Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for July 13th, 2009

Suspect 32GB DT 150 from ebay seller registered in the US

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We are fairly sure that the 32GB DataTraveler drives sold by meidelma will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Anyone who bought one of these can check with Kingston as these drives should all have unique serial numbers that can be verified by Kingston. We urge anyone who bought high capacity brand name flash drives to check with the company to find out if their item is genuine.

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July 13, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Genuine 32GB hello kitty flash drive? We think not!!

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We don’t think the hello kitty flash drives listed by seller panshuai518 are genuinely 32GB, though so far no buyers seem to have left negative feedback.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 13, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Dodgy looking listing from ebayer in Australia with f/b of -1

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This listing from ebay member markbryan1971 looks dodgy to us. We think this seller has been shopping in fakeflashland. This seller may soon have a lot more negative feedback and could lose his ebay ID as we suspect these 64GB Kingston drives are fake. The seller may have no idea that there is such a thing as counterfeit and fake capacity flash drives. We urge the seller to contact Kingston to check whether the drives are genuine – each one should have a unique serial number which they can check. Perhaps someone could contact this seller about these.

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July 13, 2009 at 4:29 PM

This ebay listing for 16GB Cruzer Micro flash drives looks suspect

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Two things make us suspect that the flash drive listed here is probably counterfeit and fake capacity. Firstly the buy it now price is too cheap for the seller to make any profit if it is genuine – in fact we think the seller would make a loss. Secondly keeping buyer IDs private is normally a sign of fraud when items like USB flash drives are being sold. 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 13, 2009 at 1:03 PM

A bargain 128GB flash drive from Israel? We don’t think so!

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Is this 128GB flash drive listed by yarons-bargains really a bargain? We think not!! We think this is fake fake fakity fake! We think either seller yarons-bargains has been fooled by a fraudulent supplier or is a deliberate fraudster who knows this is fake. Whichever is the case we are sure anyone buying this will eventually end up with lost/corrupted files. 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 13, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Seller based in China lists the favourite fake on ebay

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2008.longfei_lu Here is the favourite fake on ebay yet again. It is a favourite with buyers because of it’s looks and a favourite with fraudsters because it’s easy to fake the capacity of this model.

Seller 2008.longfei_lu has made it very easy to spot this as a fake capacity device by picturing it in very familiar packaging used for fake flash drives for a very long time. Anything you see in this packaging is certain to be 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.

It seems that the ID 2008.longfei_lu is connected to 123456wowo123456 and mememao9898. These three IDs were apparently all set up by the same fraud gang.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 13, 2009 at 8:08 AM

SOSFake Flash – How MP Player Fakes Continue To Be Sold On eBay!

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The problem of fake, false Capacity MP Players continues on eBay. It is growing worse! With permission from SOSFakeFlash we are reprinting their article on the subject. It demonstrates just how serious the problem really is!

Published at SOSFakeFlash On July 9th, 2009

tyeru2007tyeru2007 is an eBay seller of Counterfeit (Fake) MP Players. Registered in China, tyeru2007 sold more than 2400+ and has earned over £29000!

There are so many frauded buyers out there! Just how many will be smart enough to learn the truth? Generally there is nothing technically wrong with MP Players sold on eBay. The device is not defective! The issue is the memory chip! It has been reprogrammed to lie about it’s real capacity – THAT eBay buyers is why you are having problems. You can’t put all your music on the player according to the advertised capacity, there is no place for it on the memory chip!

We find it both sad and alarming that so many buyers of mp players are deceived. There is so much money being made at your expense. Please read the articles on mp players listed here. You have a decision to make. Do you want these sellers to continue making fabulous profits and for eBay and PayPal to enjoy their cut? Or do you feel that it should be stopped? Every person can make a difference.

2649Over 18 months ago, an ebay member was frauded. That ebayer, like you began to research on the internet, where education on the subject of fake usb flash drives, mp players and memory cards begins. The victim was horrified and started to contact other ebay members to see if they to suffered the same fate. It was not long before 1 became 2, became more. The fight against this fraud began!

So you found this website? It exists as part of the FrankenFlash Project, started by those victims. Is it useful to you? A lot of work and effort is involved. Victims help. They sign on for a tour of duty. They contribute, fight back and then make room for new people to take their place. Every victim can do something, even if it is only leaving negative feedback for a fraudster or reporting their fake to us. Others patrol and alert on suspect sellers. Every little effort makes a difference. A lot of people feel that they get satisfaction in fighting back. No one likes to be frauded. Some have suffered terrible data loss with usb flash drives and memory cards.

It is less severe for MP Players, you can always download music files again to a real mp player – all you lose is your money, your time and end up learning a lot in your quest to try and make your mp player become it’s true capacity size. That can even be fun! You learn a lot.

Unfortunately there are some eBay members who suffer a terrible financial loss. These are buyers who though they could sell them on local markets and make a good profit. Times are hard and many people are looking for ways to put bread on the table. A lot of people think that buying mp players from the orient inexpensively is the solution. It is a hot item! It is also difficult to obtain in a many country’s at a price people can afford. For these eBay members the consequences are devastating!

If you bought 20 or 50 or sometimes a 100, imagine the horror awaiting you! The fake flash mp player seller knows this. They will twist your tail! GOD help you if you dare to leave negative feedback! They will demand you leave glowing positive feedback and then to add insult to injury only refund you a 1/4 of the price you paid, excluding shipping and handling. That is when they chose to be nice to you. Otherwise they will hide behind Paypal’s skirts and eBay’s too, ordering you to return the fakes. The cost in postage back with insurance and tracking, is terrible in some countries. Frequently they will make sure you send back to an address that doesn’t exist, so they can for once say truthfully, they never received the items. Not a penny will you receive back!

Perhaps you are not sympathetic to someone who buys in volume to sell in their little shop. We are. They did not expect such fraud exists on eBay. they only wanted to feed their families. Having spent so much money they had no choice but to bow to the fake flash fraudster. That is where you come in! You bought because of all the nice positive feedback. You thought it was safe! Little did you know that many were forced into leaving positive feedback and therefore digging the hole you fell into.

You can do what they could not. You can use your feedback to leave the truth! You can also fight back with the same nastiness! Report your fake flash sellers mp players to eBay. Go to every listing and at the bottom of the page, report it! Over and over and over again. Until eBay can’t handle another email.

The only way to stop fake MP Player sellers in the Orient is to fight back! Spend a few evenings making their lives a misery as they have done for so many others. Contact buyers. Report their listings and post any to any internet site you can find that deals with the subject of mp players. Return to your fake flash seller the full measure of what they did to you. If this is not done, they win, you lose. We in the FrankenFlash Project will just grow old, our fingers worn to pencil stubs, fighting a problem that will not end. Do you feel that greed should rule?

Important Reading:

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

Don’t forget to leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

July 13, 2009 at 3:46 AM