Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for June 12th, 2009

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 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


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