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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.

To see tyeru2007’s negative feedback Please Click Here

July 3rd, 2009 – we have 1 eBay listings confirmed fake.

The model sold under the eBay seller tyeru2007 confirmed as Counterfeit, recorded with eBayer ID and eBay Item Number – Standard Procedure. Presented as listed at auction. Counterfeit items tied to criminal activity enjoy no protection. If you bought one of these items from tyeru2007, you should test immediately with the software H2testw 1.4 . Do not store any important information until you can confirm you have the advertised capacity (minus formatting overhead).

Should your device not report the true advertised capacity:

  1. Immediately attempt to move any data you have stored on it to another source. Be advised if you have stored more than the reported size from H2testw 1.4, you will not be able to recover it all – you can expect to see errors in the copy back.
  2. Immediately report to eBay and PayPal to add your voice against this seller.

If the eBay Item number has disappeared from your won list. Please go to PayPal and search through your transactions for the approximate time frame of your purchase. You will find the details of your transaction and ebay item number. PayPal keeps this information for a long time. Use the email address:

complaint-response@paypal.com

Please include:

  1. PayPal Transaction Number
  2. Ebay Item Number
  3. Date Of PayPal Transaction
  4. Date Of eBay Item Listing
  5. Your eBayer Id
  6. Cite eBay Seller tyeru2007
  7. The results from your testing with H2testw 1.4
  8. Any information concerning data loss and it’s value to you

You are to inform them you wish to be part of the investigation against this seller and are adding yourself to the evidence. You expect to be fully refunded for the purchase and shipping and if you can prove data loss compensation for it as well. Furthermore, it is a fact that PayPal and eBay are aware of cases pouring in. You are invited to copy:

SOSFakeFlashDrive@gmail.com

on your correspondence.

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Written by KittyFireFlash

July 13, 2009 at 3:46 AM

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