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Archive for July 22nd, 2009

Is this 32GB Corsair flash drive genuine or counterfeit?

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bluestar2411

The Corsair drives sold by bluestar2411 do not seem to have fetched prices that would have made any profit for the seller. Indeed we expect that if these are genuine the seller made a loss. Would you continue auctioning items at a loss? No? Neither would we. This leads us to suspect that they may be counterfeit.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 22, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Massive Ebay Fraud Memory Cards – Counterfeit Ring Ehong Xuxin China And Hong Kong – Sellers zjlee08 – fengfeng_joy2008

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Reprinted from FakeFlashNews:

SOSFakeFlash had uncovered a new counterfeit ring on eBay selling fake memory cards. The false capacities are 16GB and 32GB. Generic and Transcend 32GB Fake memory cards have been sold to unsuspecting eBay buyers.

On June 22 2009 SOSFakeFlash issued the following alert on the internet to warn eBay members: zjlee08 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China. This eBay seller had sold over 3000 items of fake flash capacity, including the brand name Transcend. It was estimated that zjlee08 earned over $60,000 US. On July 16 2009, eBay suspended this seller id, leaving thousands of eBay members stranded. Read zjlee08 – Suspended After 3500 Buyers Frauded On eBay

When eBay suspends a seller, all listings are removed. Victims are not able to review the item they purchased. The details of the item vanish. This hides the sellers fraud and makes it difficult for many less experienced members to file a claim with PayPal. The FrankenFlash project views this behavior as aiding and abetting criminal activity.

Meanwhile, another eBay seller id was also selling false capacity memory cards, fengfeng_joy2008. Read fengfeng_joy2008 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert – China

SOSFakeFlash asks victims of false capacity nand based technology to report in using their: Report A Fake tab. Victims are asked to provide seller addressing information. As a result they were able to connect the dots for another counterfeiting ring.

zjlee08

Ehong Xuxin

P.O. Box No. 97527
TSIM SHA TEUI POST OFFICE
Hong Kong

fengfeng_joy2008

Ehong Xuxin

P.O. Box No. 97527
TSIM SHA TEUI POST OFFICE
Hong Kong

Also uncovered with the id fengfeng_joy2008:

Ms.Yan Na

Room823, GuoLi Building,
New Asia Mansion,
HuaqiangBei, Futian District,
ShenZhen, P.R.China 518000

Once more, it is clear that shipping of counterfeit flash nand technology is from Hong Hong with the “Controller” center being in China. Hong Kong is the conduit to unleash fake flash on the global public who continue to suffer data loss from these digitally altered memory cards, mp players and usb flash drives. SOSFakeFlash feels that little is being done by the Chinese Government to contain and stop the traffic. Profit rules. Damage to the global public is of little consequence. The noble ideals once held by the “revolution” are dust. A faint memory doomed to be nothing more than a footnote in history, the sacrifices made by many, for absolutely nothing. In refusing to address the problem, there is only one conclusion, China wants to enjoy the vices and weaknesses found in the western world.

Shame! Millions in China gave up so much and sacrificed. So that you would one day rush to become like us? Shame! For allowing the sale of data poison to continue!

Sold by zjlee08:

New 16GB SDHC SD High Quality Memory Card 16 GB 16GO
New 32GB SD SDHC Memory Card Secure Digital 32GO 32 GB
TRANSCEND 32GB SDHC MEMORY CARD CLASS 6 32 GB G SD HC

Sold by fengfeng_joy2008

New 32GB SDHC SD Secure Digital Memory Card 32GB 32 Go
16GB SD SDHC Secure Digital Memory Card 16Go 16 GB

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Written by KittyFireFlash

July 22, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Brand name 64GB flash drives sold in private auctions

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blair1995We find the use of private auctions by blair1995 to sell 64GB Integral and Sandisk flash drives rather suspect.

The prices those already sold went for would mean the seller very likely made a loss if the drives are genuine.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

This 16GB Kingston flash drive seems rather on the cheap side

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lovedave0345

We would normally expect to see a higher price tag than this on any 16GB Kingston flash drive which makes us wonder if counterfeiters are now producing this model. If they are this would expain why lovedave0345 is able to offer this at such a low price. We can’t see that he would be making any profit if they are genuine.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Another UK ebayer sells 64GB Kingston at suspicously low price

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UK ebay seller hotsales_2009 has been selling 64GB Kingston flash drives at prices below the wholesale cost of genuine ones so we conclude that these must be counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent supplier in China. We do not know whether or not the seller realises that his items are likely to be counterfeits which will cause file corruption and data loss. Anyone buying high capacity Kingston drives is advised to check the serial number directly with the company.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 22, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Suspected counterfeit Corsair flash drive on ebay

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t.e.b.i

We think the buy it now price on this 32GB Corsair flash drive listed on ebay by t.e.b.i is too low for the drive to be genuine. We suspect it may be a counterfeit produced by fraudsters in China. If so the capacity will be considerably less than 32GB with the result that users will end up with lost and corrupted files. 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Looks like yet another new fraud ID set up on ebay China

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hlusb88

Here again we find a new ID registered in China listing 16GB flash drives at too low a price for it to be likely that they are genuine. We expect that the flash drives being sold by hlusb88 will turn out as usual to be fraudulently re-programmed 2GB or 4GB drives that fool the operating system. Such drives are dangerous for anyone who values their files as they cause file loss and data corruption. 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 22, 2009 at 12:41 PM