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Archive for June 1st, 2009

Another Hong Kong based ebay seller of fake 8GB flash drives?

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We suspect this is another seller ID registed in Hong Kong by a seller of fake flash memory. 0ur suspicions are suupported by a buyer comment stating that the model shown on the right corrupted the user’s files. If you bought a flash drive from ishop788 you should test immediately with h2tesw.

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

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June 1, 2009 at 11:27 PM

Suspected ebay seller of fake 8GB flash drives based in China

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Seller mixin2005 has a huge positive feedback score but most of it is for selling knives not flash drives. A scan through the feedback reveals that POSITIVE (not negative) feedback comments state that the drive shown above and those below are fake capacity. Buyers – help others out – leave NEGATIVE feedback to alert others if you find you got a fake!


If you bought a flash drive from mixin2005 test it immediately with h2testw, it could well be fake capacity. If it is a fake then you will eventually find your files becoming lost or corrupted.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

June 1, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Are these Kingston DataTraveler 150 genuine or fake?

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UK ebay seller ryder705 has listed 20 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives for sale. We cannot tell from the very small picture whether they are counterfeit or genuine but we think they may be counterfeit as almost half of them are listed at auction with a start price below the wholesale cost. Either the seller is willing to take a big gamble by risking buyers winning them at less than cost or they are counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholsaler. If you bought one of these you can check whether they are counterfeit by contacting Kingston – genuine ones have individual serial numbers. The program h2testw can be used to determine the true capacity of flash drives.

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 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM

A nasty whiff coming off listings for 32GB Kingston flash drive

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latestcentury A nasty whiff of fake flash seems to be coming off listings by USA registered seller latestcentury for this “32GB Kingston”

The seller has listed at least 10 of these, some on buy it now and others at auction. Some auction listings say “used once” others don’t.

Who would buy more than one 32GB USB flash drive, use them only once (or not at all) then auction them on ebay at a loss?

Who would list an apparently new Kingston DataTraveller at a buy it now price that leaves no profit margin and would actually be likely to cause a loss? Are ebay powersellers like latestcentury actually philanthropists who are happy to make losses to benifit ebay buyers? Somehow (call us cynical if you like) but we don’t think so.

There are things about this picture that make us even more suspicious, as does the fact that buyer IDs are hidden (hidden buyer IDs almost always indicate fraud where flash memory is concerned) – we leave you to draw your own conclusions! We strongly suggest that anyone who bought a Kingston DataTraveller on ebay tests it immediately with the free program h2testw.

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

Un azionamento falso evidente dell’istantaneo di capienza sull’Italia ebay

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felix83_2008Questi azionamenti istantanei che sono venduti dal ebayer felix83_2008 non sono 64GB. Questo azionamento istantaneo non è fatto in 64GB. È un azionamento falso di capienza e chiunque che usando si concluderà in su con le lime perse e corrotte dopo un istante. Se compraste sopra di questi dovreste provarli immediatamente con h2testw.

Segnali dentro a sosfakeflash se le vostre esposizioni di prova voi hanno un dispositivo falso di capienza.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 1, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Seller on ebay France sells non-existent 128GB flash drives

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64gbleeseowon84Seller leeseowon84 in France has sold no less than 66 fake 64GB and 128GB flash drives. We can say without shadow of doubt that there is no such thing as a 128GB USB pen drive, so we knew instantly that these simply had to be fake.

It is not yet technically possible to produce a drive of this capacity at this size. The only type of flash memory of this capacity are hard drives. Only two buyers have discovered their devices were fake capacity to date. Here are their comments:


If leeseowon84 had done the homework sellers should do before starting to sell flash drives then this seller would known that the largest drive available is 64GB. If the seller had done the sensible thing and tested with h2testw then he or she would know that these are fake capacity devices. There is no such thing as compatibility issues with flash drives – only with any software that may be on them. The seller’s response is absolute nonsense. Of course there is always the possibility that leeseowon84 is fully aware that these are fake. The fact that buyer IDs are hidden suggests that this is the case.

If you bought one of these flash drives test it immediately with h2testw and report in to sosfakeflash with your results if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 1, 2009 at 3:59 AM