Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for July 17th, 2009

Suspected fake Kingston DT150 sold by ebayer in Poland

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butcher121.2009

We suspect the Kingston flash drive sold here by ebay seller butcher121.2009 (a new member in Poland) are counterfeit – buyers can check with Kingston as genuine ones all have unique serial numbers which can be used to check. Kingston are well aware that they are a big target for counterfeiters and provide this ability to verify genuine drives as a service to you the buyer – please use it! If you find you have a counterfeit please report it to sosfakeflash.

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Suspect looking listing in the UK for 4GB Kingston flash drive

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uk-choice

We think this listing by uk-choice looks a little suspect for two reasons – the picture doesn’t look quite right and buyer IDs are hidden, which is often a sign of fraud where flash drives are concerned. 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 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Fake memory cards on ebay reported to frankenflash project

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fengfeng_joy2008

A buyer of this item from fengfeng_joy2008 was not very joyful when testing revealed it was not a 32GB card but a 4GB card fraudulently programmed to show as 32GB when properties are viewed in the operating system. Sadly, most computer users (unlike the founders of the frankenflash project who run these blogs) have little underlying computer knowledge. If the operating system says 32GB they trust this – completely wrong! Those with the right knowledge and tools can easily fool your operating system!!

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 17, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Another ebay member in China lists our “favourite” flash drive

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huangming032

Seller huangming032 has listed the same old model listed by almost every fake flash seller in China and bought by ebayers around the world in the thousands. We have never yet come across a genuine 16GB one and we doubt very much if this will be an exception – for one thing it seems too cheap to be a genuine 16GB drive.

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 17, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Are the flash drives from this seller genuine or not?

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shallyou_lee

If the flash drives offered by China-based seller shallyou_lee are genuine then why keep buyer IDs private? We notice this seller also offers the fraudsters’ favourite (leather model) so we are pretty certain this seller will turn out to be a fraudster.

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.

UPDATE 03/08/2010
This fraudulent seller has now been suspended by ebay after eight months of selling lord knows how many fake flash memory items.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

A suspect 64GB Kingston DT150 listed by new ebayer in the USA

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gormankens78usa

No ordinary person in their right mind would take the risk of listing a number of genuine 64B DataTraveler flash drive with a start price of 1 cent! Our conclusion? Seller gormankens78usa has to be one of the following:

    1. Crazy
    2. A rich philanthropist who wishes to distribute high capacity flash drives to the poor
    3. Someone who has been on a shopping trip to fakeflashland
    4. Someone who needs to join gamblers anonymous urgently

We are inclined to think the third option is the truth. We think gormankens78usa should check with Kingston – each of these should have a unique serial number which can be checked with Kingston to see if drives are genuine. We advise anyone who bought these to sell on ebay and anyone who bought one of these for themselves (whether on ebay or elsewhere) to do the same. If they are counterfeit you will find that you eventually end up with lost and corrupted files.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Suspect 32GB flash drive from ebay seller in France

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lecomptoirdelatlantique

We are fairly certain that the flash drives on offer here from seller lecomptoirdelatlantique are not genuinely 32GB but will have been fraudulently programmed to seem as though they are. Such flash drives eventually cause loss of files and corruption of data. We think the seller bought these from one of the many wholesale outlets which supply fake capacity flash memory. Why? We think the buy it now price is probably too low for genuine ones to be sold at anything but a loss.

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 17, 2009 at 9:13 AM