Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Visitor to fightflashfraud blog alerts us to probabable fake SD cards

with 13 comments

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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 20, 2009 at 6:20 PM

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  1. it seems to be an 8GB sdhc…

    nunzio

    August 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

  2. i’ve received the sdhc 32gb and now i’m testing it…

    nunzio

    August 8, 2009 at 12:20 PM

  3. I was surprised to find my card arrived in the mail today!

    I just did a quick test with H2Testw for around 1100mb of data and sure enough, the results aren’t pretty.

    I'll run a full test now. 🙂

    James

    July 28, 2009 at 9:06 AM

  4. Not anymore… ha ha ha.

    scwam

    July 23, 2009 at 1:59 AM

  5. They are back with this ID ninghailiang86 they are in Hong Kong China DIRTY LITTLE RATS they are… I reported this to ebay like 2 days ago but the auction is still up what the hell is going on this is total BS I even called them and they said to just use the link i am like WTF man i think after this escapade i am going to delete my ebay account big FU to scammers and ebay for letting them get away with this i am going to china next month i am going to try to track these rats down there will blood… We will be there with the film crew so this well be fun…

    Royce

    July 22, 2009 at 9:57 PM

  6. looks like they are back at it with a new id: ninghailiang86

    exactly the same auctions again…

    James

    July 22, 2009 at 1:29 PM

  7. I saw the countefeit cards first hand in china 5 months ago. Luckly I bought about 8 of them that seemed geniune and truely copied 16g of 1080 video onto them. One guy in Shanghai tried to sell me a “Sony Microvault 240g” as a 240 gigabyte USB Thumbdrive. I took hd video of the encounter as it was happening… I just couldn’t believe it. The seller was reluctant to allow me to transfer avchd files from a true 16g sdhc card to the USB drive claiming “virus”. As I attempted to transfer I stupidly allowed it to stop at 700mb transfer. These fakes are just directory files emulating a large capacity, nothing of much really gets transferred. I truely feel sorry for all these people getting ripped off on ebay’s incompetence to act fast, even when notified for 2 days.

    scwam

    July 22, 2009 at 8:54 AM

  8. Ya i bought 2 I called ebay about this they said to file a claim now and it would be refund right away so ya i think he was a SCAM DAM IT…

    Royce

    July 21, 2009 at 9:03 PM

  9. The seller has been suspended by ebay by the look of things. This suggests that they may have discovered the seller is fraudulent. If so you should be in a good position to claim a refund if either your card doesn’t turn up or it proves to be fake capacity. Let us know what happens.

    fightflashfraud

    July 21, 2009 at 3:11 PM

  10. yesterday i bought (for 15 USD) this SDHC too.
    when (and if…) it arrives, i will test it and i will report the result to you.

    nunzio

    July 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM

  11. I just purchased one of these yesterday. Now the seller is listed as “unregistered” on ebay. Will be interesting to see if anything arrives in the mail.

    It looked a bit dodgy in the beginning, but for $20AUD I thought it was worth the risk anyway. 🙂

    James

    July 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

  12. The first two steps are given in the article Pete – test your drive and if it’s fake report in to sosfakeflash with test results etc.

    The sosfakeflash blog has loads of advice about getting refunds etc so read that and follow the advice if your card is fake.

    fightflashfraud

    July 21, 2009 at 8:29 AM

  13. I purchased one of these, what should I do now?

    Pete

    July 21, 2009 at 6:36 AM


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