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Archive for July 14th, 2009

A suspected fraudster in China pretending items are in UK

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subingbing999

We think subingbing999 is another ID set up by one of the familiar fraud gangs in China. The price of these seems too little for them to be genuine – we think they will turn out to be fake capacity. 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 14, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Genuine 32GB flash drive? We think it is very unlikely.

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gmozz-co-uk

We think it is highly unlikely that these flash drives listed by UK seller gmozz-co-uk are genuinely 32GB. This model of flash drive is a favourite target of fraudsters. This is because it is easy to take apart and re-program to any fantastic capacity they think they can get away with. Up till now we don’t think any of these have proved to have a true capacity over 2GB. We expect the seller was supplied by a fraudulent wholesaler in China. The seller may be unaware that there is even such a thing as fake capacity flash memory. We suggest the seller tests them with the free program h2testw. We think we will be proved right.

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 14, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Suspect 64GB DataTraveler 150 from a UK seller

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mr-memory-man

We see the fine boast “100% Feed Back – Best Seller” in this listing from UK seller mr-memory-man. The seller does indeed have 100% feedback at the moment – as a buyer – don’t think this helps us judge him as a seller! There are currently two listings for this item from the seller – this one-day auction and a buy it now at £74.99. As you would normally expect to pay over £100 for a genuine flash drive of this model we suspect it could be counterfeit. So far mr-memory-man has sold four of these – we advise the buyers to check with Kingston to find out whether the drives are genuine or counterfeit. Each one should have a unique serial number which can be verified with the company if they are genuine.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 14, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Familiar flash drive sold by ebayer in China in private auction

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greatwallseller Seller greatwallseller used familiar techniques to build up a big feedback score before emabarking on selling flash drives.

It seems greatwallseller is still selling items at a loss to keep the good feedback coming by the look of things. Now flash drives are being sold in private auctions.

All this is typical behaviour for fraudsters in China and we think greatwallseller is yet another one.

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 14, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Seller in Ireland lists counterfeit Sony flash drives on ebay.

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olezik30 The seller who listed these, olezik30, states they are not Sony. As the Sony brand name is shown both on the packaging and on the drives they are counterfeits and therefore the seller is breaking the law by advertising these for sale.

As they are counterfeit they wil not be in “the fine working form” for very long! Fine working form will vanish (along with the user’s files) once the true capacity of the drive is exceeded.

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 14, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Looks like a job lot of counterfeit Kingston on ebay France

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poiloninou

We suspect the ID poiloninou may be a new one for deregistered seller poulienou who sold this type of drive individually in auctions in June before vanishing. We think the seller discovered the drives were counterfeit and did a runner; either that or the seller was removed by ebay. We think this seller has now returned to dump the remaining fake stock on another ebay member. Anyone who has bought Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives can verify them with Kingston using the unique serial number – and we strongly advise both sellers and buyers to check their drives with Kingston.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 14, 2009 at 1:30 PM

This is not a genuine 64GB Kingston DataTraveler

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andaman10

The flash drive pictured here is not a genuine 64GB Kingston Datatraveler. There are only two models at this capacity and neither of them look anything like this. We expect that seller andaman10 bought these from a fraudulent wholesaler. A real 64GB flash drive would set you back at least £100. The seller may not be aware that these are fake capacity flash drives. Sellers can easily check whether high capacity Kingston flash drives are genuine or not by checking the serial number with Kingston.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if you are a buyer who finds you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 14, 2009 at 11:10 AM