Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

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

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  1. This is how you do it.

    Leaving feedback is your only leverage for getting your money back quickly so take your time and test the card thoroughly.

    1)First when you get the card you try to format it.
    2) If it does not format when you remove the ‘quick format’ option then you should be suspicious.
    You should be able to format the card both with NTFS and FAT32 without the quick format option but if it fails then be suspicuos. Format it however you can, FAT32 quick format probably then try copying a few films to it one at a time.
    You should get a feeling for how fast the card is as you copy but be aware that it usually takes much longer to write to a card than it does to read from it. after about 5 films see if the first one you copied still plays, on mine it stopped half way along as the new films were being copied to the same 4gig of memory on the card, it was a 4gb card hacked to look like a 32gb card.
    I was really annoyed that the seller should try to dupe me like that! cost me a lot of time to test, get another card etc. anyway try also with that h2testw program but be aware that it takes hours to fill up a 32gb card.
    3) when you are convinced that it is a fake use eBay to send a message to the seller something like:
    “You have sold me a FAKE! memory card! I am most annoyed and demand that you refund my money immediately or else I will leave very negative feedback and report you to eBay for selling counterfeit goods!” next you will quickly get a message back from the seller something like ‘i am very sorry, i didn’t know, i have refunded your money’ then when he has refunded your money please do leave negative feedback and report the sale as counterfeit goods (there is a report this sale link somewhere) Please do this to help out the next poor sucker who is going to get a fake card from the seller.

    The guy I bought mine from had lots of positive feedback from suckers who didn’t know what was going to happen when they hit the magic 4gb mark… One more thing, before you buy a card you can contact the seller and say something like ‘I plan to fully test this card to make sure it is genuine as I have been burned before and I intend to leave good feedback if it is but bad feedback if it isn’t , can you tell me before I purchase it that it is the real deal?’ then you will probably get a message ‘it might be fake’ then don’t buy it.

    The guy I bought from did some kind of ‘preliminary refund’ and it was only after I’d sent the card back to him that PayPal sent me a message ‘your refund has been finalized and the money is in your account’ So do ask where you should send the fake card back to and bung it in the post.



    June 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM

  2. We notice that there have been a lot of visitors to this post recently – since the original post we obtained proof against seller super_store2009 and this seller is now in the proven villain database run by sosfakeflash.

    If you bought a similar item from another seller on ebay then test immediately with h2testw

    If it fails testing Report in to SOSFakeFlash with as much detail as possible.


    December 30, 2009 at 8:06 PM

  3. Hi Hunter,

    Despite how difficult it is to get a paypal refund for fakes you receive we would not recommend your course of action.

    People have often lost their money by opening a not received claim – if the seller can provide a tracking number then it’s case closed! Far better to pursue a claim on the basis that the item was fraudulent and submit evidence of the fraud to sosfakeflash, then the frankenflash has the proof that you have been defrauded.

    This not only helps you but also helps other victims – ebay and paypal are well aware of the database held by the frankenflash project – and if your seller is listed on the sosfakeflash blog quoting the post about your seller should help with a refund – but we do need the evidence to back you up if this whole fake flash fraud issue finally gets to a court of law.

    We work closely with sosfakeflash – in fact it is thanks to them that this blog exists at all!

    Sosfakeflash lists the sellers the frankenflash project has absolute proof against and issues alerts – they can only do this when they have been given ALL the evidence needed to enter information in the database.

    Please folks – if you bought fake memory on ebay then report in to sosfakeflash with All the information requested – their team doesn’t have time to chase you for missing things! If you don’t provide everything needed then your evidence doesn’t count.

    This blog is a sort of advance warning system – our rules are different. We don’t need absolute proof to post about suspects – our team is fairly experienced at spotting fake items and detecting fraud. We will post about anything that looks suspicious.

    Be aware that we often say that a seller may not know their items may be fake – some sellers are innocent victims of fraudulent sellers. In the interests of buyer protection we will publish about any flash memory item that seems suspect, but the seller may be a victim of fraud rather than a fraudster – please bear this in mind!!

    Please warn sellers in your country who you see with suspect items – they may have no idea – tell them about h2testw and our blogs. Please warn buyers to test with h2testw. If you are reading our blogs then you already know there is a problem with fake flash memory – warn your friends, your family, your work colleagues – anyone who might fall foul of such items.

    Tell them all about h2testw – if everyone tested every flash memory item with this then no-one could get away with selling fakes!!


    December 15, 2009 at 6:03 PM

  4. I can only warn everyone who uses the ebay platform to buy a32GB SD card or MP3 player with such high capacity for $10, $20 or $30. There is no such low price for such high capacity on the market. The average retail price for a 32Gb card is between $65 and reaches far over $100.

    And in case you bought an advertised card from a Chinese seller, DO NOT LEAVE A POSITIVE FEEDBACK RIGHT AFTER RECEIVING IT!!! Almost every digital camera is cheated by the manipulated data inside the chip. Only a specific test of the card or MP3 player shows the real capacity.

    A useful website is also: This website lists all sellers who betray buyers with such manipulated memory cards. And finally a very important tip if you open a claim with paypal. Do not open a claim that you have received the card and it does not match the advertised auction. In this case paypal makes you being responsible to send the card back to the buyer.

    It is a waste of money to ship it back because in most cased the memory card you bought is not worth sending it back. All you must do if you got a faked memory card, open a claim for an item which you did not receive. Only this way paypal refunds you the full amount. Good luck!


    December 15, 2009 at 5:02 PM

  5. I’ve been researching these e-bay sellers feedback and the buyers feedback and have been finding that the people buying these things only buy things from China, that’s the bunt of their feedback.


    July 30, 2009 at 3:25 AM

  6. Also beware there is a seller on ebay now (awei19888)`he is no longer registered but he is now back as yaya0331 he is selling fake 32gb sdcards.


    July 17, 2009 at 11:08 PM

  7. After reading the postings on this site, what really puzzles me is eBay/PayPal’s response. By requiring that these drives be returned to the seller, they become accomplice to the crime. Or is it that they know they are already legally liable, so they want to destroy the evidence? I suspect the latter. If I ever get this card in the mail, I won’t surrender it to anyone but the proper authorities.

    Victor Mature

    June 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

  8. Seller super_store2009 still has no listings. I filed a PayPal dispute 6/21/2009 and received a message that the seller is unable to respond. I was allowed to immediately escalate to a claim. If you bought a 32GB card from this seller, I recommend filing a PayPal claim immediately.

    Victor Mature

    June 21, 2009 at 3:10 PM

  9. Confronted super_store2009 on long shipping time and the fact that might be counterfeit flash. Never received Flash and refunded my money in two days. The seller is still not listing anything for sale

    Wesley McCleary

    June 20, 2009 at 2:34 AM

  10. cybertownstore_network sells 32GB SD Cards to! be carefull ! fake!!!!

    Martin Pfeiffer

    June 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM

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