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Archive for July 25th, 2009

Looks like another ID being used by a notorious fraud gang

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vs-passion

We think it highly likely that this 32GB Transcend SD card will turn out to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Why do we think this? We think so because vs-passion is at the same address as some well known fraudsters selling fake flash memory. 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 25, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Suspect ebay listing for DT 150 from Hong Kong

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24hour.openstop67

24hour.openstop67An ebay member registered in Hong Kong on 12th July 2009 is offering the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives in the listing above at a price that leads us to suspect these are counterfeit. The fact that this seller is also listing the very obvious fake capacity 8GB flash drive shown on the right supports our conclusion. The seller has also listed Pro Duo memory sticks for sale – probably fake too.

Buyers of high capacity Kingston flash drives can check the serial number of their drive with Kingston to discover whether it is genuine. If it is not then it will not be the capacity advertised and will cause fill loss and data corruption. For generic drives like the one on the right and other flash memory items we strongly advise ebayers to test with the free program h2testw.

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

UPDATE 01/11/09
Fraudulent seller 24hour.openstop67 has been suspended by ebay

Written by fightflashfraud

July 25, 2009 at 5:13 PM

This ebay seller in Italy may be selling fake flash memory

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fumettiedaltro

We suspect that flash memory sold by fumettiedaltro may be fake capacity because most of the seller’s flash memory ships out of Hong Kong – the centre for fake flash fraud. This means most items are drop-shipped so the seller would never clap eyes on them. This one seems to be in Italy so perhaps the seller would like to test one to see if it is really a 16GB drive. 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 25, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Are these 32GB flash drives from Hong Kong genuine?

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king88zone

If these are genuinely 32GB flash drives then it will be the first time we have come across this model that is genuinely the capacity stated. The fact that king88zone is keeping buyer IDs private is suspicious so we don’t think they can 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 25, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Ebay & International Law – Listings And Transactions – Dealing With Counterfeit Fake USB Flash Drives, MP Players, Memory Cards

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Reprinted From SOSFakeFlash:

SOSFakeFlash’s Randy has important information that may help you with your claim against an international fake flash seller on eBay who sold you a false capacity (fake) MP Player, memory card or usb flash drive on eBay. Hopefully your kept your packaging!

Ebay & International Law

Consult: http://pages.ebay.ca/help/policies/international-trading.html

eBay insists that listings and transactions comply with the laws of the countries where both the seller and the high bidder reside. Users are responsible for ensuring that their transactions are lawful in both countries. eBay strongly suggests that users educate themselves about the laws of their own country and the countries where they plan to do business.

In addition the paypal / ebay complaints that you may submit for the fake flash drive, mp player or memory card, you may also want to consider submitting policy complaints on the seller. Some potential areas that a seller may infringe on local laws or regulations in your country.

1. Starting with the mailing package that the flash device was shipped in. Hopefully, you still have the mailing package.

Starting with the Customs declaration (CN22 form):

A) Did the seller indicate that the product was a gift?

If so, this is not true, and your country customs laws should consider this to be fraud.

B) Is the description on the CN22 correct?

If not, then your country customs laws may be infringed.

C) Did the seller indicate the country of origin?

If not, then again your customs laws may be infringed.

The CN22 form contains the following declaration.

I, the undersigned, whose name and address are given of the item certify that the particulars give in this declaration are correct and that the item does not contain any dangerous article or articles prohibited by legislation or by postal or customs regulations.

If the seller did not complete the form correctly you could also complain to the postal authorities is the sellers country and Ebay.

2. Regarding the contents of the package:

A) Did the flash drive, mp player or memory card or the packing that it came in have “country of origin” markings?

If not, this could be in violation of your countries customs laws or consumer protection laws.

You can use this information to help you pursue your claim if any of the conditions Randy mentioned are found. It can also cut to the quick about any arguments or issues with a Paypal claim. The more evidence you have that laws are being broken, the easier it should be.

We think this is exactly the kind of information eBay could leverage very quickly to help you. Instead of having to argue or dispute on the validity of fake or not fake. We all know that a tested items indicates whether it is or not, but this is another angle and it could be a lot easier to pursue.

Written by KittyFireFlash

July 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Another counterfeit DataTraveler listed on ebay by a UK member

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chrisshri

Would you risk selling a new item worth £100 for 99p?? No? Neither would any of the frankenflash project members! We are certain the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives sold by chrisshri are counterfeits – a quick check of serial numbers with Kingston will no doubt confirm this. Seems this ebayer bought from a fraudulent supplier – so if the memory cards offered by this seller came from the same source it is very likely they are also counterfeit and fake capacity.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if you bought a confirmed counterfeit on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 25, 2009 at 9:10 AM

This flash drive is not 64GB – it is a counterfeit Sony!

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llldddeloyde This flash drive is without doubt fake capacity. Although the photo is rather unclear the name MICRO VAULT (a Sony trademark) is visible on the drive – Sony has never sold flash drives of this capacity – it is fake fake fakity-fake. Seller llldddeloyde obviously doesn’t know much about flash memory and was probably fooled by a fraudulent supplier. Sellers should not buy flash drives to sell on ebay without doing their research and learning what is really available!

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 25, 2009 at 8:48 AM