genuine 32GB Kingston drives that look like this – only 2GB ones. Buyers – test all flash memory items with h2testw!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 6:31 PM

UK seller disposes of fake 32GB Kingston on ebay

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lll_z_lll

This listing has the following wording:

YOU ARE BIDDING ON A 32GB HACKED MEMORY STICK WITH ONLY 4GB REAL MEMORY
BOUGHT IT IN WHOLESALE AND INSTEAD OF THE REAL 32GB IT ONLY CAME WITH 4GB
THAT MEANS IT SHOWS 32GB BUT CAN ONLY HOLD 4GB
I HAVE ONLY TESTED ONE OF THEM AND THAT CAN HOLD UP TO 4GB!
SO I AM SELLING THEM OFF FOR A LOSS SINCE THE SELLER ONLY GAVE ME A PARTIAL REFUND, HENCE THE PRICE
WILL SELL THE WHOLE LOT FOR £40 CONTACT ME IF INTRESTED
NO REUTRNS WILL BE ACCEPTED
HAPPY BIDDING

Unfortunately even if buyers of these can rescue these USB flash drives they are likely to end up with a poor quality and unreliable drive that cannot be trusted with important files. Sad as it is for a seller to find they have a bunch of fakes on their hands we don’t think they should be sold on even where the fact that they are fake capacity is clearly stated. Most computer users will not have the knowledge to make them useable and will therefore eventually end up losing files.

Please sellers – just take it on the chin if you find yourself with fakes – it is your responsibility to do your research properly before buying things to sell on ebay!

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Price of 16GB flash drive on ebay too low for it to be genuine

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xruifang

Here we have another example of a flash drive listed with a buy it now price too low for the drive to be genuine. Seller xruifang could not make a profit selling genuine 16GB flash drives at this price. We therefore conclude that these are fake capacity flash drives that will cause users’ files to be lost or corrupt once the true capacity (likely to be 2GB or less) is exceeded. If you bought one of these test it with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM

An ebay member in Belgium re-sells fakes from known fraudsters

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djsmokey74

Seller djsmokey74, registered in Belgium bought fake flash drives from a number of well known fraudsters, many of whom are currently suspended from ebay. It looks as though this ebayer has already sold on 9 fakes bought from known fraudsters.

Not a single buyer left a negative about their fake capacity flash drive. However someone noticed as ebay removed six of the listings, thus burying the evidence of this seller’s activities!The seller bought fakes from known fraudsters appolly, zhangfengping8888, disubs, barrylamshop and jinyu_zheng.

The one shown in this listing appears to have been purchased from appolly. Looks as though djsmokey74 made a tidy little profit (unless the buyers realised later and claimed refunds) as he sold at around double the price paid for several of the drives. If you bought a flash drive from this seller you will begin to lose files if you use it. Test it immediately with h2testw – you will find your drive holds nowhere near 16GB!

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 16, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Suspected fraudster aims to make large profit on ebay.

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yongzhou1232009Seller yongzhou1232009 previously sold a number of the rather obvious fake shown on the left. Why do we think these drives were fake? Experience tells us.

The packaging on these has been used to sell fake flash drives for a long time. We have never come across a genuine flash drive in this packaging. All have been fake capacity – using such drives inevitably leads to data loss.

Now it seems that yongzhou1232009 is aiming to increase his fake flash profits considerably. In the listing shown below he is selling what we strongly suspect is a fake capacity drive – it is one of the favourite models for the fake flash treatment.

They have been listed at a price higher than I paid in the last few months for some real ones! I bought several genuine 16GB drives at under 25 euros each. Although the price of flash drives has risen you should still be able to get genuine 16GB flash drives for around the price this seller is charging for these. Why risk buying a fake flash drives when genuine ones are on offer??

yongzhou1232009

If you bought a flash drive from this seller we strongly suggest that you test it with h2testw.

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

For genuine sellers of flash memory on ebay see this post on sosfakeflash

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Is ndspro a seller of fake MP players on ebay?

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Feedback suggests that ndspro may be selling fake capacity MP players. This seller has over 500 items listed at the moment. The seller is mainly offering MP players but there are a couple of USB flash drives and a couple of memory cards listed too. If you bought an MP player or other flash memory item from ndspro we suggest you test your item immediately with h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 8:08 PM

128GB USB flash drive listed for sale on ebay!!

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selloff911 Ebay member selloff911, registered in Canada has listed a 128GB DataTraveler for sale. DataTraveler is a Kingston trade mark and the highest capacity Kingston flash drive is 64GB. They do not make 128GB USB flash drives. Nor does anyone else.

There are no real 128GB USB flash drives, period. No ifs no buts – simply no 128GB!!

This seller also listed a 64GB Kingston that is likely to be a counterfeit and fake capacity. The seller may not be aware there is a problem with the items – most people know very little about flash memory. A test with the free program h2testw soon reveals whether flash memory is genuine or not.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 1:55 PM

UK ebay member lists probable fake Kingston on ebay France

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estherlevy.4256

UK ebay member estherlevy.4256 has listed what we suspect are counterfeit 64GB Kingston Datatraveler 150 USB flash drives on ebay France. Who could afford to risk multiple auction listings with such a low start price for something that would cost over £50 at wholesale prices? We are fairly sure these are not genuine and that the real capacity will turn out to be tiny. Testing with h2testw will reveal the true capacity of these drives.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Buy your fake 32GB Kingston USB flash drives in bulk here!

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tltci

US registered ebay seller tltci is offering you the chance to buy 20 fake 32GB flash drives at one fell swoop. With these you have the opportunity to lose or corrupt every single file on your computer – what a treat! The seller is also offering bulk lots of 16GB and 8GB Kingston flash drives. They are probably fake too.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 15, 2009 at 6:14 AM

Fake 32GB SD memory cards listed on ebay

It seems that ebay seller super_store2009 may have offloaded a huge number of fake capacity SD cards on ebay. We are currently awaiting test results from a buyer to confirm our suspicion that this seller is a fraudster who sold fake capacity flash memory. The prices these sold at would have bankrupted this seller if the cards were genuine, therefore we conclude this is yet another fraud operation.

The seller currently has no listings – no doubt lying low for the present and waiting to see if he got away with his fraud!

If you bought a memory card from this seller test it immedately with the free program h2testw.

You are at risk of losing your pictures or videos if you use a card purchased from this seller. This seller sold over 10 THOUSAND of these before taking a rest from listing – we suspect that buyers will find that every single one is fake capacity.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 14, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Suspect 16GB USB flash drives listed by US seller on ebay

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carterunlimitedproUS registered ebay seller carterunlimited pro has listed 25 of these suspect 16GB USB flash drives. We think this seller has been shopping in fakeflashland.

This looks as though it is one of the most common and longest standing fake capacity flash drives sold. The fakes are supplied by fraudulent wholesalers in the far east and inevitably cause data loss. The seller may not be aware of the fake capacity problem. Looking at the properties is not enough – sellers need to test their drives with h2tesw. We suggest that bidders ask the seller to do this.

If you bought a flash drive on ebay, whoever the seller was, we strongly suggest that you test with h2testw otherwise you are at risk of file loss.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 14, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Did you buy a 32GB SD card on ebay from seller adiandian3

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adiandian3 Did you buy one of these “32GB” SD cards from ebay seller adiandian3?? If so, it seems very likely that you got a fake capacity card. Feedback indicates that the true capacity of these may be as low as 1GB. Ebay de-registered this seller and removed listings – hiding the fraud evidence and making life difficult for victims, as usual.

If you bought one of these you should test it with h2testw immediately – you will lose your photographs or videos if you use a fake capacity card. Claim a refund through paypal if you bought a fake from this seller -ebay/paypal obviously know he is a fraudster.

Please report in to sosfakeflash with test results, your ebay ID, seller ebay ID, item number and any other details you can give that may assist our fraud investigations.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Suspected counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 150 in Canada

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importtech09 This 64GB Kingston DataTraveler listed by ebay member importtech09 (registered in Canada) appears to be a counterfeit. Such counterfeits have a tiny capacity and cause file loss. The start price is, we beleive, below the wholesale price of genuine ones – also the picture does not show any engraving. If you bought one of these from any seller then a quick call to Kingston will confirm whether it is genuine or not – genuine ones have individual serial numbers. Testing with h2testw will reveal what the real capacity is; assuming there is any – sometimes fraudsters forget to put a chip in at all or fail to program it.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 14, 2009 at 5:02 PM

UK ebayer sells very suspicious looking 64GB flash drives.

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snipefest An ebay seller regisered in the UK has listed very suspect looking 64GB USB flash drives for sale.

We suspect this is deliberate fraud as user IDs are kept private – this is usually the action of a fraudster.

We have found that all drives sold in this packaging turned out to be fake capacity. Anyone who bought one of these should test immediately with h2testw. If you use a fake capacity drive you will eventually begin to lose all your files.

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

UPDATE 27/06/09
Seller snipefest is currently selling the same model in a whopping 128GB fake capacity.

UPDATE 11/07/09
Seems our friend snipefest is now selling corsair drives – no doubt these are fake as well.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 14, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Fake 32gb flash drive on sale on ebay in Belgium

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mmike000

The Sony flash drives listed by mmike000 are counterfeit and fake capacity. They are not made by Sony and will not store 32GB of files – instead they will cause file loss after a while. The seller probably bought these from a fraudulent wholesaler in China and may be unaware they are fake. Testing with h2testw would reveal the horrid truth.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Negative feedback on ebay for Zhongel’s 16GB flash drives

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Rescently ebay seller zhongel’s feedback score has dropped from 100% to 98.9% due to negative and neutral feedback. Hiding buyer IDs has not succeeded in preventing some buyers from discovering their drives were fake capacity. Here is the feedback in question.zhongelfb

The two drives this feedback relates to are shown below:zhongelfb

The one pictured on the left is a discontinued 2GB Kingston – either a real one programmed to fake capacity and given a new label or one that is completely counterfeit. Either way the sale of these is fraud. The generic one on the right is the other one to have been spotted. These buyers tested the drives to check their capacity – everyone should do this before even thinking of leaving feedback, whoever the seller is. The quickest and easiest way to test is with the free program h2testw.

If you discover you have a false capacity drive report your results to the frankenflash project for addition to the fake flash database. The database is our permanent record of this fraud which will make it impossible for ebay to deny that fake flash was sold on their site. The fact that we are keeping evidence means that ebay’s efforts to sweep this under the carpet are doomed to failure. It also has helped buyers to get refunds through paypal and ebay. For your fake to be added to this valuable database we need the following information – without it the data cannot be added:

    1) Seller’s ebay ID
    2) Item number
    3) Your ebay ID
    4) The results from testing with h2testw

Besides these four essentials it would assist our investigations if you can provide the following:

    * Seller address (complete) if you have it – helps build profile and track multiple id’s
    * Item description if ebay has removed the listing

If you wish you may include any comments you have about your thoughts and experience.

Please send your information in an email to sosfakeflashdrive@gmail.com with the subject: fake report

Written by fightflashfraud

June 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Contrefaçon possible 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 sur la France ebay

poulienou

Nous pensons que cette commande instantanée énumérée par nouveau poulienou ebay de membre est probablement la capacité fausse – personne ne pourrait se permettre de risquer le listinh quelque chose cette des coûts plus de 60 euros en gros avec un prix de début de 1 euro ! Examinez toute la mémoire Flash avec h2testw

Rapportez dedans au flash de sosfake si les expositions de essai vous ont un article faux de capacité.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM

SOSFakeFlash Consumer Education Week 20090605 – 20090612. The Problem of Counterfeit and Fake Memory Sold On Ebay

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SOSFakeFlash published a series of articles to educate consumers on the problem of fake mp players, usb flash drives and memory sticks sold on ebay during the week of June 5th 2009 to June 12th 2009. It includes information collected by the FrankenFlash Project over a 13th month period. The objective was to increase global awareness about the problem of false capacity devices being sold on eBay and to assist members to avoid buying false capacity items. These devises can be dangerous to files as they will be lost the moment the true capacity of the flash drive chips is exceeded.

Consumers will fall prey to fake flash sellers, not only in the Orient but any country if they make a dangerous mistake. Not understanding the true costs of nand flash drive chips. Many assume that the reason for the low prices on eBay is the result of cutting out the “Middle Man”. Anyone who follows this line of reasoning is in for a very unpleasant surprise. The FrankenFlash project after many months of research reveals the truth in the hope that people will avoid becoming victims in the future. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is stinging!

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Written by KittyFireFlash

June 12, 2009 at 4:36 AM

Could this be a new fraud ID registered on ebay China?

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motolter

Seller motolter registered on ebay China on February 20th and has no feedback yet. We find it a bit suspicious that this listing for a 64GB flash drive had such a low start price. If you bought this item you should test it with h2testw on arrival.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM