Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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A very suspect listing for a 64GB flash drive from UK ebayer

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allsorts20009 We consider this listing by allsorts20009 highly suspect.

This is for several reasons:

You can’t see the flash drive properly

The price seems far to low for it to be a genuine 64GB flash drive

Buyer IDs are hidden.

This seller previously sold Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives in 64GB and 32GB capacities at what we think are impossibly low prices.

The fact that Kingston drives were sold at low prices makes the seller highly suspect in our eyes – we think all his items wil prove to be fake capacity and the Kingstons will also be counterfeit. It could just be that this seller has been foolish and did not check items out before listing – if so we expect to hear from refunded buyers!

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 28, 2009 at 8:18 AM

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  1. This seller uses lanyards on all the fake capacity drives they sell.

    Have a look at the article on ebay seller daisyuu and you will see in the feedback there is a recent purchase of lanyards.

    Taking a look at location, types of goods sold and certain wording in both sellers articles it becomes clear this is the same seller using two different ID’s.

    The one particular common feature we are concerned with is “used” flash drives.

    The seller is using private listings for the “used” flash drives to hide what is being sold and how much they have been sold for.

    Never trust sellers who use private listings for flash drives. They are obviously trying to hide their fraudulent activity.

    Traveler

    September 8, 2009 at 11:52 AM

  2. Thank you fightflasfraud for that link.

    You have done your homework.

    If I had looked before leaping, I would have provided correct link!

    I have seen the same style of drives offered elsewhere as “value” drives, usually in 32gb size.

    One that I saw had a Kingston 32gb DT150 patterened lid. It could make the potential buyer believe they were buying a “value” Kingston.

    I would advise any buyer seeing drives in this style to ask questions of the seller before bidding or purchasing. Better safe than sorry.

    Traveler

    July 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

  3. fightflashfraud

    July 29, 2009 at 12:07 PM

  4. This seller has very dubious feedback. The seller was using pathetic excuses of type errors to extort extra money out of buyers for postage. This way, the seller hopes the buyer will just agree and pay the extra money to avoid negative feedback. It’s really a kind of feedback extortion.

    The drives on offer are classed as unbranded.

    It would be interesting to see if they are actually Kingston branded, like the one originally offered by thai ebay seller facechat(seller changed picture in listing after questioned on authenticity). They could possibly have no labelling but still be the Kingston DT shape and style. After all, the counterfeit DT’s are all plain black before labels are applied.

    I imagine allsorts20009 will be delighted to have removed all those used flash drives from around his neck. How confusing it must have been if they were all black, unbranded and two different capacities. Maybe after he has sold them all, he might go out and buy one genuine Kingston with a real 64gb capacity and have about 8 times the capacity of what he originally had in his whole collection!

    Facechat offered a colour choice in 64gb DT150’s. Available in black, red or white!! (I would have liked to have seen the white one!)

    facechat listing 64gb DT150
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=320396235132

    If you have bought a drive from allsorts20009, please test and send in your results to the email address given at http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/report-a-fake/ Your input is welcomed and valued by the team here at fightflashfraud. The more evidence gathered on these sellers, the better. This is your chance to help fight against the injustice we all suffer as a result of this ongoing fraud.

    Traveler

    July 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM


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