Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Archive for July 2009

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.

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Written by fightflashfraud

July 31, 2009 at 8:37 AM

32GB Kingston DataTraveler on ebay seems too cheap to be genuine

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jojodavison

We can’t see how jojodavison could possibly be selling be selling genuine 32GB DataTraveler 100 flash drives at this price. We strongly suspect that these were purchased from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers in China who sell counterfeits. Counterfeit also means fake capacity and data loss. Buyers should check the serial number with Kingston.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw or, in the case high capacity items from well – known brands, check the serial numbers with the manufacturer.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

We doubt that this seller’s Sandisk flash drives are genuine

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sebastiansarpora

The fact that sebastiansarpora has previously sold these 32GB Sandisk drives and 32GB Kingston DT150 drives for prices below wholesale suggests to us that these may well be counterfeit. We suggest buyers check with manufacturers. You can test to 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.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 9:24 PM

This 32GB Sandisk Backup drive seems to cheap to be true

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fasttracksss

If you buy one of these direct from Sandisk it will cost around £100. Research indicates there is not a very large profit margin on flash drives. We don’t think fasttracksss could buy genuine ones wholesale at a price that would allow them to be resold at half the price the manufacturer charges. We think these came from a fraudulent supplier. Feedback indicates that seller is not exactly the most reliable on ebay so we doubt very much that fasttracksss has checked with Sandisk to ensure that the drives are genuine. We doubt if the seller has bothered to test with h2testw either.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) 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 30, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Seems we may have a new Hong Kong fraud ID on ebay

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kakalotte

We think that kakalotte will turn out to be yet another ID used by our oriental fraudster friends. We consider it highly likely that testing will show that flash memory from this seller will turn out to be fraudulently programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system. 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 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

These 32GB Sandisk flash drives seem a bit on the cheap side

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rat2725cars

The 32GB Sandisk Cruzer drives sold by rat2725cars seem a bit cheaper than we would expect which makes us wonder if they are genuine. We suggest that buyers check with Sandisk. You can test to discover the true capacity with the free program h2testw.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Ebay seller taking a risk if this item is a genuine Kingston

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albertz562656

Seller albertz562656 risks making a loss by selling at auction if this item is genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw or, in the case high capacity items from well – known brands, check the serial numbers with the manufacturer.

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

Written by fightflashfraud

July 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM