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Archive for July 2nd, 2009

Devious powerseller pretends items are in the UK

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bfe-clearence

Seller bfe-clearence is one of a rash of sellers that try to look as though their items are in the UK. Why? Because a lot of buyers on ebay know that most flash memory items from orient is fake. We can’t see any other reason for a seller listing item as if it was in another country other than the fact that they are selling fake items. The 16GB model in the listing above is very familiar to the frankenflash project. It has been sold by many fraudsters.

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.

Fortunately we don’t think there will be many bidders on the model shown below:
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It seems that bfe-clearence was so anxious to offer us his items that he had a slip of the finger and put the decimal point in the wrong place!

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 2, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Suspect 32GB Hello Kitty flash drive from China

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wangs-online-shop

We consider this listing by China-based seller wangs-online-shop to be highly suspect and feel fairly certain this will prove to be a fake capacity flash drive.

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

July 2, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Seller of fake MP Players now offering suspect USB flash drives

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Hong Kong based ebay seller focus-discount has been selling fake capacity MP players for some time. Now it seems from the listing below that this fraudster is expanding his operation to include fake capacity USB flash drives:

focus-discount

So far there is no feedback for flash drives but feedback from buyers indicates that these models of 8GB MP player currently on offer from this seller are fake capacity:

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See this article for the model of MP player recorded as fake in the sosfakeflash database:
focus-discount ebay fake flash seller alert

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

July 2, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Another ebay seller of fake flash drives based in China?

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sky-brother

We think it is likely that the 16GB USB flash drives recently listed by sky-brother will prove to be fake capacity – a danger to user’s data. This seller has a huge feedback score but a very high proportion is for packs of stylus for Nintendo sold for a few pennies (and therefore at a loss) – this is very familiar. When we see feedback like this and then a seller suddenly lists USB flash drives our experience is that they turn out to be fakes.

As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

UK seller of dodgy flash drives – beware of this item.

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nextvision4gb

UK seller nextvision-uk has a dodgy supplier and the drives sold can not be trusted. The seller claims they are tested with h2testw to give buyers confidence. An enquiry by a buyer whose drive failed the test got the response that 10% of the drives are tested.

Seller nextvision-uk asked the buyer to return the drive for a replacement. The buyer duly did so when nextvision-uk assured the buyer a tested replacement would be provided. The buyer did not get the promised working replacement, instead nextvision-uk refunded the buyer and requested a transaction cancellation.

This suggests to us that nexvision-uk could not find a reliable drive to send to the buyer. What most people do not realise is that the low grade chips used in cheap flash drives (even those that have not been fraudulently programmed) have a high failure rate. Testing is absolutely essential otherwise there is a high risk of data loss.

The flash drive our buyer got did not seem to have been fraudulently programmed. However, it failed h2testw due to bad sectors on the drive – very common with low grade chips. This would eventually lead to problems with the drive – it is likely that at some point files would begin to be lost or corrupted and there is a high risk of the drive failing altogether.

This seller previously sold own-brand flash drives which, according to a test carried out by a buyer, used low-grade 2GB chips fraudulently programmed by the supplier to show in the operating system as 8GB. The seller eventually withdrew these fakes from sale though we doubt very much that he refunded all his buyers.

You can see the original post about this seller here – it indicates some rather fishy goings-on. We wouldn’t trust this seller as far as we could throw him.

As always 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

July 2, 2009 at 8:58 AM