Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

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

with 2 comments

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

2 Responses

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  1. Could it possibly be that the seller does not want to talk to the police? How strange.

    fightflashfraud

    August 1, 2009 at 9:49 AM

  2. Fishy indeed: All bids cancelled, item withdrawn, I wonder why?

    Micro

    August 1, 2009 at 9:18 AM


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