Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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Archive for July 31st, 2009

This seller claims to have genuine Kingston – we think not.

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pccomp2009

Seller pccomp2009 says in the listing:

BRAND NEW & SEALED – DONT BE FOOLED BY CHEAP FAKES!
Here you are bidding on a brand new and sealed Kingston Data Traveler 150 64GB USB Flash Drive. This is a genuine Kingston product so you are guaranteed to get you full 64GB’s worth!

Do we think this is true? No we don’t – we think the seller is fooling people with cheap fakes! Funnily enough pccomp2009 has used the exact wording previously used by dan-software in listings. Dan software and pccomp2009 have something else in common – ending a listing early to sell for less than we think you’d pay for these wholesale if they were genuine.

We expect that pccomp2009 will soon have another thing in common with dan-software -deregistration from ebay for selling counterfeit Kingston flash drives! Maybe pccomp2009 IS dan-software with a new ID? We trust the buyer will check the serial number with Kingston – we would fall of our chairs with shock if they said it was a genuine drive!

Buyers can check the real capacity with the free program h2testw.The computer’s operating system will only show what the control chip has been programmed to tell the computer – never beleive what you see!

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

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July 31, 2009 at 9:55 PM

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Yet another ebay fraudster in China by the look of things

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xuexinhubu

We are getting bored and fed up with seeing new IDs on ebay appearing with fake flash memory – we are sure xuexinhubu is just another. The flash drive shown in this listing has never (as far as we are aware) proved to have a real capacity above 2GB. This is the fraudsters’ favourite – easy to re-program to any fake capacity they like!

EBAYERS – PLEASE PAY ATTENTION!! THERE ARE SELDOM BARGAIN FLASH DRIVES AVAILABLE – USUALY A FANTASTICALLY CHEAP FLASH DRIVE HAS A FANTASTICALLY 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.

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July 31, 2009 at 7:15 PM

This Sandisk flash drive seems a little too cheap to be kosher

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novilive

Given that the price of this flash drive direct from sandisk is £17.99 we don’t see how anyone could obtain them cheaply enough to sell at this price if they were genuine. We suspect that ebay seller novilive bought these from a fraudulent wholesaler supplying counterfeits. The seller may be unaware of this. A number of sellers seem to offering these at similarly low prices. If you bought a Sandisk Cruzer drive on ebay for a low price there is a good chance it is counterfeit and fake capacity.

You can check the true capacity of flash memory items with the free program h2testw. Fake capacity items look as though they have the capacity stated when you look at them in the operating system due to fraudulent programming so never trust what the operating system says. Test your flash memory items before you save anything to them – you are at risk of file loss and corruption if you have a fake.

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

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July 31, 2009 at 4:31 PM

UK ebay member sells an obvious fake flash drive

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worldround12

One of the fake flash hunters working with the frankenflash project spotted this very obvious fake flash drive sold by UK ebay member worldround12. Investigations by fightflashfraud indicate that this ebay member bought some very familiar flash drives sold on ebay by fraudsters in China, including de-registered fraudsters digitalting0303 and chenwubang88. We wonder if worldround12 is planning to try and make some money out of selling the fakes shown below that this ebay member purchased on ebay:

worldround12

Does this ebayer think these drives are genuine?? If so a member of the frankenflash project will gladly visit worldround12 and demonstrate they are fake by testing them on worldround12’s computer with h2testw – all worldaround has to do is contact us by replying to this post requesting a visit and giving a phone number or email address so the frankenflash project member can get in touch!

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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July 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Is this ebay member re-selling fake flash bought from other sellers on ebay?

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shaven_haven

Has seller shaven_haven been buying counterfeit (and therefore fake capacity) flash memory items from other ebay sellers and re-selling them? The seller certainly doesn’t seem to be buying flash memory items wholesale. All flash memory items such as this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler USB flash drive, other flash drives and memory cards sold before seem to be single items.

We are curious about this seller’s location. We don’t remember seeing a city, town or village anywhere in the UK called Here & There! – perhaps someone would like to enlighten us?? Our suspicions about this seller are further aroused by the use of private auctions and the low start prices.

Without spending the time to investigate shaven_haven thouroughly we cannot say for sure where the seller got these flash memory items but we are fairly certain they are counterfeits which will cause file corruption and data loss for anyone using 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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July 31, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Looks like another fraudster based in Hong Kong.

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ewinhkFeedback suggests that the items sold by ewinhk shown on the left are all fake capacity. We wouldn’t buy a pair of socks from this seller!

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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July 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

This seller’s 32GB Sandisk drives seem a bit on the cheap side

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4mgs

We can’t see how 4mgs can be making a profit if these Sandisk drives are genuine. We suggest that buyers check with Sandisk. You can discover the true capacity of flash memory items with the free program h2testw.

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

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July 31, 2009 at 10:15 AM

We think there is a fishy smell about this seller’s listings

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ehsanshk

Seller ehsanshk says in the listing for this item:

Hi, here i have an Unwanted Gift bought from PC World for £169.99, if you don’t believe then go to PC WORLD website and see the price yourself. the Stick has never been used and its brand new but unfortunately the packaging has been opened so you will only get the stick if you win the auction

Hmm – if it was an unwanted gift why take it out of the packaging? And how does it come to pass that this seller has previously sold other flash drives that are unused but have been taken out of the packaging? These were:

a very nice, stylish, brand new and genuine 16gb usb /memory stick from Integral, it has never been used, comes with no pakcaging, BRAND NEW, this is £39.99 bought brand new

Which sold for £11.63

a very nice, stylish, brand new and genuine 16gb EMTEC usb stick, has never been used, comes with no pakcaging, BRAND NEW, this is £39.99 bought brand new

This sold for £11.01

a brand new 64gb Integral Usb memory stick , this is the highest you can get, was bought from Pcworld for £139.99,you can check yourself ! the receipt is lost and i can not get a refund from the store , the stick has never been used, its a genuine 64gb unlike some chinies and fake ones. The stick has been taken out of its box

which sold for £60.23

Does ehsanshk have a rich relative or friend who keeps buying these as unwanted gifts? Why does ehsanshk keep taking unwanted items out of their packaging? Why does ehsanshk never have a receipt to get a refund? If they were all presents why doesn’t ehsanshk tell people not to buy flash drives as presents?

Does ehsanshk live in Grimsby? Aberdeen? No – the seller lives in Birmingham – nowhere near the sea. We are puzzled about the smell of fish. Maybe ehsanshk would like to invite a member of the frankenflash project who lives in Birmingham to examine the drive and ask a few questions – along with a few members of the West Midlands police. We are sure that our Birmingham-based project member will happily visit ehsanshk with the police if this seller would care to provide his or her address.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 31, 2009 at 8:37 AM