Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

UK ebay seller won’t beleive Kingston drives are fake

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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

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  1. If you have bought a drive from this seller, please test and send in your results to the email address given at Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.


    July 28, 2009 at 4:58 PM

  2. saraho9262 no longer a registered user

    If anyone has bought a drive from this seller, get your claim in now to try to get a refund. The seller has been caught up with and ebay has kicked him off. He was putting the listings back up on ebay as quick as ebay were removing them so had to be kicked off.

    I would say it is fairly conclusive that this seller was definitely selling counterfeit drives.


    July 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

  3. To Traveler

    We probably either have a bear of little brain here or a knowing fraudster. The truth will out in the end. We really wish ebayers would do their resarch before buying flash memory to sell on ebay – sadly, very few do.

    If they find themselves posted here they have the chance to do something (remove listings, refund buyers etc) to retrieve the situation if they reailse their drives are fake before they land in the sosfakeflash database.

    Some sensible sellers have done so – indeed some sellers who didn’t know anything about flash memory even sent drives to frankenflash project members for testing. These sellers acted honourably – if only all did so!


    July 19, 2009 at 9:36 PM

  4. This seller is trying to offload as many fakes on unsuspecting victims as fast as possible. At least another 10 fakes have been put up by seller today. Must be getting worried about being caught after the member approached them. In his profile he says he sources from international markets to ofer best deal to customers.

    He makes out to be a modern day Robin Hood, I say modern day Robbin’ B******!


    July 19, 2009 at 8:25 PM

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