Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

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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

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