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Archive for June 14th, 2009

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