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Archive for June 25th, 2009

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!

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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