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Archive for July 26th, 2009

Chance to lose data here – we don’t see how this could be genuine

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chance2save-moneyWe don’t think this item from China-based seller chance2save-money could possibly be genuine.

There is no way that the seller could make a profit on a genuine 16GB flash drive at this price with free postage.

This seller is known to sell fake memory cards so we are fairly sure all flash memory from chance2save-money will prove to be 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.

UPDATE 4th August 2009:
The frankenflash team now has evidence against this seller – one buyer has reported in with the information needed to enter this seller in the database. The more evidence we have the better. This seller ID has been suspended but we have reason to think that a new ID is now being used to continue defrauding ebayers.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM

An extremely cheeky fraudster in India stole our picture

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ramkumar_4817

Seller ramkumar_4817 is without doubt a fraudster infringing Kingston’s copyright by selling counterfeit flash drives. This cheeky fraudster is using an image created by a member of the frankenflash project to sell them. So the fraudster has infringed our member’s copyright too! The fact that ramkumar_4817 has seen our blogs just proves that this is deliberate fraud on the part of this devious and unscrupulous person.

The image was created to alert people to an obvious sign on some Kingston DataTraveler 150 counterfeits – the lack of engraving. The presence of engraving is not proof of a the drive being genuine (some counterfeits have been engraved) though lack of engraving is proof of it being fake.

As this is a classified ad all sales will take outside ebay and (in this case) in cash – so no buyer protection whatsoever! A member of the frankenflash project reported this to both ebay and Kingston but we doubt if ebay will do anything and suspect that Kingston may not be able to take action without assistance.

In the body of the listing by ramkumar_4817 the text reads:

Description (Note that ebay always puts this on all listings: Seller assumes all responsibility for listing this item.)

We are selling kingston 64 gb DT150 Pen drive
The item comes with bill
It also comes with 3 yrs Kingston warranty
Min order is 10 pieces

10 pen drives – 11600
20 pen drives – 18600
50 pen drives – 39600
100 pen drives – 73600

We deliver the items in cash on delivery basis ………..
Please get us a query if you are intersted…….
Only limited pieces…please rush up if you need…….

Happy Buying…………..

The prices are impossibly low – a certain fraudster!!

Written by fightflashfraud

July 26, 2009 at 8:39 PM

This appears to be a counterfeit Corsair on ebay

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oakstrade

We can find no reference to a 128GB flash drive on Corsair’s website. As far as we are aware only three manufacturers have produced flash drives of this capacity and Corsair is not one of them. We therefore conclude that oakstrade is selling a counterfeit and fake capacity flash drive.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 26, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Are this seller’s 64GB Corsair flash drives genuine or not?

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ukdiscountdesigner

Seller ukdiscountdesigner previously listed Kingston drives which were removed by ebay, presumably because they were counterfeit. This suggests to us that the Corsair flash drives are also counterfeits – as does the fact that they are being auctioned with a low start price. Would you risk the possibility of something worth £100 being sold for £10 and losing a lot of money? We certainly wouldn’t! 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 26, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Yet another new ebayer in China selling suspect flash drives

liqian16888168

Another new seller based in China is selling flash drives at prices that make us sure these cannot be genuine 16GB drives. We expect that liqian16888168 will prove to be a new ID used by one of our familiar fraud gangs. This is a popular fake model – also being sold by ebayers elsewhere such as tobyjug2009 who offered the same item on buy it now for £20. When, oh when, will princess ebay awake from the slumber induced by the poisoned apple from her wicked stepmother in China, the fake flash queen?

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 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM

This flash drive is not what the seller says it is!!

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kingimportzThe model shown is not made in 16GB, only 32GB. We think what the seller has here is a counterfeit and fake capacity drive – the capacity is probably very small. A quick check with Kingston will reveal the truth to buyers. A test with h2testw would reveal the true 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 26, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Top of the range Kingston going far too cheap on ebay

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godofwar021

The Kingston DataTraveler black box model is one of the most expensive produced by the company and we think that the start price that seller godofwar021 is suspiciously low for this item. Could this be yet another model of Kingston that has fallen prey to the counterfeiters?

Written by fightflashfraud

July 26, 2009 at 6:34 AM