Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Massive fake Sony flash drive offered by UK ebayer!

with 3 comments

worldwidelaptops

Seller worldwidelaptops says this in the listing:

YOU WILL NOT FIND A USB FLASH DRIVE THIS BIG IN UK SHOPS FOR A FEW YEARS

This is very true – because a small usb flash drive of this capacity is not yet technically possible! What worldwidelaptops is offering here is a counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive that will cause files to be lost and corrupted. Sony do not make high capacity flash drives so the seller’s 64GB Sony is also counterfeit and fake capacity. This seller has obviously been shopping in fakeflashland – the land of fairytale flash drive capacities at magically low prices. Seller worldwidelaptops obviously didn’t do his research before buying these – please sellers, check what’s really available from a manufacturer before buying brand name flash drives to sell on ebay. If a capacity of drive is not available from any well known brand’s site then there won’t be any genuine generic drives of that size either.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. With such a massive fake running a test on the whole drive would take days – so we suggest a test on the first 20GB – it’s our guess that the real capacity of this drive is probably less than 1GB anyway.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

UPDATE 21/07/09
worldwidelaptops The picture on the left shows this seller’s counterfeit 64GB Sony flash drive. An ebay member warned worldwidelaptops that these were fakes and got this response from the seller:

sorry your talking rubbish i bought 12 sony 64Gb in a sony shop when i was in japan 3 weeks ago i’m useing my self witch has 43gb used.i now also have a supplier for the kinston 64gb.

We have reason to believe that worldwidelaptops is telling porky-pies here – we don’t think he bought these in Japan at all. In fact, we are pretty sure we know where worldwidelaptops did get these!

We wonder if the seller has even ever been to Japan. Whether or not worldwidelaptops has ever been to Japan is irrelevant, however. The fact of the matter is that Sony do not produce 64GB flash drives so there is no doubt whatsoever that these are counterfeit. They will have a capacity that is much less than 64GB and will cause file corruption and loss once the small capacity is exceeded.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 20, 2009 at 1:36 AM

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  1. A Lesson learnt for me! Was in denial thinking the items were going to be real when I ordered from a supplier in China from Tradetang.com. I am now trying to get my money back through paypal but they don’t help unless purchased through ebay! I will not be listing any more of these items and will not be buying from tradetang.com- if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.

    We’re not too far away, Kingston have just released the 256GB Data traveler 300.

    Apologies to anyone who has purchased, will be refunded through paypal.

    worldwidelaptops

    August 4, 2009 at 10:41 PM

  2. This seller has decided to add the Kingston counterfeit 64gb DT150 to his fake listings. Despite being told the drives are obviously fakes, the seller carries on advertising the fake or counterfeit items, claiming he is 3 years ahead of us all because he shops in Japan!

    Maybe he hasn’t heard of the internet. Should we tell him???

    Traveler

    July 20, 2009 at 6:13 PM

  3. See http://flashdrivefacts.wordpress.com/2009/03/26/500gb-sony-microvault-counterfeit-fake-usb-flash-drive-model-numbers-usm4024-usm500024/ it is part of the counterfeit sony collection at my site.

    The whole collection from 16G right through to 512G is presented there.

    worldwidelaptops has been shopping in fakeflashland. Didn’t do his homework.

    Sellers, please consult the brand name sites to see what is offered.

    FlashChipTutor

    July 20, 2009 at 4:08 AM


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