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Archive for July 20th, 2009

UK ebayer sells counterfeit 16GB Sony flash drive

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shirin290

UK ebay seller shirin290 has sold a number of Sony items we consider suspect – the one above is more than suspect it is certainly a counterfeit. This flash drive carries the Sony brandname Vaio – this name is only ever used for laptops, never for flash drives so we know without a doubt that this is fake fake fakity fake.

The flash drive shown in the ebay listing below from shirin290 looks like the real thing, but is it?? The real one retails for £89.99 in Sony stores, shirin 290 listed this at auction with a start price of £5.00. Given that the one in the lisiting at the top of this post is certainly counterfeit we suspect that this and other Sony items from this seller are also fakes that will cause file loss and data corruption.

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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 20, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Suspected counterfeit Kingston on ebay UK

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teratronics

Seller teratronics say in his listing that it was an unwanted gift – so someone gave this person at least two 64GB flash drives worth £100 each as a present?? Wonder if the flash drives and other items already removed by ebay were also presents?? Our investigations so far make us think that this seller could be a knowing fraudster. We strongly suspect that this flash drive is counterfeit and fake capacity. What we have seen makes us suspicious about any flash memory offered by this seller. Buyers can check whether Kingston flash drives of this type are genuine or not quite easily as all should have unique serial numbers which can be checked with the company.

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July 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Visitor to fightflashfraud blog alerts us to probabable fake SD cards

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yaya0331Visitor scwam left a comment today on the fightflashfraud blog alerting us to a probable fraudster in China selling a large number of supposedly 32GB SD memory cards.

Seller yaya0331 has sold many of these in a short period at prices that would lead to serious financial loss if they were genuine. Although located in China this seller shows the merchandise as being in the USA. Somehow we don’t think so.

A number of fraudsters in China now seem to be listing things in this way with the aim of appearing to be local sellers – many ebayers are more trusting if they think they are buying from someone in their own country.

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.

If you spot a suspect flash memory item on ebay please do as scwam and some other ebayers did – leave a comment about the seller on this blog. If you can provide a link to the item that led to your suspicions, so much the better!

UPDATE 23/07/09:
When ebay suspended this ID and removed items for sale a new ID ninghailiang86 started up selling this item. Either ebay or the seller removed all listings but the ID has not been suspended as we first though. However, at present ninghailiang86 is not selling anything – won’t surprise us if the fake flash baton is passed to yet another ID.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 20, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Looks like a rather incompetent new fraudster in China

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zyz_091009

This looks rather as though zyz_091009 is probably a new fraudster in China who can’t even match the description to the picture! We don’t think this is a genuine 32GB flash drive and expect that any other flash memory from this seller will be equally suspect.

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 20, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Suspect auction for 5 64GB Kingston flash drives

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nayankerai

This auction by Australian ebay seller nayankerai looks rather suspect – we think these drives will prove to be counterfeit. The seller was originally selling these individually so we wonder if this may be an attempt to dump them fast having found out that they are counterfeit and fake capacity. Buyers of this type of drive can check the serial number with Kingston and we strongly advise all buyers to do so – fakes cause data loss!

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July 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM

USA ebay seller lists DT150 flash drives at auction with 1cent start

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Who could afford to list a number of items as expensive as a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 USB flash drive at auction with a start price of 1cent? Seller gormankens78usa (registered 3rd July 2009) apparently can! This makes us think the seller has been shopping in fake flash land and that these 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.

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July 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Suspect 16GB USB flash drive from seller in China

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fashionzhou

This particular model of flash drive is a favourite target for re-programming to fake capacities – so far we have never come across one of these that was genuinely 16GB. We doubt if the ones offered by fashionzhou will be any different and one feedback comment states the drive is fake capacity. 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.

Evidence has come in suggesting that the 32GB SD memory card shown below is fake capacity – anyone who bought one should test and report in to sosfakeflash immediately.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM