Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for July 19th, 2009

Are these flash drives on ebay France genuine or counterfeit?

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bondeal570

We think these may be counterfeit flash drives purchased by ebay member bondeal570 from a fraudulent wholesaler. The seller can check whether the drives are genuine or not by contacting Kingston as each should have an individual serial number which can be used to verify genuine drives. We suggest that all buyers of high capacity Kingston flash drives use this facility to check their drives as counterfeits are also fake capacity and will cause file corruption and data loss.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 10:30 PM

UK ebay seller won’t beleive Kingston drives are fake

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saraho9262

Seller saraho9262 was first noticed by members of the frankenflash project on 17th July. The image on the left shows a very obvious fake – the first few listings by this seller used this image. Later listings showed the image on the right which could (theoretically) be a genuine Kingston – however we have reason to think otherwise. Among other things the prices these have been sold for would have caused saraho9262 to lose quite a lot of money by now – and who sells things in order to make a loss?

An ebay member contacted this seller who is apparently using dropshiping. Where dropshipping is involved the seller never actually sees the items they sell – very dangerous where flash memory is concerned. It means the seller has no opportunity to examine or test the flash memory items they sell as they are sent directly from the original supplier to the end buyer.

Ebay sellers who get involved in dropshiping are among the most difficult to convince that their items may be counterfeit and/or fake capacity. Seller saraho9262 has been no exception. Despite being pointed at the blogs about fake flash memory run by members of the frankenflash project and advice to get previous buyers to contact Kingston (who can easily tell buyers whether drives of this capacity are genuine or not) this seller refuses to be convinced that there could be a problem with the items.

Instead, saraho9262 accused the ebay member who was kind enough to warn about the problem of being jealous! Why on earth would someone warn a seller that items they listed might be fake out of jealousy?? Has saraho9262 got two brain cells to rub together?? We suggests that saraho9262 ends all listings until the truth of the matter is established – otherwise this seller could soon face suspension from ebay and possibly even legal action by Kingston.

UPDATE 21/07/09
This seller chose to ignore warnings and ebay has now removed all items from sale and suspended the seller’s account.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Are these 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 genuine or not?

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chettyl

We wonder whether these Kingston flash drives listed by Australian ebay seller chettyl are genunine or not – buyers can check with Kingston as genuine ones all have unique serial numbers which can be used to check. Another ebay member in Australia, tomrum40, is selling the same model which we suspect may be counterfeit too. Kingston is 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Another suspect ebay seller registered in China

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urgentshipping2u

Seller urgentshipping2u built up a huge postive feedback by listing cheap items at a loss. This is a common technique used by fraudsters in China to protect themselves against being quickly de-registered when ebay members begin to discover the flash drives they bought are fake capacity and start leaving negative feedback. We strongly suspect that flash drives from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. 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.

UPDATE 02 December 2009
This seller has been suspended by ebay – if you bought flash memory from urgentshipping2u test immediately with h2testw and claim a refund from paypal quickly if it’s fake!!

Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 5:45 PM

A 16GB USB flash drive at this price? We don’t think so!!

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gigabidgame A 16GB flash drive at this price is simply impossible. Fake fake fakeity fake. You can get a range of different fakes from gigabidgame to suit your taste!

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 19, 2009 at 2:47 PM

seems we may have another new fraudster in China

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guoxintao966

We expect that these flash drives from seller guoxintao966 will prove to be fake capacity causing data loss and file corruption for buyers who use them. We think this is probably a new ID being used by one of the familar fraud gangs. The seller is devious – trying to fool people that the item is in the UK to lull them into a false sense of security!

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 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM

USA registered ebay member with suspect auctions for DT150

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Seller fedsone has listed a number of 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 with an auctin start price of $20. This makes us think these were purchased from a fraudulent supplier and are highly likely to be counterfeit. If they are genuine there will be a unique serial number which can be used to confirm authenticity with Kingston. We urge all buyers of high capacity Kingston drives to do so, wherever they were purchased. If you don’t you are at grave risk of file loss and data corruption.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 19, 2009 at 10:35 AM