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Archive for July 4th, 2009

Seems li_wing_yin is a new ebay fraudster ID in Hong Kong

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li_wing_yin

There is no 32GB USB flash drive that looks like this – it is fake fake fakity-fake! Anyone who uses one of these will lose most of their files eventually. As usual this seller started off by selling other sorts of item before dipping a toe in the fake flash waters.

A quick look at the Kingston website will confirm that there are no 32GB drives of this model. 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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 4, 2009 at 6:42 PM

UK ebay member buys fakes and re-sells to other ebayers!

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bigdawgbaker

We think seller bigdawgbaker is either a fool or a villain – or (more likely) both. This seller is certainly lazy and a profiteer, whatever else. We are amazed that anyone has bought flash drives and MP players from this ebayer! For one thing he buys things from sellers in China (at a rough estimate he spent over £700 on items from sellers based in China on ebay during the last two months) then bigdawgbaker sells them again for nearly double the price he paid!! Talk about taking advantage!

Investigation reveals that bigdawgbaker bought the flash drive shown in the listing above from well known fraudster intertrade-connection. We spotted this instantly as the seller didn’t even have the wit to use a different picture to the one our old fraudster friend has used under several IDs for a long time.

A quick check of his purchases confirmed our suspicions. It seems bigdawgbaker bought fake usb flash drives and MP players from other fraudulent ebay sellers including haifter,upcomingtrend and digitalting0303 to re-sell on ebay. You’d think bigdawgbaker might have wondered what was going on when items he bought started to vanish from his won list – but maybe (if this ebayer is a villain) he already knows.

For those of you who don’t know why this would have happened – it is because ebay was made aware that the sellers were fraudsters and suspended their accounts. When a seller is suspended their items vanish – pouf! as if they had never existed. Nice one ebay – really helpful to fraud victims (we don’t think!) so if you find an item has vanished from your won list you can be sure it is a fake and the fraudster who sold you it has probably been suspended.

We present below some of the fake USB flash drives purchased by bigdawgbaker on ebay from known fraudsters to resell. An ebay member challenged bigdawgbaker about the most obvious fake of all (see the two items shown above each other second left) and got this response from the seller:

“WHAT! Nothing fake about these at all. Report all you like.”

bigdawgbaker

He was reported and the fake Kingston drives vanished from sale. We have a message for idiot seller bigdawgbaker – you may soon find your ebay account suspended altogether for selling fake capacity flash memory items.

UPDATE
A comment from the seller indicates he is (as suspected) a nasty piece of work – he calls us twats and thinks that it is “commerce” to cause data loss by seling fake items. The proof is already here – the fake Kingston drives (which were probably removed by ebay) are proof enough. We hope to wave goodbye to bigdawgbaker very soon!

UPDATE 11/07/09
The frankeflash project now has irrefutable evidence of this ebayer’s dirty dealings. If you bought from this seller please report in to sosfakeflash with test results, report the item you bought to ebay and claim a refund.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Is this 64GB USB flash drive on ebay Italy genuine or fake?

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roberto.palermo

We suspect that this flash drive listed by ebay member roberto.palermo may be a fake capacity item purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler. If so, it will cause user’s files to become lost or corrupt after a while.

As usual 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 4, 2009 at 3:37 PM

New powerseller on ebay offers fake capacity flash drives?

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An ebay member in China since 17-Feb-09 silviajune built up a good feedback score and acheived power seller status in a short time mainly by selling packs of 3 stylus at a big loss. Most sold at 1p with free P&P!! Now why would anyone do something like this? Is silviajune mentally defective? Did this seller fail to grasp basic arithmetic at school? Somehow we doubt it. We think that this is probably yet another cleverly planned ID for the purpose of selling fake flash.

Just recently this seller has started selling very familiar models of flash drive that are commonly used in fake capacity USB flash drive scams – we present an auction listing for one of these below:

silviajune

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 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Yet another suspect 16GB flash drive on ebay France

brijac80 Seller brijac80 may not be aware of this but it is highly likely that this flash drive is a fake. As usual 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 4, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Is this a fraudster in the UK trying to slip under ebay radar??

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amair786

This item was listed at auction as a one-day listing. We know this is not a genuine 64GB Kingston flash drive – it is an obvious fake. The use of a one-day auction with a start price of 99p suggests very deliberate and calculated fraud on the part of UK seller amair786.

Why? For one thing starting a listing at 99p for a genuine 64GB flash drive would be complete madness – after all, if you had the real thing, why would you risk making a massive loss? For another – one day listings are fantastic for fraudsters. By the time anyone who knows their stuff might notice the listing it has probably ended and therefore vanished!

Kingston do not make this model in this capacity – the colouration of the drive indicates a 2GB model that has been fraudulently programmed to show 64GB in the operating system. This seller’s other flash memory items are probably fake capacity too! Help us get fraud off ebay – test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

If you bought flash memory which (like this) carries a brand name – contact the company concerned (Kingston, Sony or whoever) and get them to put pressure on ebay to clamp down on counterfeiting and fraud. This sort of fraud damages brand names – it is in their interests to try to put an end to it.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 4, 2009 at 12:02 AM