Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for July 23rd, 2009

This ebayer re-sells fakes bought on ebay from fraudsters

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fodiogor

This listing shows one of a number of flash drives bought by fodiogor from either known or suspected fraudsters in China. This is not the first time we have seen this. Did this seller think these were bargains that he or she could profit from or does the seller know that what is being sold is fake capacity flash that will cause file loss and corruption of data for those that use them?

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 23, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Kingston and generic flash drives from this seller are too cheap

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comp-gadgets

Seller comp-gadgets first listed the Kingston drive above then added the generic drive shown below – both at buy it now prices that we don’t find credible:

comp-gadgets2

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 23, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Is ebay finally waking up to fake flash fraud?

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We note that ebay suddenly seems to be removing obvious fake flash drives listed by the new IDs set up by our fraudster friends in the orient from sale at an unprecedented rate. Have our communications with major manufactures such as Kingston and Sony finally woken ebay up to a problem that has existed for over five years? If so we will send up a cheer!

We will be more than happy if ebay becomes fraud-free and we can take a rest from blogging about it!!

It seems that items listed by some new IDs we considered suspect have been removed by ebay – here are some of the IDs (spotted by one of our most recent team members) whose items vanished: ujyfhgngf, taojue918, wuyafen112, zhaochengshanggg, zhanglixiu8288, mabinfbd33

Great – what about the rest???

Written by fightflashfraud

July 23, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Suspect seller gives excuse for no packaging on flash drives

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royce231098

This seller has listed Kingston and Sandisk flash drives at suspiciously low prices and keeps buyer IDs private – often a sign of fraud. In the listings royce231098 says:

This item is new but minus original packaging due to soiled/damaged packaging the item is new never used and for peace of mind check out my Feedback + free postage & Packaging first class recorded

No packaging means no serial number so you can’t verify whether or not your drive is genuine with the manufacturer. We wouldn’t risk buying these without packaging at any price. 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 23, 2009 at 7:06 PM

A seller who can afford to make a loss on flash drives?

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emmaje2

If these are genuine it looks very much as though emmaje2 has made a loss on sales of these so far. This makes us wonder whether the are genuine or not. 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 23, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Can this seller make a profit if these flash drives are genuine?

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digitaljims

We can’t see how the seller can be making any profit if these are genuine. By the time you take listing fees, final value fees, post and packing costs and paypal fees into account there doesn’t seem to be any margin left. This make us wonder if these are 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 23, 2009 at 2:31 PM

This 16GB Kingston seems just a bit too cheap to be genuine

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tof3k

We suspect that tof3k has been shopping in fake flash land as the buy it now price seems too cheap for this flash drive to be genuine. 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 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM