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Archive for July 15th, 2009

We suspect these flash drives on ebay Germany are fake capacity

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megameram We think these flash drives listed by megameram will prove to have a much smaller capacity than 16GB. Looks like the seller has some other fake models too – including a very obvious and well known 32GB model.

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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM

128GB Kingston on buy it now for £60?? Has to be counterfeit!

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niewyrzucaj24

This listing by UK seller niewyrzucaj24 just has to be for a counterfeit as nobody could sell a genuine one for this price. The real one looks nothing like those in the seller’s picture which shows a model that is only made up to 16GB capacity. As buyer IDs are kept private we think that this seller may know these are fake – when buyer IDs are hidden by those selling flash drives it is usually a sign of deliberate fraud. To see the real 128GB flash drive go to the Kingston web site – you’ll see that it looks absolutely nothing like these!

As these are special order items with a waiting list we will be very surprised if any genuine ones appear on ebay for some considerable time. If and when they do appear they will cost a lot more than this. At present the price direct from Kingston is $547.00 – approximately £340.42 and if you ordered one now you wouldn’t get it until September.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 15, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Generic 32GB drives auctioned by UK seller with very low start price

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clares-trading-room

We don’t see how anyone could afford to risk listing genuine flash drives of any capacity over 1GB (let alone 32GB) at auction with such a low start price. Either clares-trading-room is an inveterate gambler or these drives are fake capacity. Of course there is one more possibility – maybe the seller is a rich philanthropist who wishes to distribute high capacity flash drives to the poor through ebay. That would be nice – but somehow we don’t think so.

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 15, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Very suspect 32GB flash drives on ebay Austria

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joeping8888Two new IDs (joeping8888 and cucuzu8888) registered in China are offering these two models of 32GB flash drive on ebay Austria, using identical photos. We strongly suspect these are new IDs for an old familiar fraud gang and that these are fakes – drives that have been programmed to show a false capacity to the operating system. Anyone using such drives is likely to suffer file loss and corruption. 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 15, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Yet another ID in China listing an old favourite of fraudsters

chm_2009

This model of flash drive is listed by almost every fraudster on ebay operating out of China. We think that chm_2009 is yet another of these. You can’t sell genuine 16GB flash drives on ebay for £10 and make a profit. In fact it’s very difficult to find any you could sell at under £20 unless you can buy and sell in absolutely massive quantities with a tiny profit margin. Buyers beware – flash drives at fabulous prices are fabulously fake capacity and will cause your files to vanish or become corrupted.

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 15, 2009 at 10:27 AM

UK seller lists obvious fake 32GB Sony Vaio USB flash drive

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jesd03

This item is counterfeit. Sony do not make 32GB flash drives and no Sony flash drive is branded Vaio – the Vaio name is only used for laptops. We have never come across a counterfeit that genuinely had the capacity stated – normally they have a capacity no larger that 4GB at most. This leads to file loss and corruption as once enough files have been saved to reach the true capacity there is nowhere left for them to go. The fact that buyer IDs are being kept private suggests that jesd03 may know these are fakes.

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 15, 2009 at 9:20 AM

More familiar suspect drives from yet another ebay ID in China

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junjie_75

Yawn! Yet another listing of the frausters’ favourite flash drive – easy to take apart, easy to reprogram to a false capacity. We expect that the drives listed by junjie_75 will as usual be fake capacity causing user’s files to become corrupted and vanish. We suspect this is yet another ID belonging to a familiar fraud gang. 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 15, 2009 at 12:44 AM